24 episodes

“Diversity Straight Up” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington dig into the topics of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement (EDI&E) through authentic and challenging conversations with C-suite leaders. Expect frank questions and honest answers, and real-life lessons on how to leverage diversity as an asset, rather than see it as a liability. Released monthly.

Diversity Straight Up Corridor Business Journal

    • Business
    • 4.2 • 13 Ratings

“Diversity Straight Up” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington dig into the topics of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement (EDI&E) through authentic and challenging conversations with C-suite leaders. Expect frank questions and honest answers, and real-life lessons on how to leverage diversity as an asset, rather than see it as a liability. Released monthly.

    Diversity Straight Up: Season 2 Finale

    Diversity Straight Up: Season 2 Finale

    In this final episode for 2021 of Diversity Straight Up, hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk about pitfalls to avoid, best practices, and trends in 2022. Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 38 min
    Mark Nook: Equal opportunity for success

    Mark Nook: Equal opportunity for success

    On the latest episode of Diversity Straight Up, hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, talk to Mark Nook, president of the University of Northern Iowa. Mark discusses the work required to make sure all groups have equal opportunity for success on a university campus, how his previous experiences with prejudice have prepared him for his current role, and how a nationwide pandemic has impacted the communities he represents. Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 46 min
    Dr. Nika White: Battling 'diversity fatigue'

    Dr. Nika White: Battling 'diversity fatigue'

    In the latest episode of Diversity Straight Up, hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk to national authority on diversity Dr. Nika White about strategies for battling “diversity fatigue.” Also, legendary broadcaster Tavis Smiley talks about overcoming mistakes and defending yourself during the age of cancel culture. Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 50 min
    Cedric Ellis: Equity and accessibility

    Cedric Ellis: Equity and accessibility

    In the latest episode of CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Cedric Ellis, executive vice president and chief enterprise services officer at CUNA Mutual Group, about his family background and work ethic. Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 37 min
    Ray Brown: Living your values

    Ray Brown: Living your values

    In the latest episode of CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Ray Brown, CEO of ESCO, about his purpose and passion and being mindful of the big picture. Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 51 min
    Marcus Bullock: From incarceration to innovator

    Marcus Bullock: From incarceration to innovator

    In the latest episode of CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Marcus Bullock, co-founder and CEO of Flikshop, an app and website to keep families connected with loved ones in prison, about being your authentic self, resiliency and justice reform. Diversity Straight Up is brought to you by GreenState Credit Union and sponsored by Alliant Energy. Additional support is provided by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Bmcombe ,

Diversity Straight Up

This is a great podcast that gets deeper than just the buzz words that are floating around the professional sphere. I live in the Corridor and I appreciate it when there are opportunities to learn and discuss meaningful Equity (the process), Diversity (the difference), Inclusion (the action), and Engagement (the heart).
So far, I love it!
-M Silver

Vaishali B ,

Diversity Straight Up is definitely keeping things real!

This new podcast is really interesting to listen as the hosts have great energy while delving into some sensitive diversity topics. Love the premise of engaging C-Suite executives/leaders and exploring their journey to move the dial.

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