Inclusion Catalyst

Mickey Desai & Susan Cooper

Welcome to Inclusion Catalyst, with your hosts Mickey Desai and Susan Cooper. We bring diversity leaders to the table to hear about current issues in diversity and inclusion, deconstructing complex social justice issues to showcase the best practices in our workplaces and our communities.

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On today’s first episode of a four-part miniseries, Chuck Shelton of Greatheart Consulting speaks with Mita Mallick, a corporate change-maker and the current head of inclusion, equity, and impact at Carta. Mita is a top LinkedIn voice of 2020 and the proud co-host of the Brown Table Talk Podcast with Dee C. Marshall. In addition, she has led branding work with iconic products like AVEENO, AVON Color Cosmetics, Chapstick, and Dove. Mita and I have had the chance to do some great DEI work together, and today we are going to discuss the following: The corporate work culture and the need to create an inclusive environment Unconscious bias and how it affects people of color in the workplace Calls to actions for leaders to be true advocates not only at work, but also at home Deconstructing the biggest DEI challenges companies are facing Connect with Chuck Hall Shelton at GreatheartConsulting.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/greatheartconsulting/   Join Mita Mallick and Dee C. Marshall at Brown Table Talk to listen to more stories and get practical advice on how women of color can go beyond just surviving and start thriving in their organizations. Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Nov 22

35 min 38 sec

Mickey visits with former Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Kirsten Elise Dunn to talk briefly about the mayoral race, and freedom from candidacy. Kirsten will continue to work to heal the city. Find more about her upcoming FREE seminar for all business owners: Recession-Proof Your Business: https://kirstendunnformayor.com/events/ Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Nov 9

23 min 31 sec

This episode originally aired as a Nonprofit SnapCast episode in August of 2021. Brian Jenkins has impacted thousands of youth and adults through his nonprofit, Entrenuity. Founded in 1999, Entrenuity began with direct youth services in entrepreneurship education and then expanded to include adult entrepreneurs and returning citizens, as well as training Facilitators to teach entrepreneurship using StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business, written by Brian. Additionally, Entrenuity operates the first Black-owned, enterprise level coworking space in Chicago, with special emphasis on providing vital business resources to Black, Brown, and Women entrepreneurs, as well as two craft coffee shops directed by the only certified Black female Coffee Director in Chicago. Brian is also the author of Know More Nonprofits: Moving From Dependency to Sustainability, and a founding partner of Renew Pavement Solutions, providing employment to returning citizens and underemployed. We talk about the issues of race, equity, and why supporting minority-owned business is critically important to any thriving American community. Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Oct 18

20 min 53 sec

Jacquie Abram had a career in higher education that she was very good at & that she enjoyed. A career that paid her an income, which as a single mother of two girls was the only income, that allowed her to not only provide for her family, but also pay her bills. A career that spanned nearly two decades & by any measure should’ve been a successful career. But it wasn’t. Because throughout her career, Jacquie experienced racism in the workplace, not the kind you see in a lot of movies, books, and TVs shows about racism that occurred decades ago during a time when it was more overt & easily spotted, but the kind of racism that is more covert, hidden, & harder to prove. And so her career was derailed multiple times by multiple employers & she suffered racial trauma that, to this day, she has not fully recovered from. And when the same thing happened to others including both of her girls after they began careers of their own, she pulled herself out of corporate America, wrote HUSH MONEY, a book inspired by true events & co-authored by her girls, & began selling it from the trunk of her car in March 2021 to provide employers with a better way to understand racism, provide employees with a better way to fight it & survive the battle, and provide allies with a better way to see and feel the FULL impact of modern-day racism . Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Sep 28

