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HERdacious is a podcast for audacious women seeking to break down the barriers to success and to live their lives confidently. We host honest conversations with badass women across the country, about their being bold, both in their lives and in the workplace. So if you want some femme support along for your professional journey, HERdacious is here for you!
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Over-talk & Over-communicationIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Barbara Stewart about the tendency to over-talk and its repercussions on our professional lives. Do you ever find yourself droning on and on when there’s opportunity to be more concise? Do you feel tempted to fill the lulls in conversation with chit-chat or verbal fluff? Do you find yourself as the subject of avoidance in dialogue-oriented situations? If so, you, our fellow femme friend, might be an over-talker. Over-talk is the act of talking too much or for too long in ways that drown out all other speakers present. As important as it is to communicate our messages to others, Barbara reminds us that when it comes to our professional speech, more is not always better. As a communications specialist, Barbara teaches us that the habit of excessive talking in the workplace can seriously hinder our professional reputation by eliciting undesirable consequences such as avoidance and miscommunication. She also affirms that there are prescriptive steps we can take to catch ourselves in the act and work toward maximizing our communication efficiency. From embracing a natural pause in the conversation to practicing succinct exchanges with trusted coworkers, Barbara gives us the tools to better hone in on language precision so we can strive to get that twenty-sentence ramble down to the brevity of a more powerful one-two verbal punch.Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Barbara StewartBarbara Stewart is an experienced Executive Coach focused on Leader Development andTeam Coaching. Prior to joining Endeavor Management, she founded and led AccelusPartners as an Executive Coach for nine years before it merged with Endeavor. Combinedwith her coaching experience are 20 years serving as a financial and business advisor toC-Suite executives and business owners. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  The Big Three 2:56The harm in it 5:51Am I an over-talker? 9:56The road to succinctness 12:05Caught in the act 16:15Helping others 18:55Femme fact: 2020 Olympic feats 24:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  Toastmasters (website) plainlanguage.gov (website)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “The Importance of Communication as a Leader”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Communicating ValuesIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Brianna Harrington about the benefits of communicating our personal and professional values in the workplace. Staying true to oneself, dedicating time to family, prioritizing loyalty, seeking justice, securing an hour a day to watch bad YouTube covers of “I Want It That Way” — whatever it may be, we all have those few core principles that make us who we are. But as important as our values are to us individually, we can often feel inclined to abandon them in the workplace for the sake of acquiescence to its culture and its people. Instead, Brianna challenges us to infuse our values into our work environments in a way that can benefit us, both personally and professionally. As a speaker and consultant passionate about pursuing a fulfilling life, Brianna teaches us that our values are not something subject to being switched on and off once we step foot into the (zoom) office; instead, they are so deeply ingrained into who we are that they enhance our performance at work simply by making us feel happier and more in tune with ourselves. From dedicating time for self-reflection to respecting and accommodating differing opinions, Brianna guides us through the how-to's of effectively communicating our core values with those around us so that we’re able to foster the most supportive space for ourselves, enabling us to live and work optimistically! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Brianna Harrington, MABrianna (Bri) Harrington, MA, is the founder of Seek United, an organization dedicated to helping people thrive. She is a health and wellness coach, certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher, avid hiker, and amateur watercolor artist. She empowers her audiences to make more space for self-care, increase their stress resilience while improving their productivity, health and happiness.