69 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

    How Managers Can Practice Allyship & Active Inclusion With Scott Hanselman

    How Managers Can Practice Allyship & Active Inclusion With Scott Hanselman

    In Episode 69, Scott Hanselman from Microsoft joins us to discuss how we can bring more people in to become allies and what allyship means to Scott. We discuss Scott’s path to allyship, why Scott works to be an ally, and what to do when you make mistakes as an ally.

    About Scott Hanselman


    Scott Hanselman is a programmer, teacher, speaker, technologist, podcaster, writer, inclusion advocate, and more.
    Scott Hanselman has been a developer for over 30 years and has been running his own blog www.Hanselman.com for over 20 years. He is also a prolific podcaster and has produced over 800 episodes of The Hanselminutes Podcast and 700 episodes of Azure Friday.
    Scott works in Open Source on .NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon, and has written a number of technical books and spoken in person to over one million developers worldwide.

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    Production Team

    Creator & Host: Melinda Briana Epler
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo with the Change Catalyst logo and photos of Scott, who has a salt and pepper beard and brown hair and is wearing a purple shirt that says "include everyone," and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with red hair, glasses, and orange shirt holding a white mug behind a laptop.]
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    • 40 min
    How To Build Allies In Your Workplace

    How To Build Allies In Your Workplace

    In Episode 68, Melinda Briana Epler, Founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, talks us through how we can build allies in the workplace by understanding the Stages of Allyship and people’s motivations for being allies. She explains the behavioral science behind moving people toward action, addresses how we can convince people who don’t want to be convinced, and shares how we can grow allyship across our teams, organizations, and communities.
    View this episode’s accompanying infographic at ally.cc/EP68Graphic.
    About Melinda (she/her)
    Melinda Briana Epler has more than 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.
    As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda is a strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor for executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and activists around the world. As part of her changemaking work, she is an inclusive leadership coach, trains executive and management teams, and builds learning and development solutions for clients. 
    Melinda is the author of How to Be an Ally (McGraw-Hill) and the host of the popular "Leading With Empathy & Allyship" podcast. She is also a TED speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and former marketing and culture executive. She speaks and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, allyship, and empathy.

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    For more about Change Catalyst, and to join us for our monthly live event, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.

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    Melinda’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/melindaepler
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    Melinda’s Facebook: facebook.com/melindabrianaepler
    Melinda’s Instagram: instagram.com/changecatalysts

    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
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo with the Change Catalyst logo and a photo of host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with red hair, black glasses, and a black shirt, smiling at the camera with her book, How to Be an Ally.] 
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/changecatalysts)

    • 31 min
    Allyship: Where Do I Start? And Other FAQs

    Allyship: Where Do I Start? And Other FAQs

    In Episode 67, Melinda Briana Epler concludes Season 5 of the Leading With Empathy & Allyship Show by guiding us through the first steps to becoming an ally. She provides some simple but powerful actions that managers and team members can take to help create a safe space in the workplace where learning, growth, and allyship are supported. She also answers the most often-asked questions around microaggressions, what performative allyship is, and how to talk about the business case for allyship.


    About Melinda (she/her)
    Melinda Briana Epler has more than 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.
    As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda is a strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor for executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and activists around the world. As part of her changemaking work, she is an inclusive leadership coach, trains executive and management teams, and builds learning and development solutions for clients. 
    Melinda is the author of How to Be an Ally (McGraw-Hill) and the host of the popular "Leading With Empathy & Allyship" podcast. She is also a TED speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and former marketing and culture executive. She speaks and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, allyship, and empathy.

    Find Leading With Empathy & Allyship useful? Subscribe to our podcast and like this episode!
    For more about Change Catalyst, and to join us for our monthly live event, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.

    Connect 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
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo with the Change Catalyst logo and photos of Melinda Briana Epler; a White woman with red hair, glasses, and black shirt; and the orange book cover of HOW TO BE AN ALLY.]
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/changecatalysts)

    • 24 min
    Blazing Your Own Trail With Rebekah Bastian & Kt McBratney

    Blazing Your Own Trail With Rebekah Bastian & Kt McBratney

    In Episode 66, Melinda is joined by the founders of Own Trail: Rebekah Bastian and Kt McBratney. Rebekah and Kt share their journey on how they’ve blazed their own trail as entrepreneurs building a platform that’s intentionally diverse, builds empathy, encourages authenticity, and creates impact for women globally. They also provide actionable takeaways on how you can increase allyship and incorporate DEI into your own platforms.

    About Rebekah (she/her)


    Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, award-winning writer, artist, tech executive, mentor, wife, mother, and aerial acrobat. She is the CEO & Co-founder of OwnTrail and was previously vice president of product and vice president of community and culture at Zillow. Rebekah is the author of Blaze Your Own Trail, is a contributor to Forbes, and is a frequent speaker on social impact, career navigation, and building AuthenTech companies.

