8 episodes

“We are all born free and equal.” (United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1) … like two peas in a pod.
The reality is often different – not only because each of us brings our individuality to the pod we live in, but also because of the reality of the system by which too many people are affected.
As Diverse As Two Peas In A PodCast is a platform to explore those differences, and how DEI affects each and everyone of us.
Each episode tackles the challenges and struggles of being true to ourself, and aims at designing actions to become more equitable and inclusive in everything we do.

As Diverse As Two Peas In A Pod As Diverse As Two Peas In A Pod

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“We are all born free and equal.” (United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1) … like two peas in a pod.
The reality is often different – not only because each of us brings our individuality to the pod we live in, but also because of the reality of the system by which too many people are affected.
As Diverse As Two Peas In A PodCast is a platform to explore those differences, and how DEI affects each and everyone of us.
Each episode tackles the challenges and struggles of being true to ourself, and aims at designing actions to become more equitable and inclusive in everything we do.

    Episode 7 - Navigating The World Of Garment Manufacturing As A Woman Entrepreneur - With Diana Kakkar

    Episode 7 - Navigating The World Of Garment Manufacturing As A Woman Entrepreneur - With Diana Kakkar

    Diana is the founder and chief executive of MAES London, a luxury garment manufacturing studio that specialises in designer womenswear. She launched MAES London in 2018 to make premium manufacturing more accessible to fashion designers. MAES stands for “SEAM” spelled backwards.

    Born and educated at a top university in India, she moved to London because she believes it is the most exciting city in the world for fashion. As a fashion designer herself with more than a decade’s experience in the industry, she hopes her experience in and passion for garment construction will provide support to many of the world’s top fashion designers and emerging talent.

    At the heart of MAES London is the delivery of a good product. Diana understands the quality and attention to detail required by luxury womenswear designers. Whether it’s sampling, development, small production or consultancy, she guarantees a premium service that respects the designer’s ambition and helps them to realise their vision.

    Before setting up MAES London, she had run the atelier for a luxury London Fashion Week designer which caters to members of the Royal family including the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, as well as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and many other A-list celebrities around the world.

    You can reach out to Diana directly on social media (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianakakkar - https://www.instagram.com/dianakakkar) or through her company - MAES London (https://www.maeslondon.com - https://www.instagram.com/maeslondon/)

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 40 min
    Episode 6 - Supporting Deaf Awareness One Million People At A Time - With Simon Houghton

    Episode 6 - Supporting Deaf Awareness One Million People At A Time - With Simon Houghton

    Simon was born prematurely and as a result, has a severe hearing loss.

    During the pandemic, he struggled because of his need to lipread when communicating with others, and the masks presented a significant barrier in this regard. Having had several negative experiences (Doctor Surgeries, Supermarkets, Opticians, Pharmacies etc.) he wrote a post about the experience and this was viewed over 110,000 times on LinkedIn.

    If you are interested in the post, you can view it here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gsimonhoughton_im-so-sick-of-having-to-apologise-for-being-activity-6765630683810418689-3qBT 

    From this, he started the national campaign #WeSupportDeafAwareness which aims to help organisations and their staff better communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing. Since 12th April, over 24,000 UK employees have now been given access to his training, and a range of organisations from FTSE100, NHS, Charities, Trade Unions and small companies have joined the campaign.

    If you are interested in learning more about Simon’s campaign, you can visit www.WeSupportDeafAwareness.org

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 43 min
    Episode 5 - Igniting Critical Consciousness And Radical Change - With Régine Romain

    Episode 5 - Igniting Critical Consciousness And Radical Change - With Régine Romain

    Régine Romain is a Haitian-American artist, educator, visual anthropologist, and equity coach living in Brooklyn, NY.  With 20+ years of  teaching, training, and supporting diverse communities, she uses photographs/film/performance as mixed-media educational tools to promote love, understanding and respect in addressing issues of race, representation and justice through participatory and reflective learning practices. Through an extensive global network, she produces culturally transformative curricula, workshops, salons, performances, forums, exhibits/festivals, and tours.

