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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Podcast
42 minutes | 7 days ago
Ep 63 Dismantling Systems of Oppression from the Inside Out
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adrienne Kimball (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) and Karen Cohen (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) share Rubicon's own journey to becoming a social justice organization as well as other helpful resources and insights for others to utilize. As an affirmative action employer, Rubicon has been tracking diversity goals for years. In 2014, Rubicon crystallized its identity as a social justice organization and a dedicated combatant against generational poverty in the East Bay. This fueled its decision to focus on systemic and cumulative inequity — first in the organization, and then in the communities it serves. Rubicon prioritized advancing equity and ensuring inclusion and belonging. This podcast begins with a case study showing the path Rubicon traveled, and then provides a framework for others to model the equity they wish to see in their own organizations. Learning Outcomes Identify common organizational policies and practices that serve to maintain inequity Understand how setting competencies provide managers with metrics to hold employees accountable Craft a checklist of tasks needed to show how dominant culture influences decisions, and find entry
44 minutes | 14 days ago
Ep 62 From Bystander to Ally Continued
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz (DCY Consulting) and Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answer questions from listeners that attended our very popular April 2021 webinar From Bystander to Ally. Daniel and Tatyana answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: Is “active bystander” the same as “ally”? Where did you get your definitions of bystander and ally and other terms? Is someone still considered to be an ally if someone tells them about an incident and they are in a position to respond or do something – but don’t? What else could bystanders have done during the murder of George Floyd? What if you are naturally opposed to conflict and confrontation, but want to speak up or act? How does one “train” their brain to welcome conflict? At a critical moment some people find themselves struggling with a decision to step in or not. What would you say about a situation when what’s stopping us is not knowing if another person wants our help? What is key in trying to promote a culture or initiative of allyship in a company or workplace? For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of From Bystander to Ally.
31 minutes | 21 days ago
Ep 61 Fair Chance Hiring
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rehana Lerandeau, (Human Impact Partners) explores fair chance hiring and the challenges, barriers and bias formerly incarcerated people face when seeking employment. A growing number of companies have put diversity initiatives into practice, especially when it comes to hiring. But people who have been incarcerated are still significantly overlooked. One way to build equality in our society is by providing equal access to jobs. AI background check company Checkr saw how gaps in the criminal justice system negatively impact Black people and contribute to systemic racial discrimination in our country. Checkr made it the company’s mission to address the bias and racism ingrained in each part of the system, from arrest to conviction to re-entry. With October being Diversity Awareness Month, Margie Margie Lee-Johnson, VP of People at Checkr can specifically discuss: The benefits of fair chance hiring for employers and wider communities What companies can do now to adopt fair chance hiring (drawing from Checkr’s first-ever fair chance hiring playbook) Learning Outcomes Understand the challenges, barriers and bias formerly incarcerated people face when seeking employment Understand that practicing fair chance hiring not only leads to more diverse talent, but it addresses a larger issue related to recidivism and should be part of more company’s diversity initiatives Understand how companies can build a fair chance hiring and retainment plan
38 minutes | a month ago
Ep 60 The Economics of DEI is in Succession Planning
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Patricia Jesperson, (EmployeeEXP) dives into what she feels is missing from the workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation: Succession Planning. If you subscribe to Ms. Verna Myers quote, "Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance," missing for me from many inclusive organization conversations are the economics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Succession Planning. Individual success in an organization equals career, income and ultimately wealth growth. To an organization it is net-new revenue growth--often generated through new products and services. Neither of these can occur without systemic adoption of the skills that develops inclusive leaders. Using the Inclusion Matrix this podcast explores those five critical skills: IQ, EQ, CQ, Intellectual Humility and Vulnerability. Mastering these skills makes for leaders and managers capable of the needed coaching and development required to advance any individual within their organization. Learning Outcomes Define, learn & explore what each of the skills look like in reality Put the skills into practice--what manager/leader as coach looks like The courage to step into inclusion--these skills help to navigate uncomfortable conversations
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 59 Radically Rethinking Inclusion: A Bold New Approach to Succeeding Together
