113 episodes

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

    Building Global Inclusion Through Community With Gabriela de Queiroz

    Building Global Inclusion Through Community With Gabriela de Queiroz

    In Episode 113, Gabriela de Queiroz, Principal Cloud Advocate Manager at Microsoft, joins Melinda in an impactful discussion on building global inclusion through community. They dive into the importance of building inclusive communities to address the global gap in access and opportunity. They discuss how people can start to advocate for social change by finding out what issues they're passionate about and recognizing what they can give back, no matter how small. They also explore key lessons from building inclusive communities that can help global leaders manage their teams more effectively.


    About Gabriela de Queiroz (she/her)

    Gabriela de Queiroz is a Principal Cloud Advocate Manager at Microsoft. She leads and manages the Global Education Advocacy team focused on AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science.
    Before that, she worked at IBM as a Program Director on Open Source, Data & AI Technologies and then as Chief Data Scientist at IBM, leading AI Strategy and Innovations.
    She is actively involved with several organizations to foster an inclusive community. She is the founder of R-Ladies, a worldwide organization promoting diversity in the R community, present in more than 200 cities in 60+ countries with over 100,000 members. She is also the founder of AI Inclusive, a global organization that is helping increase the representation and participation of minorities in Artificial Intelligence.


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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gdequeiroz
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/gabkroz

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    Production Team

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


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    Driving LGBTQIA+ Workplace Equity & Inclusion With Nick Alm

    Driving LGBTQIA+ Workplace Equity & Inclusion With Nick Alm

    In Episode 112, Nick Alm, Founder and Godx of Mossier, joins Melinda in an informative discussion about the key trends that drive LGBTQIA+ workplace equity and inclusion. They look into challenges around policies and procedures for transgender and nonbinary inclusion. They discuss how companies can take action to improve their DEI initiatives through normalizing pronoun use, integrating self-identification into recruitment efforts, incentivizing ERG and DEI leadership, and more. They also touch on ways for managers to rethink how they approach political discussions at work.


    About Nick Alm (they/them)

    Nick Alm (they/them) was born in St. Paul and grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. While pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, they co-founded The Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBTQ student organization, Compass. It was through Compass that they developed a deep passion for advancing conversations about Queer employment equity. Today, Nick is the founder and CEO of Mossier, a social enterprise with a mission of employment equity for everyone LGBTQ. Mossier helps organizations of all sizes attract Queer talent while simultaneously developing workplace cultures and practices that actively dismantle systems of homophobia, transphobia and white supremacy.


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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasalm/

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    Production Team

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


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    Redefining Professionalism With Pabel Martinez

    Redefining Professionalism With Pabel Martinez

    In Episode 111, Pabel Martinez, Founder and CEO of Plurawl, joins Melinda in a discussion on redefining professionalism so people can bring their authentic selves to the workplace. They explore how biases around professionalism move individuals to mask their identities and “code-switch”’ to assimilate into another culture. They look into the difference between uncomfortable and unprofessional and how we can mitigate the impact of biases around professionalism. They also discuss how managers can promote authenticity at work by building trust in teams and leading honest conversations.


    About Pabel Martinez (he/him)

    Pabel Martinez is a native New Yorker, storyteller, and former Tech executive.

    Throughout his career, Pabel struggled balancing two jobs…Tech Employee and Actor. As an Actor, he would focus on assimilation because he was trained to believe that many parts of his identity were unprofessional.

    Pabel would dedicate days out of the week to study “white popular American culture” and memorize scripts he would later use for work conversations. He knew that talking about Bad Bunny and shows like Insecure, would not make him relatable. Instead, he would binge-watch seasons of Riverdale since it would help him build relationships with colleagues and senior leaders.

    The assimilation became overwhelming, and it was at the expense of his identity & mental health.

    As a result, Pabel's mission in life became redefining professionalism by empowering authenticity. In 2020, he launched Plurawl to bring this mission to life.


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    Connect With Pabel Martinez On Social

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pabelmartinez/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plurawl

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    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/changecatalysts

    Production Team

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


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    Paving A Pathway To Success For Underestimated Leaders With Donald Thompson

    Paving A Pathway To Success For Underestimated Leaders With Donald Thompson

    In Episode 110, Donald Thompson, CEO and Co-Founder of The Diversity Movement, joins Melinda in an enriching conversation about how underestimated leaders can pave a pathway to success. Donald shares his successful journey overcoming adversities as an underestimated leader and how his path can help leaders create access and opportunity for marginalized people in their workplaces. He shares his strategies for implementing inclusive leadership across large organizations and growing companies by maximizing everyone’s unique talents and evaluating team performance. He also provides practical ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to gain access to funding by knowing how to approach the right VC firms.