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Our values 2:43Women-specific communication challenges 6:55What makes YOU feel good 11:30The crossroads of personal and professional values 14:35Permission to change 19:00Cautions 19:53Femme fact: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga 24:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor (book)Loving-Kindness Meditation by Sharon SalzbergEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Design Your Life” by Mark LynchLoved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Commanding a RoomIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Caren Lock about commanding the room. Executive presence is that badass woman who walks in with all the self-assuredness in the world and demands to be heard. We’ve seen it, we want it, but how can we develop it? Caren divulges that, contrary to popular belief, executive presence isn’t this natural skill allotted to the lucky few; instead, it’s a skill that each of us can obtain with practice and positive habits. Equipped with her legal and public speaking background, Caren teaches us that commanding a room [as women] takes a more strategic approach because of the gendered communication behaviors that can and do undermine women's authority in the workplace. However, with awareness of our learned behaviors and a drive to improve, we can avoid detrimental habits that keep us from moving forward. From being cognizant of our intonation while speaking to ensuring we’re dressed for our power-roles, Caren reminds us that although gendered barriers cannot be ignored, they can be tackled by developing purposeful communication habits that reinforce our professional presence. We are all that badass woman who inspires confidence in those around us, and we owe it to ourselves to show up as her everyday! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Caren Lock, JDCaren Lock is the regional vice president and associate general counsel of government relations for TIAA, a national financial service firm. Caren attained her JD from Baylor University School of Law and has since worked as an experienced litigator.  In addition to her professional work, Caren is a nonprofit leader with a passion for diversity & inclusion. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Command the room 5:00Gendered language 8:10Executive presence 13:14The power invested in listening 16:10Vulnerability is here, do not fear! 17:22Your guide to honing the skills 19:00Femme fact: Lyda Conley 24:30Resources mentioned in this episode:  10 talks by women that everyone should watch (TED Talks playlist) The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias by Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy, Anne ChowEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “How I Learned to Stop the Nerves and Love the Speech” by Lorelei GonzalezLoved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Negative Self-Talk & ConfidenceIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Susan Stutzel about the effect negative self-talk has on our confidence. We all have that incessant little voice in our heads that narrates our stories: what we can and cannot do, what is possible or impossible, and even how we see ourselves. As easy as it is to be complacent with the internal dialogue that often tells us “no, you can’t” or "that's not for you," mindset and productivity coach Susan Stutzel encourages us to become more aware and mindful of our negative self-talk. We learn that the way in which we speak to and perceive ourselves profoundly influences the trajectory of our personal and professional growth. Susan teaches us how we can begin flipping the script on our internal dialogue so that we progress from negative self-talk toward a more intentional, sustainable narrative that supports our confidence through our professional pursuits. From establishing accountability partners to journaling negative thought processes, Susan spotlights the importance of reframing the stories that women are often socialized to believe, moving from an "I can't do that" to an "I can do anything!" frame of mind. We must take the initiative in rewriting our own personal narratives in order for our belief systems to change that sneaky little voice in our heads. Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Susan Stutzel, CPASusan Stutzel, CPA, is passionate about freeing professional women from self-sabotaging goals and helping them build a life of purpose and balance. As a Mindset and Productivity Coach, she helps her clients ditch overwhelm by finding their voice through the process of rebuilding habits and expectations, so they can feel successful- both professionally and at home. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Self-talk and its effects 1:10The negativity 2:24Detriment to the professional 8:00Women-specific hurdles 9:30The ghost of childhood’s past 12:30Flipping the script 16:25Femme fact: Yayoi Kusama 23:45Resources mentioned in this episode:  Mindset by Carol Dweck (book)Who Switched Off My Brain? by Caroline Leaf (book)S Stutzel Coaching (website)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “How Women Can Develop Their Confidence” by Jessica Thibodeau Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Privilege Matters

