To be a female-identifying person of color in this country often means carrying a burden that is invisible to others. This is especially true when women of color are tasked with leading in white-dominant workspaces - particularly in the age of Black Lives Matter as organizations are grappling with their response to calls for social reform and are looking to Black women to lead this work. In this podcast, Rai King and Dr. Blanca Ruiz will explore what it means to be a W.O.C. at Work by elevating the voices of female-identifying leaders of color in order to shed light on their common experiences as they push for transformational change in organizations across the country.
Equity in the Arts: A Conversation with Performer Gina Quinones
Blanca and Rai talk with Latina mother, teacher, and performer Gina Quinones about her identity evolution as an Afro-Latina and how the arts community is long overdue for a reckoning on race.
Black Women Belong in Politics with Shanequa Moore
In this episode of W.O.C. at Work, Rai and Blanca sit down with community activist, social worker, and NYC City Council candidate, Shanequa E. Moore to discuss the unmet needs in our communities surrounding fair housing and access to quality education. They also talk about why Shanequa decided to run for office after decades as a nonprofit executive, and how Black and Brown women can better show up for each other in the political arena.
Girl Get Your Money Straight: A Conversation With Tiffany Hawkins
Financial and investment advisor, Tiffany Hawkins of The Momentum Advisors, joins Rai and Blanca for a conversation about women of color and our money. Why is there a wealth gap between white women and women of color, and what can we do about it today? Listen to find out how women of color can grow our wealth!
Chicanas, Black Women, and Activism: A Conversation with Carmen Perez
Rai and Blanca sit with activist, leader, wife, mom, and all-around badass, Carmen Perez about her identity as a Chicana woman. She also discusses Black and Brown co-conspiratorship and how this differs from allyship. Carmen also reveals never-before discussed details about her time as a primary organizer for The Women's March and how white, liberal women failed the women of color on that organizing team.
Black Women in Medicine with Dr. Ankrehah Trimble
Thinking about getting the covid vaccine? Want more information about what this vaccine is and how it was developed? Rai and Blanca talk with Dr. Kre-a family medicine physician, entrepreneur, and an encourager to working wives everywhere. Listen as she discusses how to get the most out of your doctor's visits, why she was originally hesitant about the vaccine (but changed her mind), and how to delegate unwanted tasks to focus on your true heart's desires.
Muslim in America: A Conversation with Dr. Hasina Mohyuddin
Blanca and Rai sit down with Dr. Hasina Mohyuddin, a scholar and DEI professional at Vanderbilt University, to hear her story of being a Muslim woman in America. She shares her research with us about the effects of Islamaphobia on children. We also discuss what your workplace can do right now to support its Muslim workers.
This podcast has been such a God send! Navigating corporate world as a woman of color is rough, but this podcast has empowered me so much. Glad to know I’m not alone..love it! Keep it coming!
Right on Time.
This podcast has truly opened my eyes and given me the motivation I needed to move forward as a W.O.C. and leader in the workplace. In my head, Rai and Blanca are my longtime girlfriends whom I like to catch up with while enjoying a good glass of wine in front of the fireplace. Thank you ladies for making this space for us. I am grateful to know that while we are all on our own separate journeys, we stand together in these challenging times, and as always, have the fortitude to set the standard. Cheers to 2021!
I think Melanie Hart may have genuinely changed my life for the better. Each episode was a pleasure to listen to, and I really have to take a step back and think about what I want out of life. What a great show!