36 min 11 sec

Are you our next guest host? Thank you for your interest in the Inclusion Catalyst podcast. With your help we will continue to publish high-quality podcasts for people interested in Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice topics. But we want to be clear: Inclusion Catalyst is not looking for guests. We have changed our production focus and we ARE looking for people to GUEST HOST their own episodes. There are many ways we can work together to present your content. Our intent is to simply open the door for our peers across the sector to have some fun bringing their stories and expertise to a wider audience without having to invent an entire podcast from scratch. This means you can craft your own material and publish it as your own Inclusion Catalyst episode. Together, we’ll share an established audience. Inclusion Catalyst listeners remain engaged, and crave more content. You’ll have an opportunity to make real, personal connections with your listeners while you establish yourself as a thought leader in the diversity, inclusion, and social justice arena. If you’re an inclusivity consultant, Diversity & Inclusion professional, or a social justice advocate… If equity and accessibility are important to you… If you work in academia as a behavioral scientist or environmental scientist, we welcome you to join us as a Guest Host. We will help you wrangle one or more Inclusion Catalyst episodes. Creativity is the name of the game, and we welcome you to innovate. Got a guest you’ve always wanted to interview? Or maybe you have an associate who can interview you? Maybe you’d prefer to deliver a monologue similar to a Ted talk? We have spoken to one team of four consultants who are going to interview each other over coffee. Yet another team in Europe might bring a multi-episode profile of their programming. We are happy to help them spread awareness of their efforts. The possibilities are endless. Please follow the links on this page to learn more about the Guest Hosting process and how to contact Inclusion Catalyst. Again, thank you for your interest. We hope to hear from you soon. Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Sep 23

3 min 13 sec

Diversity and inclusion expert, Simone Morris, shares: How to bring our allies on the diversity journey with us The mindset of inclusive leaders What inclusive organizations are doing to prioritize investing in diversity and inclusion How to celebrate black history beyond Black History Month Embracing brave conversations and creating space for real talk Connect with Simone at www.simonemorris.com. Check out the Next Pivot Point podcast.  You can join the Inclusion Catalyst as a guest host.  Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Aug 24

32 min

In this episode, Mika’il Petin, Ph.D., Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for All Hands and Hearts, has a conversation with Princess Bazley-Bethea, Director of the Together Project & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with InterAction, about her role in leading an effort to create consistent diversity, equity, and inclusion standards across the international nonprofit sector. Topics covered include Princess’ inspiration to launch this initiative; how the early conversations took shape within InterAction amid the racial reckoning; some insights into the formation of InterAction’s Coalition DEI Task Force from its alliance of 180 U.S.-based organizations; and in what ways Princess hopes her monumental effort will contribute to improved practices, systems, decisions, and attitudes. For information about the task force, read this introductory document. Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Aug 17

34 min 51 sec

After the racial justice reckoning we have experienced particularly in the last year at a national level, the new buzz word is ‘allyship’ or being an ‘ally.’ In this episode, we discuss what it really means and how to be radical in rethinking allyship. We explore going beyond performative allyship, and ask questions like, - What happens when folks get tired of doing the work? - How do we actually undo the harm and build authentic connection? Our fantastic guests include: Trella Walker Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at Nonprofit Finance Fund Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein Thought-Leader Cultivating Conscious, Connected, & Courageous Leaders World-wide BE the Work - Racial Healing Allies Visionary Fleur Larsen Facilitator: Social Justice Impact On Organizational Culture We welcome support of the Nonprofit SnapCast via Patreon. We welcome your questions and feedback via The Nonprofit Snapshot website. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Aug 10

58 min 39 sec

Antiracism is a word being thrown around Corporate America all too often nowadays. In the wake of George Floyd and sustained racial equity conversations in 2020, my frequent collaboration partner, and advocate for racial equity, Ericka Young, and I discuss: Where we are at now personally and with our clients working on antiracism Antiracism books we are reading and how we are practicing self-care to manage our energy Calls to action for those that want to be allies for people of color Check out the Next Pivot Point podcast.  You can join the Inclusion Catalyst as a guest host.  Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jul 28

