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Join us each week for deep, real conversations about how we can all be more inclusive leaders in our workplaces and communities. In intimate conversations with advocates, activists, and allies, TED speaker and author Melinda Briana Epler provides a safe space to learn, build empathy for each other, and understand tangible actions we can all take. You can join us live too! Details at https://ally.cc

Leading With Empathy & Allyship Melinda Briana Epler

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Join us each week for deep, real conversations about how we can all be more inclusive leaders in our workplaces and communities. In intimate conversations with advocates, activists, and allies, TED speaker and author Melinda Briana Epler provides a safe space to learn, build empathy for each other, and understand tangible actions we can all take. You can join us live too! Details at https://ally.cc

    How AI Impacts Biases & Inequities In The Workplace With Kieran Snyder

    How AI Impacts Biases & Inequities In The Workplace With Kieran Snyder

    How does generative AI impact teams? And what can we do to mitigate the impact of biased AI?
    In Episode 132, Kieran Snyder, Co-Founder and CEO at Textio, joins Melinda in an insightful discussion about the impact of AI on workplace biases and inequities. They explore the potential harm and social biases perpetuated by generative AI, and look closely at how this applies to performance reviews. They also discuss key factors business leaders should consider when they adopt AI solutions in their teams, including recognizing these biases, establishing accountability systems, and safeguarding confidential employee information.


    About Kieran Snyder (she/her)

    Kieran is co-founder and CEO of Textio, the platform for inclusive and equitable communications. After earning her PhD in linguistics at Penn, Kieran spent a decade creating the world’s most impactful language products at Microsoft and Amazon. In addition to developing linguistic capabilities like spelling and grammar-checking for more than 100 languages, she led the large-scale effort to integrate the Bing search engine into Microsoft Windows. Kieran is a world-renowned expert on language and bias at work, and her writing has appeared in Fortune, The New York Times, Slate, and the Washington Post.


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    Co-Producers: Renzo Santos & Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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    The Power Of Touch & The Black Brute Narrative In The Workplace With Aaron Johnson

    The Power Of Touch & The Black Brute Narrative In The Workplace With Aaron Johnson

    What is holistic resistance? How can we practice it to break historical narratives and challenge oppression in the workplace?

    In Episode 131, Aaron Johnson, Professional Speaker at The CUT, joins Melinda in an honest conversation on the power of touch and the Black brute narrative in the workplace. They explore holistic resistance as a response to the profound impact of the Black brute narrative on African heritage men. They discuss ways this narrative shows up in the workplace, including through a lack of safe space where Black men can be vulnerable, set boundaries, and protect themselves when those boundaries are violated. They also discuss the relationship between White women and Black men and how each of us can advocate for anti-racism in the fight against oppression.


    About Aaron Johnson (he/him)

    My name is Aaron, and what lights me up right now is cultivating environments that allow black-bodied people to show up as their full tender selves. One of my goals is for black folks to be in spaces where connection to each other and the earth is accessible. One of the ways I am currently cultivating healing is my Chronically UnderTouched Project, where I support black men who have not had mindful, thoughtful platonic touch in creating their own holistic touch practices and care plan.


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    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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    Navigating Politics In The Workplace With Cari Guittard

    Navigating Politics In The Workplace With Cari Guittard

    What exactly is political intelligence? And why is it important to have in the workplace?

    In Episode 130, Cari Guittard, Chief Strategy Officer & Partner at ChangeX & purposewerx and Leadership Professor at Hult International Business School, joins Melinda in a conversation around the constructive approach to addressing politics within the workplace. Drawing from her multiple experiences in the DEI, ESG, and political fields, Cari delves into practical tools to develop our political intelligence. She discusses why this skill set can be necessary for advancing our careers and positioning ourselves as purpose-driven leaders, the importance of curiosity in political conversations, and how it can enhance our situational awareness to adapt effectively to moments of transition or crisis. She also taps into how organizations can respond to anti-wokeness in a way that opens the door for creativity and creates positive change at work.


    About Cari Guittard (she/her)

    Strategic purpose design, global thought leadership and high velocity social impact. 

    The Un-Guided Missile. A nickname given to me by one of my former bosses and mentors for my relentless approach to connection, collaboration, and driving impact. From corporate diplomacy, political intelligence, foresight and futures strategy, women's leadership/gender intelligent design, ESG, DE&I, and next gen efforts. My brain is most on fire when I am engaged with clients building, branding and leveraging unique multi-discipline tri-sector partnerships (between government agencies, NGOs, companies and private citizens) to develop solutions to complex and urgent problems. 

    Award-Winning Professor. Keynote Speaker & Facilitator. Ghost Writer. Brand & Thought Leadership

    An endless collector and distiller of wisdom and knowledge wherever I find it. Am most known for my work as a speaker, facilitator, and writer even though I am also at home as a strategist, data analyst and researcher. I learned branding and the creative discipline directly from working with legends, seasoned leaders, and boards in the Advertising, Marketing and the Global PR space. Keith Reinhard, Charlotte Beers, Alan Siegel, and many others.

    Purposeful, Practical, Global

    In 2018, 2020, and 2021 Hult San Francisco awarded me The Most Inspirational Faculty and Faculty of the Year. I develop and teach graduate leadership courses as well as electives in Political Intelligence for Work, Strategic Influence & Persuasion, Gender Intelligence, Crisis Management & International Negotiations.