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebekah Steele(Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs) and Alison Maitland (author, speaker, coach) discuss the "INdivisible approach" as a way to radically rethink "feel good" inclusion initiatives. Global disruptions unveil the limits of isolated “feel good” inclusion initiatives that fall short of driving the systemic transformation needed for all to thrive. The "INdivisible approach" offers a more effective way. Linked to business priorities and social impact, it helps an organization harness the “collective superpower” of a full mix of people by weaving inclusion into how it operates. This approach addresses behaviors and structures as well as feelings, and engages everyone – sr. leaders, managers, and individuals – in collaborative innovation and accountability for impact. As a whole-system framework for sustainable results, The INdivisible approach considers both internal and external dynamics, helping organizations demonstrate leadership and impact in addressing broader disruptions and opportunities including climate change, Covid-19, and Black Lives Matter. Learning Outcomes Discover how to overcome the limits of piecemeal efforts with a whole-system approach to inclusion Deepen understanding through a case example of a comprehensive, business-linked inclusion strategy Gain practical insight into immediate steps to initiate your whole system approach to inclusion
77 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 58 Ally for Gender Equity: A Case Study
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Miloney Thakrar (Mind the Gender Gap, Inc.) interviews Dhavide Aruliah (OpenTeams, Inc.) to unpack what it means to be an ally for gender equity in the workplace. In 2018, Dhavide Aruliah began working at a high-growth startup. Within a month of working there, he learns that a former employee was sexually harassed by the company's CEO. After expressing his disappointment with company's inadequate response to the sexual misconduct, Aruliah is abruptly fired three days later. During this podcast, Miloney Thakrar, Founder & Principal of Mind the Gender Gap, Inc., interviews Aruliah to unpack what it means to be an ally for gender equity in the workplace, why sexism pervades the tech industry, and how companies and their leaders can cultivate a culture of trust and allyship. It offers recommendations for high growth-startups can cultivate a culture of trust and accountability, one that operationalizes the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This session draws from a case study authored by Miloney Thakrar and builds a former presentation at the 2019 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference entitled "Redefining Masculinity in Leadership. Learning Outcomes Develop a more nuanced understanding of defining ally as verb in the workplace. Learn strategies on how to be an effective ally in the workplace. Gain insight into how companies can build workplace cultures that cultivate allyship and trust. Handouts MTGG One Pager - Download
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 57 B is for Belonging: How Defining the Concepts of Othering and Belonging is the Bridge to the Future
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adriana Ponce-Matteccui (Rubicon Programs) provides an introduction into the concepts of othering and belonging and practical ways to start introducing belonging into your organization or workplace. Belonging is a fundamental need for human beings. The feeling that you don’t belong can be as stressful as physical pain. When you add elevated fears about health or economic uncertainty, belonging at work becomes more important than ever for employee engagement. If you have stopped your efforts at inclusion, you are missing a critical component. Learning Outcomes Deep knowledge and understanding of Belonging, Othering, and Inclusion Master the process for consensus building on shared language Capacity to analyze and evaluate your company's environmental, social, cultural state of belonging.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 56 Seizing the Moment to Create a More Inclusive Normal Continued
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Maureen Berkner Boyt (The Moxie Exchange) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal. Maureen answers questions from our listening audience around these talking points: The "perfect storm" and advice to companies who did not have DEI as a priority prior to it (the "perfect storm"). Examples of ways to remove bias in a performance assessment process. Addressing concerns that diversity training is unnecessary. Talking about inclusion measures with executives so they also have something to report up to folks who only care about metrics. Approaches for new DEI committees to demonstrate why it's imperative for senior leadership to undergo comprehensive and contextual D&I training. Bringing POC voices in. How to strategize and bring about behavioral change. Day-to-day practices to model enthusiasm and buy in that we want to see in our team. For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 55 Mindfulness in the Workplace: Strategies to Support Young Employees of Color
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Karrin Glover (Albert Einstein School of Medicine) shares insights into the mental and physical impacts of structural racism, racial trauma, and bias on young employees of color. Today’s pandemic, economic crisis, and national racial reckoning have only exacerbated challenges and produced additional risk factors that can jeopardize young people of color in the workplace. In this pocast, Dr. Karinn Glover, a psychiatrist and mindfulness expert, shares insights into the mental and physical impacts of structural racism, racial trauma, and bias on young employees of color, with special attention on the mind-body connection. Dr. Glover will also discuss the mindfulness-based techniques listeners can share with employees, as well as resources and tools for identifying mental health and emotional well-being symptoms and seeking support. Learning Outcomes Learn techniques and tools to cope with issues like racial trauma, microaggressions, implicit bias Decrease isolation and loneliness; and increase sense of community, belonging and supportive network Gain knowledge around culturally-relevant traditions and practices from communities of color
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 54 The Pursuit of Talent: Are You Retaining Diverse Millennials?
