47 episodes

In this show we explore how to develop your leadership and capacity to advance DEI in your organization, build human-centric workplace culture, and make an impact. We use our expanded definition of DEI, DEI-LABB for: diversity, equity, inclusion, liberation, anti-racism, belonging, and being/well-being. If you ever worry about saying or doing something that could unintentionally cause harm or feel frustrated with the slow pace of change, you are in the right place. (Previously titled the Racially Responsible Podcast)

DEI-LABB with Rorri Geller-Mohamed Rorri Geller-Mohamed

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In this show we explore how to develop your leadership and capacity to advance DEI in your organization, build human-centric workplace culture, and make an impact. We use our expanded definition of DEI, DEI-LABB for: diversity, equity, inclusion, liberation, anti-racism, belonging, and being/well-being. If you ever worry about saying or doing something that could unintentionally cause harm or feel frustrated with the slow pace of change, you are in the right place. (Previously titled the Racially Responsible Podcast)

    047 Diversity in women’s athletics with Tara Wells

    047 Diversity in women’s athletics with Tara Wells

    In this episode we discuss:


    Tara's work with athletes and how DEI shows up
    Connection of mental wellness to DEI in athletic spaces
    Identity and connection
    Systemic issues and women's experiences in athletics



    Tara Well's bio:

    Tara is a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and a mental performance coach bringing mindfulness and mental wellness to athletes around the world. With a background in collegiate athletics, Tara embraces organizational challenges in her work and aims to reduce the stigma of mental health care one day at a time. Her company, Finish Line Mindset, tackles these challenges head on through conversation and advocacy.

    Connect with Tara:


    finishlinemindset.com
    @finishlinemindset (Instagram)
    @letsberealsheriandtara (podcast Instagram)


    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/⁠⁠⁠
    Join the email list: ⁠⁠⁠https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y⁠⁠⁠
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 33 min
    046 "Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace" with Dr. Janice Gassam Asare

    046 "Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace" with Dr. Janice Gassam Asare

    In this episode we discuss:


    What Dr. Janice's new book "Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace: A Guide for Equity and Inclusion" is about and why she decided to write it
    How she first got involved in DEI and anti-racism work
    How oppressive systems impact all of us and what that means for DEI and anti-racism conversations
    Challenges with sustainability of DEI efforts in the workplace



    Dr. Janice's bio:

    Janice Z. Gassam Asare, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, an award-winning DEI consultancy designed to help organizations create cultures built on racial equity. Dr. Janice has had the opportunity to collaborate with Google, Amazon, Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others. She is the author of two best-selling books, Dirty Diversity and The Pink Elephant. She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored over 350 articles. In 2022, Dr. Janice was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Racial Equity. Dr. Janice is a Ph.D.-trained Industrial Organizational Psychologist and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business. She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion.



    Connect with Dr. Janice:


    https://www.drjanicegassam.com/
    Pre-order Dr. Janice's new book Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace
    Available Now THE PINK ELEPHANT or enjoy her as  Podcast Host



    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/⁠⁠⁠
    Join the email list: ⁠⁠⁠https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y⁠⁠⁠
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 44 min
    045 Internalized Anti-Semitism & White Jews with Jo Kent Katz

    045 Internalized Anti-Semitism & White Jews with Jo Kent Katz

    In this episode we discuss:


    Context for us as two white Jews having this conversation
    What internalized anti-semitism is and how it shows up
    How to use the Transcending Jewish Trauma website as a tool in DEI and social justice work
    Complicated feelings around Israel and navigating these conversations in this work
    Healing and transformation to move DEI and social justice work forward



    Jo's bio:

    Jo Kent Katz (she/her) is a social justice educator, an Intuitive healer, and an ordained Kohenet.  She is a political educator who centers healing, and a healing practitioner who believes in collective liberation.  Jo is committed to reclaiming Ancestral connection, healing inherited legacies, and bolstering our collective capacity to dismantle racism and all forms of oppression. 