Privilege Matters

2021-08-0233:52

The Power & Privilege Dynamics of MicroaggressionsIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Alejandra Mielke about the role power and privilege play in the ability to micro-aggress against others. Microaggressions are everyday verbal, behavioral, or environmental snubs that demean, diminish, or harm members of marginalized groups through belittlement. “Your English is great,” or, “As a woman, I know what you go through as a racial minority,” might not appear harmful, but Alejandra enlightens us as to why such comments incur feelings of invalidation. As a DEI coach who works with underrepresented minorities to overcome workplace biases, Alejandra teaches us that microaggressions are born out of inherent power and privilege differences, which often creates a suppressive atmosphere for marginalized individuals. However, Alejandra assures us that derogatory comments and behaviors can be avoided when those in power become self-aware, and those on the receiving end respond suitably to their own needs. From accepting feedback to acknowledging that experiences are not one-and-the-same, Alejandra underscores that microaggressions can be halted through better awareness. As Alejandra best explains, power is infinite; and empowered people empower people!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Alejandra Mielke, PhD Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez Mielke is a Leadership Coach & Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Mielke brings a strong expertise in social justice, equity, and adult learning after working at The University of Texas at Austin as an educational researcher and later as an independent consultant facilitating workshops and professional programs around Unconscious Bias, Power & Privilege, Inclusive Leadership, and Cultural Competency for local and global organizations. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Power and Privilege 2:30 Exclusion rears its ugly head 5:10To micro-aggress 10:40Decoding the hidden messages 17:00Rules of Response 18:20Feedback & self-awareness 21:55Femme fact: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 26:20Resources mentioned in this episode:  Derald Wing Sue (author)Subtle Acts of Exclusion by Tiffany Jana (book)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Joy Wiggins “Queen of Support”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Inclusive Behaviors and Language In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Amber Briggle about implementing inclusive behaviors and non-exclusionary language into the workplace. We might be familiar with increasingly common inclusive practices like offering our preferred pronouns or using gender-neutral language; but, what more can we do to promote non-discriminatory culture in the workplace? While Amber walks us through the endless possibilities, we quickly realize that the better question to ask is: what can’t we do? As a small business owner and parent to a transgender child, Amber teaches us that although conscious and unconscious discriminatory behavior often pervade the workplace, uprooting these behaviors is well within reach. From breaking the habit of assuming gender and sexuality to rewriting parental leave policies, Amber emphasizes that being mindful of inclusivity through our interactions benefits the well-being of individuals and businesses alike. Although these actions appear slight, they are meaningful to people who are constantly excluded from the heteronormative mainstream. Being seen and valued is a privilege easily taken for granted, so let’s pay it forward to everyone of all identities!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Amber Briggle, CMTAmber Briggle (she/her) is an activist, speaker, writers, and self-described “mamabear” of a transgender child. Amber is internationally recognized for her work involving LGBTQ advocacy, is a founding member and former national co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign’s “Parents for Transgender Equality Council” and has been previously nominated by the Dallas Morning News as “Texan of the Year.” Mostly, though, she’s “just a mom” in the Dallas area who loves both of her kids unconditionally.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  What is inclusive behavior? 3:40Behavior conscious examples 5:15Workplace policies 13:50Internal advocacy 18:37You can’t afford discrimination (metaphorically & literally) 20:15From PRIDE month to PRIDE year 23:25Femme fact: Onna-Bugeisha Warriors 27:20Resources mentioned in this episode:  Texas Competes (website) HRC Corporate Equality Index (website)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “My Journey Being Included in the Workplace” by Ashley Rodriguez Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Self-Awareness Matters

Self-Awareness Matters

2021-07-1932:12

Awareness of Bias and Systemic RacismIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Kirya Francis about addressing bias and racism in the workplace. When we hear the words “bias” and “racism,” our minds often conjure up offensive scenarios reflective of other people’s presumptions; however, the subtle separation of marginalized communities from higher-level organizational involvement all too frequently goes unaddressed. Kirya teaches us that despite the gaps placed between those in habitual positions of power and folks of color, we can begin to bridge the gap when we become more aware of our actions and correct our prejudices. From assessing our assumptions to advancing opportunities that are often deprived of others, Kirya helps us realize that fostering DEI practices in the workplace need not be a complete overhaul of institutional racism. We can start  by asking a questions like "Would you like my seat?" Through this approach , we can slowly and surely chip away at the old-school walls that keep minorities from participating at the table.Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Kirya Francis, MSTCKirya Francis is the Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Advertising Collective, where she merges her passion for inclusive workplaces with her purpose to give a diverse talent pool an equitable chance at excelling in advertising. Kirya has earned three degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film, Broadcast Journalism, as well as a master’s degree from McCombs School of Business.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Key terms 2:00Le bias 4:10Systemic racism 5:46 The good, the bad, and the ugly 9:55Racism vs. bias 12:55Cancel culture be gone! 15:55Anti-racism action items 21:23Femme fact: Girl groups 23:50Resources mentioned in this episode:  #TalkAboutBias (website) White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh (short read)Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (book)Racist, Sexist Boy by The Linda Lindas (song)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Racism vs. Bias” by Frances Leigh Jordan Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Authenticity Matters

