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Welcome to Inclusion Catalyst, with your hosts Mickey Desai and Susan Cooper. We bring diversity leaders to the table to hear about current issues in diversity and inclusion, deconstructing complex social justice issues to showcase the best practices in our workplaces and our communities.

Inclusion Catalyst Mickey Desai & Susan Cooper

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Welcome to Inclusion Catalyst, with your hosts Mickey Desai and Susan Cooper. We bring diversity leaders to the table to hear about current issues in diversity and inclusion, deconstructing complex social justice issues to showcase the best practices in our workplaces and our communities.

    Little Allies, with Julie Kratz

    Little Allies, with Julie Kratz

    Visiting again with Julie Kratz to talk about her book, Little Allies: A Children's Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally, an illustrated children’s story that inspires kids to be their best with everyone, especially for those who may need an ally from time to time. We talk about the creation of the book, and what it means to write a book about being an ally for little children.

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    • 16 min
    How to Build a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy with Julie Kratz

    How to Build a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy with Julie Kratz

    Leadership teams in Corporate America have awoken. They know diversity is a problem, and they are not sure where to start. For those painfully behind on the diversity and inclusion journey, it is never too late to start.

    In this episode, Julie shares how to:


    Define what inclusion means to your organization
    Craft a compelling why this important now and in the future
    Build an intentional road map of inclusion to support the strategy

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    • 14 min
    Diversity in Sports, with Maritza McClendon

    Diversity in Sports, with Maritza McClendon

    In this episode, nonprofit consultant Jess Cooper sits down with 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon to discuss diversity in sports. They break down how Maritza’s experience growing up as a black female athlete gave her a platform to help give athletes of this generation a voice. They address:


    How Maritza’s involvement in swimming has evolved since becoming the first black woman to make a US Olympic swim team and medal.
    The importance of integrating DEI efforts throughout an organization.
    The misconceptions about DEI in sports representation.
    Creating safe spaces for all members of a sports community.
    Being an advocate for and giving voice to the current generation of black athletes.

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    Inclusion Catalyst Invites Guest Hosts

    Inclusion Catalyst Invites Guest Hosts

    Greetings friends!  Thank you for listening to the Inclusion Catalyst.
     
    I’m Mickey Desai.  My co-host Susan Cooper and I have been talking about the future of the Inclusion Catalyst podcast, as both of us find we have insufficient bandwidth to continue to regularly work on the program.
     
    But even as our production schedule has slowed down, it is clear we have a dedicated audience that we have every intention of keeping.  So we have come up with an idea that we hope will prove to be a win-win for all parties involved. 
     
    We are inviting people to become guest hosts for the Inclusion Catalyst.  We’re already talking with folks who can “own” one or more episodes that we’ll publish with them.  This will establish more of an opportunity for people to establish themselves as thought leaders in the diversity, inclusion, and social justice arena. 
     
    There are many ways we can work together to present your content.  Our intent is to simply open the door for our peers across the sector to have some fun bringing their stories and expertise to a wider audience. 
     
    So, if you’re an inclusivity consultant, D&I professional, or a social justice advocate… If you work in academia as a behavioral scientist or environmental scientist, we welcome you to join us as a Guest Host.  We’ll help you wrangle one or more Inclusion Catalyst episodes. 
     
    And I’m happy to have a conversation with any interested party on the possibilities.  Please visit our website and drop us a note so we can have a conversation about what being a Guest Host means. 

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    • 2 min
    Supporting Leaders Of Color

    Supporting Leaders Of Color

    Talking with Idalia Fernandez, Monisha Kapila, and Angela Romans about their work coaching and supporting nonprofit leaders of color, and some key patterns they see emerging as many historically White-led organizations may be appointing leaders of color for the first time. Among the topics we cover:


    Connecting this work to current events.
    Identifying problematic organizational patterns.
    The issue of funding scarcity.
    Effectively supporting new leaders of color.

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    • 31 min
    Chasing Diversity And Inclusion, with Olanike Ayomide-Mensah

    Chasing Diversity And Inclusion, with Olanike Ayomide-Mensah

    This episode was recorded on May 27, 2020. Mickey visits with Olanike Ayomide-Mensah to talk about equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and how it intersects with leadership development. We discuss:


    We've been chasing diversity and inclusion since the Civil Rights Act and making anemic progress. It's time workplaces face the truth about what it's going to take to see real change.
    Nonprofit organizations have a unique opportunity to model and lead
    The nonprofit sector will have to face some hard truths and be imaginative and courageous in forging a new path forward.
    Nonprofits are good at treating individual problems, but not cultural problems.
    How does one transform a culture?
    Looking at an org’s policies and procedures, especially related to workforce planning, hiring, training & development, promotion and retention.
    Equity and diversity in board governance
    Equity in Philanthropy & Fundraising

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    • 35 min

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