Be a J.E.D.I. Leader: A conversation with Omar L. Harris

Our guest this week, Omar L. Harris, has important insights to share in the intersection of servant leadership and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Omar is founder of Intent Consulting. His work focuses on leadership and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or J.E.DI. for short. He is the author of “The Servant Leader’s Manifesto” published in […]

Building Community with IDEAS: An Interview with Dan Egol of Inclusion NextWork

In this episode, Maria interviews Dan Egol, co-founder and Executive Director of the Inclusion NextWork, a global network of emerging leaders passionate about innovating the ways we build relationships, organizations, and communities so that everyone can thrive. This episode explores the importance of fostering Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice (IDEAS) to drive true […]

Consciously Unbiased: An Interview with Ashish Kaushal

Yesterday’s verdict in the case of Derrick Chauvin brought a moment of release and relief for people committed to racial justice and equity.  But the work is far from over. People in our country, in our communities, are pleading for us to treat them as human beings.  Where to begin? It starts with acknowledgement. Acknowledge […]

Work with Gen Z: Creating an Inclusive Workplace for the Next Generation

My guest, Pranam Lipinski,  has co-founded several innovative organizations whose missions are to serve diverse groups. He is the co-founder of Work with Gen Z, an organization devoted to  educating employers on practices for creating effective work environments for the next generation of workers. He also co-founded Door of Clubs, an online platform that connects […]

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Exploring the Nuances of Immigrant Identity: An Interview with Margarita Rozenfeld

Is it possible to be a refugee and still have privilege? How do we make space for the multiple layers of our complex stories? Margarita Rozenfeld is the President of Incite International, a consulting and coaching firm that helps organizations become more effective by aligning their vision, culture and people. She shares how her personal [...]

Exploring Inclusion and Equity for People with Disabilities and Long Term Care Needs: A Conversation with Holly Carmichael and Michael Murray of GT Independence

This week’s episode focuses on creating equitable and inclusive spaces in both our organizations and communities for people with disabilities. I was honored to be joined by two leaders and advocates in this work, Holly Carmichael and Michael Murray, of GT Independence, a family-owned national financial management services company that helps more than 25,000 individuals […]

Diversity and Inclusion: The Case for Stories

I recently had the honor of facilitating a program for a group of government leaders where we focused on leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in organizations that have historically been very homogenized in their demographic make up. The first activity I conducted included partner introductions where individuals had to answer the question, “what key […]

We Who Serve

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