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Women’s Equality Day falls on August 26th, in honor of the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 that granted some women the right to vote. It reminds us of the importance of how far we’ve come in the fight for equal rights, and how far we still have to go. One prominent woman from history you may not have heard of is Matilda Josyln Gage, whose story did not get as much attention in history books as other suffragists, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Sally Roesch Wagner, a major historian of the women's suffrage movement, author, and founder of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, shares her extraordinary story. The conversation covers: Who Matilda Joslyn Gage was exactly, what made her so bad ass, and why she was written out of history. In what ways Matilda’s vision of equality for all was shaped by the local Native American culture, where women had an equal voice in political leadership for more than 1000 years. Parallels between the issues women were fighting for more than a century ago, and the issues we’re still working on today. --- Send in a voice message:
The last time Daisy Auger-Dominguez was a guest on Breaking the Bias, she shared how she took time off for self reflection with what she called her “year of the heart,” and how the power of a pause not only positively impacts our own lives, but also benefits our organizations. That time away helped her deepen her purpose, and today she is the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, and author of the new book, Inclusion Revolution. “All humans, no matter where they come from, want to feel seen, heard, and valued. That is a human need,” says Daisy. In this episode, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal  (virtually) sits down with Daisy to talk about her personal journey, how to find joy and belonging at work, and ways each and every one of us can use our voice to build inclusion. --- Send in a voice message:
Having lived and worked in different countries, Vaishali Shah, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Randstad Sourceright, was exposed to many ways of living.  It was these experiences that led her to realize the need to recognize the strengths that our differences can make within organizations. Her personal experiences inspired her to pursue diversity and inclusion as her full-time job. “I've often seen myself as being a little bit different from the people around me. I've been fortunate to find, to create, and to thrive in the opportunities that enabled me to add value—not in spite of being different, but because of being different in my experiences, my background, the way I think, or the way I solve problems. I realized that this isn't the case for a lot of people, and there's a lot that we can do with our own experiences. I wanted to do something about it.” In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal  (virtually) sits down with Vaishali, to talk about her journey and her passion for diversity and inclusion. They cover: Why diversity should not be only a metric—and how to track the impact that DEI initiatives have on people The benefits of normalizing mental health at work How to better listen to employees during The Great Resignation and beyond, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
The ongoing pandemic and social unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd sparked a greater emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training within organizations. As the demand for DEI trainers continues to rise, many lack a clear path for making progress and must learn on their own without clear guidelines. Maria Morukian, President of MSM Global Consulting,  authored the new book Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace, to create a guide for trainers to develop the skills needed to deliver sustainable change and unpack their own biases. For Maria, DEI is personal and is largely influenced by her upbringing as a first-generation American: Maria’s father, Val Morukian, had a bi-cultural identity. He was an Armenian whose family fled Istanbul during the Armenian diaspora and he was born in Cuba to a single mother of three. Maria opens her book by sharing how her father embodied the old adage, ‘looks can be deceiving.’ “I would say people looked at my dad as this small in stature, older, hard-of-hearing guy with kind of a funny accent who always looked a little disheveled and like he was lost,” says Maria.“But the truth was that he had had this incredible life and so many rich and sometimes hard- to-imagine stories…looking at what was on the surface, if people just saw him or knew this one little bit of the story, they would never know all of the richness that was underneath.” As a young man, her father was enlisted in the U.S. Army, during which he was shot in the line of duty. Val was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for saving members of his battalion. He went to college after the army and became a Detroit public school teacher for nearly 40 years, and at various times was a bartender, a carni, and even a security guard for Jimmy Hoffa.  Maria’s father’s life inspired her to become a diversity trainer and educator. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Maria, to talk about her journey and the power that DEI training, when done right, can have in the workplace. They cover: Why blame and shame aren’t effective for creating change—and what is How to encourage people to look at the world from others’ perspectives The most essential skills diversity, equity and inclusion trainers should have in order to make a real impact The next frontier of DEI training in the workplace, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
Pursuing creativity by doing things you love and sharing them with the world is not optional, but actually critical for your mental health, happiness, and overall productivity. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, VP of Content for Consciously Unbiased, has Eve Rodsky back on the show. Eve is a Harvard-trained lawyer, author of the best-selling book Fair Play and also author of the newly-released book Find Your Unicorn Space. Eve has spent a decade interviewing thousands of people on the gender division of labor in the household, and unpacking the final wave of feminism: gender equality in the home. With her latest book, Find Your Unicorn Space, Eve shares a framework for why making time for creativity is essential for reconnecting with your joy, fighting burnout, and creating more meaning in our lives. This episode is for women, men, nonbinary folks—everyone. Eve’s framework for tapping into your curiosity to find clues about what fuels your happiness can create a ripple effect in our homes, workplaces, and communities. In this conversation, Holly and Eve dive into what unicorn space is exactly—and what it isn’t; how women can reclaim permission to be unavailable from their roles and take uninterrupted time for creative pursuits; and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