28 min 8 sec

This episode is an address from former GM (GSK, Allergan) and Leadership Author Omar L. Harris, who shares his inspiring Graduation Keynote: “From Servant Leadership to J.E.D.I. Leadership” (social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) in May 2021 at the Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) Galactic Graduation Event at FNB Field in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Harris’ D.E.I. address is based on his new book, “Be a J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss” (June 25, 2021) and 20+ years of leadership experience managing enterprise teams for global pharmaceutical companies on 4 continents. Harris highlights the importance of Servant Leadership, J.E.D.I. Leadership and how inclusion offers a sense of belonging. Harris also emphasizes that inclusion works best together with a positive strategy to address all 4 elements of J.E.D.I. Leadership. For more information about Harris and his new book, visit https://omarlharris.com Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Jul 20

28 min 45 sec

How is it that the social sector, which prides itself on its mission to ensure that all communities have access to health, safety, and prosperity, can underpay, overwork, and endanger the very people who carry out the work? We all have either experienced or heard stories of beloved colleagues who are burned out or have left the sector because we can’t find a way that makes sense to stay, financially or spiritually. Join another set of fantastic speakers who will talk about: Who can afford to work in the sector? Where accountability lies for equitable staff compensation and just treatment in the mission-driven workplace? How can we better align our values with our practices? We are thrilled to highlight the perspectives of Shari Dunn, CEO and Principal of ITBOM, LLC, Rusty Stahl, Founder, CEO, and President of Fund the People, and Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH and President of Center for Urban and Racial Equity. We welcome support of the Nonprofit SnapCast via Patreon. We welcome your questions and feedback via The Nonprofit Snapshot website. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jul 13

1 hr 11 min

Robin Rosenberg, PhD, is a psychologist, CEO and Founder of Live In Their Word.  They use Virtual Reality to address issues of bias an incivility in the workplace. Robin's professional curiosity and clinical practice drew her towards the burgeoning field of virtual reality (VR) about 25 years ago. Robin followed the psychology of virtual reality literature for years, and then collaborated on research about VR. At the same time, the world was hearing about the frequency of young Black people being killed by white people, including police (2012 on), which led to a surge in focusing on challenges in diversity and Black Lives Matter. In turn this led some white people to say “all lives matter.” Through her work as a psychologist, she hypothesized that if white people could get enough of a sense of a Black person’s lived experience, they would understand what the statement Black Lives Matter really means and, in turn, wouldn’t say “all lives matter.” It wasn’t until early 2018 , when the Oculus Go VR headset was in the works and soon to be released, that VR technology made the idea feasible. That timing coincided with the rise of the #MeToo movement. Rob Hutter of Learn Capital had heard Robin’s idea earlier on, and in 2018 offered to fund a proof-of-concept study to see whether her idea could move the needle on gender bias and awareness. Inclusion Catalyst invites you to become our next guest host. Learn more here: http://inclusioncatalyst.com/join-us-as-a-guest-host/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Jul 6

21 min 21 sec

The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, discusses diversity and inclusion. The event is moderated by Politico National Correspondent Natasha Korecki and includes a panel discussion with Gail Christopher, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity; Pedro Noguera, Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, and Kathleen Yang-Clayton, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago. Teresa Córdova, Director of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, starts the event with a land acknowledgement.  Ula Y. Taylor, Professor & H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Department Chair, Department of African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley, introduces the event.  Stephen Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, closes the event. This event is part of a series presented by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, as well as the Great Cities Institute at the University of Chicago at Illinois. For more about the series, visit  https://issi.berkeley.edu/BlackMayors The series is co-sponsored by: Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, African American Mayors Association, National Urban League, California Association of Black Lawyers, Charles Houston Bar Association, Litigation Division of the California Bar Association, Equal Justice Society, City Club of Chicago, Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust, Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, Communities Partnering 4 Peace, Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, Strides for Peace, and WBGO-FM (Newark). Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jun 29

