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Austin Heller, Team Lead of Kennesaw State University’s Civic Engagement Team, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about inclusion initiatives centered around whiteness and how it impacts efforts to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. In this Episode·      Dr. Weaver and Austin Heller discuss the definition of white centering and how it manifests itself in the workplace, from tone policing to hairstyles and attire and other actions that are deemed “abnormal” to white people·      How centering DE&I policies around white feelings and fragility only harms people of color and fails to address their experiences with racism in and outside of the workplace, thus creating more feelings of alienation for people of color·      Generation Z’s major political and social involvement and how it could change the way that companies approach the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace·      How different policies such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Disney’s lackluster response uphold norms of white normativity and heteronormativity, thus putting them into conflict with companies’ DE&I goals and how Gen Z is actively calling these companies out·      What Gen Z is doing to influence policies and practices to improve the workplace and their quality of life Resources·      Austin Heller·      Guest’s Website·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Hybrid work: Making it fit with you diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy·      Addressing the unprecedented behavioral-health challenges facing Generation Z·      Gen Z: How young people are changing activismFollow Us on:Workin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Ricki Fairley, CEO of Touch Black Breast Cancer Alliance, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about Black women’s experiences with breast cancer, medical racism, and how she has helped numerous Black women fighting breast cancer navigate their diagnoses and the medical field to get the help they need.In this Episode·      A brief introduction to Ricki Fairley and her work with TOUCH Black Breast Cancer Alliance, her experiences with battling and conquering triple-negative breast cancer, and how she has used her experiences to help other Black women fighting breast cancer as a patient navigator·      A look into the statistics of breast cancer in Black women, including a higher likelihood of developing breast cancer and a higher mortality rate than white women, and how it ties back into representation issues in the workplace for Black women·      How TOUCH Black Breast Cancer Alliance is helping increase the representation of Black female breast cancer patients, included in treatments and clinical trials, in addition to helping foster a positive relationship between Black patients and non-Black doctors, a crucial element to eliminating racism in the medical field·      How Fairley created the “When We Tri(al)” campaign, a support group designed to connect Black female breast cancer patients to one another, especially around clinical trials and dispelling myths about medical testing and treatments·      What listeners can do in terms of helping Black women navigate breast cancer diagnoses, treatments, and appointments, and how that can translate into helping and supporting Black women in the workplace and beyond Resources·      Ricki Fairley·      Touch Black Breast Cancer Alliance·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      When We Tri(al)Follow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation

2022-06-1726:29

Tony McQueen, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Colaberry Inc., joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about The Great Resignation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the root causes of this phenomenon. Dr. Weaver and McQueen also dive into how the high rates of attrition during the pandemic will affect the economy and society in the future. In this Episode·      A quick introduction to Tony McQueen and his work in helping organizations search for top-tier and diverse talent, growing brand awareness, creating marketing strategies, and identifying partnership opportunities·      Diving into the causes of The Great Resignation, including feelings of undervaluation, lack of adequate pay and benefits, poor flexibility (especially for working parents), feelings of being expendable, and either overt or covert discrimination, especially in the case of people of color·      How The Great Resignation has led to many workers seeking jobs that accommodate their schedules and promote a good work-life balance and many companies implementing bonuses and benefits to attract new hires or keep their current workers·      A need for companies to continue adapting to the ever-changing nature of work during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are having to rethink what talent means and how to bring out talents that have gone unrecognized·      What companies can do to help slow down or end The Great Resignation, including re-aligning their corporate values to closely match those of their employees, especially those from underrepresented groups Resources·      Tony McQueen·      Colaberry·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      ‘Great Attrition’ or ‘Great Attraction’? The Choice is YoursFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Claudine Miles, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Restore More joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of working parents across the United States. She and Dr. Weaver also talk about how the pandemic has negatively affected the mental health of children, especially teenagers, and how it affects their parents. In this Episode·      An introduction to Claudine Miles’ work in mental health and trauma-informed care, especially among children and working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic·      The changes to parents’ personal lives because of the pandemic, and how they have had to take on more responsibilities regarding their children’s mental health, thus causing parents to become extremely stressed·      An increase in mental health challenges in children because of pandemic-related isolation and lack of connectedness, including increased diagnoses of depression and suicidal ideation among children, and how parents are struggling to address these issues·      The stigma of mental health issues in the workplace – especially for working parents – and among older generations, in addition to helping working parents obtain adequate mental health resources for their children and the parents themselves·      How workplaces can better support the mental health of working parents, including creating spaces to openly have conversations about mental health, and implementing different methods, techniques, and programs to address issues surrounding mental health Resources·      Claudine Miles·      Restore More·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Rose, Bud, and Thorn exerciseFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Dr. Kanika Bell, a licensed psychiatrist and co-owner of ATL and Psychotherapy and Consulting Services, LLC, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of workers across the United States, the need for companies to address the state of emotional and mental health within the workplace and how to help their workers. In this Episode·      The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of millions of people across the nation, including workers, and how the conversation around mental health has changed from one that was rarely had to one that has come to the forefront of the American conscience ·      How the death of George Floyd and the resulting racial trauma added onto the already-present trauma faced by Black communities and workers and other groups of color because of the ongoing pandemic·      The effect that the pandemic has had on working mothers, including issues of stress, isolation, increased online browsing, and mental health challenges, especially when children are involved·      The outreach that Dr. Bell has received from different companies on how to reanalyze the way that their workplaces are run and how to be more emphatic towards their workers during a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many people in the American workforce·      Addressing the ongoing problem of a mass exodus of women from the workforce with many not planning to return to the office, a need for workplaces to improve their culture to be more considerate of the demands of their workers, and a cultural shift on views of mental health in the workplace with Generation Z entering the workforce Resources·      Dr. Kanika Bell·      A.T.L. Psychotherapy and Consulting Services, LLC·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      SilverCloudFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
My Freedom Journey

My Freedom Journey

2022-04-2230:25

Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes, Founder and CEO of BeyondFree, LLC, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about her latest book My Freedom: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical., as well as the concept of growth and self-reflection in the world of DEI work. In this Episode·      A brief introduction to Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes and her work, her upbringing as a daughter of a United Nations official and international student, and how that influenced her to begin her work in the space of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as individual growth and self-management·      A dive into Dr. Dillett-Duke’s newest book My Freedom: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical., which highlights the importance of personal exploration and vulnerability as tools for navigating topics of diversity and inclusion ·      How storytelling can be used as a method of self-reflection, addressing past trauma, finding closure on different events that have happened in one’s life, and discovering who one truly is·      How the book is tied to a need for companies to understand authenticity in the workplace and how that intersects with their personal lives, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for one to truly understand what their life is about·      How listeners can begin their journey into self-discovery, transparency, and using those to deconstruct biases they have of the people around them Resources·      Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes·      BeyondFree, LLC·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      My Freedom Journey: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical.Follow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Allegheny Health Network, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about disparities within the healthcare system towards patients and medical professionals of color, and how to alleviate those biases for better outcomes for both groups. In this Episode·      A brief introduction in Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew’s work with Allegheny Health Network, and how it aims to curtail racial discrimination and inequities within healthcare, especially in the sector of obstetrics and gynecology·      How biases within the healthcare system affect the quality of care that patients of color, particularly Black patients, receive, and how it affects the mental well-being of doctors of color and their ability to perform their duties efficiently·      Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew’s experiences with growing up in the Jim Crow era and how it inspired her to enter the medical field with the goal of dismantling racism and making healthcare access and quality equal for all·      The maternal mortality rate of Black women in the United States and how social and political determinants of health play into the mortality rate, and what can be done to end it·      The role of leadership in employing diversity, equity, and inclusion training in healthcare networks and hospitals to help doctors and other medical professionals deliver quality healthcare for patients of color, and to make the environment more equitable for doctors of color Resources·      Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew·      Allegheny Health Network·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      The Color of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness Through History, Family, Fear and FaithFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Damon Jones, Chief Communications Officer for Procter & Gamble, and the creator of the Take on Race Initiative, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the work Take on Race has done to solve existing inequities within the workplace and in communities across America.  