Founder and CEO of Truly Inc. A strategy and insights firm. Author. speaker. data whisperer. strategist. creator.
Tara met Shervonne Cherry in Baltimore in 2012. At the time, Shervonne was working as a designer and social media strategist, but today, she's the Director of Community & Partnerships at Spark, a growing Coworking organization with spaces in Baltimore and Kansas City. Shervonne gives incredible insight into how to build local community resources that support Black entrepreneurs (without tokenizing or making it some sort of quota-filling exercise). Her comments on urban design were particularly poignant. Shervonne on social media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/srcherry/ https://twitter.com/NoOrdnryCherry Spark: https://spark-bmore.com/  
This week, Tara and Stef speak to Nate Nichols. Nate is the founder of Palette Group, a commercial creative agency that focuses on community, which he runs with his life partner. He's also the co-founder and creative director of Allyship & Action, a collective that works with vendors and agencies to actively promote diversity within the industry.  For Nate, everything he’s passionate about is deeply rooted in empathy and the circumstances of his upbringing really influenced how he sees the world and his approach and the importance of what he calls decentering. This episode on empathy and decentering is essential listening if you want to be an effective leader and really bring about positive change. Nate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thenichols/ Nate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thenichols Nate on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_nichols/
This week on the podcast, Tara and Stef sit down with Danica S. Nelson, Senior Product Marketing Communications Manager and travel enthusiast. But Danica does multiple jobs with her organization. She not only has a senior marketing role, she also works on the DEI (diversity equity and inclusion) initiatives. She balances all of these with ease...but found herself burning out last year and took an extended leave to recharge. Unfortunately, this was cut short by COVID-19. In this conversation, Stef and Tara discuss the multiple hats Black professionals need to wear as well as the importance of representation. Links: Danica on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danicasnelson/ Danica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danicasnelson  Website: https://watchdanicawork.com/  
Tara has known Ian for well over a decade and she's never had a conversation on race with him. This isn't because of a lack of opportunity. They've shared many a deep conversation, but never about race. This is a problem. It's one of the biggest problems that White people have, in fact. You may have heard "your silence is violence" and this episode is all about unpacking that. We also talk about data portability and data ethics, which is crazy fascinating! Ian has been involved in personal data and the quantified self for a long time and has opinions on AI and data that may just surprise you. We had a bit of a mind-blown moment! Notes: Ian’s blog: https://cubicgarden.com/ Ian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cubicgarden Ian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cubicgarden/ Ian at the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/people/ianforrester Building a Public Service Internet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/public-service-internet DataPortability.org: http://dataportability.org/ Ian talking about Perceptive Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJNClpe-XL8 Bechdel test: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test Bechdel tests for race: https://www.the-unedit.com/posts/2018/8/20/7-tests-that-arent-the-bechdel-test-that-measure-movies-for-gender-equality-and-representation
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jul 15th, 1973
Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Episode Count
64
Podcast Count
18
Total Airtime
1 day, 23 hours
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 888232