1 hr 19 min

Highly acclaimed male ally experts, HBR contributors, and published authors of the newly released book "The Good Guys," Brad Johnson and David Smith join the show to discuss: The why for men, especially white men, in the gender and diversity conversation Tangible ways to be a "good guy" and stand with women and underrepresented groups as an ally How gender allyship translates to racial allyship Connect with Brad and Dave at www.workplaceallies.com. Check out the Next Pivot Point podcast.  You can join the Inclusion Catalyst as a guest host.  Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jun 22

33 min 33 sec

Jennifer Brown joins us to discuss her new book, "How to be an Inclusive Leader" and why white supremacy culture is still holding Corporate America back from achieving true diversity and inclusion. We cover: The ally continuum and the ally journey The risk of losing people along the journey in allyship from aware to active stages Why white supremacy culture is still holding Corporate America back Connect with Jennifer Brown at: www.jenniferbrownspeaks.com. Check out the Next Pivot Point podcast.  You can join the Inclusion Catalyst as a guest host.  Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

May 25

38 min 13 sec

Visiting again with Julie Kratz to talk about her book, Little Allies: A Children's Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally, an illustrated children’s story that inspires kids to be their best with everyone, especially for those who may need an ally from time to time. We talk about the creation of the book, and what it means to write a book about being an ally for little children. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

May 11

16 min 21 sec

Leadership teams in Corporate America have awoken. They know diversity is a problem, and they are not sure where to start. For those painfully behind on the diversity and inclusion journey, it is never too late to start. In this episode, Julie shares how to: Define what inclusion means to your organization Craft a compelling why this important now and in the future Build an intentional road map of inclusion to support the strategy Check out the Next Pivot Point podcast. You can join the Inclusion Catalyst as a guest host. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Apr 27

14 min 48 sec

In this episode, nonprofit consultant Jess Cooper sits down with 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon to discuss diversity in sports. They break down how Maritza’s experience growing up as a black female athlete gave her a platform to help give athletes of this generation a voice. They address: How Maritza’s involvement in swimming has evolved since becoming the first black woman to make a US Olympic swim team and medal. The importance of integrating DEI efforts throughout an organization. The misconceptions about DEI in sports representation. Creating safe spaces for all members of a sports community. Being an advocate for and giving voice to the current generation of black athletes. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Mar 30

43 min 7 sec

Greetings friends!  Thank you for listening to the Inclusion Catalyst.   I’m Mickey Desai.  My co-host Susan Cooper and I have been talking about the future of the Inclusion Catalyst podcast, as both of us find we have insufficient bandwidth to continue to regularly work on the program.   But even as our production schedule has slowed down, it is clear we have a dedicated audience that we have every intention of keeping.  So we have come up with an idea that we hope will prove to be a win-win for all parties involved.    We are inviting people to become guest hosts for the Inclusion Catalyst.  We’re already talking with folks who can “own” one or more episodes that we’ll publish with them.  This will establish more of an opportunity for people to establish themselves as thought leaders in the diversity, inclusion, and social justice arena.    There are many ways we can work together to present your content.  Our intent is to simply open the door for our peers across the sector to have some fun bringing their stories and expertise to a wider audience.    So, if you’re an inclusivity consultant, D&I professional, or a social justice advocate… If you work in academia as a behavioral scientist or environmental scientist, we welcome you to join us as a Guest Host.  We’ll help you wrangle one or more Inclusion Catalyst episodes.    And I’m happy to have a conversation with any interested party on the possibilities.  Please visit our website and drop us a note so we can have a conversation about what being a Guest Host means.  Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jan 25

2 min 30 sec

Talking with Idalia Fernandez, Monisha Kapila, and Angela Romans about their work coaching and supporting nonprofit leaders of color, and some key patterns they see emerging as many historically White-led organizations may be appointing leaders of color for the first time. Among the topics we cover: Connecting this work to current events. Identifying problematic organizational patterns. The issue of funding scarcity. Effectively supporting new leaders of color. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Aug 2020