Authenticity Matters

2021-07-1237:46

Code-Switching and VulnerabilityIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Frances Jordan about code-switching in the workplace. Code-switching is the practice of altering behavior, speech, appearance, or expression of oneself to optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment. On its surface, code-switching might seem a harmless way of operating, however we learn that code-switching reaps consequences of identity erasure that are anything but benign. Frances reframes code-switching as a barrier that represses vulnerability and inhibits us from showing up in the workplace as our most authentic selves. From identifying specific triggers to understanding that no two people share identical experiences, Frances helps us realize that there’s power in showing up honestly if we so choose, just as there’s power in welcoming and respectfully empathizing with our co-workers’ individual experiences. Regardless of race, religion, sexuality, or identity, we’re all here to be the best professionals we can be — and we all deserve to do so as our most authentic selves!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Frances Leigh Jordan, Esq.Frances Leigh Jordan currently works at Notley as the Policy and Social Equity Director. Since law school, she's worked in civil rights, child protection services, and transportation with government agencies. She is an active member of the Austin Stone and has been volunteering with the Austin Justice Coalition since 2016, and currently serves as the Board Chair. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science at Tuskegee University in 2008 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 2011.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  What is code-switching? 1:06Through the generations 6:28Why do it? 7:35The consequences 13:45Vulnerability 15:40Perpetuate positivity 21:40Breaking the cycle 28:45Femme fact: Edith Garrud 33:05Resources mentioned in this episode:  The Cost of Code-Switching (article) Code Switch (podcast)Cane by Jean Toomer (book)Articulate While Black by H. Samy Alim and Geneva SmithermanThe Elephant Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin HansonEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Sam Barrow “Navigating Bias Like a Boss”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Leading with InclusionIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Jashn Agrawal as she advocates for companies to lead with inclusive cultures, which will then garner them diverse talent. Oftentimes we hear the terms diversity and inclusion used interchangeably in DEI conversations; however, understanding the fundamental difference and interactions between the two is critical to cultivating a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. As an HR professional with a passion for inclusion-first policies, Jashn clarifies that inclusion goes beyond the numbers and focuses on nurturing appreciation for and amongst all employees. From acknowledging and addressing our unconscious bias to being consistent in our organizational core values, Jashn affirms that although inclusion is an extensive process, it’s nonetheless necessary to achieve an optimal workplace. As inclusive cultures become the norm, diverse talent often follows [and stays] of its own accord, thereby benefitting both the employers and the employees. Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Jashn Agrawal, MBAJashn is an accomplished HR Leader with a strong track record of leading & supporting global teams for companies like IKEA, Burson-Marsteller, AMEX and GE. Her expertise lies in successfully leading organizational planning and development through strategic initiatives and programs. Jashn holds a double MBA in HR with the most recent one being from Cornell University’s International Labor Research (ILR) Institute. In her free time, Jashn loves to bury her nose in a non-fiction book, do yoga, or go for long walks. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Diversity vs. Inclusion 2:55Common challenges 6:00Consistency is key 8:26Gender-specific stereotypes be gone! 10:18The harsh reality 17:20Our unconscious biases 22:10Strategize and prioritize 23:58Tracking progress 27:38Femme fact: Deborah Sampson 31:30Resources mentioned in this episode:  HBR (website)Cornell Inclusive Excellence PodcastMcKinsey (website)SHRM (website)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Why It’s Important to Have an Inclusive Workplace”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
All Things ERGsIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Kellie Sauls about establishing ERGs in the workplace. ERGs, or employee resource groups, are employee coalitions assembled to fulfill  a common goal or mission they wish to see reflected in the workplace. Equipped with her DE&I and ERG leadership expertise, Kellie walks us through the steps of bringing ERG plans into fruition so we can achieve a workplace that encourages its employees to see the value in their professional contributions. From welcoming inclusive, sometimes crusty support (more on that in the episode) to scouting an executive sponsor qualified to lead us down the road, Kellie helps us realize that the power behind building a successful and productive ERG derives from company-wide collaboration. Whether we have a direct stake in an ERGs' initiative or just want to be an ally to our colleagues, membership into this club is not exclusive. So, come one, come all and enter the world of all things ERGs! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Kellie Sauls, MS Currently as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), Ms. Sauls leads the direction and oversight of DE&I strategy, program development and management across the organization. Additionally, she has been engaged in impactful volunteer work within her community including board service, co-establishing a TEDx program, DE&I consultation services, and serving on local and national diversity related advisory councils. Ms. Sauls holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Counseling and Clinical Programs from Columbus State University. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  What is an ERG? 1:21Happy people make happy workplaces 5:23Starting with support 6:343..2..1..launch! Now what? 12:15Executive Sponsors 16:48A budget 17:55Red flags 20:45Femme fact: Sophie Scholl 25:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  PepTalkHer (website) Center for Global Inclusion (benchmarks guide) How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown (book)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Cara McCarty “Queen of Leadership” Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
DEI Matters

