30 episodes

Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic right now, but getting it right for the workplace, society and - most importantly - the people it affects doesn’t happen overnight.
The D&Igest gets personal with activists who’ve been on the journey and who want to share their stories, whether professional or personal, about what they’ve been through and how they’re now making a difference in both their and others’ lives.
We tackle the passion, the perseverance and the practice around D&I and get deep into the weeds of what makes it work.
Join us.
You can reach us here- contact@diversely.io

The D&Igest: A Diversely Podcast Helen McGuire

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Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic right now, but getting it right for the workplace, society and - most importantly - the people it affects doesn’t happen overnight.
The D&Igest gets personal with activists who’ve been on the journey and who want to share their stories, whether professional or personal, about what they’ve been through and how they’re now making a difference in both their and others’ lives.
We tackle the passion, the perseverance and the practice around D&I and get deep into the weeds of what makes it work.
Join us.
You can reach us here- contact@diversely.io

    30. Surviving child loss and disability as a father and what workplaces can do to help with Scott Jackson

    30. Surviving child loss and disability as a father and what workplaces can do to help with Scott Jackson

    Almost half of dads keep it a secret from their boss that they have a disabled child, according to research from Scope, due to the expectations placed on them.

    In July 2022, Scott Jackson launched Eddy - a network to support dads who’ve lost a child or have a child with a disability or severe mental health issues. In this episode, Scott opens up to us on the traumatic story of the loss of his child and having a child with a disability. We learn about the difficulties that Scott faced in getting support, and how this led to him launching Eddy.

    As his day job, Scott is Managing Director at Through The I, a video production agency. We speak about how Scott dealt with the subsequent pressures of running a company while dealing with his grief with little support. Scott’s leadership has changed as a result of his lived experience and he also details how he’s been able to support his employees going through similar experiences and his thoughts on what more organisations should be doing.

    We also speak about -


    The differences in how women are treated after the loss of a child vs. men
    The financial implications of having a disabled child
    The ways in which grief can manifest itself
    How LinkedIn is being used to open conversations on disability and loss
    The benefits of supporting staff suffering from loss
    Would Eddy have happened without Covid happening?
    What are the next steps for Eddy?

    Scott’s openness on this topic is insightful and inspiring to listen to.


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    • 46 min
    29. Becoming trauma informed humans and leaders, in an endemic world with Natalia Rachel

    29. Becoming trauma informed humans and leaders, in an endemic world with Natalia Rachel

    Our coping mechanisms are there for a reason, but we’re not meant to be in survival mode forever.

    In this episode, we speak with Natalia Rachel - author, speaker, trauma-informed therapist and consultant. We dive into Natalia’s journey and discover how her traumatic childhood led her to help others with trauma. Her career began in fashion and marketing. And after taking some time to be a mother and focus on her own healing journey, she decided to use her lived experiences to support others on similar journeys.

    Natalia shares her insights into how corporate culture doesn’t always do the right thing when it comes to trauma. Corporate environments often don’t lend themselves to allow for personal healing journeys. We learn how being more aware of trauma can create better-performing teams, and how leaders can open up the conversation and support the healing process of those affected.

    We also speak about -


    Natalia’s new book - Why Am I Like This?
    The different types of trauma
    What are the symptoms of trauma?
    Being triggered - and how it can actually be part of the healing process
    Why do some organisations refuse to work with Natalia?
    How has the pandemic changed our approach to trauma and mental health?

    Natalia has a lot to share in this episode that can help us all understand trauma a little better.



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    Why Am I Like This? by Natalia Rachel - https://www.nataliarachel.com/why-am-i-like-this-book



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    • 26 min
    28. NatWest's Elliott Higgins on actionable D&I tips to improve inclusivity and why diversity is just another superpower

    28. NatWest's Elliott Higgins on actionable D&I tips to improve inclusivity and why diversity is just another superpower

    Sometimes, even small changes that an organisation makes can make a huge difference.

    Elliott Higgins shares their story as both a Senior Innovation Scout and LGBT+ Network Partnerships Lead for NatWest. As Senior Innovation Scout, Elliott looks for new emerging technologies and how they can help NatWest serve its customers better. And as LGBT+ Network Partnerships Lead, Elliott runs partnerships to better support LGBT+ colleagues and customers.