31 min 39 sec

This episode was recorded on May 27, 2020. Mickey visits with Olanike Ayomide-Mensah to talk about equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; and how it intersects with leadership development. We discuss: We've been chasing diversity and inclusion since the Civil Rights Act and making anemic progress. It's time workplaces face the truth about what it's going to take to see real change. Nonprofit organizations have a unique opportunity to model and lead The nonprofit sector will have to face some hard truths and be imaginative and courageous in forging a new path forward. Nonprofits are good at treating individual problems, but not cultural problems. How does one transform a culture? Looking at an org’s policies and procedures, especially related to workforce planning, hiring, training & development, promotion and retention. Equity and diversity in board governance Equity in Philanthropy & Fundraising We welcome your questions and feedback via The Inclusion Catalyst website. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jun 2020

35 min 26 sec

Our guest is Mary-Frances Winters, talking about her latest work, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences. Inclusive Conversations relates conversational conditions to the current climate and illustrates how to navigate Inclusive Conversations in uncomfortable or new situations. Mary-Frances contends that in many cases, it is not that most people do not want to engage in inclusive conversations; they may simply not know how. Among the questions we tackle: How do you foster a conversation with people who do not want to converse? What is Reciprocal Empathy? What are the conditions for having Inclusive Conversations? How do you call people IN, instead of calling people out? How do you put the humanity back into leadership? What are the business benefits of genuine conversations? Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

May 2020

24 min 23 sec

Inclusion Catalyst is joined by Julie Kratz, acclaimed trainer, author, and founder of Next Pivot Point. Julie is passionate about promoting gender equality within the workplace, empowering women to express confidence and helping them build a winning career game plan and pivot to the next level. Our conversation looks at a variety of issues related to leadership, culture change, and how to develop allies within the workplace. Our questions include: As a result of pandemic, are people focusing more on the things that matter? Is a virtual workplace more inclusive? Is leadership simply about fostering curiosity? And what characteristics would then be critical to include in that leadership model? Where should D&I efforts really be focused? (Spoiler: It’s the middle managers.) How do you manage bias in the workplace? Is the ultimate goal to develop more allies? How many ways can one be an ally? What’s the business case for developing allies? Your feedback is always welcome via the Inclusion Catalyst Website. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Apr 2020

32 min 22 sec

Scott Ayotte, the Director of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Equity at Grand Valley State University joins us to share his expertise on the transtheoretical model of behavior change as it relates to talent acquisition. We discuss: Organizational structures and how behavior change models are used The phases of the transtheoretical model of behavior change Creating cultural and structural environments that are welcoming for diverse communities The steps to creating an equitable workplace Strategy vs. tactics for talent acquisition Scott’s whitepaper, “Inclusive Cultures and Talent Acquisition” Contact Scott at Ayottesc@gmail.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottayotte Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Apr 2020

28 min 8 sec

Ed Reed from joins us again with Lauren Zehyoue, Communications Director for Fair Count. 3 ways to complete the Census: online, by mail, over the phone Reaching people digitally since the Census is still an important part of democracy that will continue beyond the pandemic Pivoting to virtual events and webinars instead of in-person outreach Census is scheduled to be offline on July 31st (if there is no extension planned due to the pandemic). The data for the Census is collected as of April 1st and the Census teams will follow up to make sure every person is counted until July 31st. Changes in how college students are counted due to universities closing campuses Hardest to count communities are also communities that are also often hardest hit by health concerns. Infrastructure and Chromebooks put in place in communities before COVID-19 are being used for job applications, after school programs, state and federal benefits. Breaking the digital divide in communities that need these devices. COVID-19 changing the way Fair Count communicates with the public The Census is still safe and can be completed from home. The census represents more than $1.9 trillion worth of resources for our communities on an annual basis. To complete your Census by phone, dial 1-844-330-2020 in English. The number to complete it in Spanish is 1-844-468-2020. Fill out your census online at www.my2020census.gov or find out more info at www.2020census.gov Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Mar 2020

