Diversity Be Like

Diversity Be Like

In this new podcast, our host, Sequoia Houston, explores the nuanced dynamics of diversity and what true diversity looks like. Enjoy interviews with industry leading experts as they discuss challenges associated with diversity in various forms, why diversity is important and what we can all do to foster a culture that is committed to authentic diversity, equity, inclusion and respect.

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May 13, 2021 80 min

In this season finale episode, Sequoia Houston talks to Paul C. Brunson – A mentor, entrepreneur, TV host, globally recognized matchmaker, and a certified life coach.

They discuss the importance of interpersonal relationships and their impact on success, how to prioritize and what marriage looks like past, present and future.

We hope you've enjoyed Season 1 of Diversity Be Like!

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In this episode, Sequoia Houston talks to Jay Kim,President and CEO of AAAZA, Inc, a multicultural marketing agency based in Los Angeles, CA. They discuss their joint passion for multicultural marketing and its importance, the origins of the Model Minority Myth and how Black and Asian communities can work together to overcome bias.

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April 29, 2021 30 min

On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Phil aka The Blerd Explorer, avid traveler and author of The Black Traveler's Guide to Daegu, South Korea. Phil has been an expat since 2016 and shares his experiences being Black abroad.

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In this episode, Sequoia Houston talks to Doctor Alaina Davis. She is a communication sciences and disorders expert, a medical speech-language pathologist, and a Howard University professor. She is also an alumnus from Sequoia’s dear old alma mater, the University of Houston. #GoCoogs

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On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Amber Cabral. She is a global inclusion strategist, certified coach, and author of an international best-selling book - Author of Allies and Advocates.

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On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Cherena Fox and Keionna Baker, Cofounders of The Elephant in the Room, an organization that specializes in DEI training and helps employers recognize bias in the workplace!

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In this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Dr. Jessica Isom, a racial health equity champion and clinical psychiatrist at the University of Yale. Dr. Isom uses her position as a black physician to impact change in the healthcare industry and do away with racial biases!

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On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Dr. Alexandria White, DEI Strategist, about women in the workplace and how companies can be more inclusive of mothers!

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March 18, 2021 64 min

On today’s episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Stacey A. Gordon, founder and CEO of Rework Work, a company that specializes in helping employers dismantle hiring bias and level up their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 

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On today’s episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Dr. Aparajita (AJ) Jeedigunta about her experiences as an immigrant to the US, her framework for cultural competence, and how to step into and own your own space as a marginalized person.

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On today’s episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Jay Veal, the founder of INC Education and Black Tutors of Social Media, about inequities in education, the systems in place that widen the achievement gap for Black and brown students, how he began his career as an educator, and much more. 

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On today’s episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to Tristen Norman of Getty Images about what authentic representation actually means, what it’s like to live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, and why we should all ask ourselves the tough questions about how we see and stereotype others.

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February 18, 2021 62 min

On today’s episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to writer-producer Kim Williams about being “given a seat at the table,” why she decided to create her own work, and her fight for representation as a Generation X Black woman in Hollywood.

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On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston talks to actress, writer, and producer Nicole J. Butler about her new online series Sister President, what it’s like being a Black woman in Hollywood, and how her career has evolved since she moved to LA in 2015.

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On this episode of Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston speaks to TaKiyah Wallace, the founder of international non-profit Brown Girls Do Ballet, about how the program got started, the work she’s been doing with young dancers for the past 8 years, and her vision for the organization in 2021.

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January 25, 2021 5 min

In this intro to Diversity Be Like, host Sequoia Houston gives listeners an idea of what to expect from the podcast when it launches on February 4, 2021. 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Sequoia briefly introduces herself and the podcast. 
  • In 2017, she started mochastock.com due to a lack of stock photos featuring Black people. 
  • She hopes that people will understand different ways they can foster diversity, equity, and inclusion from listenin...
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