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kirsten Davenport and Darius Norwood of Norwood & Co. explores the often overlook conversation about getting and retaining minority talent. Millennials have become the largest generation in America's workforce. And, by 2030, they will hold more than 75% of the workforce. As everyone is in pursuit of talent, there is a different fight for minority talent. Darius and Kristen share actionable recommendations to not only obtain but keep your minority millennial talent and identify potential gaps within your organization. Learning Outcomes Learn how to recruit and retain diverse millennials Delve into personal examples from a Fortune 500 Corporate Employee and Corporate turned Entrepreneur Identify potential gaps within your organization and learn how to quickly fill them with actionable recommendations. Podcast episode audio sample, "Joan Kuhl explains Why Millennials Matter."
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 53 How a Daily Equity Practice Builds Revenue & Mitigates PR Risk Management
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Carole Burton (Radiance Resources) explores the direct connection between how your people feel, engage, and perform and the growth of an organization. You might lift an eyebrow when you hear the concept of "equity" related to the bottom line. Does creating an inclusive workplace impact your company's return on investment and brand footprint? Yes. Now more than ever, there is a direct connection between how your people feel, engage, and perform. This shift is paramount to the growth and reputation of the organization. As workplace expectations continue to grow in this new reality, there is a need to prepare, create a safe and inclusive environment. A Daily Equity practice is a way to incorporate these expectations throughout all projects, processes, and ways of knowing. That means exploring unconscious bias, expanding self-awareness, and examining cultural competency. A Daily Equity Practice helps leaders shift their mindset and hence their teams. By improving internal communication, Return on Investment (ROI), and the organization's external brand footprint for the better. We discover how to alter company structures, provide access for employees to share their expertise, and fully experience lasting organizational change. Learning Outcomes Learn what happens when organizations apply the Bolman and Deal (2008) Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership, connecting Equity to Return on Investment Discover ways when helping employees build Equity, encourages good Public Relations Risk management Explore the definition and effect of creating a Daily Equity Practice mindset
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 52 Harnessing the Power of Resistance Continued
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Christopher Sansone (Verticle Leadership), Maria Velasco, MA (Beyond Inclusion Group) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies, sponsored by AON. For additional context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 51 Exclusive Programs for Inclusive Leaders: The Case for LGBTQ+ Leadership Development
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Jennifer Brown (Jennifer Brown Consulting) and Dominic Longo (Flourishing Gays) make the case for identity-based leadership development for LGBTQ+ professionals. Organizations often hesitate to create single-identity learning & development programs. Women’s leadership development has been the main exception, leaving out LGBTQ+ folx, POCs, and others as lesser priorities. However, since leadership development is human development, program offerings must reflect the diversity of our talent. Jennifer and her team run mid-career LGBTQ+ leadership development programs for two major banks, while Dominic’s Flourishing Gays Mastermind program is exclusively for highly accomplished LGBTQ+ men. Through sharing their own personal stories and professional experiences, Dominic and Jennifer shed light on the need for–and the value of–developing inclusive leaders through programs exclusively tailored to LGBTQ+ professionals. Learning Outcomes Recognize how LGBTQ+ leadership development helps employers to retain & develop LGBTQ+ talent See how identity-based programs develop the kinds of leaders most needed for today & the future Discover the unique challenges and potential for leadership development of LGBTQ+ professionals
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 50 Effective DEI Strategies Align with What Employees Want
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Pam McElvane (Diversity MBA) offers how to create an effective DEI strategy that resonates with workers and why it still matters. In the wake of ongoing racial unrest across the U.S., companies are called to evaluate what DEI looks like in their workplaces. However, creating a new strategy to prioritize DEI is no small feat, and it can be even more of a challenge to ensure employees are on board and heard. If creating a stronger, more inclusive workplace culture is a goal you're reaching toward, then this conversation is for you. Learning Outcomes Learn critical changes companies are making to align DEI strategies with current events Understand the impact of listening circles and strategies to sustain progress Learn the metric to grasp how effective your CEO is in raising the TRUST pulse within your workforce
20 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 49 The December Dilemma: Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season Continued
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith, (Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar The December Dilemma: Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season, sponsored by AON. Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith answer questions from our listening audience around these talking points: What is the "December Dilemma?" What are current trends and practices for how companies develop holiday and time-off schedules during this time of year? How can holidays be seen as opportunities throughout the year? How do you recommend Employee Resource Groups work with corporate leadership to bring concepts like this to light more broadly? For context and insight into this topic and conversation, watch the replay of The December Dilemma: Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 48 How to Welcome Faith Oriented Diversity in a Workplace: A Better Way
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Brian Grim, Kent Johnson, and Paul Lambert of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation offer best practices to build successful & diverse religiously inclusive workplaces. Companies are increasingly intrigued or concerned about the growing emphasis on religious diversity at work. Increasingly, company leaders are realizing that, for many employees, it is their faith, more than any other single factor, that defines their core identity. When corporate culture constrains them from referring to their faith at work, they feel devalued, and forced “under cover.” They feel they can’t “be themselves.” They can become alienated from their work. Yet, many business leaders have no idea how to approach the topic of faith and belief in the workplace. They wonder: What are the best practices in this area? What are pitfalls to avoid? What can/should be done? We at the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation have been working for years with companies that are trailblazers in religious diversity. We can report that there is a better way. Join us to learn more!
