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The Journey of the Ally
This week, we have a special guest, Amy Wright, Human Resources Leader at Milestone Corporation.  She has experienced our "Engaging Men as Allies" talk in many venues and formats and gives a glimpse behind the curtain as to what happens throughout …
The Intersection of Gender Equality & Religious Beliefs
This week's hot topic podcast has a special guest, Gretchen Schott, VP of Learning and Development at TrueU.  She has been an important ally to me personally, as well as in my business.  Together, we share a story of a candid conversation we had to…
The What Women Are Up Against At Work Report
This week, Lean In published a study in partnership with Survey Monkey on What Women Are Up Against At Work.  What they found is an alarming 63% of men are uncomfortable working with women at work on basic tasks.   This is a problem.  We need men a…
Non-Allies:  What to Do About Bad Behavior at Work?
Today's hot topic came from an audience question in one of my talks this week.  What do you do when you have a non-ally? While, I would argue many men are allies in training or want to be an ally, what do you do when they truly do not want to engag…
More Women in Politics:  Yet Has Anything Really Changed?
At the start of 2019, women made unprecedented advances into politics in the United States.  There was a 15% increase overnight in women in Congress than in 2018.  Yet, the percentage of the total is only up from 20.6% to 23.7%. The women that have…
The "P" Word & Why it is so Hard to Talk About Privilege
In this week's episode, we unpack the discomfort about privilege, and share Pete Buttigieg's (white gay man running for President) story on privilege.  We also share our take on what it means to lead like an ally and talk openly about the "P" word.…
How and When to Involve Our Allies
This week, I had three interesting conversations with clients about gender equality and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 1)  I brought my daughter to work with me this week when speaking at a conference, and was met with unexpected applaus…
Female-Dominated Industries Do Not Exist
Is your industry male-dominated?   Name an industry that is female-dominated... The usual answers are:  non-profit, health care, and education.  While women are employed at higher levels in these industries, they are not equally represented at a le…
Leading Like an Ally
Kyle Korver captured the world's attention as he led like an ally publishing an article privilege about his experiences in the NBA with racism.  He advocates for himself and other leaders to be better.  We share our take on the story and ideas to l…
#MeToo:  Where Are We Now?
With the recent allegations of Joe Biden violating women's personal spaces, it is a good time to take a perspective on where we are at with #MeToo in the workplace. This story serves as an example of what allies do - listen to learn - and what not …
The Gender Spectrum
We have two hot topics to share in this week's episode.  We're unpacking the gender spectrum as well as gendered language.  The words we use matter.  When we say "guys" and "girls," we send signals that those that are underrepresented do not belong…
Women as Allies for Women
Two times this week clients stated that we need more women to be allies for women. Whenever a subject surfaces more than once, I have to dig in.  I get curious. We need more allies for women.  Women alone cannot solve this problem.  50% of the popu…
Captain Marvel:  a Segway for a Diversity Conversation at Work
This week, I unpack the first female-led superhero movie from Marvel - Captain America. I discuss why this movie matters for women and young girls.  We have to see it to believe it.  And, it features people of color and white women as allies.  Powe…
Celebrating International Women's Day
International Women's Day is March 8 every year.  What did you do to celebrate? My clients had women led panels, had a podcast or video discussions, Lunch & Learns, or invited me to speak. Yesterday, I spent the day with my clients at Caterpillar, …
New Season:  Hot Topics on Equality in the Workplace
We're launching season three - each week we will bring you our point of view on newsworthy topics that affect equality in the workplace. In this episode, we share the inspiration for the shift.  You will meet my podcast thinking partner, Jen Edds. …
Everyone Has a Diversity Story
I had the opportunity to give a 5-minute talk on diversity storytelling this month – 200+ people and auto advancing slides – I was nervous!  The subject was diversity storytelling.  I believe everyone has a diversity story and as leaders, we all ne…
Women as Allies
While we need more male allies, we also need more women to be allies for women.  Denise and Eleanor personify allies for women.  Through their speaking on women’s empowerment, both encourage women to share their voices more.   Denise Herd, visionar…
Allies in Finance
Being an ally can be lonely.  In this episode, Eric Brotman and Sheryl Brown both share their candid conversation of being the one of the only men or women in a business setting.  The finance industry, as with most industries, is not gender diverse…
The Personal Side of Being an Ally
Our allies come in all shapes and forms.  They can be mentors, sponsors, advocates, champions, or sounding boards.  This personal story will touch your heart as a son and his mother share how they became allies for one another, and how that influen…
Communication and Leadership Gaps
In this episode, we feature two very different leaders.  That is, based on gender, race, industry, and geography.  Yet, their perspectives are eerily similar on diversity.   Danielle Vetter is a Diversity & Inclusion leader at a Midwest technology …
Gender Sensitivity with Jason and Kendra Beutler
Jason and Kendra Beutler are leaders of Edusource, a technology company that believes in taking advantage of young talent.  As they share, young people can help solve the talent gaps in technology.  And, they have a proven track record of investing…
Men Mentoring Women and Networking Beyond Bias with Dr. David Smith and Amy C. Waninger
Thought leaders in mentoring and networking join this episode to share stories and lessons for men as allies and those looking to diversify their networks.   Dr. David Smith, co-author of Athena Rising:  How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and gend…
Allies are Brave with Caroline Dowd-Higgins and Zane Davis
Candid conversations are tough to have.  It is easy to skirt around them.   Maybe for the short-term, but this is detrimental for long-term success.  This episode’s guests share how to engage in them safely, and productively.   Caroline Dowd-Higgin…
Diversity as a Mindset with Vernon Johnson and Maria Caceres
What does diversity mean to you?   Our guests this episode are leaders inside their organizations on diversity and inclusion.  They describe diversity as a mindset – being open to others’ ideas, listening, and asking questions.   D (diversity) is t…
Comfortable Being Uncomfortable with Emily Wolfington and Jason Barnaby
We all seek comfort in what we do.  Who we talk with, and what we talk about.  Today’s guests challenge that norm in a big way.  They share their stories of how they have leaned into the candid conversations.  A must-have for successful leaders and…
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Podcast Details
Started
Sep 5th, 2017
Latest Episode
May 24th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
57
Avg. Episode Length
26 minutes
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