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    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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    • 56 min
    Designing Anti-Oppressive Products & Services With Sandra Camacho

    Designing Anti-Oppressive Products & Services With Sandra Camacho

    What are the key principles of inclusive design? How can we use those principles to create equitable and anti-oppressive products and services?

    In Episode 129, Sandra Camacho, Inclusive Design Consultant, Educator & Strategist at Sandra By Design, joins Melinda in an informative discussion on techniques for designing anti-oppressive products & services. They discuss the importance of centering the needs of marginalized communities and considering intersectional identities throughout the product development and design process. They also dive into ways we can challenge and disrupt oppressive norms and systems to promote solutions that are accessible and beneficial for all individuals.


    About Sandra Camacho (she/her)

    Sandra Camacho (She/Her) is a multicultural Inclusive Design consultant, educator, and strategist based in Paris, France. She’s also the founder of the Inclusive Design Jam, a global community and academy on inclusive and equitable design. She started her career at Google, where she spent 8 years working in product, innovation, and learning & development in the U.S. and Europe. She left in 2018 to pursue her dreams of designing for social impact under the alias Sandra By Design. Today, she helps product and design teams around the world build thriving work cultures and socially impactful solutions.


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    Co-Producers: Renzo Santos & Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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    • 46 min
    Using Humor & Empowerment To Improve Inclusion With Karith Foster

    Using Humor & Empowerment To Improve Inclusion With Karith Foster

    What is conscious empathy? How can humor help engage people in DEI efforts?

    In Episode 128, Karith Foster, CEO, Co-Founder, Author, Humorist & DEI Consultant at Inversity Solutions, joins Melinda in a conversation about using humor and empowerment to improve inclusion. They discuss how we can practice conscious empathy to expand our understanding of each other's experiences and foster noble compassion. They also explore easy steps to transform the toxicity in DEI work into positive energy, such as focusing on commonalities, creating a 'brave space' for everyone to embrace authenticity, and engaging in introspection.


    About Karith Foster (she/her)

    Karith Foster is a Diversity Engagement Specialist and creator of the groundbreaking INVERSITY™ methodology and other signature programs. She is creating a seismic shift in diversity and culture change in academic institutions, organizations and corporations across America. These new conversations are revolutionizing the way we address issues of diversity and leadership.

    Karith brings the perfect blend of humor, knowledge and experience while conveying the ever-present need to address diversity, inclusion and effective communication. Karith leaves her audiences feeling engaged, connected, inspired and encouraged to commit to the journey of mutual respect, acceptance and a greater sense of belonging.

    As a speaker, humorist, TV & radio personality, author, entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Karith is a positive force of change with her sense of duty, service—along with her riotous sense of humor. “If you can laugh at it you can get through it,” is her motto and the invaluable lesson she seeks to instill in others.

    In addition to being CEO of INVERSITY™ Solutions, Karith is also the Founder of F.R.A.M.E the Foster Russell Alliance for Meaningful Expression a 501(c)3 non-profit, whose mission is to inspire free speech, inclusion, social change and empowerment through education and mentorship on college and university campuses.

    Karith was featured in two hit documentary films “Can We Take a Joke?” and "No Safe Spaces'' which have garnered accolades in The Washington Post and TIME Magazine, as has her TEDx Talk “The Art of Defying Stereotypes: Learning to be True to Your Voice.” Karith has also made appearances on Imus in the Morning, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Howard Stern, Comedy Central, VH-1 and Oprah.


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    Creator & Host: Melinda Briana Epler
    Producer: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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    Unlocking The Beauty Of Belonging With Ritu Bhasin

    Unlocking The Beauty Of Belonging With Ritu Bhasin

    What’s the difference between social power and personal power? And how is our personal power tied to our sense of belonging?

    In Episode 127, Ritu Bhasin, Belonging and Leadership Speaker, Consultant, Author, and Expert at bhasin consulting inc., joins Melinda in an insightful conversation on unlocking the beauty of belonging. Drawing from Ritu’s book, We’ve Got This: Unlocking the Beauty of Belonging, they share their stories of navigating the path to belonging and delve into the strong connection between authenticity, personal power, and belonging. They discuss the importance of healing work and how this impacts our ability to be better allies, leaders, and advocates of inclusive spaces. They also explore ways to embrace our sense of belonging by building our core wisdom and stepping into our personal power.


    About Ritu Bhasin (she/her)

    Ritu Bhasin [RIH-thoo bah-SEEN], LL.B. MBA, is an award-winning speaker, consultant, author, and internationally recognized expert in DEI, leadership, belonging, anti-racism, and empowerment. Since 2010, Ritu has worked with hundreds of top organizations and senior leadership teams around the world and has presented to hundreds of thousands of people globally.

    She is a certified cultural competence coach and a certified neuroscience strategies coach, as well as a yoga and mindfulness teacher and practitioner, and very shortly she will complete a trauma professional certification program.

    Ritu’s personal experiences with adversity and her desire to help others have led her to work as a social activist for over twenty-five years. She has won numerous awards and distinctions for her work, including: Success Magazine’s Woman of Influence, The Women’s Center Leadership Award, and the South Asian Bar Association Diversity Award, among others.

    Ritu’s second book, the bestseller We’ve Got This: Unlocking the Beauty of Belonging, was released in 2023 (June). Her first book, the bestseller The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead, was released in 2017.

    Ritu lives in Toronto, Canada. When she is not working, you’ll find her traveling around the world to eat, swim, hike, dance, and chill.


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    Creator & Host: Melinda Briana Epler
    Co-Producers: Renzo Santos & Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth & Nina Rugeles


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