DEI Matters

2021-06-2133:34

DEI & the Bottom LineIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Michelle Bogan about the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the bottom line. Increased employee retention, higher work productivity, creative problem-solving, and a 3% increase in company revenue are all only a handful of possibilities when we put diversity at the forefront. Trust us, Michelle has the data to back it up! As one of few women in her former workplace, Michelle shares her personal experiences and knowledge to help us envision how well-planned DEI initiatives can transform workplaces for the better and uplift all employees. From focusing on the whole picture when crafting a DEI plan to ensuring leadership is aligned, Michelle reinforces that DEI is not just a box for companies to mindlessly check off. It’s a tried and true solution that both advances opportunity for underrepresented groups and optimizes overall organizational functioning. Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Michelle BoganMichelle's mission is to help companies create equitable workplaces. She is the Founder and CEO of Equity At Work, helping leaders achieve major impact through their diversity, inclusion and equity work. She is also on the Investment Committee for the RevTech Equity For Women fund, investing in women-led startups in the retail technology space. Michelle lives in Dallas with her two kids and dog, and loves yoga and photography. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  A problem 2:21Some hurdles 4:30HR or Leadership? 6:17More than the eye can see 12:14The Benefits 15:48Missing the mark 20:24Courage 22:03Femme fact: Mary E. Jones Parrish 26:28Resources mentioned in this episode:  Women in the Workplace (McKinsey study) Catalyst (Women in workplace research hub) National Women’s Law CenterAnneliese's OpEdEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our webinar “The Power Dynamic of Inclusion | Christine Moses”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Allyship Matters

Allyship Matters

2021-06-1434:13

Allyship Without the Baggage In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Cristina Santos about the do’s and don'ts of allyship. With the uptick of social justice conversations emerging this past year, many of us find ourselves asking the important question: How can we be supportive allies? Cristina emphasizes that allyship is not as straightforward as we might believe it to be - it requires consent between the receiver and the giver, open conversations about those relationship expectations, and careful research of communities we'd like to support. But once we understand the multifaceted dynamics of allyship, we can then work on becoming more productive allies to our peers. From disclosing our preferred pronouns in communal spaces to checking our inherent privileges, Cristina shares her expertise on all things allyship so that we can better advocate for those receptive of our support. Let's leave the bags at the door, initiate those honest conversations, and actively learn about communities to make meaningful steps forward toward equality!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Cristina SantosCristina Santos is Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Capital Group, where she drives the asset management firm's DE&I strategy with an emphasis on a culture of belonging, leadership accountability, diverse teams of associates and impacting communities. She is also a facilitating faculty member for the Diversity & Inclusion certification program at Cornell University's Industrial Labor Relations School. A proud wife and mother of four children who always keep life fun and interesting, she was recognized in 2012 as a “Working Mother of the Year” by Working Mother Magazine. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Welcome to Allyship 101 1:30Problematic allyship 4:47Understanding relationship  roles 7:40But where do we begin 11:09Gender-specific advocacy 19:37Supporting POC friends 21:00LGBTQ+ education and resources 24:32Femme fact: PRIDE Month 28:46Resources mentioned in this episode:  The Ally Continuum by Jennifer Brown5 Tips For Being An Ally by @chescaleighAllyship and Curiosity by Sheila Brassel, PhD, Joy Ohm, PhD, Dnika J. Travis, PhDEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Harold Hughes “Queen [or King] of Allyship”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Intergenerational ConflictIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Susan Combs about intergenerational conflict in the workplace. Intergenerational conflict involves social, cultural, or economic discrepancies between those of different generations; and oftentimes, we are not fully aware of how the issue affects our workplace dynamics. As an organizational leader who recently discovered the existence of intergenerational conflict in her own workplace, Susan recounts her learned experience of how we can best recognize and resolve intergenerational discord so that employees of all backgrounds and experiences can feel valued and respected. From bystander interventions to collecting and responding to data, Susan helps us realize that once we focus on overcoming the problems intergenerational conflict presents, positivity and an equal platform for being heard are sure to follow! So, let’s be receptive and open-minded to others’ ideas to ultimately begin bridging the gap between all generations. Besides, Rome wasn’t built in a day… or by a single generation for that matter. Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Susan Combs, JDSusan Combs is a successful, experienced executive at both the state and federal level. In Texas she served in several elected positions: as the Comptroller/ Treasurer; the first woman Agriculture commissioner; and was also a state legislator. She most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also served as the Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to celebrate the19th Amendment centennial in August of 2020. Susan is the Founder of HERdacity, launching the organization in 2015 as part of her long-running passion for promoting women to leadership roles and personal success. As a business owner, she operates a grazing and hunting operation on her ranch in the Big Bend of Texas.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Intergenerational conflict vs. Ageism 1:20Identifying workplace challenges 4:21There is no “I” in “Team” 9:02Started from the top, now we’re here 11:47Responding to the data 17:10Words matter 18:47Femme fact: Women of NASA 22:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  More In Common (website)HERdacity (nonprofit) Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our webinar “The Power Dynamics of Inclusion | Christine Moses”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Equity Matters