    About Donald Thompson (he/him)

    Donald Thompson is CEO and co-founder of The Diversity Movement. He is the author of Underestimated: A CEO's Unlikely Path to Success. Thompson is an entrepreneur, public speaker, author, podcaster, Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), and executive coach. He serves as a board member for Easterseals UCP, Vidant Medical Center, Raleigh Chamber, TowneBank Raleigh, and several other organizations in the fields of technology, marketing, sports, and entertainment. Visit him at donaldthompson.com.


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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldthompsonjr/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonaldThompsonJrOfficial/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonThompson_Jr

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    Production Team

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


    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo and photos of Donald Thompson,a Black CEO with salt and pepper buzzed facial hair, white/blue striped button-down shirt, and navy blue suit; beside him is a black book cover of UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS; and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with blonde and red hair, glasses, red shirt, and black jacket.]
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    Everyone's Role In Creating Accessible Communities With Sunday Parker

    Everyone's Role In Creating Accessible Communities With Sunday Parker

    In Episode 109, Sunday Parker, Access Technology Program Manager at Microsoft, joins Melinda in a conversation about everyone’s role in creating accessible and inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Sunday describes what physical and digital accessibility look like and the importance of continuing to incorporate digital accessibility into social media platforms, particularly as they evolve and change. She shares the value of interdependence in communities and how allies can amplify the voices of disability advocates. She also talks about her work in providing non-profits with the resources they need to better support their disability constituents.


    About Sunday Parker (she/her)

    Sunday leads the Access Technology Program as part of Microsoft’s commitment to bridge the disability divide through access to technology and connectivity that is accessible to people with disabilities. As part of the Strategic Partnership and Policy team, she aims to create connections between the disability community and accessible technology through collaboration with organizations and the Microsoft ecosystem. Recently, she launched the Accessibility Nonprofit Tech Accelerator, aimed to support disability nonprofits with access to resources, grants, and software to accelerate their mission.

    Diagnosed with a rare neurological disease at the age of 2, she has had a lifelong journey of advocacy and applies her lived experience navigating the world as a wheelchair user to better support the disability community as a whole and the organizations that serve them. With access to technology, she excelled in her career in tech over the last 9 years as she found that the advancement opportunities at work didn’t carry the same complex barriers that she experienced in the day-to-day physical environment. This realization led to a passion for digital accessibility and enabling more people with disabilities, including those who use assistive technology, access to hardware and software along with the workplace and social advancement opportunities that technology creates.

    She is a new resident living in downtown Austin, Texas with her dog Charlie and many plants where she hopes to continue to advocate locally in her community on accessibility.


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    Connect With Sunday On Social

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sundayparker/
    Twitter: twitter.com/sundaytakesbart
    Instagram: instagram.com/sundayparker/

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    YouTube: youtube.com/c/changecatalyst
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    Facebook: facebook.com/changecatalysts
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    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/changecatalysts

    Production Team

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


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    Understanding The Changing Landscape Of DEI Work With Dax-Devlon Ross

    Understanding The Changing Landscape Of DEI Work With Dax-Devlon Ross

    In Episode 108, our final episode of Season 8, Dax-Devlon Ross, Founder / Principal of Dax-Dev and Third Settlements, joins Melinda in a reflective conversation about the changing landscape of DEI work over the years. They look into systemic shifts in communities and organizations, including the pushback to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. They explore what Dax-Devlon calls the BIPOC savior syndrome, an issue that incoming BIPOC leaders often face. Dax-Devlon also shares his experience navigating the DEI space as a Black cis man and how we can reflect and set goals to support DEI initiatives moving into 2023 and beyond.


    About Dax-Devlon Ross (he/him)

    Dax-Devlon Ross is the author of six books and his journalism has been featured in Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, The Washington Post Magazine and other national publications. He won the National Association of Black Journalists’ Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts and is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center.

    His most recent book Letters to My White Male Friends, published by St. Martin’s Press in June 2021, is a call to action and a reflection on race. Dax details how racism has harmed Black people for generations but has also hurt White people by robbing their lives of fullness and meaningful relationships.

    A New York City teaching fellow turned non-profit executive, Dax is now a principal at the social impact consultancies, Dax-Dev and Third Settlements, both of which focus on designing disruptive strategies to generate equity in workplaces and education spaces alike. His clients have included The National Urban League, UnidosUS, Amnesty International, Results for America, iMentor, Fund II Foundation, Vera Institute of Justice, the ACLU of New Hampshire, and many others.

    Dax received his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Alana, and their young children.


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    Connect With Dax-Devlon Ross On Social

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dax-devlon-ross-69b3749/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/daxdev

    Connect With Us On Social

    YouTube: youtube.com/c/changecatalyst
    Twitter: twitter.com/changecatalysts
    Facebook: facebook.com/changecatalysts
    Instagram: instagram.com/techinclusion
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/changecatalysts

    Production Team

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


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