17 min 35 sec

Ed Reed from Fair Count joins us to discuss their outreach and community infrastructure programs to increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census. Fair Count is a non-profit with a mission to engage hard to count communities in the US Census through outreach and education. They are also doing the groundwork the strengthen communities through civil engagement and providing infrastructure in communities that will be available for use long after the Census is complete. Programs: Field, Community, Faith, Technology, Black Men Count Importance of census: Over $1 Trillion dollars of Federal funding to states, cities and towns that are used to allocate funds for Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure Difficulty collecting accurate data: myths about participation in the census and providing info to the government, Citizenship concerns. Collecting data on homeless and transient population. Everyone breathing on April 1st should be counted on the census, no matter where you are living or staying. Confusion over apartment dwellers, group quarters such as assisted living facilities, university students: on-campus vs. off-campus housing Fair and accurate counts means for funding for political representation for these communities that are sometimes left out of the process. Get involved: Paid opportunities - https://www.faircount.org/careers/ Get involved: Volunteer opportunities - https://www.faircount.org/commit-to-be-counted/ Participate in the 2020 Census today: https://www.census.gov/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Mar 2020

32 min 52 sec

Catherine Perry from Inward Bound Center for Nonprofit Leadership joins us to talk about how to have conversations on race and healing the racial divide in America. Her workshop, “Racism in America: What is mine to do?” How to break down barriers and start conversations in faith communities, at work and with neighbors and friends Being brave and using humor to engage and make an impact in your community Setting the tone for risky conversations with and edge Race relations in faith-based communities Reconciliation vs. Forgiveness Recommended reading: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo For more info about Catherine’s workshop or to contact Inward Bound, email Info@nwardboundcenter.org Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Feb 2020

29 min 44 sec

Hanna Mason, Host of the Woke Wednesdays podcast, joins us to talk about her show and the state of social justice and politics in America. We discuss: How she got started podcasting Her presentation on How to Evoke Change at the Advertising for Change event in Atlanta Are we in the most divisive time in American history? The state of progressive voices and politcs in the US Under-represented voices that need to be amplified, such as black trans women 2020 Democratic candidates Hannah’s plan to become Secretary of Education Links: Woke Wednesdays podcast – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/woke-wednesdays/id1443999786 Advertising for Change - https://advertisingforchange.org/ Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jan 2020

28 min 7 sec

Brian shares his expertise on capital defense, habeas corpus and the death penalty in Georgia. The importance of responding to the injustices within the criminal justice and capital punishment systems. Constitutional violations that led to the wrongful conviction Reduction of death sentences handed out Federal habeas corpus appeals and overturning cases History of Habeas corpus and due process Lack of resources for poor Georgians Current death row statistics and impact of the Georgia Resource Center The capital punishment system is embedded within a racist culture Influence of national “tough on crime” culture Mercer University's ABS Project Resources to get involved: Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgia Resource Center Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Jan 2020

34 min 48 sec

Soon Mee shares her expertise on building trust within organizations to create a diverse culture and how to diversify your own life. Diversity as a business and a moral imperative Desegregating your life with intention Empathy when working in teams Conversations about bias at work and being open to honest discussions Developing a culture of trust at the workplace Imposter syndrome and Code Switching at work How an organization’s values and purpose have to mean something The desire for deep connection in our society Consuming media from different points of view than your own: Netflix, podcasts, etc. Asking questions about representation and diversity in schools, places of worship, other organizations in your life. Organizations don’t need a lot of formal programs in place to foster diversity, they only need people who care. Initial connections. Network. Reach out, make a friend, be a mentor. Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Dec 2019

29 min 40 sec

Julius shares his professional experiences with leveraging diversity in the pharmaceutical field to treat prostate cancer. Show notes: Julius shares his case study on working with a pharmaceutical company to work with African American urologists to target populations with a greater incidence of cancer. How the importance of empirical data lead him to his current professional focus Working with C-Suite leadership to make the business case for diversity The true meaning of “diversity and inclusion” and the importance of actual outcomes How Diversity leaders fall into an organizations structure The need for courageous conversations His book, Thriving in a Disruptive World: Six Critical Concepts for Navigating the 21st Century Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Dec 2019

