37 episodes

The status-quo when it comes to work, power, creativity, and inclusive relationships are crusty and broken, but the silver-lining of seeing the flaws in our systems is that we have the power and opportunity to build something exciting and new. Sway Them in Color explores acts of personal and professional courage and the leadership lessons gained from unconventional leaders who have gone against the status-quo to share new ideas and creations. From sex educators, tech entrepreneurs and performers, to spiritual advisors and corporate executives, each episode provides hilarious and enlightening universal lessons on some of the deeper questions of life and the leadership lessons anyone from any background can relate to and learn from. Created and hosted by Christina Blacken, Founder and Chief Narrative Strategist of TheNewQuo.com, a leadership and equity consultancy helping leaders use behavioral science based narrative strategies to disrupt bias, build better relationships, and communicate new ideas with deeper connection and influence to achieve status-quo breaking equity goals.

Sway Them in Color Christina Blacken

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

The status-quo when it comes to work, power, creativity, and inclusive relationships are crusty and broken, but the silver-lining of seeing the flaws in our systems is that we have the power and opportunity to build something exciting and new. Sway Them in Color explores acts of personal and professional courage and the leadership lessons gained from unconventional leaders who have gone against the status-quo to share new ideas and creations. From sex educators, tech entrepreneurs and performers, to spiritual advisors and corporate executives, each episode provides hilarious and enlightening universal lessons on some of the deeper questions of life and the leadership lessons anyone from any background can relate to and learn from. Created and hosted by Christina Blacken, Founder and Chief Narrative Strategist of TheNewQuo.com, a leadership and equity consultancy helping leaders use behavioral science based narrative strategies to disrupt bias, build better relationships, and communicate new ideas with deeper connection and influence to achieve status-quo breaking equity goals.

    Transitioning Gender and Radical Self-Acceptance

    Transitioning Gender and Radical Self-Acceptance

    In this episode me and my guest Aurora Higgs have such a rich conversation that beginning with Aurora’s experiences and insights as a transgender individual, activist, and performer. Aurora is an activist and advocate, appointed to Virginia's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Board and elected Vice Chair, and is a scholar studying for a PhD in Queer Black Media Representation, as well as a performer and content creator hoping to uplift Black trans voices and challenges.
    In this conversation we explore
    + How radical self-acceptance is the first step to real healing 
    + Why we need to separate morality from appearances and how people look
    + How pressures to conform ultimately harm people and how courage is really about honesty
    + Why intentionally building affirming community can save us in a time of alienation
     

    • 50 min
    Caring for Yourself When Caregiving for Those You Love

    Caring for Yourself When Caregiving for Those You Love

    his episode is all about loss. Trigger warning we talk about death, covid, and overcoming with my guest Ada Chen, who is the founder of Chuan’s Promise, a sustainable natural skincare line.

    Her mission is to make the world a better place through leadership, empathy, and driving cultural change. She was inspired to start Chuan’s Promise by her experience of caregiving for her late dad, and is committed to changing the beauty industry from the inside out by pioneering innovative sustainability practices and donating 5% of all sales to social justice nonprofits. 
    In this conversation we explore:
    + navigating being your parent’s caretaker 
    + using values to make tough decisions during unpredictable transitions 
    + how adversities and tragedy can provide unexpected inspiration for your personal mission
    + how our workplaces can play a better role to support people who are caregivers or experiencing loss 

    • 49 min
    The Courage to Work With Family

    The Courage to Work With Family

    In this episode my guest Nike Anani and I speak about her journey of leaving a cushy corporate job in London to move back to Lagos, Nigeria to work in her family business.  Nike is an international award-winning entrepreneur, succession specialist and a legacy planning expert for future-focused business families. She is on a mission to help businesses move from lifetime to legacy, such that they build family enterprises of the future.
    With over a decade of family enterprise expertise in Nigeria, Nike helps owners lead their family organizations to long-term legacy and impact. Her inside experience as a second generation family business owner and family office pioneer birthed a passion to help other families in building enterprises that would outlive them. Nike is the Author of "Lifetime to Legacy: A New Vision for Multigenerational Family Businesses" and the host of "The Connected Generation" podcast - a top-10 Family Business podcast globally that is dedicated to NextGens that are seeking how to navigate building generational enterprises whilst leaving an impact.
    In this conversation we explore:
    + bridging divides between older generations and younger generations in the workplace.
    + how to get someone to buy into a change or new idea they may be resistant to.
    + the three things every entrepreneur needs especially if they want to work with family. 

    • 32 min
    Dear White People

    Dear White People

    In this episode my guests Misasha Suzuki Graham and Sara Blanchard are founders of an amazing podcast titled Dear White Women. Misasha is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, a practicing litigator for over 15 years, who is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a facilitator, writer, and speaker regarding issues of racial justice, especially with regards to children, the co-author of Dear White Women: Let’s Get (Un)comfortable Talking About Racism, and the co-host of Dear White Women, a social justice podcast. 
    Sara Blanchard helps build community and connection through conscious conversations, which she does as a facilitator, TEDx speaker, writer, and consultant. After graduating from Harvard and working at Goldman Sachs, Sara pursued the science and techniques of well-being and is a certified life coach, author of two books (Flex Mom and Dear White Women: Let’s Get (Un)comfortable Talking About Racism), and co-host of Dear White Women, an award-winning weekly social justice podcast. 
    In this conversation we explore:
    + why so many people are resistant and uncomfortable with naming whiteness as an identity 
    + why DEI work is really about power 
    + why understanding history will make you a more conscious, and inclusive person 
    + how social change is not about appealing to the most hateful person in the room

    • 43 min
    Finding your authentic self

    Finding your authentic self

    In this episode we explore authenticity in all its varieties and understandings. Sherri is a leader, Speaker, and Author who lives to help others see their own authentic gifts and then teach them to use it to level up their lives and their businesses. She’s the CEO of Dymond Enterprise and the Business Development Director for a charity that empowers youth to see beyond their circumstances to lead authentically.
    In this conversation we explore:
    + Defining what authenticity really means when we have so many vague definitions 
    + why we don’t need safe spaces but brave spaces to even be authentic 
    + how we can reframe and overcome the fear of rejection when being our authentic selves 

    • 59 min
    You're More Powerful Than You Think

    You're More Powerful Than You Think

    In this episode we explore when my guest Janet Alexandersson created 40 frameworks on topics like justice, conflict, power, which she thought would take years but was able to achieve this goal in just created in 4 months. She holds a master of laws degree and her strategy and negotiation acuity is the combined result of 15+ years of multi-faceted experiences in the legal field.
    Janet has been a startup legal advisor, legal marketing strategist, human rights lawyer, civil and family law litigator, nonprofit executive, grant writer, speaker, and workshop facilitator. 
    In this conversation we explore
    + Why frameworks can change your life
    + How we each have different levers and layers of power we may not recognize 
    + why knowing your values is key to not be driven by fear and anxiety with every decision 

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Rahama W. ,

Great advice!

Christina does an amazing job discussing tough topics in a loving and engaging voice. One of my favs!

Nuanced, fun, and meaningful ,

Monisha

This is such a delightful podcast with nuanced conversations on important topics! Christina is a thoughtful, kind, and sharp host. She faciliates a meaningful, deep conversations with her guest that I really enjoy.

Arii3470 ,

SUPERB!

Such an incredibly impactful podcast that touches on various topics that allows us to truly think about the world around us, the people around us, and all the lessons we’re continuing to learn🙌🏼

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