63 episodes

Business In Colour is a podcast that inspires, empowers and mobilizes leaders and allies to understand and act for greater diversity. Hear our stories so that you understand our journey, our experiences and our wants. We bring to you leaders who are doing incredible work in this space. We know this work is not easy, we know the challenges leaders face. Our hope is that by listening to the leaders on the Business In Colour podcast, you make a commitment to act for positive change. Our businesses must reflect the colours of the communities we work and live in.

Business In Colour Div Pillay & Sadhana Smiles

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Business In Colour is a podcast that inspires, empowers and mobilizes leaders and allies to understand and act for greater diversity. Hear our stories so that you understand our journey, our experiences and our wants. We bring to you leaders who are doing incredible work in this space. We know this work is not easy, we know the challenges leaders face. Our hope is that by listening to the leaders on the Business In Colour podcast, you make a commitment to act for positive change. Our businesses must reflect the colours of the communities we work and live in.

    Suet Koon Lai/The Tempered Radical

    Suet Koon Lai/The Tempered Radical

    In this episode, we interview Koon Lai, whose energy and passion is just infectious. She has led some pretty major client transformations during her time as a PwC Director, but what is clear is how she had led her personal and professional transformation. This is what makes Koon a powerful executive coach, she has the lived experience to give to her clients. Koon shares how she felt an Invisible wall in Australia and how she used her cultural strength and communal spirit to make herself more visible. Koon connects her thinking on individual and organisational shifts… to be more inclusive around the concept of The Tempered Radical – find out what she means by this, she explains it beautifully with plenty of examples. Hear also about code switching, how Koon has an allergic reaction when others say, all you have to do is speak up…how we fear the risk of rejection and exclusion and can become self-critical, losing our confidence. There are so many aha moments in this episode, but the one that just fills us with a renewed sense of strength and pride is when Koon says, when referring to migrants: “We are the Majority” and Sadhana and I concur that we need a majority mindset and a revaluing of our identity and cultural strength. Thank you Koon for reminding us, please enjoy the brilliant thinking and compassionate leadership of Koon Lai.
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    • 45 min
    Veena Sahajwalla (Inventor of Green Steel)/ There is Value in Waste

    Veena Sahajwalla (Inventor of Green Steel)/ There is Value in Waste

    The bazaars of Mumbai taught a young Veena Sahajwalla that there is value in trash. Veena was the NSW Australian of the Year 2022...and in her acceptance speech she acknowledged those who traded in the bazaars of Mumbai....

    "The award was a recognition that waste as a material, if it's valued, could have big positive consequences. We wouldn't throw it away, we would re-manufacture things, we'd pay fair wages to people."

    She invented Green Steel which she describes as the "holy grail" formula by using coffee waste instead of coking coal.

    Veena is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and innovator who is revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’. As Director of the Sustainable Materials Research and Technology Centre at UNSW, she has built a world-class research hub. Sahajwalla leads a highly innovative research program that fosters innovation and promotes collaboration with industry to ensure that scientific advances in sustainable materials and processes are readily translated into commercially-viable environmental solution. 

     

     
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    • 51 min
    Alicia Vrajlal/You Are More Than Enough

    Alicia Vrajlal/You Are More Than Enough

    In this episode, we talk with Alicia Vrajlal who is the Culture Editor at Refinery29 Australia and the Founder of the blog, Draw Your Box. This interview was so wonderfully warm and educative as Alicia offers her story of navigation and sense-making with her identity, facing into the many judgements from others: not Indian enough, not Fijian enough, not Australian enough. This resonates with Sadhana and I, as we have also faced into these judgements and emerged stronger and clearer, just like Alicia, with who we are. Professionally, Alicia gives us a window into how pop culture shapes our thinking and how inclusive we are as a society – we discuss Neighbours, Melbourne Fashion week and Alicia’s red carpet experiences, where she has often been the only or one of two Indian women. It is a story of moving into spaces, like media and entertainment where traditionally women like us have not belonged, a story many of us can relate to. Alicia shows us it is possible to have a voice in these spaces or to create the space, like she has with her blog. Please enjoy the courageous leadership voice, of Alicia Vrajlal.
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    • 46 min
    Div & Sadhana/Making an Impact Together

    Div & Sadhana/Making an Impact Together

    Please enjoy this conversation with the co-hosts with the most-est, Div Pillay and Sadhana Smiles, as they celebrate their 60th episode. This is a reflective piece about how the podcast started, the impact the podcast is creating, with a little insight into how the co-hosts think on contemporary topics of inclusion in the workplace. Listen to their 'ask' or call out at the end for sponsorship - please flood their direct message box on Linkedin with offers to support them with your organisation's brand! This is role-modelling being brave and bold, in asking for what you need to progress. Please, like, share, subscribe and give them a rating and comment. Connect with them on Linkedin and tune into the next 60 episodes of Business in Colour. 
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    • 26 min
    Mithu Bhowmick Lange /Giving Voice

    Mithu Bhowmick Lange /Giving Voice

    In this episode, we talk with Mitu Bhowmick Lange, Indian-Australian filmmaker, film producer…and Founder and Director of Mind Blowing Films – a distribution company. Mitu’s story is one of creating choices, seeing possibility and choosing deliberately. She is a natural story-teller and you will be drawn in with her words and how she weaves in contemporary dialogues on diversity and inclusion. She generously walks us through the Indian film industry, its size, its reach, its impact and its growth globally. We talk about her own career journey, as a successful, award winning film director and producer in India to... not being able to get a call back for jobs in 2002 from employers in the film industry in Australia. Her first job here was cleaning tables at the Crown. We are lucky to hear first hand of her influence and impact to bring Indian film into the mainstream with a deal with Hoyts. Yes, she is the leader responsible for this. Mitu is unstoppable in her pursuit and life's work to create a platform for diverse voices to be heard in the mainstream. She is a trailblazer and a visionary, please enjoy the outstanding leadership voice of, Mitu Bhowmick Lange.
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    • 46 min
    Jahin Tanvir/Your Identity is Your Superpower

    Jahin Tanvir/Your Identity is Your Superpower

    Jahin Tanvir, is a leader and an advocate for marginalised young people. At 21 years of age, he shows us that leadership is not age dependent - you can lead yourself and others at any point in your life. He is reflective, deeply self-aware, disciplined, shows a vulnerability and strength that many take years to develop and master. He asks us to see our identity as our superpower, to strive for the extraordinary every day, to be obsessed with a problem enough to work with others to solve it. His passion is infectious, as he talks about BREATHE his social enterprise providing public speaking education to multicultural communities in cities and regional and remote areas. We learn that 3 out of 4 people are afraid of public speaking and talk about the real challenges for those public speaking in a language that is not their first. Hear Jahin’s top 3 pieces of feedback when public speaking and his call to action to mentor and support a young person. Please enjoy the energy and leadership of Jahin Tanvir. 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Coretta Bessi ,

Inspiring and Empowering!

Div and Sadhna have such authenticity and candour in their interviews with intelligent and passionate business leaders, allies and advocates across many professions and industries. Their ability to create genuine conversations around diversity of culture and intersectionality implications is sensational - inspiring and empowering!

MelissaCMRC ,

Business In Colour

An hounour and exceptional interview with Div Pillay & Sadhna Smiles who have a depth of understanding on issues as layered & complex as immigration. A thoroughness of technique & interview skills brings about the best in a way that acknowledges business , Women of Colour , policy & intersectionality of gender, ethnicity & purpose .

Treated Pine ,

A must listen

Love listening to Div and Sadhana share conversations with leaders who are all doing amazing work around diversity and inclusion. Thank you for sharing these.

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