Choose Inclusion Podcast

Choose Inclusion Podcast

#2 on "Diversity And Inclusion: 10 Podcasts Indian Bosses Should Be Listening To" & #3 on "Feedspot's Top 15 Diversity and Inclusion Podcasts for 2020" - What happens when a blind man, a woman of color, and a wannabe Latino get together to discuss how diversity, equity and inclusion can impact businesses? Join Mike Hess, Nina Baliga and UB Ciminieri every month as they embark through conversation on a journey to help businesses and their most important asset - people - Choose Inclusion. We'll have open and authentic conversations amongst ourselves and with guests to explore everything related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to help those who have been tasked with building DEI within their organizations and to help leaders understand why it's so important to Choose Inclusion in order to build a truly successful business.

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April 9, 2021 25 min

We catch up with our favorite Blind Paralympian, Lex Gillette, who was our first #BlackVoicesMatter guest after George Floyd's murder.

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Just Listen - Jourdan Saunders (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jourdansaunders/)

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Caroline (care - o - line) Casey (https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-casey-837ab822/) is the Founder of The Valuable 500 and she's on a mission to get 500 companies to agree to recognize the value and worth of the one billion people globally living with a disability on their business leadership agendas. She, along with our cohost, Mike Hess, were named one of the Top 20 Disabled People with a Global Voice You Must Follow.

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March 19, 2021 38 min

Just Listen - AJ Moody (https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-aj-moody-27609b71/)

Also, we recorded this episode in video because AJ is deaf and was accompanied by his two interpreters who were both in different locations. So please watch this special episode on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/Kn0l7M1ATeM

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Rio Cortez (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rio-cortez-87926063/) is the author of the incredible children's book, The ABC's of Black History (https://g.co/kgs/L1Dxbw), teaching the ABC's with historical facts and details about the Black community. You should pick up a copy at your local bookstore today because adults and children alike can learn from this!

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Elena Joy Thurston (https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenajoythurston/) is the Executive Director of the Pride and Joy Foundation. She believes the best way to decrease the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ community is to help families learn Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness, and to regain their freedoms lost due to religion or expectations of others, or even a pandemic.

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March 5, 2021 37 min

Just Listen - Dee C. Marshall (https://www.linkedin.com/in/deecmarshall/)

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Hannah Smolinski (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-smolinski-cpa-she-her-16994aa/) is Founder and CEO of Clara CFO Group and a Senior Advisor to Upside Financial. For this special and timely episode we are talking about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), its original implementation a year ago, the changes since then (including the new changes in effect this past week), and its impact on inclusion of all business owners in thi...

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PresenTense (https://www.linkedin.com/company/presentense/), led by co-CEOs Ariella Rosen (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariella-rosen/) and Khouloud Ayuti (https://www.linkedin.com/in/khouloud-ayuti-09a80858/), is a nonprofit based in Israel working to bring together all the vastly diverse groups in Israel, empowering these mostly marginalized groups through entrepreneurship in the "Startup Nation."

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February 19, 2021 31 min

Just Listen - Zhalisa "Zee" Clarke (https://www.linkedin.com/in/zhalisa/)

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February 17, 2021 14 min

We are sharing some of the stories and questions we have from working with other DEI&B leaders and companies in hopes that it will help our listeners who have the same questions. Happy New Year!

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Our guest on this episode is a long time Denver Comedian and part of the Disability Community, Christie Buchele. We talk about everything from dating apps to CEOs and how improv and comedy, and just putting yourself out there, can create a healthy vulnerability for growth. But just be prepared to bomb 9 out of 10 times.

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Ken Miller (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-miller-b1a7526/) is the President and CEO of Nasco Healthcare in New Jersey. They are sitting just 40 miles from the worst outbreak of this COVID-19 pandemic. The work they are doing is not only helping frontline life-savers quickly upskill to save even more lives, but the long-term vision of Ken to instill inclusion and diversity into current and future frontline workers through their tr...

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For our last episode of 2019, and with 2020 planning in full swing, we invited guest Megan Abman, Chief Diversity Officer at Four Winds Interactive, to talk about turning DEI into an actual strategy.

Feel free to contact Megan at megan.abman@fourwindsinteractive.com following the episode if you have any questions about your DEI Strategy.

Also, you can download a free eBook, 2020 Planning Strategy for DEI&B from Breaking the B...

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Carol Carter (https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroljcarter/) is one of those people you meet and instantly you want to know more about her! And we did learn a lot more about her in this episode. She's leading the GlobalMindED movement to bring access, equity, and opportunity to First-Generation College and underserved populations, those who work with them and those who want to hire them. Take a listen and look for more information ...

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At a time when the sharing of information is absolutely critical, it's hard to know who to believe. Media and journalism are constantly under attack by all sides, around the globe, and that's why Tina Lee (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinaelee/), Head of the Ambassador Network at Hostwriter (https://hostwriter.org/) and Editor-In-Chief of "Unbias the News," joins us on this episode. Hostwriter is working to give...

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February 17, 2021 31 min
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February 17, 2021 33 min

Just Listen - Chef Gerald Sombright (https://www.instagram.com/chefgerald_/)

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February 17, 2021 26 min

Just Listen - Dr. Nika White (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikawhite/)

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Mike Lee went from software developer to speaking on ethics in tech to focusing his work on helping people be better versions of themselves. Listen in to this episode for inspiration on taking the high road to help humanity.

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