50 episodes

Empowering conversationZ is about inspiring stories of immigrants who build their success from zero. Those who didn’t succumb to the challenges they faced. Those who thrived and impacted their new home. In this bi-weekly show, Mehran interviews successful immigrants who talk openly about their challenges and their proven solutions in becoming successful in life. Whether you are an immigrant, born to an immigrant, or someone with very limited resources like an immigrant,  tune in. Our mission is to inspire you, challenge your mindset and empower you to build the life you desire.

Empowering conversationZ with an Immigrant Mehran Sorourian

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

Empowering conversationZ is about inspiring stories of immigrants who build their success from zero. Those who didn’t succumb to the challenges they faced. Those who thrived and impacted their new home. In this bi-weekly show, Mehran interviews successful immigrants who talk openly about their challenges and their proven solutions in becoming successful in life. Whether you are an immigrant, born to an immigrant, or someone with very limited resources like an immigrant,  tune in. Our mission is to inspire you, challenge your mindset and empower you to build the life you desire.

    EZ48Neuroscience of Change with Reut Schwartz-Hebron

    EZ48Neuroscience of Change with Reut Schwartz-Hebron

    How to make difficult changes, especially regarding your culture, beliefs, and assumptions? Learn to negotiate. Both with yourself and with others. Listen to this episode and learn from Reut Schwartz-Hebron, an immigrant from Israel who initially worked as an HR director and was blindsided by the non-verbal cues she received at work and more. She is currently the author of two books: Outswim the sharks and The art and science of changing people who don’t want to change and the certifying Partner with KCI.
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    List of episodes: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz
    Contact Mehran: Mehran@MehranS.com

    Reut Schwartz-Hebron Bio:
    In her role as Certifying Partner with KCI, Reut has trained and certified hundreds of HR leaders, coaches, consultants, and other change professionals to use powerful Neuroscience-based models for guiding people through difficult change.
    She started her career at the rank of a Lieutenant Commander working with elite training teams in the Israeli military, and was the first woman consultant to be offered a prestigious field position with a combat unit. She has a BA in Psychology, an MBA in Business and Organizational Development, and has been collaborating with Neuroscientists for the last 17 years to develop a neuroscience-based Unlearning Model. While she supports coaches and change leaders to use a wide range of Neuroscience-based models, she is internationally renowned as one of the top experts in this specific field of guiding people to unlearn and relearn as part of making transitions and transformations. 
    For the past 25 years Reut coached and consulted in organizations that range from Fortune 500s such as NIKE, Avaya, GSK, Comcast, and Philips Medical to medium sized companies in a large variety of industries including financial, high-tech, telecom, universities, hospitals and other health organizations, retail, manufacturing, and government agencies. She is a published author of books and numerous articles, but perhaps most importantly, she is a mother, a wife, a sister, and an avid supporter of human rights.
     To learn more about Reut’s work and the Certification in Applied Neuroscience, please visit: www.KCIcertification.com

    • 41 min
    EZ47LGBTQ & the process of "coming out" with Dr.Pavna Sodhi

    EZ47LGBTQ & the process of "coming out" with Dr.Pavna Sodhi

    In this episode, I talk with Dr. Pavna Sodhi about the challenges of the LGBTQ community, the process of Coming out, the role of family, community, and the host culture in the process. Common issues LGBTQ and their families face especially as an immigrant in BIPOC communities, the Role of host culture in the process, how to educate our children, and a lot more…
    https://positivespacenetwork.ca/
    https://egale.ca/
    https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/
    https://lgbtq.wvu.edu/state-and-national-resources/-resources-for-queer-and-transgender-black-indigenous-people-of-color
    https://www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/lgbt
    https://www.strongfamilyalliance.org/parent-guide/