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 47 Building Belonging: 8 Pathways to Creating Inclusive, Joyful Organizational Communities
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Howard Ross (Urdarta Consulting) explores the role of "belonging" in the workplace and organizational culture. What is “Belonging”? As we have moved from diversity to inclusion, we still mostly have created environments in which historically marginalized people are adapting to organizations whose cultures are driven by the dominant group. The challenge is, what kind of an organization can actually have all people feel like they are fully engaged? This podcast will attempt to describe how organizational cultures can be developed that created greater opportunities for authenticity, joy and inclusion. It will begin by establishing the link between healthy organizational cultures and high performance, both by individual employees and organizations as a whole, and then establish how culture impacts human performance. Learning Outcomes Gain skills to identify how your organization can move IDEA efforts from “fixing problems” to “building community Learn best practices that have successfully engaged their organizations in practices that lead to greater belonging Develop a deeper understanding of the human need for belonging
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 46 You Hear or Say Something Offensive. Then What? Strategies for Increasing Your Effectiveness Around Diversity
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Luiza Dreasher (Mastering Cultural Difference) offers practical concepts and strategies to keep in mind when communicating across differences. Nowadays, organizations are actively seeking to diversify their workforce, not only because of the impact of demographic changes but also because of the proven benefits diversity brings. Unfortunately, as our workplaces diversify, so does our level of discomfort in working across differences. Many of us feel unprepared for such encounters and, as a result, end up widening the diversity gap. For example, we may say something and unintentionally offend someone. Other times, we say nothing at all because we are afraid to say the wrong thing. We may also wish to take action when witnessing an act of intolerance but lack the skills to educate in an effective and respectful manner. In this podcast, you will gain understanding about how comments such as, “I don’t see color,” and many others impact coworkers despite good intentions, learn strategies to help increase your diversity skills and competence, and develop an action plan for improving your effectiveness around diversity. Learning Outcomes Identify key concepts to keep in mind when communicating across differences Acquire effective strategies that will help take the adversity out of diversity dialogues Develop an action plan for improving your effectiveness around diversity and building more inclusive work environments
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 45 Overt Discrimination in the Workplace: Disability and the Law
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ashley Oolman (Lifeworks) will lead listeners through a discussion about how disability status may not be as protected as other classes in the workplace. Though there are laws dating back to 1938 ensuring access to resources, employment, and equal rights, people with disabilities experience discrimination in overt and profound ways especially when contrasted with other protected classes. From interviewing and hiring programs to disclosure and accommodations, explore how you and your organization can put an end to common practices continuing to have a disproportionate and discriminatory impact on employees with disabilities right in front of us. Learning Outcomes Contrast scenarios with other protected classes to examine the pervasive issue of disability discrimination Examine existing laws in place to prevent cycles of unemployment and poverty amongst the disability community Review best practices and common etiquette to ensure disability inclusion Episode Resources Handout - Overt Discrimination in the Workplace Questions and Resources
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 44 Parenting in Troubled Times: Addressing Race with Your Children
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training) offers options on learn how to interact with children about diversity at home, at school and in the community. Are you a part of a parenting-focused ERG looking for the way to create programming around challenging topics such as race, culture and intersectionality, and don’t know how to address this—especially in this current societal climate? Are you a parent or caregiver and lead DEI efforts at work, but are wondering how to talk to your children at home, with an age-appropriate method that is comfortable for you? In this episode, Farzana begins with an overview of key subject areas, and next she delves into more practical tips and strategies on developing an approach that works for you and your family. This discussion can help you process through how to overcome potential challenges and move into these conversations and moments with more ease. Learning Outcomes Explore how to discuss race, culture, intersectionality in a culturally sensitive, impactful, and comfortable way Reflect on our own approach to culture and diversity, and parenting style Learn developmental stages and practice strategies of how to talk children about differences
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