In this Episode·      A brief introduction to Procter & Gamble’s Take on Race Initiative, which aims to tackle racial inequalities in the workplace and in different communities across the United States, and what steps Take on Race is taking to resolve them·      How Mr. Jones has taking on health and educational disparities in communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic through the One Million Connected Devices Now Initiative, with the goal of giving students and their families access to the Internet for education and employment ·      The topic of wealth creation by Take on Race, in collaboration with Bank of America and BMO Bank, and how it pertains to minority-owned businesses to help them continue to thrive during the pandemic, at a time where many minority-owned businesses closed for good·      The challenges encountered by Take on Race, including the longevity of certain projects and initiatives, how to boost talks of diversity and inclusion in the corporate world and beyond, and how Mr. Jones seeks to overcome those challenges·      How others can get involved in Take on Race and help to amplify the effect that the initiative has on corporate America and the general American populace Resources·      Damon Jones·      Take on Race·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      One Million Connected Devices NowFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Leah D. Daughtry, founder of Power Rising and a renowned political activist and organizer, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the political power of Black women, and how Daughtry helps harness that power to help Black female political candidates, voters, and other Black women in her work. In this Episode·      Ms. Daughtry’s experience as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, which oversaw the nominations of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020, in addition to her book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics·      An examination into the voting bloc of Black women, how their decision-making in their personal lives shows up in elections, and the ascendency of Black women in politics, including the election of Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States·      How historic and systemic racism and sexism against Black women in politics and broader American society attempt to put Black women at a disadvantage for being selected as politicians or judges, and how to rectify the problem·      The nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson by President Joe Biden as Supreme Court Justice and ensuing conversations about her qualifications speaks on the broader issue of the assumption of Black women as being less qualified or fit to be in certain political positions due to race and gender·      A brief introduction in Ms. Daughtry’s organization Power Rising, how it came to be in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the work that the organization engages in, and how it inspires and empowers Black women to exercise their political power, whether it be through voting or running for office
Anthony Hudson, Regional President of BMO Harris Bank, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to share his expertise in the financial industry. He also speaks about his dedication to nurture wealth creation and business development in communities of color.In this Episode·      The explanation of the racial wealth gap that exists between White families and Black and Latino families, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic·      The role that the BMO EMpower initiative plays in building the wealth of Black and Latino businesses and their respective communities·      The challenges that Black and Brown-owned businesses face when it comes to funding, including accessing loans and investment opportunities to allow their businesses to thrive·      How Mr. Hudson uses the platform given to him by the BMO Empower Initiative to provide support, opportunities, and access to minority-owned businesses·      Steps that Black and Latino business owners can successfully grow and expand their businesses, including establishing a trusted financial team and utilizing resources for education and thought leadership Resources·      Anthony Hudson·      BMO Harris Bank·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      BMO Harris Bank EMpowerFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Dennis “Doc” Williams, R&B music producer and musical director of The O’Jays, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about overcoming racial discrimination in the musical industry and how his experiences shaped who he is today as a musician.In this Episode·      Exploring Dennis’ background in classical music and how his expertise helped him propel his musical career, and how he had to take a different approach and trajectory due to racial discrimination·      A discussion on how Black people are often pigeonholed into certain roles and occupations, and how the importance of Black people being able to navigate around or break through those restrictions·      How Dennis was able to secure career opportunities in both classical and R&B music and alongside different musicians and musical groups such as The O’Jays, The Washington Symphony Orchestra, Teddy Pendergrass, Joe Coleman, and Patty LaBelle·      The importance of determination as a key driver to pursuing one’s dream career, and how Black musicians have paved the way for modern genres of music and the continued evolution of the music industry·      The importance of preparation for the various obstacles in one’s career path and establishing relationships with people that one will encounter throughout their career Resources·      Dennis “Doc” Williams·      Dennis “Doc” Williams Music·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment StrategiesFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Dr. J. Bruce Stewart, founder and CEO of Small World Solutions Group, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about his new book The Click Code: Why Some Teams Click and Others Don't. Dr. Stewart shares the importance of promoting social capital in the workplace so that companies can foster an inclusive environment for people to succeed in.In this Episode·      The introduction of Dr. Stewart’s latest book The Click Code: Why some teams click and others don't, and how the book explores the functionality of teams in the workplace, and why some teams have a hard time utilizing tools to manage and lead in an inclusive way·      The definition of social capital, how it functions, the challenges of implementing social capital, and the importance of this concept in the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment·      