8 episodes

Welcome to the "The Necessary Disruptor™ with Stephanie M. Jones," a cutting-edge podcast aimed at delving deep into the minds of the most innovative leaders, change agents and disruptors across the travel & tourism industry. We're bringing you bold and necessary conversations with Necessary Disruptors™ from the global travel & tourism sector and invite our audience to actively engage with us!
Join us as we explore bold ideas, address pressing challenges, and showcase innovative technologies that are reshaping industries, destinations, and communities, all for the future of travel & tourism.
So, prepare to embark on a profound journey with Stephanie and her distinguished guests, where thought-provoking discussions will inspire action and push the boundaries of what's possible. Together, we will be intentional about creating and investing in sustainable, equitable, and inclusive solutions to foster positive change within our industry and the world at large.

The Necessary Disruptor‪™‬ Stephanie M. Jones, MBA

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to the "The Necessary Disruptor™ with Stephanie M. Jones," a cutting-edge podcast aimed at delving deep into the minds of the most innovative leaders, change agents and disruptors across the travel & tourism industry. We're bringing you bold and necessary conversations with Necessary Disruptors™ from the global travel & tourism sector and invite our audience to actively engage with us!
Join us as we explore bold ideas, address pressing challenges, and showcase innovative technologies that are reshaping industries, destinations, and communities, all for the future of travel & tourism.
So, prepare to embark on a profound journey with Stephanie and her distinguished guests, where thought-provoking discussions will inspire action and push the boundaries of what's possible. Together, we will be intentional about creating and investing in sustainable, equitable, and inclusive solutions to foster positive change within our industry and the world at large.

    Ep007: Preserving Cultures, Sustaining Communities, and Championing for Equitable Opportunities for Indigenous Tourism Businesses

    Ep007: Preserving Cultures, Sustaining Communities, and Championing for Equitable Opportunities for Indigenous Tourism Businesses

    In this episode of the Necessary Disruptors show, host Stephanie speaks with Sherry Rupert, the CEO of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). They discuss the importance of preserving indigenous cultures through tourism, creating equitable opportunities, and sustaining local communities. Sherry shares her personal journey into advocating for indigenous tourism and highlights the role of AIANTA in promoting cultural heritage and fostering economic growth within tribal nations. Together, they explore the challenges and opportunities in the tourism industry, emphasizing the need for inclusion and responsible partnerships. This episode sheds light on the essential work being done to amplify underrepresented voices and redefine the narrative of American history through indigenous tourism.
    00:00 Welcome to the Necessary Disruptors Show: Exploring Indigenous Tourism
    01:34 Sherry Rupert's Journey into Indigenous Tourism Advocacy
    07:06 The Role of AIANTA in Championing Indigenous Tourism
    14:02 Challenges and Opportunities in Indigenous Tourism
    16:53 Partnerships and Representation in the Tourism Industry
    32:35 Vision for the Future of Indigenous Tourism
    37:13 Closing Thoughts and Invitation to Learn More

    Learn more about Sherry and AIANTA
    Website: www.aianta.org
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherry-rupert-0900021a9/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aianta_official

    • 40 min
    Ep006: The Power of Pivoting with Purpose for Profits

    Ep006: The Power of Pivoting with Purpose for Profits

    Pivoting with Purpose: A Journey Through Disruption in Travel
    In this episode of the Necessary Disruptor Podcast, host Stephanie M. Jones engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Denella Ri'chard, a former cruise corporate executive turned talk show host. The discussion delves into Denella's remarkable career journey, her resilience in the face of the global pandemic's challenges, and her successful pivot from the corporate world to creating and hosting the nationally syndicated 'Traveling with Denella Ri'chard' show. The episode highlights themes of disruption, resilience, entrepreneurship, and the importance of leveraging one's network and creating new paths in industries like travel and tourism. Denella shares insights on the significance of featuring small Black businesses and destinations, the profound impact of her decisions to create opportunities where none existed, and the importance of divine guidance in her pursuit of success. Stephanie concludes the episode by emphasizing the power of disruption to inspire positive change and encourages listeners to be catalysts themselves.
    00:53 Diving Deep with Denella Ri'chard: Pivoting with Purpose
    03:38 From Baton Rouge to Global Stages: Denella's Journey
    07:48 Breaking Barriers: Denella's Transition into the Travel Industry
    11:31 Facing the Pandemic: A Necessary Pivot to Television
    16:07 Amplifying Black Businesses and Communities Through Travel
    19:47 Creating Your Own Path: Lessons in Disruption and Innovation
    33:03 The Power of Faith and Vision in Achieving Success
    Connect with Denella:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denella/
    Website: https://www.travelingwithdenella.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelingwithdenella/

