13 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.

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    • Business
    • 4.6 • 10 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.

    Michele Sullivan: 'Looking Up' and driving change

    Michele Sullivan: 'Looking Up' and driving change

    In the Season 2 debut of "Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with author, inspirational speaker and social impact advisor Michele Sullivan about growing up different, starting tough conversations, and her new book, "Looking Up." (S2, E1)

    • 54 min
    Steve Shriver: The ROI of social leadership

    Steve Shriver: The ROI of social leadership

    In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Steve Shriver, co-founder and CEO of Eco Lips, about being an ally in turbulent times, the return on investment when it comes to social and environmental leadership, and the journey of becoming a Certified B Corporation.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Suzanne McCormick: Leading Through Transformational Times

    Suzanne McCormick: Leading Through Transformational Times

    In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Suzanne McCormick, U.S. president of United Way Worldwide, about the recent racial tensions in the country, her own experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and leading through transformational times.

    • 54 min
    Live from EntreFEST 2020

    Live from EntreFEST 2020

    In the latest episode of "Diversity Straight Up," hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington take the show live for EntreFEST 2020 in Cedar Rapids, with guests Pernell Cezar, Sona Raziabeegum and Jacob Hsu. They talk George Floyd, bias, stepping outside of your comfort zone at life and work, and the role of diversity in innovation in this special edition of DSU.

    • 56 min
    Suresh Gunasekaran: Caring for Diverse Communities

    Suresh Gunasekaran: Caring for Diverse Communities

    In the latest (remote) episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, about caring for diverse communities during a pandemic, leading change at one of Iowa's most visible institutions, and his experience growing up in "two Americas."

    • 53 min
    TaJuan Wilson: The Power of a Seat at the Table

    TaJuan Wilson: The Power of a Seat at the Table

    In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with TaJuan Wilson, associate vice president of inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer with Georgia Southern University, about equity and equality in academia, affecting change as a diversity executive and what it takes to achieve "inclusive excellence."

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 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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