25 episodes

Entering The Inspiration Zone is a bi-weekly podcast for business professionals and entrepreneurs seeking positive connections and professional development. Host, Juliette Mayers is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, speaker, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) business strategist, and member of Forbes Coaches Council. She shares from her success framework, "lived experiences" and invites guests, to share their journey to success.

Entering The Inspiration Zone Juliette Mayers

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Entering The Inspiration Zone is a bi-weekly podcast for business professionals and entrepreneurs seeking positive connections and professional development. Host, Juliette Mayers is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, speaker, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) business strategist, and member of Forbes Coaches Council. She shares from her success framework, "lived experiences" and invites guests, to share their journey to success.

    Why We Should All Care About Equity with Lee Pelton

    Why We Should All Care About Equity with Lee Pelton

    In this episode, Juliette talks to Lee Pelton, the President and CEO of The Boston Foundation, about his experience with double consciousness as a Black man. He shared how equity is now central to everything done by The Boston Foundation in order to close the racial wealth gap. He highlights that closing this gap would benefit everyone economically and offer security and well-being for all regardless of race or ethnicity.
    Growing up in a working class Black enclave located in the middle of a predominantly White neighborhood, Lee became interested in making the invisible visible for young people, so they could see all of the opportunities and connections that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Lee believes that equity is about closing opportunity gaps between students instead of providing equal inputs as equality does, while acknowledging there are still narratives around zero-sum games which can lead to hate rooted from fear and ignorance.
    Listen to hear Lee explain some examples such as Black homeowners facing appraisal levels 38% lower than their White counterparts due to historical challenges preventing people of color from creating wealth through home ownership, credit scores not taking into account rental history when assessing credit worthiness, banks experimenting with no down payments on mortgages, and cultural education around different cultures’ views on debt being necessary for lenders understanding alternative methods for evaluating creditworthiness without disadvantaging potential borrowers.
    Episode Highlights
    08:17 - It's really an opportunity gap and so, equity is about closing the opportunity gap. That's the difference between equality and equity is opportunity. And equality is about inputs. Equity is about outputs.
    20:42 - This is part of a trend. It's not anything new that equity sits in the center of everything that we do. I should say one of our most significant projects is an effort to close a racial wealth gap.
    33:13 - I often quote James Baldwin who said that not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it's faced, and that's truth telling. And so, none of the issues that we have discussed today happened by accident. I would encourage us, ourselves and others, to understand how we got here. There's a history here that we need to understand, and understanding it will help us resolve those issues.
     
    Contact
    Connect with Juliette
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    • 30 min
    Purpose, Work and Well-being Success with Martha R.A. Fields

    Purpose, Work and Well-being Success with Martha R.A. Fields

    In this episode, Juliette talks to Martha R.A. Fields, who is the Founder and CEO of OKI ME, LLC & Fields Associates. She is an internationally renowned consultant and author of eight books. She talks about her upbringing in Okinawa and how it has influenced her life's work. Her focus is on helping people worldwide find their purpose, work, and well-being success.
    Martha talks about her experience growing up in Okinawa and how it has informed her work around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and where she learned about different cultures while growing up on an Air Force base. They discuss the importance of work-life balance and finding one's purpose in life.
    Listen to Martha outline four questions that can help someone find their "ikigai" or reason for being. Learn about the importance of revisiting one's dreams, as they change over time. Discover the eight principles of healthy aging and how they can be applied to American society and find out where the locations of the "Blue Zones" are in the world.
    Episode Highlights
    11:37 - I feel that one of the things that makes people successful, and having that purpose, work, and well-being success, is to be able to take a failure and really learn from it. What did you learn as a result of that?
     
    17:03 - You have to ask yourself, "What do I love to do? What am I good at doing? What does the world need that I love to do that I'm good at doing?" And then the final question that you have to ask–and when I heard what this final question was, I started laughing–but finally, how am I going to get paid to do that?
     
    26:53 - Find what your purpose is, what your "ikigai," then dream your dream daily. Just live your dreams. Stop just dreaming.
     
