Welcome to The Minority Leaders, a podcast highlighting the journeys of women of color changemakers in politics and policymaking. I’m your host, Algene Sajery, a Capitol Hill veteran, former small business owner, and current presidential appointee. I previously served on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and as a member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, Black Women’s Congressional Alliance, Black Professionals in International Affairs, and Women in Government Relations. A graduate of Howard University, I am a proud graduate chapter member of the esteemed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As the first woman of color to serve as policy director -or in any senior leadership role- on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I am dedicated to increasing woman and minority representation in national policymaking and politics. This podcast is my love letter to the next generation of women of color political and policymaking leaders. It is a clarion call to women leaders to keep breaking every glass ceiling in our paths, because America desperately needs us. Let's do this. --PS. Please send media and scheduling inquires to email@example.com.*Please listen, subscribe, rate, and share! _*Learn more about me at www.algenesajery.com. —-*Follow me on :-- Instagram: @theminorityleaders; — LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/algene-sajery-- Twitter: @AlgeneSajery-- Facebook: @theminorityleaders
A Conversation with Fatema Z. Sumar, Author, The Development Diplomat
In this episode, host Algene Sajery speaks with Fatema Z. Sumar, international development and author of The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty.
Fatema shares her experience as a first-generation Muslim American, woman, and mother working on foreign aid efforts in Capitol Hill and the developing world in the wake of 9-11. Fatema offers practical advise to women of color looking to advance their careers in this space .
A Conversation with Jotaka Eaddy- Co-Host, SpeakSis, Founder, Win With Black Women
The Minority Leaders Podcast Special Series: Women in Government Relations Excellence in Advocacy Awards- Jody Thomas, 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Minority Leaders Podcast is proud to partner with Women in Government Relations (WGR) and the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference on special episodes featuring 2021 recipients of the Excellence in Advocacy Awards. The theme of this year's virtual conference, which will take place October 18-20, is "Women Firsts – Leading the Way."
In this episode, host Algene Sajery interviews 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awardee Jody Thomas, to learn about her work, discover what motivates her, and glean her advice to the next generation of women advocates.
Jody has served as Executive Director of National Foundation for Womn Legislators (NFWL) since December 2013. As such, she is responsible for the leadership and management of NFWL according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Prior to that, she was National Finance Director of two presidential campaigns, managed numerous issue-oriented groups and a vast array of special events, campaigns and committees. Jody was a partner at a public affairs firm for six years. For eight years she managed all fundraising and political activity for Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts. She was then appointed by President George W. Bush as Director of Public Liaison for the Office of Personnel Management. Jody holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
A Conversation with Joi Chaney, National Urban League
Dear Minority Leaders,
It has been far too long since I published an episode. Life has been busy, to say the least. I've missed you all and am glad to come back like a lion with this episode, featuring the National Urban League's Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy. Recorded on April 17, 2021, the conversation may be a few months old, but from COVID-19, to racial justice, to equal pay, to the value of women friendships, Joi and I discuss topics that are still incredibly timely and important. Joi's wisdom and fortitude are reassuring. Her kindness and grace are a breath of fresh air.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
With gratitude and inspiration,
A Conversation with Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.
Joi is a domestic legal policy expert, political strategist, and former Chief of Staff to United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. After leaving the Senate, she relaunched J.O.I. Strategies, a consulting firm that develops strategies for organizations and companies seeking to achieve Justice, Opportunity, and Inclusion for America's underserved communities, beginning with women and persons of color.
Previously, Joi served as Director of Equal Pay Today, a Project of Equal Rights Advocates, and Senior Policy Counsel at Equal Rights Advocates where she focused on strategies to close the long-standing gender and racial wage gap and engage new constituencies in the fight for equal pay. Over a twenty-year career, Joi has held senior roles in the Obama Administration, as a senior advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (Senate DPC), and the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Joi began her career at the former Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC and the Democratic National Committee. She is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.
A Conversation with Erika West, Principal, The Raben Group
Happy Women's History Month, listeners! March is also my birthday month and this episode was definitely the perfect gift!
This episode features my girl Erika West, principal at The Raben Group. Erika and I have been friends since our days at Howard University. Ya'll already know the Real HU produces #BlackExcellence, and Erika is a shining example of that!
A wise and humble social impact strategist, Erika drops serious knowledge on the roles and perspectives of black and brown people in the reproductive- and environmental- justice movements. I thought I was fairly #woke, but Erika woke me all the way up in this episode! There is a disarming wisdom in the way she conveys the perspectives of people of color leading social impact movements. And she has sage advice for the climate / environmental philanthropic community (hint, hint).
Erika's understated yet powerful ability to lead from behind reminds the next generation of Minority Leaders that they don’t have to run around with a bullhorn to be impactful. Writers, organizers, lawyers, canvassers, strategists, and other 'doers', are also change-makers.
My favorite current mommy-to-be also talks about why her social impact work is even more urgent than ever, and the important roles her mom and sister play in her life. I can't think of a better episode to than this to honor Women's History Month!
You can find Erika on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Also check out The Raben Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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A Conversation with Kendra Brown, Director of Public Policy, Mastercard
Thanks for your patience. It has been over a month since our last episode aired, as life and career changes had me sidelined for a bit.
I’m excited to return with an episode featuring one of the most authentic and accomplished leaders in Washington, who also happens to be one of my favorite people!
In this episode of The Minority Leaders, I speak with incredibly wise and dynamic Kendra Brown. Kendra is Director of Public Policy for Mastercard. She is also Chair of the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
A life-long overachiever, Kendra has more degrees than any one human should be allowed to have! However, she now has me convinced that DC needs more people with degrees in divinity (or ethics) than political science.
Kendra discusses her interesting career journey and shares insights on how she juggles work, motherhood, and volunteerism with grace! I am in absolute awe of her. You don't want to miss this delightful episode.
Kendra Brown currently holds the role of Director, Public Policy for Mastercard. She is also the Chair of the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff for Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) in the United States Congress and Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity for the Washington College of Law at American University where she led the law school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
She is a Former National Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). During her term as National Chair, NBLSA was active in election protection, leadership training and development, academic planning, career development, and extensive advocacy efforts.
Kendra completed her undergraduate studies at Hampton University, her Master of Divinity at Howard University Divinity School, and received her law degree from Vermont Law School. Additionally, Kendra attended the George Washington University School of Law for her Master of Laws.
She is committed to community engagement and empowerment as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated. She is a member of the Leadership Committee of Street Law, Inc, a global, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that develops classroom and community programs to educate youth about law and government. Additionally, she is also a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, DC Regional Board.
The Minority Leaders Podcast is my passion project which I produce in my spare time at my own expense. The views expressed by me during each episode are solely my own and should not be interpreted as the views of my current or former employers. Similarly, the views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent by me or any of my current or former employers. Lastly, reference to any specific product, organization, person, public official, or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by myself or any of my current or former employers.
Government Affairs for Today’s Woman
Algene Sajery is the real deal. She knows the ins and outs of government affairs and it shows in her questions and deep network of panelists. Literally each episode I listen to I leave with inspiration and a to-do list. So happy to find this pod-cast. Do it- subscribe ans listen faithfully you’ll be better for it.
Insightful and informative
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Uplifting and Powerful
The inaugural episode of The Minority Leaders with Algene Sajery was uplifting and inspirational. Sajery brings two decades of work in Congress to the podcast table with a unique mix of gravitas about the topics and clear love for the staffers who make Congress tick.