Inclusion Works

Inclusion Works

The Inclusion Works podcast explores the secrets of building inclusive culture at work and in the community. We’ll be joined by leaders, experts and activists all working to bring fresh thinking to the inclusion debate. We’ll be asking those all-important questions to find out more about them, their work and how they make inclusion work. If you’re interested in driving change, accelerating diversity or simply finding ways to be more inclusive every day, then join us for Inclusion Works. Because diversity is just half of the battle.... Show More

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October 19, 2020 30 min

This is the third episode of a three-part special series on allyship. What makes a great ally? In this episode, we’ll break down the 5 keys to be an effective, non-performative ally — including dozens of practical actions you can take in your organization right away. 

 

Thanks to our guests Corey Flournoy, the Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Groupon; Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer at VICE Media; Julie Kratz, ...

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October 9, 2020 31 min

This is the second episode of a three-part special series on allyship. The vast majority of people are well-intentioned and want to be inclusive - but various factors hold them back from stepping up to be an ally. In this episode we dive into the barriers to allyship, and some practical tips to overcome them — including some critique of call-out culture and its nasty older brother cancel culture.

Thanks to our expert guests Daisy A...

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This is the first episode of a three-part special series on allyship. Allyship is critical for building inclusive culture at work. In this episode, we explore what allyship is and some cautions and caveats that have emerged recently, with help from three expert guests: Corey Flournoy, the Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Groupon, Julie Kratz, a TEDx speaker, inclusive leadership trainer and the author of the book Lead Like...

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Back in the 1980s, we lived through the Era of the Super Leader. That was when the leader knew best. The leader knew everything. And the leader was a superhero.

In the 21st century, however, things are much more complex, and smart leaders are looking for cognitive diversity. Inclusion and diversity help organizations become innovative, creative, resilient, and agile.

What is preventing leaders from building a diverse and integrated...

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In light of the unprecedented times we’re in as a result of COVID-19, we’re shaking things up slightly to create an episode we hope will be valuable to our community of inclusion and people leaders.

Sir Clive Woodward is the world-cup-winning England Rugby Coach, an expert in building high performing teams, and an experienced executive coach. 

He talked to us about how to cope with crisis, lead through change, and build resilience ...

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Mita Mallick is the head of diversity and cross-cultural marketing at Unilever. We loved chatting to Mita about her part in developing pivotal products that built diversity and inclusion within and beyond Unilever, through her ‘Every Voice Matters. Every Story Celebrated’ initiative, and her work to help Unilever achieve a gender-balanced workforce.

We are particularly excited to launch this episode in the week that Unilever announ...

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In many organizations, accountability for hitting diversity and inclusion targets sits in the wrong place. It might be with a new and inexperienced people leader; it might be with an Employee Resource Group. But you’ll only truly move the dial if accountability for your diversity and inclusion strategy sits with your CEO and your management team. 

That’s according to Dr. Maria Angelica Perez, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion...

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Psychological safety is the bedrock of inclusion. But the behaviors you need to practice to build it in your team go against your instincts: being vulnerable, admitting you don’t know, embracing failure, giving others candid feedback, asking for feedback yourself. 

Tim Clark is the founder and CEO of Leader Factor, a consultancy that offers elegant, practical, and powerful performance solutions to many industry-leading businesses....

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What is it like to be a woman in technology? It's still a male dominated world, after all, with just 17% of the workforce being women. In addition to gender balance, technology lacks ethnic diversity as well, showing very little black, Asian, or Indian representation. 

We can do better.

Jaqueline de Rojas is president of Tech UK, the association that represents 900 companies in the digital sector in the UK. She is also chair of...

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If you were new to a country, didn't have a credit score, and had no access to mainstream banking, where would you go for financial assistance? Payday lenders? Credit cards?

What about a worker who experiences an unexpected change in financial circumstances? How does that person's stress affect themselves, their families, and their employers?

Financial wellness can contribute to an inclusive economy and social order.

Asesh ...

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December 17, 2019 38 min

Most of us belong to the neutral middle — but being neutral is no longer enough.

Frankly, it isn’t actually neutral, either. It’s a tacit agreement that things are okay as they are, when they patently aren’t.

On this episode, I interview Marissa Ellis, Founder of Diversily and creator of the Change Canvas:

What we talked about:

  • The formula for change
  • Why neutrality isn’t neutral
  • The Change Canvas (P.S. it’s free)
  • Barriers to cultura...
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    Is your office truly accessible? Only 6% of people with a disability are wheelchair users, yet when we think about designing accessible spaces, we immediately think of wheelchair accessibility. What about the other 94% of people with disabilities, including invisible disabilities?

    In this episode, accessible design expert Ed Warner shares practically how to create a workspace that's truly inclusive. Ed is co-founder and CEO of ...

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    As D&I leaders, many of us know that D&I departments alone can’t move the needle on accelerating diversity or increasing inclusion and belonging alone. 

     

    Diversity issues aren’t caused by just one person. They’re caused by the actions of many. 

     

    Which is why to build a truly inclusive culture where diverse teams can thrive, you have to make D&I a company wide priority and give every person in your organization the too...

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    Gamiel Yafai is the co-author of Demystifying Diversity and Managing Director at Diversity Marketplace. When he conducted 35 pieces of research about the perceptions minority groups have towards employers he learned 2 major things:

     

  • People know your brand, but they don’t know your employer brand. They don’t know the variety of roles you have on offer that might be accessible to them. Often, employer brands are almost invisible t...
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    If you’re reading this, we don’t need to convince you about why it’s important to practice inclusion. But inspired by the conversation across National Inclusion Week in the UK a few weeks ago, we wanted to share all of the best bits of advice our guests have shared so far on the small things all of us can do to be more inclusive TODAY. 

    We ask all of our guests ‘What’s one thing everyone can do to be more inclusive this week’? Tune...

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    When you think about inclusive environment design, you might think about creating gender neutral toilets. But what about creating toilets accessible for guide dogs too?

    If you’re a gay man and a disabled person, where do you go when your LGBTQ+ ERG and your Disability ERG host an event on the same night?

    In turns out, often our well intentioned inclusion strategies can be exclusive. 

    Toby Mildon is a Diversity and Inclusion Ar...

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    Jackie Glenn is the former Chief Diversity Officer of EMC Corporation, Dell, author of Lift as I Climb: An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America and founder of Glenn Diversity & HR Solutions.

    Jackie’s adaptation to American culture as an immigrant from Jamaica helped her cultivate skills and insights that uniquely qualified her to lead EMC’s efforts to create a diverse workforce, and an environment that would reta...

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    In the D&I community we often talk about how difficult “the only” experience can be. The feeling of being the only woman, or the only person of color in a room. But what does that really feel like and how can it shape our perspective of what a powerful inclusion strategy really looks like? 

    Stephanie Foster is a Product Manager at the leading fintech business Fiserv, and founder of the Women in Wireless movement. We’re honored ...

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    As people who care about building inclusive cultures at work and in the community, we all know how important cognitive diversity is. But how deliberate are you in building diverse perspectives into your own personal network?

    Dr. Zella King is the Co-Founder of Personal Boardroom, a Senior Associate at Care City and an Executive Fellow at Henley Business School. Her research on the science of social networks focuses on the critical ...

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    A CEO once asked Denise McQuaid: How can I have a position on inclusion when I have no experience of being in the minority? 

    We’re all trying to build a more inclusive workforce, but ‘minority labels’ can be dangerous if they’re not used in the right way. To truly build an inclusive culture, we need to stop making assumptions about people because of their label. We all think differently, and harnessing the power of our neurodiversi...

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