Originally called "Uncanceled & Unplugged" this podcast was conceived at the outset of the Covid crisis in North America. Being a conference designer I knew a lot of people who had expected to be speaking at events in the subsequent months having them canceled or postponed. So I launched the podcast to provide them with an alternative platform.In August, several months into the pandemic, it was clear that most event organizers had shifted to virtual events and no one was getting canceled anymore.So the podcast has now become "Here Comes Everyone". The name reflects the huge variety of guests we've had in the last few months and the intention to focus a bit more on issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
POETRY NOT POWERPOINT Episode 1 - My co-host Kate and I discuss the craft of spoken word and our upcoming series featuring some amazing poets
POETRY NOT POWERPOINT is a new series of conversations published as part of the podcast Here Comes Everyone.
Co-hosted by Kate Jenkinson who is an executive coach and poet, each episode will feature a guest poet. The guest will share a piece of their work as well as a poem that has inspired and influenced them.
Together we will explore their approach to verse and spoken word and talk about the value that they as artists bring to their audiences particularly to businesses.
As The Conference Bard I firmly believe business events would benefit from featuring more poetry and fewer powerpoint presentations. My hope is that hearing directly from some outstanding poets will convince you of this as well
(you can find out more about Kate at her website https://nextstephr.co.uk)
Peter Trevor Wilson discusses meeting Desmond Tutu and how he inspired the idea of Human Equity
One of Canada's most respected experts in the field of Diversity and author of The Human Equity Advantage, Peter Trevor Wilson joins us to discuss his upcoming article in Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Our conversation begins with his encounter with Desmond Tutu over 20 years ago and how the Archbishop inspired a journey for Peter that continues to this day. We quickly move on to discuss Peter's work over the years and how for him diversity has always been about the unleashing of the potential in all of us, at work and in life.
Given the influence Tutu has had on Peter he shares his perspective on our current moment informed by the idea of Ubuntu. This idea which Tutu applied in the Truth and Reconciliation process in South Africa is taking on new relevance now in North America as on the one hand there is increased recognition of the inequities and injustices in our society while at the same time divisions seem to be deepening and becoming more volatile.
Peter touches on his admiration for Obama ("the best President ever"), the pointlessness of guilt ("you can't change anything by feeling guilty"), the fundament truth that to be human is to screw up and the need to practice diversity built on recognizing every individual's uniqueness as well as our shared humanity.
DEI- Logue Episode Four - Diversity Pioneer and Author Peter Trevor Wilson discusses how to make genuine progress with DEI
Since before he developed the concept of Human Equity and wrote the book The Human Equity Advantage: Beyond Diversity to Talent Optimization in 2013, Peter Trevor Wilson has focussed on making lasting fundamental change in organizations.
Having discussed the murder of George Floyd and the trial of his murderer in previous episodes, Peter is the ideal final guest of 2021 as he reflects on how to make the changes we have seen begun in the last year stick in organizations. It is now more than a year and a half on from the murder of George Floyd after which many employers made bold public statements committing to greater equity and it is important that we explore how to ensure those commitments result in actions that produce lasting change.
As with all my conversations with Peter his many years experience, deep humanity and wisdom mean we sometimes stray a bit from our planned discussion - but one thing you can be sure of is time with Peter is always well spent.
To contact Peter and find out more about Human equity, visit his new site at https://www.humanequityadvantage.com
Grief, Gratitude, Grace Episode Four: Grief at Work with Expedia's Sam Lillemoen
Having been inspired to host this podcast by the response I received at work to tragic loss (and by my friendship with my awesome co-host Sarah Hines), I urge you to listen to this important conversation with Sam Lillemoen.
Sam lost his husband Brad suddenly two years ago. While leadership and many colleagues at work were very supportive, Sam still found himself struggling with grief while at the same time having to perform at work and interact with a wide range of people. Feeling alone, isolated and useen in his grief at times he decided to launch a "Friends of Grief" group modelled on the Affinity Groups for DEI at Expedia. He was overwhelmed by the response.
You see those who grieve at work are not really alone - it is such a common experience and through Friends of Grief Sam was able to connect with others living after loss - of loved ones, work, health, pets - and those wanting to support colleagues in these situations. Conversations began, sub groups formed and friendships were made.
Grief is not an event, it is a journey and one that we don't need to travel alone. Friends of Grief stands as a tribute to the memory of Brad and also shows how an individual can take the initiative on grief and create a community that brings comfort to so many grieving in the workplace.
DEI-Logue: Conversations in DEI - Episode Three. Leadership & Sustainability with Marilyn Johnson
Marilyn Johnson is Senior Director Sustainability at Clarivate and was recently named by The American Energy Society as one of the top 500 Global Sustainability Thought Leaders.
Marilyn and her work are great examples of how DEI is increasingly influencing thought and action in other functions across the organization. While the impact of DEI is perhaps most obvious in HR related areas such as Talent Management or Employee Wellbeing, Marilyn explains how it has become a core principle guiding sustainability at Clarivate.
Sustainability and Diversity both share a common characteristic - to be effective they can't be a function bolted on to the organization, they have to inform all activities in the organization. They are thus natural partners in organizational transformation and culture.
This is a thought provoking, stimulating conversation that invites listeners to think more expansively about DEI to drive lasting change.
Grief,Gratitude, Grace Episode Three: Finding Meaning and Purpose After Tragedy with Mike Cameron
Six years ago Mike Cameron's girlfriend was murdered by her ex-boyfriend who then took his own life.
In this raw conversation we discuss this event and its aftermath and how Mike found the strength of purpose to carry on. He shares his memories of Carissa and the day when everything changed.
Mike's journey is testament to the power of gratitude and grace in the face of grief and his continuing work to end violence against women and teach men to turn from anger to empathy in the face of life's challenges stands as an ongoing memory to Carissa.
Both Sarah and I were so grateful to Mike for sharing his story with us and we hope you find his vulnerability and strength as inspiring as we do.
Great perspective on critical topics affecting us now. I Really enjoyed the Peter Trevor interviews.