E318: Open to All: Transforming Retail Culture from the Inside Out with Calla Devlin
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
5d ago
In this episode, we dive deep into the fight against discrimination in the retail industry with Calla Devlin, Managing Director of the transformative organization Open to All. Through Calla's insights and the inspiring work of Open to All, we explore the multidimensional challenges of bias and exclusion in retail and the innovative strategies being employed to drive systemic change. From groundbreaking partnerships with companies like Yelp to the creation of comprehensive resources and trainings, Open to All is at the forefront of a growing movement to reimagine retail as a space of true belon ..read more
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E317: Cultivating Creativity in Community: Replenishing Our Leadership with Coach and Artist Alex Jamieson
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
1w ago
In this episode, Jennifer is joined by coach and artist Alexandra Jamieson as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders in their 40s and 50s. Through the lenses of their own experiences and those of their clients, Jennifer and Alex delve into the impact of external factors, the importance of creativity and community, and the power of reconnecting with one's values in the face of adversity. Using rich metaphors from nature and art, they illuminate the messy yet rewarding process of cultivating resilience, authenticity, and mutual support in a world that often presents s ..read more
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E316: More Than a Rebrand: Positioning and Languaging Our Change Work with Author Dorie Clark
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
2w ago
In this episode, Jennifer is joined by renowned consultant, keynote speaker, and bestselling author, Dorie Clark, for a conversation about the challenges faced by DEI practitioners, Dorie shares her insights on the importance of personal branding and authenticity in driving change.  Together, Jennifer and Dorie explore the need for a paradigm shift in how DEI is perceived and communicated, focusing on the fundamental principles of civility, respect, and creating a welcoming environment for all. This episode offers actionable ideas for DEI leaders to work smarter, not harder, in their purs ..read more
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E315: Beyond the DEI Backlash: Embracing Adaptability and Innovation in a Changing Landscape with Jay Van Bavel
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
3w ago
In this episode Jennifer welcomes Jay Van Bavel, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Together, they discuss the complex challenges facing the DEI field, exploring how extreme stances and political backlash have overshadowed much of the good work being done. Jennifer and Jay consider ways to rebrand and reinvent DEI by focusing on broader issues like organizational culture, psychological safety, and collective well-being. Through their candid dialogue, they highlight the importance of intergenerational conversations, social norms, and rewarding increm ..read more
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E313: Hygiene for All: Essity's Journey to Inclusive Design with Amie Kromis and Lina Clavijo
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
1M ago
In this episode Jennifer welcomes Amie Kromis and Lina Clavijo from Essity, a leading global hygiene and health company, to discuss the company's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their products and workplace. Amie and Lina share insights on how Essity incorporates inclusive design principles to create products that are accessible to all, regardless of ability or circumstance. They explore the company's journey towards breaking barriers and providing the highest hygiene standards for everyone, and how this commitment to DEI has become an integral part of Essity's culture ..read more
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E312: Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling: Practical Strategies for Asian American Career Advancement with Jane Hyun
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
1M ago
Tune in as Jennifer is joined by Jane Hyun, a leading expert on cultural fluency, diversity, and inclusion. Jane shares her personal journey as an Asian American navigating the complexities of identity and leadership in corporate America. They discuss Jane's groundbreaking book, "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling," and her upcoming release, "Leadership Toolkit for Asians." Jane reflects on the challenges Asian professionals face in the workplace, the importance of bringing one's whole self to work, and the role of allies and advocates in fostering inclusivity. As an interculturalist, Jane offers str ..read more
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E311: Voices From the Will to Change: Women's History Month Roll Up with Jennifer and Doug
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by Jennifer Brown
1M ago
In this special Women's History Month episode, Jennifer shares valuable insights and inspiration from the stories of five remarkable women previously featured on The Will to Change podcast. The episode explores topics such as finding community and belonging in the workplace, the ongoing fight for pay equity, body inclusivity, and the importance of breaking the stigma around addiction and recovery. This episode serves as a celebration of the diverse voices and experiences of women, while also highlighting the critical work that still needs to be done to achieve true equity and inclusion for all ..read more
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E310: Executive Influence: Driving Inclusion through Strong C-Suite Relationships with Empower's Djuana Beamon
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
2M ago
In this episode, originally recorded as a community call, Jennifer sits down with Djuana Beamon, the Chief Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Empower. With a wealth of experience across various industries, including financial services, pharma, insurance, and healthcare, Djuana shares her journey in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) space. She also discusses the importance of self-care, building a supportive village, and fostering authentic relationships with senior leaders to drive meaningful change. Discover the challenges and opportunities in the current DEI la ..read more
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E309: Reimagining Belonging: Navigating DEI Work in Turbulent Times with Author Rhodes Perry
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
2M ago
In this episode, Jennifer welcomes back Rhodes Perry, an award-winning social entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, podcast host, and nationally recognized LGBTQ thought leader. Jennifer and Rhodes dive deep into the current state of DEI work, exploring the challenges practitioners face in navigating pushback and misinformation, as well as the opportunities to reframe the vision for inclusion. They discuss strategies for building trust, countering misinformation with skillful dialogues, and the importance of sustainable activism within the DEI community. Rhodes shares his personal experiences as ..read more
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E308: Small Choices, Big Impact: Words as a Tool for Change with Jackye Clayton, Textio’s VP of Talent Acquisition and DEIB
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
by Jennifer Brown
2M ago
This episode was originally recorded as a Community Call and features a conversation with Jackye Clayton, Textio's VP of Talent Acquisition and DEIB. Jackye reveals how AI tools like Textio can mitigate exclusionary workplace communications, and how your most subtle word choices may inadvertently perpetuate bias.  She also outlines Textio's approach to developing equitable language technology and provides pragmatic ideas to cultivate authentic belonging through conscientious communication.  ..read more
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