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 firstname.lastname@example.org.*Please listen, subscribe, rate, and share! This podcast is edited by AiAi Studios. _*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 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.
A Conversation with Jotaka Eaddy, founder & CEO Full Circle Strategies and Chief Organizer of the Win with Black Women Collective
During this moving episode of the Minority Leaders Podcast, I interviewed my Soror Jotaka Eaddy, founder & CEO of Full Circle Strategies, and Chief Organizer of the Win with Black Women Collective (WWBW). I am one of Jotaka's biggest fans, so this episode is full of hilarious fan girl moments as we discuss our #BlackGirlMagic icons who are part of the WWBW collective, including Oprah Winfrey and the incredible Ms. Cicely Tyson who took her place among the angels just days ago. And then there's the magical moment when teary eyed Jotaka describes the incredibly beautiful scene when Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman--- Black, Asian, or otherwise--- to hold the esteemed office of Vice President of the United States of America.
This episode is as beautiful as it is moving, and Jotaka and I both shed quite a few tears of pure joy during the course of our conversation.
Tune in to this very special episode of the Minority Leaders Podcast. And get your tissue box now, because the tears come early and often!
Connect with Jotaka on Twitter and IG at: @JotakaEaddy and @WinWithBLKWomen
Jotaka L. Eaddy is the founder and CEO of Full Circle Strategies, LLC - a social impact consulting firm committed to advancing transformative change and global impact.
Described as the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine, Jotaka is a dedicated and seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in policy, advocacy, and movement building.
I know her as the builder of a movement called Win With Black Women—Black Women United, a collective of intergenerational, intersectional Black women leaders throughout the nation that was instrumental in galvanizing the collective power of black women. Within her current practice, Jotaka works with clients seeking to advance policy, ideas, and change. J
Jotaka previously served as Vice President of Policy; Strategic Engagement, and Impact for LendUp. Eaddy's team was responsible for measuring how LendUp's products benefited consumers, such as saving customers more than $200 million in fees and interest, and creating a series of financial education courses that have been viewed more than 2.1 million times.
As one of the few black women that has served in the C-Suite of a Silicon Valley based company, Jotaka is a passionate advocate for increased diversity and impact metrics in the tech sector. Committed to social impact and social justice; Jotaka serves as a board advisor to several tech start-up companies including Maker’s Row, Inc.; Gauge, Inc., Tech Dojo, and Hustle, Inc.
From 2009-2014, Eaddy served as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights for the NAACP. In addition to domestic advocacy, Jotaka has lobbied within various international forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council, African Union, the Organization of American States, and Council of Europe, among others. In 2004, Jotaka directed the national lobby and international advocacy campaign against the juvenile death penalty in the United States. Those efforts contributed to the 2005 landmark US Supreme Court decision Roper v. Simmons which abolished the juvenile death penalty in the United States and was supported by an amicus brief signed by more than 50 nations.
Eaddy is the receipt of several honors and awards including: 40 under 40 Silicon Valley Tech Diversity, Root 100 Most influential African Americans, Essence Magazine Woman to Watch, among others.
The Minority Leaders, featuring Dannie Diego, Senior Strategic Alliances Manager, Insperity
Episode 11 of The Minority Leaders Podcast was taped prior to the violent insurrection that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
My guest, Dannie Diego, a former Washington politico and current Texan, and I discuss interactions with people she has met in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, some of whom happen to be (or previously were) Trump supporters. When we discuss the concept of strategic empathy- which I examined in depth during a Harvard Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in National and International Security- we are referring to the ability to understand and empathize with an adversary's point of view. America will not move forward if we don’t have the ability to empathize with our political adversaries. However, we must also have accountability for the events of Jan. 6th, especially the loss of five American lives and the complete disregard for the American values we hold dear. I hope this conversation is as illuminating for you as it was for me.
Thank you for your continued support of The Minority Leaders. Please share your thoughts on this episode in the comments and reviews on www.algenesajery.com or wherever you listen to podcasts. As always, feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dannie Diego attributes her public policy work and nearly two decades of experience in the federal government and non-profit sectors to her now success driving business development and strategic communications in the private sector. Dannie began her career on Capitol Hill as a staffer for Rep. Carolyn Maloney (New York) and former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (California). While on Capitol Hill, she managed a legislative portfolio that included education, veterans, and counter-human trafficking. She then moved to a support role at the lobbying firm Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP (now K&L Gates) working with the defense & nanotechnology practice and clean water advocacy team. Following the 2006 election, Dannie held an advocacy role with Catholic Relief Services. Focusing primarily on food security issues, Dannie lobbied for legislative recommendations to protect and increase development aid in the 2008 Farm Bill Reauthorization. It was there that she began to work with a broad coalition of partners on what would become the Global Food Security Act. During her time at CRS, Dannie traveled to Zambia, Ethiopia, Moldova, and Bosnia to meet with on-the-ground implementors of US programming of food security and counter-human trafficking.
In 2009, Dannie began work on the 2010 Census advising the bureau’s legislative affairs office on engagement with Capitol Hill. Additionally, Dannie planned and created a training program for Congressional staff to utilize census data to understand the demographics of their congressional districts. More recently, Dannie served as a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration, 2012-2015, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She led USAID’s Congressional engagement strategy for the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, also serving as USAID’s primary point of contact for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While serving in the Administration, Dannie traveled to Ethiopia and Tanzania to provide oversight of USAID programs and negotiated agency priorities during the congressional consideration of the Global Food Security Act which become public law in 2016. Additionally, Dannie prepared four Presidential appointed nominees for the Senate confirmation process.
Dannie moved to Houston, TX in 2015 with her husband, James, and daughter, Talia, and transitioned her career to the private sector where she currently leads bu
The Minority Leaders Podcast featuring Na'ilah Amaru, Advocacy & Policy Strategist
Thank you for sticking with us these past four months! We are truly grateful for this incredible bonding experience with fellow women of color leaders. The surprising success of this podcast makes clear just how formidable we are when we come together to harness the full power of our unique and beautiful space in this world.
Episode 10 of the Minority Leaders Podcast features Na’ilah Amaru, an Iraq war veteran, former community organizer, 2016 Democratic National Convention Presidential Nomination speaker, and nationally recognized advocacy and policy strategist with a 20-year record of incredible social impact. Na'ilah was a 2020 finalist for our podcast sponsor Women in Government Relations' Advocate of the Year award, which is how we first connected. A fierce advocate for building grassroots governing power among underserved populations, women, and BIPoC communities, Na’ilah has spearheaded transformational campaigns and commanded highly visible, demanding roles in both non-profit and government arenas.
During our discussion, Na’ilah shares with me her experience as a black and indigenous woman in politics and policymaking. She discusses why she hated working on Capitol Hill--- a job most young politicos only dream of--- and what truly sets her soul on fire. Na’ilah's advice to the next generation of women of color advocates is profound, illuminating, and deeply inspirational.
I hope you enjoy this episode of The Minority Leaders as much as I do.
Please share your thoughts on this episode in the comments and reviews on www.algenesajery.com and feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com/
Happy Holidays, my friends.
CHEERS to 2021!!
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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.