    • 32 min
    Ep005: Shattering Norms: Embracing Inclusivity in Destination Stewardship

    Ep005: Shattering Norms: Embracing Inclusivity in Destination Stewardship

    This episode of the Necessary Disruptor Podcast features Stacey Ritter, CEO of Visit Lauderdale, discussing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in destination stewardship. As a change agent, Ritter shares insights from her transition from politics to tourism, emphasizing her efforts to amplify diverse cultures and communities in Fort Lauderdale, driving both economic and cultural growth. The conversation covers strategic initiatives for multicultural marketing, fostering local partnerships, and counteracting negative messaging with inclusive branding. Ritter's leadership prioritizes authentic representation and community engagement, aiming to make Visit Lauderdale a welcoming destination for all. The episode also explores challenges faced by DMOs in addressing DEI and the critical role of bold, fearless leadership in shaping tourism strategies for a more inclusive future.
    00:00 Welcome to the Necessary Disruptor Podcast
    00:07 Introducing Stacey Ritter: A Beacon of Inclusivity in Tourism
    02:17 Stacey Ritter's Journey from Politics to Tourism Leadership
    04:23 Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Visit Lauderdale
    06:35 Strategies for Promoting Multicultural Tourism and Community Engagement
    15:03 The Impact of Leadership and Team Dynamics on Destination Stewardship
    28:28 Future Initiatives and the Importance of Inclusive Destination Marketing
    33:44 Advice for Other Destinations on Prioritizing DEI in Tourism Strategies
    42:52 Closing Thoughts and the Road Ahead

    Website: www.visitlauderdale.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacy-ritter-10454917/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/visitlauderdale

    • 45 min
    Ep004: Workplace Bullying: The Charge for the Travel & Tourism Industry to Lead with Proactive Actions and Safeguard Solutions, Part 2

    Ep004: Workplace Bullying: The Charge for the Travel & Tourism Industry to Lead with Proactive Actions and Safeguard Solutions, Part 2

    During the second part of their conversation on 'The Necessary Disruptor Show,' Stephanie M. Jones delves deeper into the topic of workplace bullying, with a focus on the travel and tourism industry. Dr. Brandy shares her personal experiences with bullying and disappointment in the EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) efforts within the industry. She emphasizes that true priorities are revealed through actions, not words, and discusses the challenges of advocating for EDI in an environment resistant to acknowledging mistakes and making necessary changes. The conversation also covers the 'pay to play' nature of the industry, how it can lead to bullying, and the power of documentation and speaking up against injustice. Additionally, the hosts offer advice to women facing similar challenges and underscore the importance of protecting one's peace and self-worth. The episode concludes with a call to action for industry leaders to foster a culture of accountability and for companies to engage with EDI experts to develop anti-bullying policies and training. Dr. Brandy and Zoe Moore, as guests, share insights based on their expertise and experiences, aiming to inspire and empower listeners to address and overcome workplace bullying and discrimination.
    00:00 Welcome to the Necessary Disruptor Show: Tackling Workplace Bullying
    00:22 The Impact of EDI in the Travel and Tourism Industry
    01:04 Dr. Brandy's Personal Journey and Disappointment
    02:29 The Challenge of Authenticity and Accountability in Organizations
    10:03 Navigating the Pay-to-Play Dynamics of the Industry
    21:39 Empowering Advice for Handling Workplace Bullying
    29:19 Closing Thoughts and How to Connect

    • 34 min
    Ep003: Workplace Bullying: The Charge for the Travel & Tourism Industry to Lead with Proactive Actions and Safeguard Solutions, Part 1

    Ep003: Workplace Bullying: The Charge for the Travel & Tourism Industry to Lead with Proactive Actions and Safeguard Solutions, Part 1