Equity Matters

2021-05-3139:16

Equity and EqualityIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Dr. Kami Anderson about achieving equality through equity. With the wave of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies adopted by organizations within the past year, it can be easy to believe we’re advancing toward equal opportunities. Dr. Kami highlights that equality cannot be fully achieved until organizations and individuals make equity work an essential practice in business. From ensuring balanced representation of decision-makers to acknowledging and accommodating those with different experiences, Dr. Kami encourages us to challenge the mission statements we see with the work that's actually being done. It’s one thing to publish carefully crafted, eloquently written DEI statements, but fulfilling those promises is where the rubber meets the road. With information and intention, we can all contribute to the difficult yet rewarding process of bringing equity to our workplaces and beyond! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Kami Anderson, PhDKami J. Anderson, PhD is an interculturalist, scholar and language advocate. Dr. Anderson has spent the past two decades immersed in languages and cultures and has been teaching in higher education since 2005. Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence. Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in International Affairs/Interdisciplinary Studies in International Communication and Anthropology from American University and a PhD in Communication and Culture from Howard University.  Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Equity vs. Equality 2:00 The road for women 7:05Day-to-day action items 8:24Dear Men, Welcome to Womanhood 14:50Difference does not equal deficit 21:40Equality criterion 28:20Femme fact: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League 32:52 Resources mentioned in this episode:  Patricia Hill Collins (scholar)Katie Geneva Cannon (scholar)Dr. Melva Sampson (scholar)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Racism vs. Bias | Why We Need to Understand the Difference” by Frances Leigh Jordan Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
What To Do When You Don’t Feel QualifiedIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Julie Parsley about the never-ending list of job requirements and how we meet them. Imagine this: you’re applying to jobs and can check off all but one, two, maybe three of those qualifications. But those few are enough to cast doubt in your mind and one might dismiss the position entirely. However, as an out-of-the-box applicant herself, Julie helps us realize that striving for perfection can often hold us back from career opportunities that, beyond the boxes, we are absolutely qualified for. From understanding how our experience can translate to other positions, to using our learned skills in crafting a personal narrative, Julie helps us realize that we should not let the self-sabotaging qualification battle be a barrier to our career trajectory. Let’s encourage our professional growth by writing our own stories, where we save the day and get the job [done]! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Julie Parsley, JDJulie Parsley currently leads Pedernales Electric Cooperative as the Chief Executive Officer. In her role, Julie values member service and making a positive difference for the company’s top management positions. Julie’s work within the company earned her recognition from the Austin Business Journal as its 2019 Best CEO in the nonprofit category. Prior to working for Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Julie was a utility attorney in Austin, as well as the former commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  On socialization, again 2:45Do away with gender presumptions 5:39To want the job or to not want the job 7:10How qualified is qualified enough? 