    In our conversation, we find out how Elliott reached this position and the challenges that they faced on that journey. We speak about the rise of niche technologies that target smaller subsections of the market. Elliott also shares with us some fantastic examples of small changes organisations should be making that make a huge positive difference for customers and colleagues.

    We also cover -


    Elliott’s experiences with coming out to their family and the opportunities that university presented
    Elliott’s path through education that landed them their senior role
    An excellent example of how to explain they/them pronouns to those unsure
    How the Rainbow Network has improved the experiences of LGBT+ people for NatWest
    Using challenging experiences to your advantage

    Tune in to Elliott’s fascinating journey.



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    • 45 min
    27. On tackling racial trauma and black homelessness with Dr Nicole Christian-Brathwaite

    27. On tackling racial trauma and black homelessness with Dr Nicole Christian-Brathwaite

    Racial trauma causes daily suffering to people of colour. And experiencing that trauma at a young age is particularly damaging and life-threatening.

    In this episode, we speak with Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Array Behavioral Care and CEO at Well Minds Consulting Group. Nicole’s extensive experience in consulting in the DEI space and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, along with her lived experience makes for a fascinating conversation.

    We speak in depth on the life-threatening effects that trauma has on people, particularly when traumatic experiences have occurred in childhood. We talk about types of racial trauma that people of colour are affected by every day due to structural and institutional racism.

    We also dive deep into Nicole’s journey and how her experiences guided her toward her work today. Nicole shares her mother's work and how she has been inspired to follow in her footsteps.

    We also speak about -


    The Black Lives Matter movement and what we can learn from it
    Managing individual bias
    What positive changes has Nicole seen so far?
    Educating people and changing experiences for children to give them a brighter future
    Nicole’s biggest goals

    Join us for this inspiring conversation!



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    • 40 min
    26. The genius of inclusive workplace design and how it improves D&I with Matteo Zallio

    26. The genius of inclusive workplace design and how it improves D&I with Matteo Zallio

    When we don’t consider inclusion when designing our workspaces, we’re putting challenges in people’s way before they even get through the door.

    In this episode of The D&Igest, we spoke with Matteo Zallio, award winning architect, researcher, designer and coach. And to top it off, he’s also a senior research fellow at Cambridge university. Matteo focuses on designing inclusive workplaces for large organisations. He aims to bring inclusion and accessibility to the world through people-first design.

    In our chat, Matteo shared with us what inclusive design means and how he puts it into practice to create buildings that are comfortable, healthy and guarantee a sense of belonging. There are still many inequalities when it comes to using products and services and accessing buildings. Matteo stresses that companies should be considering how they can bring people back into the office feeling happy, and how this leads to more successful and productive staff.

    We also discussed:


    Why did Matteo choose to focus on workplace design?
    How can business owners help staff feel included?
    What are Matteo’s biggest success stories?
    What challenges and pushback has Matteo experienced against his work?

    Matteo’s passion and expertise are fascinating to listen to, and his aim of bringing inclusive design into the mainstream is inspiring.


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    • 37 min
    25. Cristina Falcone at UPS on why intentional diversity has been crucial for business innovation and ways others can achieve it

    25. Cristina Falcone at UPS on why intentional diversity has been crucial for business innovation and ways others can achieve it

    We have to start somewhere to make diversity the norm. And that could mean thinking more intentionally when looking for candidates. If you’re not intentional, it’ll take that much longer.

    This is one of the take away messages from our chat with Cristina Falcone, VP at UPS. Cristina started with UPS in Canada 22 years ago in communications and marketing before progressing to her Belgium-based VP role today. Her parents emigrated to Canada from Italy and faced discrimination, which has contributed to making DEI a big part of her work.

    We spoke with Cristina about her work at UPS and how the organisation has changed since she started. Cristina was one of the first members when a women’s leadership group was established at UPS. She also led the way in building diverse teams. She believes that hiring diverse teams has a direct impact on financial performance, as well as offering many other benefits. And that a diverse team can be achieved while still hiring the best people for the job.

    We also spoke about:


    The importance of representing the people that your business is serving
    Delivering to the employee as well as the employer
    UPS’s delivery of over 1 billion Covid vaccines
    How UPS is tackling ESG aspects of logistics
    The 5th annual Rise & Lead Women Summit

    Cristina’s passion for helping people find their voice and bring their talents to the table was clear from our conversation.


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    • 36 min

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