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HERdacious is a podcast for audacious women seeking to break down the barriers to success and to live their lives confidently. We host honest conversations with badass women across the country about their ingenuity and courageousness, both in their lives and in the workplace. So if you want some femme support along for your professional journey, HERdacious is here for you!

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HERdacious is a podcast for audacious women seeking to break down the barriers to success and to live their lives confidently. We host honest conversations with badass women across the country about their ingenuity and courageousness, both in their lives and in the workplace. So if you want some femme support along for your professional journey, HERdacious is here for you!

    Privilege Matters

    Privilege Matters

    The Power & Privilege Dynamics of Microaggressions
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Alejandra Mielke about the role power and privilege play in the ability to micro-aggress against others. Microaggressions are everyday verbal, behavioral, or environmental snubs that demean, diminish, or harm members of marginalized groups through belittlement. “Your English is great,” or, “As a woman, I know what you go through as a racial minority,” might not appear harmful, but Alejandra enlightens us as to why such comments incur feelings of invalidation. As a DEI coach who works with underrepresented minorities to overcome workplace biases, Alejandra teaches us that microaggressions are born out of inherent power and privilege differences, which often creates a suppressive atmosphere for marginalized individuals. However, Alejandra assures us that derogatory comments and behaviors can be avoided when those in power become self-aware, and those on the receiving end respond suitably to their own needs. From accepting feedback to acknowledging that experiences are not one-and-the-same, Alejandra underscores that microaggressions can be halted through better awareness. As Alejandra best explains, power is infinite; and empowered people empower people!
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Alejandra Mielke, PhD 

    Dr. Alejandra Rodríguez Mielke is a Leadership Coach & Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Mielke brings a strong expertise in social justice, equity, and adult learning after working at The University of Texas at Austin as an educational researcher and later as an independent consultant facilitating workshops and professional programs around Unconscious Bias, Power & Privilege, Inclusive Leadership, and Cultural Competency for local and global organizations. 
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    Power and Privilege 2:30 Exclusion rears its ugly head 5:10To micro-aggress 10:40Decoding the hidden messages 17:00Rules of Response 18:20Feedback & self-awareness 21:55Femme fact: Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 26:20Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    Derald Wing Sue (author)Subtle Acts of Exclusion by Tiffany Jana (book)Episode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Joy Wiggins “Queen of Support”
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    Authenticity Matters

    Authenticity Matters

    Code-Switching and Vulnerability
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Frances Jordan about code-switching in the workplace. Code-switching is the practice of altering behavior, speech, appearance, or expression of oneself to optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment. On its surface, code-switching might seem a harmless way of operating, however we learn that code-switching reaps consequences of identity erasure that are anything but benign. Frances reframes code-switching as a barrier that represses vulnerability and inhibits us from showing up in the workplace as our most authentic selves. From identifying specific triggers to understanding that no two people share identical experiences, Frances helps us realize that there’s power in showing up honestly if we so choose, just as there’s power in welcoming and respectfully empathizing with our co-workers’ individual experiences. Regardless of race, religion, sexuality, or identity, we’re all here to be the best professionals we can be — and we all deserve to do so as our most authentic selves!
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Frances Leigh Jordan, Esq.

    Frances Leigh Jordan currently works at Notley as the Policy and Social Equity Director. Since law school, she's worked in civil rights, child protection services, and transportation with government agencies. She is an active member of the Austin Stone and has been volunteering with the Austin Justice Coalition since 2016, and currently serves as the Board Chair. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science at Tuskegee University in 2008 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 2011.
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    What is code-switching? 1:06Through the generations 6:28Why do it? 7:35The consequences 13:45Vulnerability 15:40Perpetuate positivity 21:40Breaking the cycle 28:45Femme fact: Edith Garrud 33:05Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    The Cost of Code-Switching (article) Code Switch (podcast)Cane by Jean Toomer (book)Articulate While Black by H. Samy Alim and Geneva SmithermanThe Elephant Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin HansonEpisode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Sam Barrow “Navigating Bias Like a Boss”
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    Employee Support Matters

    Employee Support Matters

    All Things ERGs
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Kellie Sauls about establishing ERGs in the workplace. ERGs, or employee resource groups, are employee coalitions assembled to fulfill  a common goal or mission they wish to see reflected in the workplace. Equipped with her DE&I and ERG leadership expertise, Kellie walks us through the steps of bringing ERG plans into fruition so we can achieve a workplace that encourages its employees to see the value in their professional contributions. From welcoming inclusive, sometimes crusty support (more on that in the episode) to scouting an executive sponsor qualified to lead us down the road, Kellie helps us realize that the power behind building a successful and productive ERG derives from company-wide collaboration. Whether we have a direct stake in an ERGs' initiative or just want to be an ally to our colleagues, membership into this club is not exclusive. So, come one, come all and enter the world of all things ERGs! 
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Kellie Sauls, MS 

    Currently as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), Ms. Sauls leads the direction and oversight of DE&I strategy, program development and management across the organization. Additionally, she has been engaged in impactful volunteer work within her community including board service, co-establishing a TEDx program, DE&I consultation services, and serving on local and national diversity related advisory councils. Ms. Sauls holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Counseling and Clinical Programs from Columbus State University. 
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    What is an ERG? 1:21Happy people make happy workplaces 5:23Starting with support 6:343..2..1..launch! Now what? 12:15Executive Sponsors 16:48A budget 17:55Red flags 20:45Femme fact: Sophie Scholl 25:00Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    PepTalkHer (website) Center for Global Inclusion (benchmarks guide) How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown (book)Episode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Cara McCarty “Queen of Leadership” 
    Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:
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    Facebook: @HERdacity
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    Email: herdacious@herdacity.org
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    Allyship Matters

