Leading in Color is a bi-weekly podcast about cultivating intentional, positive workplace experiences and environments. From recruiting and hiring, to training and development, to coaching and discipline, to policy and strategy, to trends and hot topics. Leading in Color tackles each area thru a lens of diversity, equity, fairness and inclusion. Leading in Color also highlights the unique challenges and cutting-edge creativity of leading with social consciousness in the corporate world.
Join our host, Sarah Morgan, as she navigates these conversations in solo and guest interview episodes to provide practical advice and simple action steps for success.
Overcoming Pandemic Burnout (Leading In Color - S3, Ep 35)
In this episode, host Sarah Morgan discusses burnout -- and why it is so much more prevalent & heightened during the pandemic. She also highlights the way this wave of burnout is impacting Black women, other people of color, and other people of traditionally marginalized identities differently and more heavily.
She also discusses ways to overcome this as an individual and how to address it as a leader of people.
Surviving the Great Resignation after COVID-19
In this solo episode, host Sarah Morgan kicks off the #RecoveringAfterRona series by talking about "The Great Resignation".
The Great Resignation is what the media has named this tsunami of resignations that companies are seeing from people who do not want to return to traditional office work after a year of being remote.
In this episode, Sarah breaks down the reasons for why this is happening and what organizations can do to stop it from happening to them.
Sarah also gives overview on what is to come for the rest of the #RecoveringAfterRona series on her blog and podcast thru August 2021.
A Tangled Web in Higher Ed (Leading In Color - Season 3, Episode 33)
In this episode, Sarah interviews UR Black Student Coalition leaders Shira Greer and Katiana Issac.
Formed in March 2021 in order to advocate for the wellbeing of Black students at UR, the Coalition is an informal collective comprised of Black students who are in support of the demands listed in the Protect Our Web statement and its addendum. The BSC arose in response to President Crutcher’s February 25, 2021 statement on behalf of the university and the Board of Trustees stating that they intended to keep the name of Ryland Hall (named after enslaver Robert Ryland), and rename Freeman Hall to Mitchell-Freeman Hall (named after Mitchell, a former enslaved person who fought segregation, and Douglas Southall Freeman, a segregationist and eugenicist). While these building names were the catalyst for the BSC’s formation, ultimately the group seeks material changes to better the experiences of Black students on campus.
Students are advocating for the following demands, and are committed to seeing them met:
Remove the names of Robert Ryland and Douglas Southall Freeman from Ryland Hall and Mitchell-Freeman Hall. Expand academic accommodations for all students in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. *This demand has been partially met by a UR Faculty Senate motion to allow students to take one course on a Credit/No Credit basis for the spring 2021 semester.
Subsidize off-campus mental health services for Black students. Abandon the plan to name the terrace of the new Humanities Commons after an enslaved person or persons. Create an endowed chair for the Africana Studies program and begin hiring for the position in the fall of 2021. Expand the Multicultural Space and house The Space on its own in a standalone building. Shira and Katiana talk about their reason for choosing & staying at UR, how the coalition formed, how these demands evolved, and what is coming next for the Protect Our Web movement during our interview. I think it is a really powerful insight into how movements grow from grassroots to global -- as well as revealing on the insidiousness of supremacy in all of our institutions.
Learn more about how to support the #ProtectOurWeb movement HERE.
The Breakthrough After the Breakdown (Leading in Color - S3, Ep32)
In this solo episode, host Sarah Morgan discusses what recent health challenges have taught her about boundaries, self-care, and "the power of pausing."
Sarah also provides a preview of what's to come in Season 3 of the show -- and announces her new #RecoveringAfterRona series.
Links to resources mentioned in the episode:
HR Happy Hour Network Inclusion Crusade show #ReOpeningAfterRona series Register for Workhuman LIVE 2021 -- it is FREE!
Teaching Empathy thru Technology (Leading In Color - S2, Ep 31
The episode guest is Natalie Egan.
In this episode, we discuss the following:
The impact of sexism in the workplace The challenges of being a tech founder with a marginalized identity The importance of cultivating empathy & self-awareness as a leader
Natalie Jane Egan is an openly transgender, B2B software entrepreneur and a recognized thought leader living her life at the intersection of technology and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
Natalie has over 20 years of experience driving digital change, developing high performing teams, building complex products, and selling enterprise solutions.
Today, she is the CEO & Founder of Translator, Inc., where she and her team are on a mission to scale empathy and equality through technology.
Prior to founding Translator in 2016––and prior to her transition––Natalie was CEO & Founder of PeopleLinx, a venture capital backed sales technology solution that was acquired in 2015. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Natalie has also worked in leadership positions at large public companies like LinkedIn, Autonomy, and Ecolab.
Outside of work, Natalie is a parent, a marathon runner, an artist, and transgender rights activist. Based in Philadelphia, PA -- Natalie received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her MBA from The Villanova School of Business, and is currently writing her first book about her transition from a Male-to-Female CEO in corporate America and the business lessons learned along the way.
Connect with Natalie on Instagram and on Twitter
Connect with Translator Company at their website and follow them on Twitter
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Empowering Your People to the Polls (Leading In Color - Season 2, Episode 30)
The episode guest is Tamer Mokhtar.
In this episode, we discuss the following:
The most important thing for individuals to know about the upcoming election besides “vote” What corporate leaders can do to combat voter suppression and disenfranchisement How & why risk is different for Black entrepreneurs Tamer is a Partner, Investing in US and the Founder, All Americans Vote
Established in 2017, Investing in US (IIU) took on the task of establishing a data-informed hypothesis about how risk capital could offer the greatest leverage in the world of electoral politics. As a partner at IIU, Tamer and his team utilize a venture capital model in examining hundreds of organizations to determine which are mission-aligned and capable of bringing about scaled impact in the areas of technology integration into voter mobilization efforts, digital media/messaging, and turnout.
Concurrently, Tamer founded All Americans Vote (AAV), which focuses on non-partisan efforts to engage America’s electorate by elevating turnout among young and diverse voters. In 2018, All Americans Vote ran turnout tests across two states that brought together a coalition of about a dozen organizations. By sponsoring nearly 2,000 election day poll parties (and a series of activities in the lead-up to election day), AAV attempted to bring about a culture shift in how Americans celebrate the franchise of voting. This experiment will continue through 2020.
Prior to his work with Investing in US and All Americans Vote, Tamer spent two decades in direct marketing, quant based sales management, corporate sales, and executive leadership at both nonprofit and for-profit entities, most recently The Advisory Board Company and The Education Advisory Board (EAB). Tamer is a graduate of Virginia Tech
Connect with Tamer on LinkedIn at “Tamer Mokhtar” and on Twitter
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One of my favorite podcasts!
Sarah is amazing and I feel like I’m getting a masterclass on diversity, inclusion, equity, HR and even legal intersections. It’s so great to learn from such a seasoned professional who keeps it real and puts it all into perspective with a fabulous personality to match. One of my favorites podcasts!
Great Topics and Host
Love how Sarah is highlighting important issues.
Very good episode, learned a lot!