10:34Sucker-punching imposter syndrome 14:28Risk 20:42Building courage 22:25Femme fact: Women in Blues 27:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  Option B by Sheryl Sandberg (book) Skimm’d from the Couch (podcast) The Six Morning Habits of High Performers (course) HBR article Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Why Women Need to Define Their Own Success | HER Side” by Catherine AshtonLoved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Feminist Management & LeadershipIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Cat Ashton about the value of feminism in the workplace. Four times more women than men dropped out of the labor force in 2020 due to COVID-19 challenges. Regardless of whether it’s because of pandemic-related causes or childcare duties, one thing is clear: the workplace is disproportionately unforgiving to women's experiences. As a feminist leader and entrepreneur, Cat teaches us that the gender inequities pervading the workplace today can only be challenged once we begin to understand and accommodate the candid lives of working women. From unlearning our own socialization to creating an empathetic culture, Cat helps us realize that underneath the job titles and day-to-day do’s, we are people first. So, let us go forth with a sense of confidence and unapologetically bring our authentic feminist selves into the workplace!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Catherine AshtonCatherine Ashton (she/her) is on a mission to change the way nonprofits raise money. As the founder of Giant Squid Group LLC, Catherine works with nonprofits to land donors, win grants, and fund their works.  She is a sought-after coach, speaker, and strategist locally and nationally, and specializes in helping organizations marry best practices and mission-aligned innovation to drive systems-level change.  She is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equity in the nonprofit sector, and has been a raging feminist from a young age. In her “outside of work” time she's volunteering with the Austin Diaper Bank,  or chasing her energetic daughter, Rosalind down the nearest hiking trail.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Feminism 1:28When one domino falls, the others follow 8:00Bring your lunch AND your feminism 12:34Picture this: Your Authentic Self 16:49 Changing the culture 18:46Company-wide implementation 24:30Femme fact: The Olympic Games 29:10Resources mentioned in this episode:  Ask a Manager (blog) TrollXChromosomes (subreddit)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “I’m Not a ‘Mom Boss’ | HER Side” by Catherine AshtonLoved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacityInstagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity.orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Organizational InclusionIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Rose Saenz about the importance of organizational inclusion at all levels of an organization. Unfortunately, it can be easy for workplace hierarchies to let employees feel overlooked. However, Rose urges us to realize that we are not just a number in the masses. With 20 years of management experience, Rose teaches us how to recognize the worth in our contributions while encouraging company leaders to remind their employees of their own value. From seeking out the frontline perspectives to aligning in our common goals, Rose guides us toward building an inclusive workplace culture that celebrates the impactful work we all do. Whether we’re executives, administrators, or frontline staff, never forget that we each have a role to play — all of which is equally worthy!  Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Rose SaenzRose M. Saenz's 20+ year career is centered around serving our seniors in various senior living roles from nursing care to operations to new developments. Rose is currently President and Operations Specialist for RevealSol, LLC, a consulting company and the Vice President of Workforce Development for Texas Assisted Living Association. Rose is passionate about educating and supporting community leaders in how care is approached, ensuring independence, autonomy and dignity of senior adults is of highest regard through day-to-day operational practices, programming and community design.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Hierarchy of Hinderance 3:25From old school to new school 6:12Execute inclusion 9:18Action steps for improved culture 14:20Creating a safe space 20:50Empowered employees empower employees 22:20Femme fact: Wilhelmina Cole Holladay 30:55Resources mentioned in this episode:  Start with Why by Simon Sinek (book) Smarp blog (employee advocacy)Fundamentally Different by David Friedman (book)Harvard Business Review article Simon Sinek TED TalkEpisode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Why it’s Important to Have an Inclusive Workplace and How to Get There”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacity Instagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
A Lesson on Recruiters