Due to a series of economic downturns, gender-based social norms and the cracked-yet-not-broken glass ceiling, women of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) are sometimes referred to as the “sandwich generation.” Gen X women are more likely to be working full time and to be a caregiver for children or aging parents—or both. According to the AARP’s Public Policy Institute, by the year 2030, the ratio of people needing care to possible caregivers will be 4-to-1 and by 2050, it will be 3-to-1. This caregiving crisis could have a great effect on both the millennial and Gen Z generation as well. As career and caregiving duties collide for many—especially during the ongoing pandemic—workplaces will need to adapt to better accommodate caregivers. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased Director of Content Holly Corbertt (virtually) sits down with Jackie Ghedine and Mimi Bishop, co-founders of The Resting Mind, a company that coaches high-achieving, 40+ women who want greater success and more money in their career or their business. They dive into how women and professionals of all intersections can better navigate through the corporate world and be their most authentic selves, all while getting paid what they are worth.  The conversation also covers: How to change subconscious beliefs and habits to optimize your outcome. Why working hard does not automatically mean success—and what does. How to recognize what feels right for you intuitively, and what an energy misalignment looks like. How Gen X women can combat ageism, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
It’s no secret that our country, and therefore, our workforce is diversifying. By 2045, our country will have no racial majority according to the 2020 census. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are key for creating workplace cultures that celebrate differences, embrace commonalities and allow all voices to be heard. In order to be successful, DEI shouldn’t focus only on full-time employees, but your entire workforce. The contingent workforce includes contractors and freelancers and currently makes up 40% of today’s total workforce. Yet, the contingent workforce is often treated as second class, or an afterthought in the company’s position-hierarchy. With 62% of enterprises perceiving contingent labor as a vital component to their total workforce, there is no time like the present  to focus DEI efforts on the contingent workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Brian Hoffmeyer and Elijah Bradshaw, two executives at Beeline, a tech platform that connects businesses to talent in the global extended workforce. They dive into how companies have the power to move the needle on equality, the impact of the pandemic on the gig economy, how companies can create safe spaces for inclusion for all employees—not just some, and why we’re in the middle of a workplace revolution as well as how to adapt. Listen to the full conversation here, --- Send in a voice message:
The Dalai Lama, one of the most respectable Buddhist preachers, stated, “Individual acts of compassion and kindness have the power to spread harmony in the entire world.” Studies support that acts of compassion—such as expressing elements of empathy, love, and care to ease the concerns of others and sharing in their suffering—benefits us in both our professional and personal lives. Positive social interactions among workers are more likely to occur in workplaces that promote compassion. It has been shown that  positive social interactions are good for employee health, for instance, by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, and strengthening the immune system. The research also suggests that compassion is an essential aspect of a productive work environment, since employees experience reduced stress and more job satisfaction. Additionally, workplace compassion encourages more loyalty, dedication, and employee engagement. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Misty Huckabey, CEO & Founder of Capacity 2 Care and Consciously Unbiased facilitator, for an unplugged conversation about the link between mindfulness and compassion, and the role this link plays in the human brain and the work environment. Misty also shares some mindfulness practices that we can do to cultivate compassion so that we can be there for others, simply by ‘spreading ripples of kindness.’ --- Send in a voice message:
Although the people with disabilities comprise the largest minority community in the world (1 in 4 U.S. adults live with a disability), it remains one of the most underrepresented and underserved communities. In fact, according to a report funded by the Ford Foundation, people with disabilities are greatly lacking in representation both on screen and behind the camera. Only 2.7 percent of characters in the 100 highest-earning movies of 2016 were depicted with a disability, and among regular characters on primetime TV in the 2018-2019 season, only 2.1 percent had disabilities. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Keely Cat-Wells, Founder & CEO of C Talent and Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) Advisory Board Member, for an unplugged conversation about the powerful role the media can play in positively representing, educating, and amplifying the voices of disabled people. Keely also shares how we can build belonging for people with disabilities by recognizing the diversity of their lived experiences, and addressing the current legal and systemic frameworks that contribute to a lack of disability representation and accessibility. --- Send in a voice message:
If there is one thing that we all have in common, it’s that we are all aging. For women, aging may be accompanied by grief or a loss of identity because women’s value in our culture has for too long been tied to youth and fertility. Other natural life phases that may coincide with aging for women is the still-taboo topic of menopause, whose symptoms may be either ignored or doubted—contributing to shame and stigma. (Menopause can also be triggered by a variety of other factors separate from age, from chemotherapy to gender transitions). Additionally, communities of color are not only faced with a racial disparity in access to health coverage and health outcomes, but may also reach menopause earlier and may experience more intense symptoms as compared to white women. So how can we address the societal systemic issues concerning aging and menopause for all women, not just white women? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Kiran Rai, co-founder and creative director for Consciously Unbiased, (virtually) sits down with  Stacy London, the former TV co-host of “What Not To Wear” and now the CEO of State of Menopause, for an unplugged conversation about why we, as a society, need to change the narrative around placing so much of women's value on youth and fertility. Stacy also offers insights about how women in middle age and beyond can step into their wisdom and power, and reframe this life stage as an opportunity for a rebirth. --- Send in a voice message:
The gig economy has continued to pick up speed during the pandemic, growing 33% in the last year. This is a continuation of a trend we’ve seen over the past few years, where there has been a growing number of contingent workers (temporary workers who work on a contract or project basis or any worker who is not employed in a traditional full-time role). According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, there are roughly 5.9 million contingent workers and they represent nearly 4% of U.S. employment. Feeling valued for your efforts and contributions at work has been shown to boost engagement and productivity and lead to a more positive workplace culture. When an individual is part of the contingent workforce, it’s harder for leaders to make them feel a part of their full-time employee group. So how can leaders ensure that all of their workers feel valued, engaged, and included and not just some? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Rebecca Perrault, a TEDx speaker and Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leader at PRO Unlimited, for an unplugged conversation about how important it is for business leaders to build a sense of inclusion and belonging for all, especially for contingent workers; and why advancing diversity & inclusion for this segment of workers is beneficial for workplace culture overall. Rebecca also shares how leaders can better address their biases and measure diversity at the macro level in order to make a positive social impact and create meaningful change. --- Send in a voice message:
The Pride movement has raised visibility for humans' right to love and identify in a way that is authentic with who they are. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Wen Stenger, an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, for an unplugged conversation about Wen’s journey of coming out in her 40s as the mom of three boys, and how growing up in a Christian family in the South influenced the way she raised her children. They also cover the difference between gender identity and sexuality; the intersectionality of the Pride movement; and how LGBTQ+ peoples’ race, religion, and family upbringing may act as barriers for finding acceptance and reaching equality. --- Send in a voice message:
National Loving Day happens on June 12, and celebrates the anniversary of the historic 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia. This was the ruling that struck down all state laws against interracial marriage in the United States. Until that time, it remained illegal for one person to marry another person if they were of a different race in 17 States across America. Today multiracial Americans are growing at a rate of three times faster than the population as a whole, according to the Pew Research Center. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, director of Content for Consciously Unbiased, spoke to some multiracial Americans on their experiences of growing up “mixed,” and their hopes for the next generation.  What you’ll hear is a snapshot of a personal story, and, while not representative of all people of mixed race backgrounds as each person's story is unique, is a small collection of first-person accounts of growing up multiracial in America. The stories you’ll hear include: • One woman on her experiences growing up in South Carolina with parents in an interracial marriage. • A mixed race, Native American founder, who shares how she learned to deny her heritage as a child, and her journey to finally embracing it. • An African Filipino American man on digging into the history of who you are. • A mother of two and Chinese-German first generation American on her hopes for her children as we’ve seen a rise in anti-Asian discrimination during Covid. --- Send in a voice message:
During the pandemic, we have seen more of what our co-workers need to balance their home responsibilities in addition to their work responsibilities. Families across the country are facing a childcare crisis, but parents/guardians of color, especially mothers of color, have been grappling with the lack of affordable child care and lack of support for working families. In fact, Black (71%) and Latina (41%) mothers work at higher rates than white mothers. Additionally, mothers of color are more likely to be the primary economic supporters for their families than white mothers, and disproportionately work in low-wage jobs with nonstandard hours and inconsistent schedules, which make it challenging for them to stay in the workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, Director of Content for Consciously Unbiased (virtually) sits down with Tet Salva, founder of MomWarrior, for a unplugged conversation about why we need to implement policies that allow more opportunity, access, and mentorship to caregivers of color. Tet uses her voice as a woman of color, an immigrant, and a mother of four to amplify other caregivers of all life stages in the workplace, and offers advice on how leaders can step in to ensure that all employees can thrive at work and at home. --- Send in a voice message:
In these polarizing times, communicating with others who hold opposing views can be a challenge. Yet, we can engage others with more mutual understanding and respect if we develop our openness- a willingness to listen, receive feedback, and look for commonalities in opposing viewpoints. Being more open-minded is important, especially at work, because it helps us improve our interpersonal skills. Studies have also shown that this dimension of emotional intelligence allows us to be focused, innovative, and enhances our working memory. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Eric Bailey, author of The Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior at Work and President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, for an unplugged conversation about how we can develop our openness and follow principles that are rooted in psychology and neuroscience to help us communicate, lead, and collaborate more effectively. Eric also informs us that once we educate ourselves about why we express certain feelings when we have disagreements, we will be able to engage with others with more empathy and impact. --- Send in a voice message:
If there is anything the pandemic has shown us all, it is that life can be demanding and change is inevitable. However, there is a way we can navigate with more resilience and less pressure. By improving our mindfulness, we can reduce our stress and become more focused. Most importantly, practicing mindfulness allows us to pay closer attention to our emotions and thoughts so that we can see them more clearly without making so many assumptions and judgements. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Clif Smith, author of Mindfulness Without the Bells and Beads, for an unplugged conversation about mindfulness and how the practice can help us build stronger and healthier relationships, help us handle complex or rapidly-changing situations, and promote more inclusive workplaces. Clif also informs us about the relationship between mindfulness and meditation and specific techniques for practicing both. Their conversation covers: Learning how to focus our attention on the present moment Becoming aware of our negative thoughts and judgements so that we can continue to strive for our goals Breaking down the common misconceptions about mindfulness, and much more --- Send in a voice message:
Our social networks give us a special power, especially when it comes to professional advancement. A Harvard Business Review study reveals that people of all sexes and genders benefit from having a close inner circle composed of supportive and successful people. But, the research also shows that women are more likely to reach the highest levels of leadership and pay in their professions if they surround themselves with an inner circle of female contacts. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, for an unplugged conversation about bringing more diversity to the table by building our courage to speak up and speak out together, because that is how we can make a real impact. Shelley also offers advice to women who are rising up in traditionally male-dominated industries by emphasizing the strength in collectively using their differences to break down the barriers to gender equality. In this conversation, they dig into: Why women who support other women are more successful and the power of the pack How to be courageous in the workplace by standing up and standing out Embracing who we are by owning our differences and imperfections Why we need to remove the term “work-life balance” from our lexicon How to close the gender pay gap, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
On this episode of “Breaking the Bias,” Ashish Kaushal, founder of Consciously Unbiased, has an unplugged conversation with Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD Management and author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference. Tayo shares his idea of the art of diplomacy by highlighting the need for improving our cross-cultural competency and self-awareness in our professional/personal lives so that there is a greater sense of inclusion, belonging, and acceptance. Their conversation covers: Ways to connect with people who may be different from yourself How to identify our biases, triggers and values How to name our five core values The importance of living an intentional life, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
Self awareness is the practice of knowing yourself. The research consistently shows that people who master self awareness are more creative, build stronger relationships, and are more effective leaders and communicators. It’s also good for business: Companies with strong financial performance tend to have employees with higher levels of self-awareness than poorly performing companies, according to Korn Ferry International. So how can we improve our self-awareness so that we are able to build stronger relationships and become more productive at home and at work? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Dr. Lanail Plummer, CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, for an unplugged conversation about how self-awareness is an essential skill for building your EQ, and contributes to building more inclusive workplace environments. Dr. Plummer also offers insight into better managing mental health during the pandemic and why we need to reframe productivity. --- Send in a voice message:
Are we going backwards on gender equality in the Covid economy? Four times as many women as men dropped out of the labor force during the pandemic, which is roughly 865,000 women, compared with 216,000 men. In fact, one in four women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce due to COVID-19. Years of gradual advancement of gender equality and gender diversity in the workplace may be at risk as the pandemic continues to push women out of the workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, the Director of Content for Consciously Unbiased, (virtually) sits down with Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, and author of Brave, Not Perfect. Reshma proposed the solution that we should treat mothers as essential workers and pay them for their labor in an open letter in the New York Times, calling on the Biden Administration to build a task force dedicated to creating a "Marshall Plan for Moms." The letter was signed by 50 women, including Tarana Burke, Eva Longoria, Amy Schumer, and Whitney Wolfe Herd. Reshma shares some reasons why women are leaving work at higher rates than men, as well as a solution for bringing women back to work.  --- Send in a voice message:
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