Inclusion Begins with Me: Conversations That Matter

Inclusion Begins with Me: Conversations That Matter

Our podcast examines the pivotal role people play in creating inclusive workplaces that are built for the future. How does inclusion impact our well-being? Why is it a business imperative? Each episode weaves together storytelling and research-driven conversations with globally recognized authors, experts, and DEI practitioners. Each month, join host and MetLife’s VP and Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Cindy Pace as she tackles actionable steps we can take to advance DEI. Inclusion Begins with Me: Conversations That Matter is a podcast from MetLife and produced by Hueman Group Media.

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April 15, 2024 32 mins

Today’s guest describes us all as immigrants to the new world of work. With a workforce that spans at least 4 generations, she believes that many of us need to learn a new way of communicating in order to adapt to a hybrid workplace. Erica Dhawan is a speaker, researcher and the author of Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. In this episode, she told me the subject line of an email is th...

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Who has the power to make a difference? Can anyone be a leader? How do we work together now that the future of work is here?

This is Inclusion Begins with Me: Conversations That Matter. I’m your host, Dr. Cindy Pace, Vice President and Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife.

From our communication style, to the way we connect with colleagues and lead teams, inclusion impacts our everyday lives. How do we prac...

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Imagine a world that celebrates difference, is free from bias, and full of diversity. That’s the world International Women’s Day is trying to build with the themes such as Inspire Inclusion and Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress. All of the guests on our show are helping to push us toward that inspiring world. In this episode (recorded on International Women’s Day) we go Beyond the Conversations we had with 3 of the most inspirin...

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March is women’s history month in the U.S and International Women’s Day is coming up.  There is no one better to celebrate with than Irene Natividad. In this episode, Irene busts myths about women at work, gives us a few mini history lessons, and explains why simple economics demands more women in the workforce.

You can learn more about Irene and her Global Summit of Women here.

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and i...

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What pops into your head when you hear the word negotiation? What if we thought of compassion, empathy, and emotional intelligence? By the end of this episode (or master class if you will) you’ll have a completely new definition of the word negotiation thanks to Hannah Riley Bowles from the Harvard Kennedy School.

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our c...

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What’s preventing you from being inclusive? Is it judgment? Fear? Bias? Do you just not know where to start? That’s okay! Risha Grant’s super power is radical candor so she’s joining today’s show to tell you exactly how to practice self acceptance and have conversations that matter.

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our customers, community, a...

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January 15, 2024 27 mins

We’re kicking off 2024 with our Inclusion Resolutions! Listeners of the podcast from around the world shared how they’re going to create more inclusive workplaces and have conversations that matter. We’re adding context and advice to these resolutions so that you can set your own. Please share your resolutions with us either on our LinkedIn post for this episode or in the reviews on whichever platform you use to listen.

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Our past few guests have taught us about creating positive work places. In this episode Dr. Cindy Pace goes Beyond the Conversations and shares her personal steps for making your workplace great.

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our customers, community, and the world around us is #AllTogetherPossible. Learn more and join us at MetLife.com.

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The future of work isn’t coming - it’s here. That’s what Michelle King told us in part one. Now, she gives us concrete ways to navigate the new way that work works.

This is part two of our series with Michelle King. If you haven’t listened to part one yet please go back and listen.

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Does anyone ever tell you how the business world works or do you just get thrown into it to figure it out for yourself?


In this episode, Michelle King unveils the unspoken rules of the modern workplace. She analyzes how we got here through her own origin story, and shares how to grow in your career without losing yourself. 


This is a two part series. Tune in December 5th to hear the rest of Michelle’s wisdom.


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Diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey that takes effort, commitment and a strategy. In this episode, Dr. Ella Washington talks about putting the thought and research of DEI into practice. 

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our customers, community, and the world around us is #AllTogetherPossible. Learn more and join us at MetLife.com. <...

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In this episode, Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work shares insights about how to be a leader for all, not just for some and how to build great work environments for all. 

At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our customers, community, and the world around us is #AllTogetherPossible. Learn more and join us at MetLife.com.

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Whose job is it to create a positive work environment? What is the best way for teams to work together? What does it mean to have psychological safety?

Dr. Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. She has written over sixty scholarly papers and seven books, including her recent book, The Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well.

In this episode, we spoke with her about:

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    What does DEI look like in practice? How do DEI practitioners make systematic change? How does one prepare for a role in the diversity and inclusion space? 

    In this episode, Dr. Cindy Pace shares more about:

    • what happens when leadership teams work together to advance DEI
    • teaching future generations of leaders how to be great DEI practitioners
    • why change has to be long lasting and systemic rather than programmatic

    At Metlife, we...

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    How can major brands and businesses use their platform to create change internally and externally? How can a CEO affect the entire culture of their organization? How can leadership teams create change that is long lasting and systemic? Tim Ryan is the U.S. Senior Partner at PwC and Shannon Schuyler is the Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer. Together, Tim and Shannon helped to establish CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. Wit...

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    How do you maximize the potential of diverse organizations? What does that work feel like when you’re in the middle of it? How do you teach DEI? 

    Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

    In this episode, we spoke with her about:

    • practical tools for advancing DEI in your workplace
    • how race affects people's experiences at work and in ...
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    What is the role of a Chief Diversity Officer? How do you approach DEI from a global perspective? How can a good CDO educate leaders and transform organizations?

    Rohini Anand is a former Chief Diversity Officer and is the author of Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations.

    In this episode, we spoke with her about:

    • What makes a good CDO
    • How a CDO should change their a...
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    What effect does power have in a workplace? How do we share power? Where does the power and drive come from in DEI leaders?

    In this episode, Dr. Cindy Pace shares more about:

    • Why we all have power
    • How to turn hierarchical power into shared power
    • How powerful DEI can be when we all work together

    At Metlife, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we believe making a difference in the lives of our customers, commu...

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    July 3, 2023 37 mins

    What do women do once they achieve leadership positions? How do we advance gender equity and equality in the workplace?

    Dr. Iris Bohnet is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. She’s also Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program.

    In this episode, we spoke with her about:

    • The long standing bias that leads to gender inequality
    • How women lead more collaboratively and why that ma...
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    Why are the words conflict and negotiation intimidating? How can we take the fear out of these subjects and improve our comfortability with them? Why is proficiency in negotiation key to a healthy work environment and a great career?

    Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida is Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) and Director of the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) program, both housed in the ...

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