    Connect with Jo:


    jokentkatz.com
    transcendingjewishtrauma.com


    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/⁠⁠
    Join the email list: ⁠⁠https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y⁠⁠
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 51 min
    044 Talking fatphobia, intersectionality, and representation with Clarkisha Kent

    044 Talking fatphobia, intersectionality, and representation with Clarkisha Kent

    In this episode we discuss:


    Why Clarkisha wrote the book: Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto
    What fatphobia is, how it shows up, and how intersectionality plays a role
    The Kent Test that Clarkisha created to evaluate representation of women of color in media



    Clarkisha's Bio:

    Clarkisha Kent is a Nigerian-American writer, culture critic, former columnist, and up-and-coming author. Committed to telling inclusive stories via unique viewpoints from nigh-infancy, she is fascinated with using storytelling and cultural criticism not as a way to “overcome” or “transcend” her unique identities (as a FAT, bisexual, and disabled Black African woman), but as a way to explore them, celebrate them, affirm them, and most importantly, normalize them and make the world safe enough for people who share them to exist.



    As a University of Chicago graduate with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and English, she brings with her over seven years of pop culture analysis, four years of film theory training, and a healthy appetite for change.



    Her writing has been featured in outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Essence, The Root, BET, PAPER, HuffPost, MTV News, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and more. She is also the creator of #TheKentTest, a media litmus test designed to evaluate the quality of representation that exists for women of color in film and other media.



    Currently, Kent is working on finishing a memoir, a novel about a Black female outlaw, and a TV comedy pilot about an immortal familiar.



    Connect with Clarkisha:


    https://clarkishakent.com/




    https://www.feministpress.org/books-a-m/fat-off-fat-on#:~:text=Fat%20Off%2C%20Fat%20On%3A%20A,free%20her%20from%20gender%20essentialism.




    https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Off-Big-Bitch-Manifesto-ebook/dp/B09QPJZ1QS/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=fat+off+fat+on+clarkisha+kent&qid=1652746850&sr=8-1


    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/⁠⁠
    Join the email list: ⁠⁠https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y⁠⁠
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 40 min
    043 Navigating conservative voices and budget cuts in DEI work with Christie Lindor

    043 Navigating conservative voices and budget cuts in DEI work with Christie Lindor

    In this episode we discuss:


    How Christie got started in DEI work
    Navigating budget cuts in DEI work
    Why DEI is sometimes labeled as exclusionary despite that being contradictory
    What including conservative voices means in DEI work



    Christie's Bio:

    Christie Lindor is an award-winning Workplace Culture & Inclusion Strategist with over 20 years of management consulting advising clients for firms such Deloitte, EY, and IBM. She has served 100s of global organizations across 31 industries in 10 different countries. The breadth and depth of her experience range from IT transformation and mergers & acquisitions to change management and organizational development. She has more than 12 years experience planning, designing, and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Corporate America. 


    Connect with Christie:


    https://tessiconsulting.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/christielindor/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/tessiconsulting/


    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/⁠
    Join the email list: ⁠https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y⁠
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 41 min
    042 What can we learn from DEI in sports with Dr. Shaun M. Anderson

    042 What can we learn from DEI in sports with Dr. Shaun M. Anderson

    In this episode, Dr. Shaun M. Anderson and I talk about what DEI in sports is all about, what inspired him to write his new book, The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter, and social responsibility for organizations.  Even if you aren't a sports person like me, you can learn a lot about the important work that is happening in the field of sports and how you can apply takeaways to your organization.  

    Dr. Anderson's Bio: Shaun M. Anderson is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of sport and activism, workplace diversity in sport, and community development through sport. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Black Athlete Revolt: The Sport Justice Movement in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter. For more information, you can reach him at www.shaunmarqanderson.com

    Connect with and Support Dr. Anderson's Work:
    https://www.shaunmarqanderson.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/SportsDocA
    https://twitter.com/shaunmarqspeaks

    https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538153246/The-Black-Athlete-Revolt-The-Sport-Justice-Movement-in-the-Age-of-
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Athlete-Revolt-Movement-BlackLivesMatter/dp/1538153246

    Join our event:

    [Free virtual event] Lunch & Learn: Building and Strenthening Your DEI Committee's Impact: https://mailchi.mp/a7ba29b5f642/ss1hl2svg3

    Connect with Rorri:


    Connect on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorri-geller-mohamed-lcsw-75004076/
    Join the email list: https://mailchi.mp/b02360d4b5a6/sul4h5by2y
    Interested in DEI leadership development or DEI support for your organization? Send an email to Rorri@upowerchange.com

    • 49 min

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