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Everyone has a diversity story- even those you don’t expect. Get ready to hear from leading CEO’s, bestselling authors and entrepreneurs as we uncover their true stories of diversity and inclusion.

The Will To Change is hosted by Jennifer Brown- Jennifer is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, and author and diversity and inclusion expert. She is a passionate social equality advocate committed to helping leaders foster healthier and therefore more productive workplaces, ultimately driving innovation and business results. Informed by more than a decade consulting to Fortune 500 companies, she creates a compelling case for leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents along with empowering advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations.
To learn more, visit http://jenniferbrownspeaks.com/

The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion Jennifer Brown

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 67 Ratings

Everyone has a diversity story- even those you don’t expect. Get ready to hear from leading CEO’s, bestselling authors and entrepreneurs as we uncover their true stories of diversity and inclusion.

The Will To Change is hosted by Jennifer Brown- Jennifer is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, and author and diversity and inclusion expert. She is a passionate social equality advocate committed to helping leaders foster healthier and therefore more productive workplaces, ultimately driving innovation and business results. Informed by more than a decade consulting to Fortune 500 companies, she creates a compelling case for leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents along with empowering advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations.
To learn more, visit http://jenniferbrownspeaks.com/

    E323: The Power of Intergenerational Connection with Award Winning Trans Elder, Sterling Cruz-Herr

    E323: The Power of Intergenerational Connection with Award Winning Trans Elder, Sterling Cruz-Herr

    In this episode of The Will to Change, Jennifer sits down with Sterling Cruz-Herr, a trans elder, educator, and activist. They discuss Sterling's journey of self-discovery, the importance of intergenerational learning within the LGBTQ+ community, and the challenges faced by marginalized groups in today's society. Sterling also shares their experiences teaching "Trans 101" to older generations, highlighting the hunger for knowledge and the desire to remain relevant among elders. The conversation also touches on the exclusion faced by trans individuals within the lesbian community and the need for greater inclusivity and understanding. Discover the power of empathy, the importance of allyship, and the transformative potential of embracing a "they" mindset – one that celebrates diversity, kindness, and unconditional love.
     

    • 59 min
    E322: Voices From the Will to Change: Pride Month Roll Up with Jennifer and Doug

    E322: Voices From the Will to Change: Pride Month Roll Up with Jennifer and Doug

    In this special Pride Month roll-up episode of The Will to Change, Jennifer and Doug revisit powerful conversations with past guests who share insights on navigating DEI work in today's challenging climate. They discuss highlights from episodes featuring Lily on making DEI work "boring" to reach more people; Dr. Elijah on the importance of naming identities and allyship; Rhodes on knowing your audience when communicating about DEI; and Erik, Senior Vice President of Global Small Business at Dell Technologies, on how belonging at work can be life-changing for LGBTQ+ employees. Throughout the episode, Jennifer reflects on key lessons and offers advice for DEI practitioners and leaders committed to advancing inclusion in complex times.

    • 41 min
    E321: Behind the (Keynote) Curtain: Jennifer Shares Her Approach to Maximizing Learning and Impact as a Speaker

    E321: Behind the (Keynote) Curtain: Jennifer Shares Her Approach to Maximizing Learning and Impact as a Speaker

    In this episode Jennifer shares her process for preparing and delivering keynotes that go beyond simply giving a speech. She discusses the importance of being consultative, collecting information, and calibrating with clients before, during, and after the event. Jennifer also reveals how she engages the audience through interactive polling, uses the data to provide valuable insights to clients, and tailors her message to meet the needs of laggards, learners, and leaders in the room. She reflects on the changing landscape of DEI speaking engagements and the need to adapt language and approaches to draw people into the conversation. Throughout the discussion, Jennifer emphasizes the significance of creating a meaningful experience that leaves a lasting impact on the audience. Join us for this conversation about the art and science of keynote speaking in the DEI space.

    • 41 min
    E320: Tailoring DEI Strategies for Maximum Impact with Evercore CDO Lucida Plummer

    E320: Tailoring DEI Strategies for Maximum Impact with Evercore CDO Lucida Plummer

    In this conversation, originally recorded as a Community Call, Jennifer welcomes Lucida Plummer, Managing Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Evercore, to discuss the challenges and strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within organizations. Lucida shares her experience leading DEI efforts at various companies, emphasizing the importance of adapting strategies to meet organizations where they are, navigating the landscape of DEI work, and celebrating wins along the journey. Together, they explore the need to rethink DEI approaches and confront personal biases as DEI leaders. Throughout the discussion, Lucida offers insights on tailoring DEI strategies for impact and finding purpose in the nature of this work.

    • 47 min
    E319: Safety First: Author Mark McBride's Inclusive Vision for the Engineering Industry with Jenn Grace and Eduardo Place

    E319: Safety First: Author Mark McBride's Inclusive Vision for the Engineering Industry with Jenn Grace and Eduardo Place

    Mark McBride-Wright, author of "The Safe Leader" and Founder & CEO of EqualEngineers, joins Jennifer,  Jenn T. Grace of Publish Your Purpose, and Eduardo Placer of Fearless Communicators to discuss the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and STEM fields. Mark shares his journey of writing the book, the support he received from Jennifer, Jenn and Eduardo along the way, and his mission to change the culture in engineering to one where everyone can feel safe to bring their whole authentic selves to work. The group explores how creating psychological safety is key to making progress on DEI goals and reducing the unacceptably high rates of suicide and mental health struggles prevalent in the engineering industry today. Mark's work provides a new vocabulary and framework for tackling these challenges and has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach DEI across all industries.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    E318: Open to All: Transforming Retail Culture from the Inside Out with Calla Devlin

    E318: Open to All: Transforming Retail Culture from the Inside Out with Calla Devlin

    In this episode, we dive deep into the fight against discrimination in the retail industry with Calla Devlin, Managing Director of the transformative organization Open to All. Through Calla's insights and the inspiring work of Open to All, we explore the multidimensional challenges of bias and exclusion in retail and the innovative strategies being employed to drive systemic change. From groundbreaking partnerships with companies like Yelp to the creation of comprehensive resources and trainings, Open to All is at the forefront of a growing movement to reimagine retail as a space of true belonging for all. Join us as we examine the human and business costs of discrimination, the power of collaboration to break down barriers, and the unstoppable momentum of the inclusion revolution. 

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

DrJKerr ,

Dr Jacqueline Kerr

Fantastic guests, great actionable advice, full of compassion. Love solo episodes too for JB wisdom:)

livornek ,

The best podcast on DEI out there

This podcast dives into every facet of DEI in such an approachable way. Jennifer’s understanding of what it takes to be an inclusive leader in these rapidly changing times is unmatched.

My favorite podcast!

Yvette_Chicago ,

Jennifer is the Real Deal

When I first launched my DEI career 5 years ago, my mentor encourged me to get to know Jennifer's body of work. She told me that Jennifer is the real deal. She was absolutely correct. Jennifer's authenticity and passion shines through on every episode and I always learn something new. I love her range of topics and the depth of knowledge of her guests.

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