    Dr.Sodhi’s last episode: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c2a4e1fa/ez28-managing-covid-trauma-for-immigrants
    List of books for children: https://www.readbrightly.com/9-great-lgbtq-books-kids/ & https://www.familyequality.org/family-support/lgbtq-books/early-elementary/
    Dr. Pavna Sodhi Bio:
    With over 20 years of psychotherapeutic and research experience, Dr. Pavna Sodhi (she/her) has interacted with a multitude of populations in both clinical and academic spaces. Her professional background and personal narrative offer a unique research perspective regarding culturally responsive trauma work, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities, and immigrant mental health. Her research has been featured in national and international scholarly journals and books. In 2017, she wrote, Exploring Immigrant and Sexual Minority Mental Health: Reconsidering Multiculturalism (Routledge). Content from her book is supported by first- and second-generation immigrant narratives, who share their experiences of migration, trauma, overt/covert racism, identity formation, and mental health concerns. She is currently authoring a book regarding decolonizing mental health and trauma-informed practices.
    Insta : @sunotherapy
    Website: www.pavnaksodhi.com
    Twitter: @DrPavnaKSodhi
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pavna-k-sodhi-67b81615/?originalSubdomain=ca
    Book: https://www.routledge.com/Exploring-Immigrant-and-Sexual-Minority-Mental-Health-Reconsidering-Multiculturalism/Sodhi/p/book/9780415841870

    • 43 min
    EZ46 What Language Inclusion Means with Meenakshi Iyer

    EZ46 What Language Inclusion Means with Meenakshi Iyer

    Immigrants face many aggressions in society especially professionally, one is around their language and their accents. In this episode, our guest is Meenakshi Iyer and we talk about
    Why it's important to celebrate our culture
    What is language inclusion
    Examples of microaggressions around language and accent
    And much more…
    Here are the TED talk links:
    Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYCKzpXEW6E
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg
    Sir Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity? - https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
    EZ33: Immigrants guide to racist comments: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/8e97f693/ez33-immigrants-guide-to-racist-comments
    EZ44 How to deal with imposter syndrome with Kim Meninger: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/916ec209/ez44-how-to-deal-with-imposter-syndrome-with-kim-meninger
    EZ 45 tips to speak with confidence when starting from scratch: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/905031b9/ez45-tips-to-speak-with-confidence-with-mehran-sorourian
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    Apple podcast link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/empowering-conversationz/id1502034147
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    Her bio:
    Meenakshi Iyer thrives at the intersection of People, Process, and Technology. She is a T-shaped servant leader with an international and interdisciplinary career in IT, Agile/Business Process Transformation, international healthcare, HR, and Training, in India and the USA, spanning more than two decades. “Stop, breathe, think, act.” is her motto.

    Meenakshi is the Founder and Principal of NorthStar Solutions and Services - a future-of-work oriented, virtual coaching, training and consulting practice serving clients globally. She is an ICF-certified Personal Agility and Self-Leadership Coach. She specializes in supporting People and Technology leaders in co-creating their personal transformation and leadership development journeys. Meenakshi is fluent in four languages, and has lived and worked in 10+ cities in India and the US.
    Connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/meenakshi-iyer-northstar/
    More about her and her work - https://www.northstaratwork.com/

    • 46 min
    EZ45 Tips to Speak with Confidence with Mehran Sorourian

    EZ45 Tips to Speak with Confidence with Mehran Sorourian

    Mehran is a communication coach helping countless immigrants and minorities improve their communication skills at work. In this episode, I, Mehran the host of the Empowering conversationZ podcast share the story of the very first time I spoke English with a native English speaker. How it felt, the shame, and how I became fluent in English plus the 4 tips that I give my clients on improving their language while using the wisdom from my previous guests and many conversations I've had with successful immigrants, refugees, and Dreamers. Listen, Subscribe and share!