    In this Part 1 episode of the Necessary Disruptor Podcast, host Stephanie M. Jones, alongside guests Dr. Brandy Baldwin and Zoe Moore, engages in a critical conversation on workplace bullying within the travel and tourism industry, especially as it affects women of color. Drawing from personal experiences, the discussion delves into the prevalence of bullying, discrimination, and the systemic issues that enable such behaviors. The episode emphasizes the urgent need for industry leaders to adopt proactive measures in creating safer and more inclusive work environments. Through powerful testimonies and expert insights, the guests explore solutions and call to action for C-suite leaders to champion change and accountability.
    00:00 Welcome to the Necessary Disruptor Podcast
    00:49 A Personal Journey: From Corporate America to Entrepreneurship
    01:15 Spotlight on Workplace Bullying in Travel and Tourism
    01:53 Sharing Bold Stories: Dr. Brandy Baldwin and Zoe Moore
    02:23 Exploring Solutions and Proactive Steps Against Bullying
    03:10 Introducing Our Guests: Dr. Brandy Baldwin and Zoe Moore
    05:44 Dr. Brandy Baldwin's Entrepreneurial Journey and Impact
    08:20 Zoe Moore's Bold Insights and EDI Advocacy
    13:21 The Deep Dive: Workplace Bullying, PTSD, and Healing
    24:11 Why Women of Color Face Unique Challenges
    33:49 Leadership's Shortcomings and the Path Forward
    35:59 Closing Thoughts and Teaser for Part Two
    How to connect with Dr Brandi Baldwin
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedoctorbrandi
    Website: http://www.doctorbrandi.com
    How to connect with Zoe Moore
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoemoore
    Website: https://www.growwithzomo.com

    • 37 min
    Ep002: Breaking Barriers: Empowering Black Adventurers & Leaders in the Outdoors

    Ep002: Breaking Barriers: Empowering Black Adventurers & Leaders in the Outdoors

    Welcome to "The Necessary Disruptor" featuring the Founder & CEO of Outdoor Afro, Rue Mapp. Rue's journey is also one of resilience, passion, and unwavering dedication to breaking down barriers and empowering Black communities to connect with nature.
    [2:42] Rue, where did your love for nature and the outdoors come from? My love for the outdoors was instilled in me by my family, particularly my outdoorsman father and sharpshooter mother. Our ranch in Northern California served as our adventure playground and a gathering place for church and family. There, I learned the importance of both nature and community. In 2009, I created Outdoor Afro recognizing the lack of representation of black nature enthusiasts,
    [6:28] What were some of the initial challenges you faced in building this nationwide Black outdoor community, and how did you overcome them?Personally, I faced the challenge of creating something entirely new without a blueprint to follow. I adopted an iterative approach, testing ideas and scaling what worked while letting go of what didn't. I also prioritized slow growth over chasing vanity metrics, focusing on building a community organically rather than through paid promotions.
    [12:54] How have you been able to grow the Outdoor Afro community and create leadership roles? I established Outdoor Afro leadership team, reaching out on social media to recruit individuals interested in leading outdoor events in their communities. Through training sessions and ongoing support, we've expanded our reach, with leaders now hosting events across the country. Today, our program boasts over 100 leaders.
    [17:44] Last year, you introduced several milestones, including your book and an outdoor clothing line. Could you share a bit about each of these achievements? Our long-standing partnership with REI, which began in 2012, proved invaluable. I proposed a bold vision to REI, emphasizing inclusive outdoor fashion. REI fully embraced the concept, providing significant support and collaboration. Our partnership culminated in the successful launch of a 22-piece collection. Additionally, my book, "Nature's Swagger," features stories and images celebrating our community's deep connection with nature, shared by individuals spanning ages nine to 99.
    [24:13] How has Outdoor Afro has sustained and scaled its effort through slow and steady growth? There are a lot of people who have passion and visions for something, but do not have the business acumen to sustain and scale their vision. Slow and steady growth through building infrastructure to support operations and taking inventory of skillsets are critical.
    [31:10] What are your aspirations for the future of Outdoor Afro and broader diversity in the outdoors? I envision establishing a permanent home for Outdoor Afro, a place where we can practice what we preach and convene. It would be a racism-free outdoor haven by design.
    How to connect with Rue Mapp
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruemapp
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/ruemapp
    Websites: https://ruemapp.com / www.outdoorafro.org / www.outdoorafro.inc

    • 38 min

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