     About Kt (she/they)


    Kt McBratney is obsessed with disrupting the status bro. She’s the co-founder and chief brand officer at OwnTrail, the platform where women visualize and navigate their paths through life. She’s also a visual artist, borderline book hoarder, and former marketing executive who’s spent her career building communities and brands across industries.
    Find Leading With Empathy & Allyship useful? Subscribe to our podcast and like this episode!
    For more about Change Catalyst, and to join us for our monthly live event, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.

    Connect 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
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & Allyship promo with the Change Catalyst logo and photos of Kt McBratney, a White nonbinary person with long platinum hair and pink animal print blouse; Rebekah Bastian, a White woman with long brown hair, dangling turquoise earrings, and leather jacket on top of a white shirt; and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with red hair, glasses, and orange shirt holding a white mug behind a laptop.]
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/changecatalysts)

    • 43 min
    Moving Beyond Diversity With Jennifer Brown & Rohit Bhargava

    Moving Beyond Diversity With Jennifer Brown & Rohit Bhargava

    In Episode 65, Melinda is joined by Jennifer Brown and Rohit Bhargava, the incredible authors of the book Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World. Jennifer and Rohit share their personal experiences and perspectives on creating a more inclusive world. They present key learnings from their book on storytelling, retail, and leadership, as well as their own educational moments they experienced while writing the book and how those moments helped them grow as allies.

    About Jennifer


    Jennifer Brown (she/her) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author, and diversity and inclusion expert who is deeply passionate about building more inclusive workplaces where more of us can feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. As the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a certified woman- and LGBT-owned firm, Jennifer and her team design and execute inclusion strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She is also the bestselling author of two books, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change (2017) and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive (2019), a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award and winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards' Business & Leadership category. She also recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on diversity, equity, and inclusion in society with thought leader and fellow bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava. The book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World will hit bookshelves on November 9, 2021. Jennifer’s podcast, The Will to Change, is downloaded by nearly 15,000 listeners per month, and she is a sought-after keynote speaker and expert for leading research institutions and business schools. She lives in New York City with her partner of over 20 years, Michelle.

    About Rohit


    Rohit Bhargava is on a mission to inspire more non-obvious thinking in the world. He is the #1 WSJ bestselling author of 8 books on marketing, trends, and how to create a more inclusive world including Non-Obvious Megatrends & Beyond Diversity. Rohit has been invited to keynote events in 32 countries around the world. He loves the Olympics, actively hates cauliflower, and is a proud dad of boys.

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    For more about Change Catalyst, and to join us for our monthly live event, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.

    Connect 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
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & AllyShip promo with the Change Catalyst logo and photos of Jennifer Brown; a White cisgender woman with blonde wavy hair and royal blue blouse; Rohit Bhargava; an Indian-American male in his mid-40s
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/changecatalysts)

    • 50 min
    How Pandemic Trauma Is Showing Up At Work With Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    How Pandemic Trauma Is Showing Up At Work With Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    In Episode 64, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Founder of Active Voice, joins Melinda in a discussion on how pandemic-related trauma affects leaders’ abilities to manage their teams. Sara provides practical tips on how we can regain access to our critical thinking and work through the trauma without harming people around us. She also touches on what organizations, managers, and allies can do to build trust and create a safe space for courageous conversations in the workplace.

    About Sara


    Sara Wachter-Boettcher is an author, speaker, coach, and strategist dedicated to changing design and tech for good. She’s the founder of Active Voice, a coaching and training company helping organizations build radical, courageous leadership practices.
    Her most recent book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech, was named one of the best tech books of the year by Wired. She also wrote Design for Real Life (with Eric Meyer) and Content Everywhere, and has been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and McSweeney’s. Find her at home in Philly, on Twitter @sara_ann_marie or at sarawb.com.

    Find Leading With Empathy & Allyship useful? Subscribe to our podcast and like this episode!
    For more about Change Catalyst, and to join us for our monthly live event, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources and highlights from this episode.

    Connect 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
    Project Manager: Emilie Maas
    Finance & Operations: Renzo Santos
    Marketing Communications Coordinator: Christina Swindlehurst Chan
    Creative Director @ Podcast Rocket: Rob Scheerbarth

    [Image description: Leading With Empathy & AllyShip promo with the Change Catalyst logo and photos of Sara Wachter-Boettcher, a White woman with short black hair who’s wearing a black denim jacket paired with a white top, and host Melinda Briana Epler, a White woman with red hair, glasses, and orange shirt holding a white mug behind a laptop.]
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/changecatalysts)

    • 46 min

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