    EZ3 Attitudes on climbing the corporate ladder: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c0a6d889/ez03-on-attitude-for-climbing-in-corporate
    EZ10 Born Twice, CEO's Story https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c1174648/ez10-born-twice-a-ceos-story
    EZ Frederic Cherau on Accent and Culture https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c23901b0/ez15-frederic-chereau-on-accent-and-culture
    EZ08 Perfectionism, know it & manage it: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c119a0f0/ez08-perfectionism-know-it-and-manage-it
    EZ35 Upwardly and their role in supporting you get your first job as an immigrant https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/9159709c/ez35-immigrants-and-first-professional-job
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    • 17 min
    EZ44 How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome with Kim Meninger

    EZ44 How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome with Kim Meninger

    Have you ever felt like you don’t belong, that you are an imposter waiting to be found? If so, this episode is for you. We have Kim Meninger who's an expert in the area of imposter syndrome with years of training corporate women and men on the podcast.
    She shares her experience about:
    -What imposter syndrome is,
    -The history behind it,
    -Who suffers from it,
    -How men and women suffer from it differently
    -The underlying racism
    - and what can we do about it. Both as an individual and as a manager.
    Kim Meningers bio:
    As a women’s leadership coach, Kim Meninger is passionate about empowering women to become more confident, visible and influential leaders. Having spent over 10 years in the high-tech industry, she experienced first-hand the unique challenges and opportunities facing women in traditionally male-dominated environments. She strives to be the resource to women that she did not have during her own corporate career.
    Kim has a BA in psychology and an MBA from Boston College. She is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and CCE Board Certified Coach with certifications in career, executive and leadership development coaching.
    The Impostor Syndrome Files Podcast – Listen to the stories of women who have struggled with and have learned to manage Impostor Syndrome.

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    Suggested episodes:
    EZ08 Perfectionism, know it & manage it: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c119a0f0/ez08-perfectionism-know-it-and-manage-it
    EZ16 Aftermath of accepting verbal offer: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c0b492e1/ez16-aftermath-of-accepting-verbal-contract
    EZ22 Creating your leadership advantage: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c31f426c/ez22-creating-your-leadership-advantage
    EZ33 Immigrants guide to Racist comments: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/8e97f693/ez33-immigrants-guide-to-racist-comments

    • 40 min
    EZ43 Grow Professionally by Implementing These Techniques with Fabiola Fujiwara

    EZ43 Grow Professionally by Implementing These Techniques with Fabiola Fujiwara

    Migrated at 18, faced an identity crisis as a Japanese Brazilian living in Utah, tried many jobs, pivoted multiple times until she found her desirable career. My guest this week is Fabiola Fujiwara. She is an HR professional with 10+ years of experience in developing, implementing, and administrating corporate policies and procedures. Fabiola shares with our audience her migration journey as well as the many valuable insights as an HR professional. One must listen to this episode if they don't know
    -How to negotiate,
    -How to start conversations when they are happy with their jobs,
    -How to build their network
    -Why it's important to keep your resume up to date. 
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    Resources:
    Fabiola’s Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabiola-fujiwara/
    Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/brand-studio/wp/2020/11/30/feature/culture-fit-is-outdated-its-time-to-think-about-culture-add/
    Mehran email: Mehran@MehranS.com
    Podcast website: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz
    Episode 3:https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/c0a6d889/ez03-on-attitude-for-climbing-in-corporate
    Episode 40: https://www.mehrans.com/empowering-conversationz/episode/90f54071/ez40-hr-addressing-immigrants-common-issues

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

ahoo khanom ,

Informative podcast!

This is an incredibly informative podcast. As of now, 8 Podcasts and brilliant interviews. I can feel and hear Mehran’s passion in all her podcasts and love how the conversations are honest and motivational. Look forward to the future podcasts.

Bahar-shiraz ,

One of the best podcasts ever

I highly recommend this podcast to everyone! All episodes that I have heard so far are truly empowering and inspiring! I got addicted to this podcast a while ago and it is been a while that I am only listening to this one. The people that are invited and all the stories can be felt by heart. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Mojdeh57 ,

Mehran is our voice!

Mehran is voice of all immigrants. She is very eloquent and doing a great job selecting and showcasing precious lessons we can learn from each other!

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