The Jali, host Melyssa Barrett

The Jali, host Melyssa Barrett

Welcome to The Jali Podcast, I’m your host Melyssa Barrett. This podcast is for those who are interested in the conversation around diversity, inclusion and equity. Each week, I’ll be interviewing a guest who has something special to share or is actively part of building solutions in this space. Let's get started!

Episodes

January 19, 2022 45 min

Shari Foos joins the show to discuss the practice of relational awareness and how it is used in DEI. Foos explains why our ability to create meaningful connections correlates to our willingness to broaden our mind and how these connections can be used to combat microaggressions. 

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Habari gani! Melyssa Barrett is joined by a panel of practitioners, Chris Brinkley, James & Patricia Daily, Cynthia Mundy and Ronald “Peter” McConico, to share their experiences observing Kwanzaa. Each explains their personal journeys that encouraged them to take part in the celebration and discuss their favorite Kwanzaa traditions and lessons. 

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December 8, 2021 46 min

Linda Perry, Diane Faro and Holli Targan discuss their mission to create Wnet and how this organization is designed to empower women in the payments industry.

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December 2, 2021 29 min

Jacalyn Davis explains her work as coordinator of equality and access and how her position impacts DEI within the Manteca, CA community. 


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November 17, 2021 43 min

Trinita Carlton explains how to embrace inclusive culture when approaching product management. Carlton discusses strategic practices to enhance our ability to become agile when navigating inclusion in the workplace. 

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November 11, 2021 49 min

Head of Global Reflection at UniWorld Group, Douglas Freeman explains how companies can transform their DEI practice. Freeman offers his advice on leveraging DEI business plans and methods used to disrupt traditional decision-making.

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November 3, 2021 59 min

Co-authors of “Speaking in Colors,” Vernita and Nikita Nikol Naylor explore the benefits of knowing your color frequency and advantages to learning various exercises for balancing these energies. Together, they explain how this englightning movement serves as a guide to how we communicate with one another and the effects that these color traits have when emitted into the world.

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David C. Williams joins the podcast to discuss his innovative solution that helped lead AT&T employees through the Covid-19 pandemic and shares his involvement in organizing programs that support DEI outreach.

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On this week’s episode, Melyssa Barrett is interviewed by Becky Parker Geist, host of “Audio Book Connection-Behind the Scenes with the Creative Teams,” to discuss her inspiration to create The Jali Podcast and how the show has become a platform for sharing and highlighting social impacts.

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Influenced by her experience growing up in Chicago, Florise Nevel-Ewell uses her professional and personal passion by educating young lawyers, youths, and adults about building wealth through housing literacy. Her work spans across educational platforms connecting corporate initiatives, non-profit advocacy, and social impact.

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Urvi Bhandari is the Co-founder of Peppercorn.ai, and an innovative career coach who supports each candidate on their career journey. She explains how to remove the stereotypical “cookie cutter” resume model in the recruiting and retention process using self-awareness to blossom within each job seeker to match their passions with their next career move.

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June 2, 2021 48 min

Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Americas at BNY Mellon, Patty Dingle shares her role providing support and visibility to underrepresented groups. The conversation highlights celebrating the “little wins” while engaging in DEI, reducing prejudices in the context of identity and remembering to lead with empathy in order to effectively integrate diversity globally.

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The founder of Bluford Consulting, Tanya Bluford shares strategic steps for undoing racial prejudices and how to heal from the impact of systemic racism. She also shares her opinion on where DEI should start within a company and why maintaining open communication assists the cause.  

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On this week’s episode, Melyssa shares the practice of navigating our neurological levels in order to broaden our perspective of racial and cultural identification.

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Melyssa shares a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion hosted by the Co-CEO of Compliance Line, Giovanni Gallo. The panel of experts, Melyssa Barrett, Dr. Gail Burgos and Solomon Carter, have a conversation about creating a safe environment and improving employee engagement within the workspace. The panel shares methods and answers questions on how to commit to change.

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Author, inclusion architect, founder and chief office for Cordero Davis International LLC, Cordero Davis joins the podcast to discuss his journey to launch his own consulting firm, explains how his firm assists various under-represented groups with finding careers in corporate America, and how he assists top tech companies with creating an inclusive workspace for their employees.

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April 6, 2021 42 min

Rochelle Holoman is a program manager with the Diversity & Inclusion team at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities and a Fortune 250 company. She is responsible for leading the company's 12 Business Resource Groups (BRGs). Rochelle joins the podcast to discuss why her company uses the term Business Resource Group rather than Employee Resource Group, shares how the BRGs conduct ...

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Aerospace engineer and author, Mukuka Chipanta joins the podcast to discuss the beneficial effects diversity has on the field of aerospace engineering, reveals the significance of his novels and their connection to Zambia, and explains what we can learn by embodying the “Zambian Voice.”

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Associate Professor and Director of Faculty Diversity and Retention at Old Dominion University, Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key joins the podcast to discuss her position as she promotes diversity and inclusion amongst academic personnel. She explains the importance of faculty retention, methods used to confront biases within the departments, and shares what motivated her to create a podcast centered around the issues that impact the Blac...

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Dr. Helen Turnbull talks about immutable and permeable forces, how to manage our biases, explains how unconscious competence leads to genuine inclusivity, and discusses the “imposter syndrome” and its effect on internalized oppression.

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