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Gain fresh insights and learn actionable steps you can take to address the diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in your life. Each week on the Workin’ It Out Podcast, Alignment Strategies’ founder and CEO Dr. Vanessa Weaver interviews thought leaders about DE&I issues in society and the workplace and uncovers solutions that can move us forward. Workin’ It Out is underwritten by Alignment Strategies, LLC and DITV Media.

Workin' it Out Podcast Vanessa J. Weaver, PhD

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Gain fresh insights and learn actionable steps you can take to address the diversity, equity and inclusion challenges in your life. Each week on the Workin’ It Out Podcast, Alignment Strategies’ founder and CEO Dr. Vanessa Weaver interviews thought leaders about DE&I issues in society and the workplace and uncovers solutions that can move us forward. Workin’ It Out is underwritten by Alignment Strategies, LLC and DITV Media.

    A "Zoomer’s" Perspective: White Centering and its Impact on Inclusion

    A "Zoomer’s" Perspective: White Centering and its Impact on Inclusion

    Austin Heller, Team Lead of Kennesaw State University’s Civic Engagement Team, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about inclusion initiatives centered around whiteness and how it impacts efforts to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
     
    In this Episode
    ·      Dr. Weaver and Austin Heller discuss the definition of white centering and how it manifests itself in the workplace, from tone policing to hairstyles and attire and other actions that are deemed “abnormal” to white people
    ·      How centering DE&I policies around white feelings and fragility only harms people of color and fails to address their experiences with racism in and outside of the workplace, thus creating more feelings of alienation for people of color
    ·      Generation Z’s major political and social involvement and how it could change the way that companies approach the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
    ·      How different policies such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Disney’s lackluster response uphold norms of white normativity and heteronormativity, thus putting them into conflict with companies’ DE&I goals and how Gen Z is actively calling these companies out
    ·      What Gen Z is doing to influence policies and practices to improve the workplace and their quality of life

     Resources
    ·      Austin Heller
    ·      Guest’s Website
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      Hybrid work: Making it fit with you diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy
    ·      Addressing the unprecedented behavioral-health challenges facing Generation Z
    ·      Gen Z: How young people are changing activism


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    • 29 min
    Helping Black Women Navigate Breast Cancer

    Helping Black Women Navigate Breast Cancer

    Ricki Fairley, CEO of Touch Black Breast Cancer Alliance, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about Black women’s experiences with breast cancer, medical racism, and how she has helped numerous Black women fighting breast cancer navigate their diagnoses and the medical field to get the help they need.


    In this Episode
    ·      A brief introduction to Ricki Fairley and her work with TOUCH Black Breast Cancer Alliance, her experiences with battling and conquering triple-negative breast cancer, and how she has used her experiences to help other Black women fighting breast cancer as a patient navigator
    ·      A look into the statistics of breast cancer in Black women, including a higher likelihood of developing breast cancer and a higher mortality rate than white women, and how it ties back into representation issues in the workplace for Black women
    ·      How TOUCH Black Breast Cancer Alliance is helping increase the representation of Black female breast cancer patients, included in treatments and clinical trials, in addition to helping foster a positive relationship between Black patients and non-Black doctors, a crucial element to eliminating racism in the medical field
    ·      How Fairley created the “When We Tri(al)” campaign, a support group designed to connect Black female breast cancer patients to one another, especially around clinical trials and dispelling myths about medical testing and treatments
    ·      What listeners can do in terms of helping Black women navigate breast cancer diagnoses, treatments, and appointments, and how that can translate into helping and supporting Black women in the workplace and beyond

     Resources
    ·      Ricki Fairley
    ·      Touch Black Breast Cancer Alliance
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      When We Tri(al)


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    • 28 min
    The Great Resignation

    The Great Resignation

    Tony McQueen, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Colaberry Inc., joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about The Great Resignation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the root causes of this phenomenon. Dr. Weaver and McQueen also dive into how the high rates of attrition during the pandemic will affect the economy and society in the future.
     