A Lesson on Recruiters

2021-05-0339:36

What To Know About RecruitersIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Liz Bronson about the job recruiting process, more specifically, those all-too-mystifying recruiters. As job applicants, we’ve all experienced the dank, dark hole that is the recruiting process … but what’s on the other end of that interaction? Enter Liz, whose insight as a recruiter reveals the methods to the madness. Though the world of recruiting might not be as dank and dark as we perceive, that doesn’t mean we should go forth unprepared. From applicant tracking system, to knowing which type of recruiters we’re interacting with, Liz gives us guidance to help optimize our success throughout the process. After all, it’s not just a matter of getting the job - it’s finding the right fit for us!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Liz BronsonLiz Bronson is the owner of Liz Bronson Consulting- an HR and recruiting company helping mostly tech start-up teams build their people practices, programs, and values to help them hire and retain their people. Liz is passionate about designing authentic, candidate-centric recruiting processes that match a company's culture, and does individual career and general management coaching and training. Before being independent, Liz worked for 9 years at VMware building their Product Management and Marketing teams and was also a part of the HR team at Barclays Global Investors. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  I’ll take recruiters for 500 1:35Gender-specific recruiting challenges 4:28The big four 6:50Trust your spidey sense 14:35Questions are a girl’s best friend 21:13Follow up fearlessly 24:21Know your recruiter 28:57Femme fact: Mental Health Awareness Month 33:50Resources mentioned in this episode:  Real Job Talk (website) The Muse (job search engine)Built In Austin (job search engine)Fairygodboss (job search engine)National Alliance on Mental Health (website) Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our webinar “Resiliency in the Job Search | Dawn Shaw” Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacity Instagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Career ExplorationIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Lynn Chang about exploring various career paths. During her tenure as a college career coach, Dr. Lynn guided students toward balanced and satisfying career choices. However, career exploration is not exclusive to the youth of pre-paid meal plans; it’s a common phenomenon to all working professionals. From exploring the multi-faceted career playground to prioritizing mind over matter, Dr. Lynn walks us through the process of determining our wants, our talents, and our curiosities which will ultimately aid us in discovering our careers of choice. So let's have a go at the playground of life; perhaps along the way we’ll learn where we can also make a difference! Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Lynn Chang, PhDDr. Lynn Chang is the founder of CAREER ZEN and author of The 10 Day Career Cleanse. With a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Lynn infuses yoga and Buddhist spiritual principles into her career guidance. This East-meets-West approach allows her to teach people how to achieve meaningful work, purposeful living, and work/life balance. With a focus on calming the mind and listening to your heart, Dr Lynn believes you already have the answers you seek within you.Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Career exploration 3:25Why should I change my career? 5:15What + where to start 6:52When in a pandemic-like Rome 10:14Nama-stay calm 11:58Into the wilderness of curiosity 17:17Telltale signs of success 21:44The career nebula 26:18Femme fact: Lily Parr 29:50Resources mentioned in this episode:  Why some of don’t have one true calling by Emilie Wapnick (TED Talk)I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher (book)mynextmove.org (website)topworkplaces.com (website)The 16 Career Clusters (article)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Starting Strong: How to Discover Your Passion in College” by Ananya DwivediLoved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacity Instagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
Secrets to Breaking Glass CeilingsIn this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Lee Anne Crockett about navigating top corporate positions as a woman. Having encountered adversity when seeking promotions in a male-dominated industry, Lee learned the number of systemic barriers women face on their climb to the top of the professional pyramid. From her experience, Lee teaches us ways to outsmart the system, or more accurately put, to mastering the "game." From leaving emotions at the door to coming equip with a plan B, Lee points out that one of the ways to win is by knowing that there's a game to be played in the first place! And once we develop our game changing strategies, we’ll be able to checkmate. So, let’s claim the game, break some rules, boot the kings and check as Queens!Host: Lorelei GonzalezCo-host: Lee Anne CrockettLee Anne Crockett, MBA, is a Sales Director for a large manufacturing organization and the founder of Lee Crockett Consulting. She has been leading successful teams for over a decade, with a focus in sales & business development. Inspired to make a larger impact with women, Lee Anne combined her passions for leading, coaching, and professional development with her MBA in Entrepreneurship and launched her coaching practice. There, she serves as a Leadership Development & Career Strategist and works with women leaders to get promoted faster. Lee Anne’s mission is to help other women shatter the glass ceiling and create their own seat at the table. Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  Career hurdles 4:26Pay day! But make it unequal 7:20Chess includes Kings AND Queens 10:09Good Ol' Boys Club 15:45Leveling Up 19:53Pitfalls of the busy-bee 23:19Creating positive change 27:20Femme fact: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 29:45Resources mentioned in this episode:  Payscale.com (website) Equalpaytoday.org (website)Episode sponsors:  HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “The Continuous Struggle with the Gender Pay Gap”Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:Twitter: @herdacityFacebook: @HERdacity Instagram: @herdacityLinkedIn: HERdacity Email: herdacious@herdacity(dot)orgFor up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here.  Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.Support the show (http://herdacity.org/donate/)
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