32 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.

This Corridor Media Group podcast is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.

Diversity Straight Up Corridor Media Group

    • Society & Culture
    • 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.

This Corridor Media Group podcast is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.

    Maurice Nelson: From Values to Action

    Maurice Nelson: From Values to Action

    Today’s guest on Diversity Straight Up is Maurice Nelson, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Sacred Heart University.
    Anthony and Sarika talk with Maurice about the unique work of serving as an advocate for social justice and DEI in a religious institution, how his "non-negotiable values" informed his position to take on the job, how they're dramatically increased enrollment in a short period of time, how he navigates a unique working relationship with his boss, and much more.
    Learn more about Sacred Heart University, visit SacredHeart.edu. To learn more about Maurice, you can visit his LinkedIn here: linkedin.com/in/maurice-nelson/
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Joe Enriquez Henry: Building Coalitions for Equality

    Joe Enriquez Henry: Building Coalitions for Equality

    Today’s guest on Diversity Straight Up is Joe Enriquez Henry of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Forward Latino.
    Anthony and Sarika talk with Joe about how he and LULAC have navigated crisis, his experiences and accomplishments as a leader in the social justice space, and the group explores the current state of Puerto Rico's journey to become the 51st state. Additionally, Sarika shares how the mass protests in Iran are on her mind, and everyone takes a turn with the Diversity Thumb Ball!
    Learn more about LULAC at IowaLatinos.org.
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 48 min
    Janessa Calderon: Holding Space and Creating Impact

    Janessa Calderon: Holding Space and Creating Impact

    Today’s guest on Diversity Straight Up is Janessa Calderon, Executive Director of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
    Anthony and Sarika talk with Janessa about her work with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, what it has meant for her to be the youngest person to ever hold the position, how she manages to create impact as a one-person team, Janessa shares some insightful advice, and everyone takes a turn with the famous Diversity Thumb Ball!
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 42 min
    Beth Malicki: Bringing Equity to the Media

    Beth Malicki: Bringing Equity to the Media

    Today’s guest on Diversity Straight Up is Beth Malicki, News Anchor and Managing Editor for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 2005.
    Anthony and Sarika talk with Beth about her personal experiences with inclusivity and adversity, her thoughts on how the media can grow in diversity and equity, how her work as a founding director of the Zach Johnson Foundation has influenced her views on the needs of others, and everyone takes a turn with the famous Diversity Thumb Ball!
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 53 min
    Courtney Reyes: Prioritizing Inclusivity

    Courtney Reyes: Prioritizing Inclusivity

    In this episode, our hosts chat remotely with Courtney Reyes, Executive Director of One Iowa, a statewide LGBTQ equality organization. Anthony and Sarika talk with Courtney about One Iowa’s mission, how her background brought her to this line of work, and what executives can do to be more inclusive of their employees and teams. The group also explores their thoughts on recent shootings in America and everyone takes a turn with the famous Diversity Thumb Ball!
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 40 min
    Rajesh Anandan: Reimagining Social Entrepreneurship [Live from EntreFEST 2022]

    Rajesh Anandan: Reimagining Social Entrepreneurship [Live from EntreFEST 2022]

    Anthony and Sarika are Keepin' It Real at EntreFEST 2022! This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at EntreFEST in Iowa City on Thursday, June 9th, 2022.
    In this episode, our hosts chat with Rajesh Anandan, Co-Founder and CEO of Ultranauts, Inc. Rajesh shares how Ultranauts is reimagining how a company hires talent, most notable in the fact that over 75% of their employees are on the autism spectrum. The group also dispels myths about neurodivergent individuals in the workplace, discuss ways that other executives can revolutionize their approach to engaging their teams, share their thoughts on gun violence in America, and everyone takes a turn with the Diversity Thumb-Ball.
    This season of Diversity Straight Up is sponsored by ACT, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
    This is Diversity Straight Up, hosted by Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the monthly podcast where the duo 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.
    This is a Corridor Media Group podcast: Bringing critical business news, thoughtful analysis, and valuable strategic insights for business leaders throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. For more information, visit corridorbusiness.com.
    This episode was produced by the L.A.S. Media Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For more information, visit LASMediaGroup.com.

    • 52 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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