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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
    • 4.7, 38 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/

    E109: Owning Our Origin Stories: Diverseability Founder Tiffany Yu

    E109: Owning Our Origin Stories: Diverseability Founder Tiffany Yu

    Diverseability founder Tiffany Yu joins the program to reveal her own origin story, and shares her thoughts about the challenges and opportunities that still exist in the 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Discover how designing for disability benefits everyone and the intersection of social justice movements.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    E108: When Silence isn’t Golden: Being Brave, Not Perfect, with Space and Grace

    E108: When Silence isn’t Golden: Being Brave, Not Perfect, with Space and Grace

    Join us on The Will To Change for a conversation previously recorded as a community call with Sandra Quince, SVP, Diversity and Inclusion Executive at Bank of America, and Elfi Martinez, Senior Director at Jennifer Brown Consulting. Discover what leaders need to consider at this time when it comes to communicating their stance on DE&I, and why everyone in the organization needs to be involved in creating real change.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    E107: The End of White Politics: Zerlina Maxwell and Why Identity Will Perfect Our Democracy

    E107: The End of White Politics: Zerlina Maxwell and Why Identity Will Perfect Our Democracy

    Zerlina Maxwell, political analyst, commentator, speaker, and writer, joins the program to share her own diversity story and shares her thoughts on the current moment. Discover why we need to re-think identity politics, and what it will take for our society, culture and institutions to pivot.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Robin DiAngelo on Naming Whiteness and Breaking with White Solidarity

    Robin DiAngelo on Naming Whiteness and Breaking with White Solidarity

    From a previously recorded episode **Academic, anti-racist educator, and New York Times bestselling author, Robin DiAngelo, joins the program to discuss her own diversity story of growing up in poverty and at the same time recognizing her white privilege. Robin reveals the ways in which white fragility shuts down any meaningful or productive conversations about race and functions to maintain the status quo.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    E106: Feeling the Fear, and Doing it Anyway: Getting/Staying Uncomfortable as Allies

    E106: Feeling the Fear, and Doing it Anyway: Getting/Staying Uncomfortable as Allies

    As the #MeToo #TimesUp and #BlackLivesMatter movements continue to confront racism, misogyny and power dynamics, many men are hesitant to get involved for fear of reprisal. To make the changes required, someone has to go first. Discover how men can move through the fear of inevitable missteps with empathy and support for each other while embracing the reality that their differences and their advantages are vital to culture change and equity.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    BEST OF THE WILL TO CHANGE: From Over-Parented to Activated: Julie Lythcott-Haims on How Young People Might Save Us

    BEST OF THE WILL TO CHANGE: From Over-Parented to Activated: Julie Lythcott-Haims on How Young People Might Save Us

    Author and speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims joins the program to discuss the price of overparenting, and the consequences it has for young people when they arrive at college and in the workplace. Julie also reveals her thoughts about trigger warnings in universities, why parents need to shift out of a “rescue mentality,” and gives examples of ally behaviors that can help create positive change.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

PepperFirst ,

Get inspired to be more yourself

Jennifer is a talented interviewer, thoughtful advisor and a bright light. Anybody who listens to this podcasts will be enriched. It's a great way to summon the courage to be more oneself.

Faithful listener to W2C ,

Jennifer Brown’s podcast is one of my top 5 podcasts!

LISTEN To and SUBSCRIBE to The Will to Change podcast right now. One of the most candid, no-nonsense podcast on inclusion and equity. Episode 44 is my absolute fave. Jennifer Brown interviews Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It is so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. My top 3 highlights as a person in #diversity #equity #inclusion (DEI) work in the workplace:

1) For hiring, consider inserting this question as a standard interview question--“Integrating racial equity lens into everything we do is a key value of this organization. How do you integrate racial equity lens into your work?”

2) How “whiteness” is a dirty word in the workplace (Both Jennifer and Robin both have had to remove the word "white" from slides when doing work.

3) How progressive whites, who consider themselves woke, are the biggest offenders of reinforcing whiteness status quo.

LabMonkey ,

These Are the Voices We Need to Share!!!

So much of my professional development happens at big conferences - but it feels like it's unfair to have to wait months between them to delve into these sorts of conversations. Jennifer Brown's podcast brings the voice of diverse leadership right to me - wherever I am with these podcasts. It's a joy to learn, expand my own boundaries and thought patterns, and to get inspired by REAL people making a REAL impact in the workplace. So much better than a whitepaper. Subscribe today and fall in love with learning and development all over again. A must listen for HR professionals, anyone who manages employees, and anyone looking to make an impact at work and in the world around them.

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