Leadership Insights Podcast
About This Show
Are you a leader or an aspiring leader who truly cares about your organization, people and culture? Then this podcast is for you! We bring you educational, enlightening interviews with today’s most innovative, inspirational leaders. Each episode is filled with inspiring stories, new perspectives and invaluable tools to help you communicate, innovate and lead even more successfully!
Most Recent Episode
Ep 22: Putting Racism on the Table with Tamara Copeland, President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
“As leaders we have to examine ourselves, our own beliefs, and those structures and systems that perpetuate racial inequity” Tamara Copeland is a powerhouse of a leader who courageously and tirelessly uses her voice and professional platform to tackle one of the most challenging and charged social issues today - racism! Tamara’s commitment to racial equity surged when Trayvon Martin was killed. Her son AJ was roughly his age; he could have been Trayvon! In this incredibly powerful, informative conversation Tamara shares her passion for racial equity and offers sage advice for how each of us can become more educated, stronger allies and advocates in this crucial social movement! What you'll learn Stories about Tamara’s upbringing and traits she inherited from her parents Lessons in compassion and social system functions (and lack thereof!) Tamara learned from her first job as a food stamp technician Why mentoring in social services is so crucial for young professionals to enhance their skills and sense of empathy Why Tamara doesn't like defining her sector as "nonprofit" and how thinking of it as "social profit" better acknowledges its value to society Poignant examples of structural racism and unconscious bias and their impact on individuals and communities, including the philanthropic How tragic deaths of Travon Martin and Freddy Gray – and Tamara’s reflections about her own son - inspired WRAG’s body of work "Putting Racism on the Table" How Meyer Foundation's Nicky Goren helped shape the conversation by quoting John Gardner "first step in leadership is not action, it's understanding" Ways leaders can begin to use our power and voices – in whatever communities we live and lead - to create more inclusive environments and help overcome bias Importance to take time to read, learn, study and try to understand "others" that we may not have had exposure to in our past lives And so much more! Links & Resources Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) – organization of DC-area philanthropists Tamara leads Putting Racism on the Table – incredible learning