18 episodes

Welcome to "Connecting Awesome People," a groundbreaking podcast brought to you by Cinder, a leader in diversifying workforces and fostering inclusive cultures. This podcast is our answer to the urgent need for positive narratives and actionable insights in a world often overshadowed by challenging global politics and a focus on societal failures.

In each episode, we engage with a diverse array of guests - from organizers and activists to thought leaders and influencers - who are not just envisioning a better future but are actively laying the groundwork for it. Our conversations delve deep into successful strategies for community organizing, cultural change, and building resilient, welcoming communities.

"Connecting Awesome People" is more than a podcast; it's a platform for learning, inspiration, and community building. We go beyond the surface, sharing stories of real impact and exploring how every one of us can contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive society. Whether you're deeply involved in community work, seeking to make a difference in your own sphere, or simply curious about the positive changes happening around us, this podcast is for you.

Join us as we journey through inspiring narratives, uncovering the power of collective action and the spirit of innovation. Together, we can learn, grow, and contribute to the societal transformation we all aspire to see. Tune in, be inspired, and become part of a movement towards a better tomorrow.

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Welcome to "Connecting Awesome People," a groundbreaking podcast brought to you by Cinder, a leader in diversifying workforces and fostering inclusive cultures. This podcast is our answer to the urgent need for positive narratives and actionable insights in a world often overshadowed by challenging global politics and a focus on societal failures.

In each episode, we engage with a diverse array of guests - from organizers and activists to thought leaders and influencers - who are not just envisioning a better future but are actively laying the groundwork for it. Our conversations delve deep into successful strategies for community organizing, cultural change, and building resilient, welcoming communities.

"Connecting Awesome People" is more than a podcast; it's a platform for learning, inspiration, and community building. We go beyond the surface, sharing stories of real impact and exploring how every one of us can contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive society. Whether you're deeply involved in community work, seeking to make a difference in your own sphere, or simply curious about the positive changes happening around us, this podcast is for you.

Join us as we journey through inspiring narratives, uncovering the power of collective action and the spirit of innovation. Together, we can learn, grow, and contribute to the societal transformation we all aspire to see. Tune in, be inspired, and become part of a movement towards a better tomorrow.

    Episode 17 - Navigating workforce development to lift people up (with Mancin Boyd)

    Episode 17 - Navigating workforce development to lift people up (with Mancin Boyd)

    Mancin's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mancin-boyd-8607401a5/)Mancin grew up between Portland and CA. He started his work in an executive training program at US Bank and then moved on to Workforce-focused efforts at WorkSource, Urban League, and then WorkSystems.

    • 41 min
    Episode 16 - The realities of workforce development in Portland, OR (with Shakunda Murphy-Wilson)

    Episode 16 - The realities of workforce development in Portland, OR (with Shakunda Murphy-Wilson)

    Shakunda's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/shakunda-murphy-wilson/)Constructing Hope (https://www.constructinghope.org/)Shakunda Murphy-Wilson has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, and she considers herself more than just a "trainer" or "recruiter." She is passionate about people and takes pride in helping them showcase and develop their skills, goals, and accomplishments. With her diverse background and experience across multiple industries, Shakunda is competent in leading, managing, and coaching teams. She has a heartfelt interest in helping companies create a healthy, high-performing team culture and developing programs that enable employees to reach their full potential. Shakunda is open to discussing Human Resources, Coaching, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion opportunities. If you're interested in connecting with her, don't hesitate to contact her via LinkedIn.

    • 39 min
    Episode 15 - Learning from Quality Control and Safety when implementing culture change (with Dana Garves)

    Episode 15 - Learning from Quality Control and Safety when implementing culture change (with Dana Garves)

    Connect with Dana at @Oregonbrewlab (https://linktr.ee/OregonBrewLab)Dana Garves received her Chemistry degree from the University of Oregon in 2010, and jumped right into testing water quality for her first post graduation job. Feeling unfulfilled by water QC, Garves set her sights on the beer industry and joined local Eugene beer giant, Ninkasi Brewing Company in 2011. She started providing Oregon Brewers with free alcohol and bitterness analysis while building the quality control laboratory and sensory program at Ninkasi. Recognizing that free science was unsustainable, and affordable science was in rare supply, Garves created Oregon BrewLab (https://oregonbrewlab.com/services/) in 2014 – a beer lab dedicated to providing fast and accurate testing for brewers and homebrewers. Since 2014 Oregon BrewLab has removed the cost barrier and headache of beverage analysis for over 600 breweries nationwide. While other labs will still be sitting on samples for weeks, Oregon BrewLab takes pride in offering quick 2 day turn around on TTB certified, affordable beverage testing. Check out the website at oregonbrewlab.com (http://oregonbrewlab.com/) or find OBL on Instagram for the weekly Science Friday posts."