A brief discussion on the topic of cognitive diversity and psychological roles, the purpose and importance of both, and how having a diversity of both helps teams to become more productive and increase performance ·      The other factors of creating a diverse and successful team, including “plussing up”, or building up on a person’s ideas, and the three Hit factors, which are the Musketeer mindset (all-for-one, one-for-all), identification of psychological roles, and the “A+” principle·      How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and EEO groups can come together to understand social capital to build diverse, effective teams, and how help invoke change within a company’s culture to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion as major factors within the company Resources·      Dr. J. Bruce Stewart·      Small World Solutions Group·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      The Click Code: Why Some Teams Click and Others Don’tFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Theo Peoples, the lead vocalist of The Temptations and The Four Tops, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about his experiences with overcoming adversity and discrimination in the music industry to become of the most well-known soul singers and songwriters of all time. In this Episode·      Theo’s humble beginnings as a member of his father’s church choir, and how his father helped him build up the confidence needed to have the ability to sing and produce music for thousands of people·      How his expulsion from his home church for playing secular music ultimately led him to meet The Temptations and become a full-fledged member of the musical group, along with his loss of spirituality and reclamation of it in music·      The exploration of instances of discrimination that Theo has faced in his musical career, and how dismissing experiences of personal and structural racism as a coping mechanism only does harm to people of color, especially in the corporate world·      The importance of acknowledging instances of racism and confronting them as a mechanism to help people of color and their allies be able to make their lives and careers easier and more navigable·      How to maintain a level of dignity in one’s career and be empowered to show up as their most authentic self Resources·      Theo Peoples·      Allen Media Strategies·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Voices of Classic SoulFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
In this Episode·      A brief introduction to Black Market Reads, a podcast created and hosted by Lissa that amplifies the voices of Black authors and storytellers and allows them to share their experiences and show up as the most authentic forms of themselves·      How Lissa uses the works of bell hooks to help Black women unpack the harmful archetypes about them, including the “strong Black woman” trope, helps examine the tropes and the way that they are implanted into cultural DNA, and why these tropes cause extreme psychological harm to Black women, mainly in the workplace·      The way that the works of Toni Morrison encourage Lissa and other Black female readers and listeners to contextualize themselves in the world based upon their own experiences and to refuse to be forced into the archetypes that the world has created of them·      The level of inclusivity in Audre Lorde’s works of Black and LGBTQ+ women, and how she encouraged these groups of women be assertive and call for equal treatment throughout all of society, including in the workplace in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests and racial reckoning in the United States·      How to encourage and support Black women in sharing their own stories and experiences from their own perspective, while rejecting the expectations of non-Black people for Black women to dilute their stories or experiences to make them more palatable Resources·      Lissa Jones-Lofgren·      Urban Agenda·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Black Market ReadsFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Chuck West, Chief Executive officer of OCTET Productions Inc., joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about overcoming racial discrimination and other forms of adversity in the entertainment industry, and how his experiences have shaped who he is today. He also speaks about how he has helped college students and professionals of color in the industry be able to conquer those same obstacles to succeed. In this Episode·      How Chuck’s background knowledge in finance and accounting helped him launch his career in film and television production·      His experiences as one of the few African American men in the financial and management sector of film and television, and how he managed to overcome the obstacles on his journey to success·      The ways that Chuck has been able to use his platform to give people of color and other marginalized groups opportunities in the industry, such as on-the-job training, internships, and in-school partnerships with professionals in the entertainment industry·      How OCTET Productions works with different entertainment companies such as BET, Lifetime, ALLBLK, and UMC to produce projects and content that showcase African Americans in a positive light, thus helping change how Black people are shown on-screen·      How to help the next generation of professionals of color follow their career path and be able to challenge adversity in the entertainment industry head on while on their road to success Resources·      Chuck West·      OCTET Productions, Inc.·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Procter & Gamble: Widen The ScreenFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Jessica Bergeron, Senior Vice President of Operation Hope, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the status of Black and Brown-owned businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also talks about how Operation Hope’s One Million Black Businesses Initiative has been helping Black and Brown businesses bounce back and thrive during the pandemic.  In this Episode·      The challenges facing Black and Brown-owned businesses, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of fortified infrastructure to strengthen and protect them·      How bank loans, mentorship, and generational wealth are involved in creating a solid infrastructure, and how Black and Brown businesses have been bereft of them, therefore placing them at a huge disadvantage·      The origins of Operation Hope and how the organization has helped Black and Brown businesses thrive via education on financial literacy, money management, coaching services, and initiatives such as One Million Black Businesses·      How the partners of Operation Hope, such as PNC Bank, Shopify, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have been instrumental in rebuilding Black and Brown businesses hit hard by the pandemic·      Empowering Black and Brown businesses and startups to advance in the corporate world Resources·      Jessica Bergeron·      Operation Hope·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      One Million Black BusinessesFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook  
