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.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 31 min

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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Melinda Arnost (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melinda-arnost-71b35b14a/) has been teaching special education children as an Intervention Specialist and through her work, she has developed and authored a new book coming out this winter, “Empowering Inclusion - the Tool Teachers Need for ALL Students to Succeed.” She is helping all teachers learn how to build relationships and teach social-emotional lessons to create an inclusive class...

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February 17, 2021 47 min

Todd Rose, author of two best-selling books, Dark Horse and The End of Average, joins us on this special edition of the podcast to talk about The End of Average: "The assumption that average-based yardsticks like academic GPAs, personality tests, and annual performance reviews reveal something meaningful about our ability is so ingrained in our consciousness that we never question it. But this assumption, argues Harvard scienti...

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February 11, 2021 24 min

Just Listen: Mayor Travis Stovall, Gresham, Oregon (https://www.linkedin.com/in/travis-stovall-21499/)

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Joze Piranian (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jozepiranian/) is of Armenian descent, born and raised in Lebanon, living in Toronto, and a TEDx speaker and stand-up comedian who has a stutter. With humor and insight, he talks about his story of growing up mostly silent in a place where his stutter was taboo to taking the stage to control his story and inspire others to be more inclusive.

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Nick Lum (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicklum/) went from being an attorney to creating Beeline Reader (https://www.beelinereader.com/) to help anyone read a screen more easily using the color spectrum. He truly took the "accessibility for all" to heart and he tells us his story in this episode.

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Just listen: Brian "Woody" White (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianwoodywhite/)

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