32 min 13 sec

Lauren Camdzic joins us to discuss the need to include disabilities in corporate board agendas and conversations of diversity. She also shares her personal journey of adapting to life in a wheelchair and the importance of ADA compliance. Show notes: Lauren discusses the Valuable 500 and the companies who have pledged to make disabilities a part of their diversity conversations How companies can modify their spaces to provide access for those with mobility impairments How to respectfully open up the lines of communication with people in the disability community The need for organizations to have emergency plans in place for people who are disabled Lauren’s journey into the spotlight as an advocate for the community during her recovery Call to action: learn about the ADA policies and include people from the disability community in conversations about diversity Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Nov 2019

28 min 29 sec

Christian Zsilavetz joins us to discuss the importance of being an ally and advocate for LGBTQ kids and his personal experiences as a transman and educator. Christian discusses the school he founded The risks LGBTQ youth face in their schools and personal lives Civil rights for the LGBTQ community Available resources in the Atlanta community The importance of providing support to LGBTQ youth because of the prevalence of homelessness, drug addiction and risky behaviors LGBTQ Rights in schools Changing perceptions of the trans community Call to action – what everyone can do to support LGBTQ youth and be an ally Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Oct 2019

30 min 56 sec

Attorney and Community organizer Fallon McClure joins us to discuss the complexities of the Criminal Justice system and why reform is needed in Georgia and nationwide. Fallon brings up the enormity of the varying issues from a Federal, State to locality level The current state of the criminal justice system in Georgia Bail, probation and parole issues, voting rights Restorative vs. Punitive justice Profit motives: Privatization of Prisons, Bail Bond lobby Supporting the work of non-profit organizations such as Southerners on New Ground, Ebenezer Baptist church, ACLU, Southern Center for Human Rights, Reform Georgia Criminal Justice in pop culture as a starting point to shed light on issues and invoke empathy Reform issues and how they affect the economy, race, class, the school to prison pipeline What individuals can do to make a difference Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Oct 2019

23 min 54 sec

Dr. Heather Heckel discusses environmental initiatives including wildlife conservation, ecotourism, climate change and what individuals can do to support these issues. Dr. Heckel discusses sustainability and diversity & inclusion in global and local communities Wildlife conservation & consumerism Understanding local impact Ecotourism and fair trade NGOs as change agents Climate Justice, activism and higher ed classroom initiatives Small things everyone can do to support environmental issues Individual responsibility to create change Offsetting your carbon footprint Climate Change as a crisis and the impact on public health Advocating to political & business leaders Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Sep 2019

25 min 42 sec

Dr. Tarece joins us to discuss her book, The Global Purpose Approach, a guide to enhancing multiculturalism in education. She also addresses issues of representation, equity and biases in the public education system. Dr. Tarece discusses her book, The Global Purpose Approach, about multiculturalism, exploration of culture, policies and appreciation of differences. Includes guidance to educators on how to implement these themes in the classroom. Representation in schools and the lack of male teachers of color in public schools. Equity between school districts White Supremacy and how it effects everything from income inequity, to immigration issues in education Financially stability in families, training opportunities for parents School to Prison Pipeline and forms of discipline, zero tolerance policies Teacher & Administrator training: Empathy & Diversity training, understanding biases Tools & Guidelines for Administrators Parenting & Advocacy Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Sep 2019

23 min 54 sec

Organizational policy expert, Dr. Brea Heidelberg joins us to discuss culture within organizations and the role of the Arts in communities. Dr. Heidelberg discusses rules and norms in corporate structures and in non-profits Written & unwritten rules in an organizations culture Equitable policies and giving agency to individuals Toxic work cultures Funding and Equity in the Arts Socioeconomic access to programs Arts program management Support Inclusion Catalyst by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/inclusion-catalyst

Aug 2019

29 min 10 sec