    8 Healthy Longevity Principles  
    You Are What You Eat and Drink
    Eat 80% Between Famine & Feast (Hara Hachi Bu) Go Fish, Green, Bean & Lean
    Destress from Stress 
    Imbibe & Unwind with Wine at 5Shake off Stress Get in the Groove & Move
    LB2: Love Be Loved,& Belong 
        6. Family & Friends First
        7. Choose the Community & Company You Keep
    Let YOUR Little Light Shine Higher 
        8. Find YOUR IKIGAI (Reason for Being!) Then, Live YOUR Dreams Daily
     Contact
    Connect with Juliette
    LinkedIn
    Website
    Juliette's Books
    Inspiration Zone Newsletter Sign-Up
     
    Connect with Martha
    LinkedIn
    Website
    The Okinawa in Me Book
     
    Eastern Bank
    This episode is brought to you by Eastern Bank, the largest commercial bank headquartered in MA.
    Website

    • 32 min
    A Road Less Traveled (Repeat Episode)

    A Road Less Traveled (Repeat Episode)

    Juliette is joined by Michael Curry, Esq. He is the CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 52 health centers serving over 1 million patients out of over 314 practice sites throughout Massachusetts. Michael also serves on the National NAACP Board of Directors.

    Tune in to this episode to hear Juliette and Michael talk about how important it is to take care of your physical and mental health. They share tips for wellness and much more.

    • 32 min
    The Power of Authenticity with Jackie Glenn

    The Power of Authenticity with Jackie Glenn

    In this episode, Juliette speaks with Jackie Glenn, who is the Founder and CEO of Glenn Diversity Inclusion and HR Solutions, a woman-owned, minority-owned diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consulting practice that helps empower individuals, leaders, and corporations to foster equitable and inclusive spaces for all. Jackie has worked in various industries and has helped countless people through her groundbreaking work.

    Jackie's book, Lift As I Climb: An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America, details her journey from Jamaica and how she employed her ten self-created "gems" to guide her journey from a nanny all the way to Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Dell/EMC, author, and CEO.

    Listen as they discuss the importance of authenticity in networking, and how it can be misinterpreted as anger for black women. Jackie also advises that people should show up authentically, meet others where they are, and approach everything with empathy. Find out why leaders need to be authentic themselves and create an environment where employees feel safe being their authentic selves.

    • 29 min
    Building a Legacy Through Impact

    Building a Legacy Through Impact

    Juliette talks to Betty Francisco, who is a business executive, impact investor, and community leader. Betty is also known as a powerful convener and changemaker, unapologetic about creating visibility for Latinx and POC leaders. They explore their similar backgrounds and Betty's efforts to reduce the racial wealth gap through her work with Boston Impact Initiative Fund.
    They dive deep into what makes the social impact fund unique and the importance of allyship in achieving goals. Betty defines allyship as those with privilege and influence using their power to support those who don't have it. This can be done through personal relationships or by advocating for policy change within systems. 
    As a person of color, Betty occupies an important role in the capital access stack and works towards creating a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable economy. Listen to learn the importance of networking and leveraging one's intersecting identities to achieve success.
     
    Highlights
     
    12:50 - The focus is on investing in entrepreneurs of color, entrepreneurs that support communities of color, in order to close the racial wealth divide. What makes BII unique is that we use the whole spectrum of capital. So, we call that integrated capital.
     
    18:52 - I started getting involved in a lot of coalition work to advocate for funding or policy change that could directly support more businesses owned by people of color that weren't getting access to the COVID relief as an example. What I saw was this tremendous outpouring of support.
     
    20:09 - I would say that allyship doesn't always have to come from people in privilege, but it can also come from organizations that are in deep alignment on our values and goals. So, it's that shared purpose around building economic power, political power in our commonwealth, that also brought us together as allies.
     
    24:26 - One of the things that I think is important to highlight, especially when we talk about influence and leaving a legacy, is one of the things that I'm doing now, transitioning from being a lawyer to now a fund manager. It's really important for our youth to see that there are career paths that are non-traditional. Like we always hear lawyer, doctor, the traditional positions that our immigrant parents said those are the ones you must go into, but they never quite say you should go be a fund manager.
     
    Contact
    Juliette Mayers
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    Website
    Juliette's Books
    Inspiration Zone Newsletter Sign-Up
     
    Betty Francisco
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    Twitter
    Instagram
    Facebook
     
    Eastern Bank
    This episode is brought to you by Eastern Bank, the largest commercial bank headquartered in MA.
    Website

    • 28 min
    The Power of The Pause

    The Power of The Pause

    In today's episode, Juliette offers tips on how the simple act of pausing can contribute positively to changing the dynamic of making people feel more engaged, more heard, and more understood in both team and individual settings.

    She emphasizes how pausing allows for employees to feel seen, valued, and cared for while also giving leaders an opportunity to take a step back and assess if what they're about to say or do will help or hurt the situation.

    Listen to Juliette give advice on pausing before responding and discover how you can apply this, especially in one-on-one situations where you may not have had a positive interaction or feel like you're not being heard and feelings are running high.

    • 16 min

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Well done!

Entering the Inspiration Zone is well planned and well executed. Juliette is a joy to listen to and shares awesome insights in a way that is both easy to listen to and easy to retain.

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