Raymone Bain, publicist to the stars and founder of Raymone K. Bain Companies, LLC, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to discuss her experience working with some of the biggest names in sports, politics and entertainment. She shares stories about her work with Michael Jackson, Bernie Mac, Babyface, Jimmy Carter and more. She also reveals the discrimination she has faced during her career and offers advice for those facing similar challenges. In this Episode·      How Raymone created a path to success in a male-dominated industry ·      Her experience working with notable celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Bernie Mac, Serena Williams, and Janet Jackson·      The importance of investing in relationships as part of building a successful career·      The discrimination, bias, and obstacles people of color face in the public relations industry and how to overcome them·      The importance of being loyalty and staying true to oneself  Resources·      Raymone Bain·      Raymone K. Bain Companies, LLC·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Keeper of the Famed: A Veteran Player in Politics, Sports and Entertainment, Publicist Raymone Bain is at the Top of Her Game. Is She Up to Managing Michael Jackson?Follow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Jonathan Kaufman, founder of J. Kaufman Consulting and a thought leader and educator, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to discuss how embracing disabilities can allow companies to be more innovative and productive. He talks about his experience as a person with a disability, why people with disabilities are often overlooked in corporate America and the role resilience, patience and adaptation play in creating environments that are supportive and inclusive of people with disabilities. In this Episode·      The disability market in the United States and how companies are missing out on harnessing the talent of these individuals·      How a fear of the unknown drives companies away from discussions about people with disabilities and how that avoidance fosters a culture of ableism·      The role of resilience, patience and adaptation in the discussion about disabilities and the experience of people with disabilities·      Dr. Kaufman’s experience growing up with a disability and how that shaped his career aspirations and his perception of the workplace and the world·      The actions companies must take to create an inclusive and accommodating environment for people with disabilities Resources·      Jonathan Kaufman·      J. Kaufman Consulting·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      Mindset Matters·      The $400 Billion Adaptive Clothing Opportunity·      Disability Impacts All of UsFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
Juan Lopez, founder of management consulting firm Amistad Associates, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to discuss the role of code switching in Corporate America. He explains what code switching is, how it’s employed by Latino professionals and the impact it can have on one’s career and self-esteem. In This Episode·      What code switching is and how it shows up in the workplace·      How code switching negatively impacts the experiences and overall well-being of professionals of color ·      How Latinos code switch to advance their careers and how it prevents them from being their authentic selves·      The extent to which White professionals and managers are aware of code switching in their organizations·      How to create and foster an environment in which Latinos and others won’t feel the need to code switch Resources·      Juan Lopez·      Amistad Associates·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver·      Alignment Strategies·      The Cost of Code-SwitchingFollow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter  Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter  Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook   
Dr. Janice Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia joins host Dr. Vanessa Weaver to discuss her role and impact as the country’s first cabinet-level diversity professional. She shares details about the DE&I initiatives her team has instituted and what she’s done to ensure these efforts continue in future administrations, the critical race theory debate in Virginia and its role in the most recent gubernatorial election, and her plans following the Northam administration's transition out of office. In This Episode·     The diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives established under Dr. Underwood's leadership, including ONE Virginia, the first statewide strategic plan for inclusive excellence across more than 100 state agencies.·      The steps Dr. Underwood has taken to ensure that the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the Northam Administration will continue with future administrations. ·      Dr. Underwood’s path from special education biology teacher to appointed government officer. ·      Why the Commonwealth of Virginia has declared racism a public health crisis and how the Northam Administration has addressed this issue. ·      Misconceptions about critical race theory and how the governor’s office is using CRT to reform manifestations of racism in Virginia law. Resources·        Dr. Janice Underwood·        Dr. Vanessa Weaver·        Alignment Strategies·        ONE Virginia ·        Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 Equity Leadership Task Force·        Critical Race Theory: A Brief History Follow Us on Social MediaWorkin’ It Out·      LinkedIn·      Facebook ·      Instagram·      Twitter   Alignment Strategies·      LinkedIn·      Facebook·      Twitter   Diversity and Inclusion Television·      LinkedIn·      Facebook 
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