    Allyship Matters

    Allyship Without the Baggage 
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Cristina Santos about the do’s and don'ts of allyship. With the uptick of social justice conversations emerging this past year, many of us find ourselves asking the important question: How can we be supportive allies? Cristina emphasizes that allyship is not as straightforward as we might believe it to be - it requires consent between the receiver and the giver, open conversations about those relationship expectations, and careful research of communities we'd like to support. But once we understand the multifaceted dynamics of allyship, we can then work on becoming more productive allies to our peers. From disclosing our preferred pronouns in communal spaces to checking our inherent privileges, Cristina shares her expertise on all things allyship so that we can better advocate for those receptive of our support. Let's leave the bags at the door, initiate those honest conversations, and actively learn about communities to make meaningful steps forward toward equality!
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Cristina Santos
    Cristina Santos is Senior Vice President, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Capital Group, where she drives the asset management firm's DE&I strategy with an emphasis on a culture of belonging, leadership accountability, diverse teams of associates and impacting communities. She is also a facilitating faculty member for the Diversity & Inclusion certification program at Cornell University's Industrial Labor Relations School. A proud wife and mother of four children who always keep life fun and interesting, she was recognized in 2012 as a “Working Mother of the Year” by Working Mother Magazine. 
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    Welcome to Allyship 101 1:30Problematic allyship 4:47Understanding relationship  roles 7:40But where do we begin 11:09Gender-specific advocacy 19:37Supporting POC friends 21:00LGBTQ+ education and resources 24:32Femme fact: PRIDE Month 28:46Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    The Ally Continuum by Jennifer Brown5 Tips For Being An Ally by @chescaleighAllyship and Curiosity by Sheila Brassel, PhD, Joy Ohm, PhD, Dnika J. Travis, PhDEpisode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our podcast episode with Harold Hughes “Queen [or King] of Allyship”
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    A Lesson on Recruiters

    A Lesson on Recruiters

    What To Know About Recruiters
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Liz Bronson about the job recruiting process, more specifically, those all-too-mystifying recruiters. As job applicants, we’ve all experienced the dank, dark hole that is the recruiting process … but what’s on the other end of that interaction? Enter Liz, whose insight as a recruiter reveals the methods to the madness. Though the world of recruiting might not be as dank and dark as we perceive, that doesn’t mean we should go forth unprepared. From applicant tracking system, to knowing which type of recruiters we’re interacting with, Liz gives us guidance to help optimize our success throughout the process. After all, it’s not just a matter of getting the job - it’s finding the right fit for us!
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Liz Bronson
    Liz Bronson is the owner of Liz Bronson Consulting- an HR and recruiting company helping mostly tech start-up teams build their people practices, programs, and values to help them hire and retain their people. Liz is passionate about designing authentic, candidate-centric recruiting processes that match a company's culture, and does individual career and general management coaching and training. Before being independent, Liz worked for 9 years at VMware building their Product Management and Marketing teams and was also a part of the HR team at Barclays Global Investors. 
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    I’ll take recruiters for 500 1:35Gender-specific recruiting challenges 4:28The big four 6:50Trust your spidey sense 14:35Questions are a girl’s best friend 21:13Follow up fearlessly 24:21Know your recruiter 28:57Femme fact: Mental Health Awareness Month 33:50Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    Real Job Talk (website) The Muse (job search engine)Built In Austin (job search engine)Fairygodboss (job search engine)National Alliance on Mental Health (website) Episode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our webinar “Resiliency in the Job Search | Dawn Shaw” 
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    Facebook: @HERdacity
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    A Lesson on Sabotage

    A Lesson on Sabotage

    Avoiding Self-Sabotage in Our Professional Lives
    In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Michelle Hoover about avoiding self-sabotage through self-mastery. Time and time again, the hand of self-sabotage notoriously pulls us down by the sleeves. Michelle teaches us how to release the grasp self-sabotage has over our professional development by proactively fighting our learned habits, and instead, making favorable choices. From identifying triggers to the oh-so-limiting perfection trap, Michelle calls attention to the self-sabotaging behaviors born of gender-specific expectations set by society. With a commitment to defying self-limiting behaviors, we can learn to master our gut reactions in ways that benefit our personal and professional lives. 
    Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
    Co-host: Michelle Hoover, MEd
    Michelle Hoover, Founder and Principal of Baem Leadership, is a leadership-development strategist, facilitator, consultant, and coach. She has designed, delivered, and facilitated talent-development programs for more than 15,000 learners across five continents and has worked with Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including professional and financial services, technology, consumer goods, beauty, and luxury. She now lives in New York, where she enjoys Hamilton, Central Park, and soaking up creativity, motivation, and energy that emanate from the city!
    Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  
    What is self-sabotage? 2:50Self-mastery is the way 4:00 Gender-specific challenges 7:05 Realizing our own habits 13:15More than a feeling: Self-Mastery 18:20Hitting pause 23:19Techniques and actions 24:43 Femme fact: Female Author Pseudonyms 28:40 Resources mentioned in this episode:  
    How Women Rise by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen (book)Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith (book)Stop Self-Sabotage by Dr. Judy Ho (book)Baem Leadership (Michelle’s consulting firm) Episode sponsors:  
    HERdacity   Moonray  Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog “Why Women Need to Take Credit for Their Work”
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    Facebook: @HERdacity
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