    In this Episode
    ·      A quick introduction to Tony McQueen and his work in helping organizations search for top-tier and diverse talent, growing brand awareness, creating marketing strategies, and identifying partnership opportunities
    ·      Diving into the causes of The Great Resignation, including feelings of undervaluation, lack of adequate pay and benefits, poor flexibility (especially for working parents), feelings of being expendable, and either overt or covert discrimination, especially in the case of people of color
    ·      How The Great Resignation has led to many workers seeking jobs that accommodate their schedules and promote a good work-life balance and many companies implementing bonuses and benefits to attract new hires or keep their current workers
    ·      A need for companies to continue adapting to the ever-changing nature of work during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are having to rethink what talent means and how to bring out talents that have gone unrecognized
    ·      What companies can do to help slow down or end The Great Resignation, including re-aligning their corporate values to closely match those of their employees, especially those from underrepresented groups

     Resources
    ·      Tony McQueen
    ·      Colaberry
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      ‘Great Attrition’ or ‘Great Attraction’? The Choice is Yours


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    • 26 min
    COVID-19 and Worker’s Mental Health, Pt. 2

    COVID-19 and Worker’s Mental Health, Pt. 2

    Claudine Miles, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Restore More joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of working parents across the United States. She and Dr. Weaver also talk about how the pandemic has negatively affected the mental health of children, especially teenagers, and how it affects their parents.
     
    In this Episode
    ·      An introduction to Claudine Miles’ work in mental health and trauma-informed care, especially among children and working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic
    ·      The changes to parents’ personal lives because of the pandemic, and how they have had to take on more responsibilities regarding their children’s mental health, thus causing parents to become extremely stressed
    ·      An increase in mental health challenges in children because of pandemic-related isolation and lack of connectedness, including increased diagnoses of depression and suicidal ideation among children, and how parents are struggling to address these issues
    ·      The stigma of mental health issues in the workplace – especially for working parents – and among older generations, in addition to helping working parents obtain adequate mental health resources for their children and the parents themselves
    ·      How workplaces can better support the mental health of working parents, including creating spaces to openly have conversations about mental health, and implementing different methods, techniques, and programs to address issues surrounding mental health

     Resources
    ·      Claudine Miles
    ·      Restore More
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      Rose, Bud, and Thorn exercise


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    • 27 min
    COVID-19 and Workers’ Mental Health

    COVID-19 and Workers’ Mental Health

    Dr. Kanika Bell, a licensed psychiatrist and co-owner of ATL and Psychotherapy and Consulting Services, LLC, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of workers across the United States, the need for companies to address the state of emotional and mental health within the workplace and how to help their workers. 


    In this Episode
    ·      The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of millions of people across the nation, including workers, and how the conversation around mental health has changed from one that was rarely had to one that has come to the forefront of the American conscience 
    ·      How the death of George Floyd and the resulting racial trauma added onto the already-present trauma faced by Black communities and workers and other groups of color because of the ongoing pandemic
    ·      The effect that the pandemic has had on working mothers, including issues of stress, isolation, increased online browsing, and mental health challenges, especially when children are involved
    ·      The outreach that Dr. Bell has received from different companies on how to reanalyze the way that their workplaces are run and how to be more emphatic towards their workers during a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many people in the American workforce
    ·      Addressing the ongoing problem of a mass exodus of women from the workforce with many not planning to return to the office, a need for workplaces to improve their culture to be more considerate of the demands of their workers, and a cultural shift on views of mental health in the workplace with Generation Z entering the workforce

     Resources
    ·      Dr. Kanika Bell
    ·      A.T.L. Psychotherapy and Consulting Services, LLC
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      SilverCloud


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    • 28 min
    My Freedom Journey

    My Freedom Journey

    Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes, Founder and CEO of BeyondFree, LLC, joins Dr. Vanessa Weaver to speak about her latest book My Freedom: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical., as well as the concept of growth and self-reflection in the world of DEI work.
     
    In this Episode
    ·      A brief introduction to Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes and her work, her upbringing as a daughter of a United Nations official and international student, and how that influenced her to begin her work in the space of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as individual growth and self-management
    ·      A dive into Dr. Dillett-Duke’s newest book My Freedom: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical., which highlights the importance of personal exploration and vulnerability as tools for navigating topics of diversity and inclusion 
    ·      How storytelling can be used as a method of self-reflection, addressing past trauma, finding closure on different events that have happened in one’s life, and discovering who one truly is
    ·      How the book is tied to a need for companies to understand authenticity in the workplace and how that intersects with their personal lives, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for one to truly understand what their life is about
    ·      How listeners can begin their journey into self-discovery, transparency, and using those to deconstruct biases they have of the people around them

     Resources
    ·      Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes
    ·      BeyondFree, LLC
    ·      Dr. Vanessa Weaver
    ·      Alignment Strategies
    ·      My Freedom Journey: Be Free. Be Brave. Be Radical.


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    • 30 min

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