    • 39 min
    Episode 14 - Recruiting and managing to a more equitable culture - (with Daylynn Moyer)

    Episode 14 - Recruiting and managing to a more equitable culture - (with Daylynn Moyer)

    Cinder's Connect and Learn event - this week! (May 22) - Eventbrite link (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-learn-networking-collaborative-micro-training-tickets-883680200267)Daelynn's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daelynnmoyer/)Daelynn Moyer is a Software Engineering Manager at Indeed where she helps people get jobs. Prior to moving into a leadership role several years ago, she spent 20 years as a self taught software engineer, building systems in support of industries as diverse as transportation, heavy manufacturing, FinTech, LegalTech, Aerospace, and semiconductor manufacturing. She's built networks of electric vehicle charging stations, flight deck software for commercial jets, programming and configuration tools for heavy trucks, and control interfaces for electron microscopes. That deep technical background works in her favor as she builds and guides diverse, equitable, and high-performing software engineering teams on a foundation of empathy, trust, and authenticity. She and her wife live in the Portland, Oregon area where they obsess over their 1963 ranch home and all things mid-century modern. While Daelynn is proud to be a woman of transgender experience, her life's greatest achievement is teaching her cat to stand on his hind legs and turn a pirouette.

    • 49 min
    Episode 13 - Bridging cultures (with Zhou Fang)

    Episode 13 - Bridging cultures (with Zhou Fang)

    RSVP for Cinder's Connect and Learn event on May 22nd (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-learn-networking-collaborative-micro-training-tickets-883680200267?aff=oddtdtcreator)Zhou Fang's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/zhoufang35/)Zhou Fang is the founder and principal consultant of Intersectional Group LLC (http://www.intersectional.group), a leadership practice with a focus on intersectionality, empathy and compassion, as well as curiosity.  Zhou is an advocate for pay transparency and equity, immigration reform and climate justice, as well as a committed ally for the LGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities. Currently, Zhou serves on the board of Portland HR Management Association (https://www.portlandhrma.org/). She also hosts The Intersection (https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-intersection-by-ig), a podcast program about identity, personal journey, and leadership.  Outside of work, Zhou is a proud dog and plant parent and a comedy and horror movie enthusiast. She appreciates good food and loves to travel.  The Immigrant Story (https://theimmigrantstory.org/) (local non profit)Intersectionality Matters! (https://open.spotify.com/show/5CEVNLkyQ1kAx2MTSJZJLP) (podcast)The 3 Body Problem (https://www.amazon.com/Three-Body-Problem-Cixin-Liu/dp/0765382032) (book)

    • 40 min
    Episode 12 - Bridging across cultures (with Sylvia Salazar)

    Episode 12 - Bridging across cultures (with Sylvia Salazar)

    RSVP for Cinder's Connect and Learn event on May 22nd (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-learn-networking-collaborative-micro-training-tickets-883680200267?aff=oddtdtcreator)Heather Cox Richardson - Letters from an American (https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/)Robert Hubble - Today's Edition newsletter (https://roberthubbell.substack.com/)Simon Rosenberg - Hopium Chronicles (https://www.hopiumchronicles.com/)Yes Magazine (https://www.yesmagazine.org/)Sylvia's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylviaesalazar/)Sylvia was born in Colombia and moved to the U.S. when she was 18. She worked as a Computer Engineer for almost 12 years and is now obsessed with US politics; she loves learning about what’s going on in DC and how different policies might affect us. Sylvia's main goal is to help Latinos in the U.S. feel less overwhelmed by politics and to help change Latino representation in politics and the media. By sharing what’s going on, why it matters, and how it affects us all, she shows her audience how and why to get involved and create change (in their own way).

    • 39 min

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