    Régine is the author of "Nou Pap Bliye: A Haitian Coloring Book" (2020) and the editor of "Diaspora Diaries: An Educators Guide to MoCADA Artists" (2009). Her photo essay on Haiti, including photos from her exhibition “Portraits for Self-Determining Haiti,” is featured in Meridians, Vol 11, No. 1 (2011), a journal published by Indiana University Press. Her photographic work on Vodou appears in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora (2017).She is a co-author and featured artist in Ritual as Remembrance, a Photoville lesson plan for 5th- 12 graders based on the MFON project “Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings” exhibited at Photoville from September 13-23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

    While living in Benin, West Africa (2016-2018), Régine created the WaWaWa Diaspora Centre - to actively heal historic wounds and trauma related to the TransAtlantic Slave Trade through inter-generational arts, education, and exchange programs. In addition, she is the director/producer of the award winning short film and podcast “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” and “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical.” Régine received her BS in International Studies from Bowie State University (HBCU) and MA  in Photography and Urban Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 51 min
    Episode 4 - Is your procurement truly inclusive? - With Felipe Cardenas

    Episode 4 - Is your procurement truly inclusive? - With Felipe Cardenas

    In today’s episode, I have the great pleasure to discuss with Felipe Cardenas!

    Felipe is a Business Executive with 15+ years experience leading high performance teams in Europe and LatinAmerica.

    He is an advisor to different Boards and Senior Leadership about Diversity, Equality & Inclusion and has strong experience in drafting and implementing Business Development Models, in Strategic Planning and in Scaling Performance sustainably for SMEs in the Americas.

    He is currently the CEO and President of the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce - a non-for-profit organization that promotes Economic Empowerment in Colombia for Sexually Diverse individuals through Entrepreneurship support, Employment opportunities in safe working environments and Supplier Diversity connections.

    Felipe and I explore together the benefits and advantages of Inclusive Procurement - or how organizations can make the most out of utilising diverse suppliers for their business.

    If you'd like to reach out to Felipe, you can find him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/felipecardenasgonzalez), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pipecardenasg), Twitter (https://twitter.com/pipecardenasg) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/felipecardenasgonzalez).

    For the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce, head here - https://cclgbt.co (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cclgbtco; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cclgbtco; Twitter: https://twitter.com/cclgbtco; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCLGBTCO)

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 43 min
    Episode 3 - Building Acceptance of Autism & Helping Organizations Be More Inclusive - With Ritu Kiran-Jackson

    Episode 3 - Building Acceptance of Autism & Helping Organizations Be More Inclusive - With Ritu Kiran-Jackson

    In this episode of As Diverse As Two Peas In a Pod, I have the immense pleasure to welcome Ritu Kiran Jackson.

    Ritu is the Founder and CEO of Aubilities - an organization that aims to raise awareness of autism and how to support the neurodiverse within organisations.

    She is an HR and Neurodiversity Consultant, a Trainer, a Writer, and a Keynote Speaker - sharing insights, raising awareness and building acceptance of the neurodiverse, with a specialism in Autism.

    She has over 12 years of experience in Consulting and HR and has published Organisation-wide articles on autism spanning 10k employees around the globe

    She is a reviewer of academic papers around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and an accessibility speaker to pupils of Special Educational Needs schools with a link to ASD or learning difficulties.

    Ritu and I explore the topic of building acceptance of autism and helping organizations become more inclusive with neurodiverse talents.

    If you'd like to reach out to Ritu or learn more about Aubilities, you can find her on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-kiran-jackson-53635b54) or visit her website https://aubilities.com (or contact her at info@aubilities.com)

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 43 min
    Episode 2 - Thriving In An Environment Where You Are "The Only" - With Valarie Gilbert

    Episode 2 - Thriving In An Environment Where You Are "The Only" - With Valarie Gilbert

    In today’s episode, I am delighted to be speaking to Valarie Gilbert!

    Valarie’s goal is simple: to help women and people of color unlock their own potential as they navigate career advancement, industry trends and corporate structures.

    She is uniquely positioned to aid those in technology and science having spent over 30 years in big tech and industry at Fortune 100 organizations – all while developing solid diversity recruiting programs.

    She has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

    She attended the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance from Rutgers University and Designing Effective Organizations through Northwestern University. She is a certified coach through the ICF.

    Through her passion for servant leadership, authenticity and deliberate inclusion, she helps her clients grow and achieve sustainable outcomes in an environment of trust, confidentiality, truth and space.

    In a very heartwarming episode, Valarie shares with us today her journey and her challenges of being “the only” - and how to thrive in an environment where you might be underrepresented around the table.

    If you'd like to reach out to Valarie, you can find her on http://valariegilbert.com

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    To reach out to Julien Lefort, you can contact him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl) or directly through his website (https://www.wearefutureminds.com)

    • 44 min

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