Diversity Beyond the Checkbox

Diversity Beyond the Checkbox Podcast

Being an LGBTQ+ Ally, with Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith is CEO of Equality Institute whose mission is to help organizations win bigger by treating workers and clients with dignity and respect. Bernadette has been featured on the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and National Public Radio. She is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, thought leader and consultant and an…

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Jackie Ferguson on Creating The Diversity Movement

Jackie Ferguson is the Director of Multicultural Programming at Walk West and instrumental to the development of The Diversity Movement. She comes on to talk about her path to leadership, the mission of The Diversity Movement, why it’s so important to her personally, and what the Diversity Beyond the Checkbox course is all about. The…

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Ask a Straight Guy / Ask Two Queer Women of Color

This is our second episode in our special “Ask a…” series – “Ask a Straight Guy and Ask Two Queer Women of Color”. In this series, we ask uncomfortable questions around all types of diversity and initiate courageous conversations that allow us to break down barriers and find aspects of connectivity as people. The straight…

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Danya Perry, Triangle DEI Alliance and the Raleigh Chamber

Danya Perry from the Raleigh Chamber and the Triangle Diversity Equity and Inclusion Alliance is such an inspiration and powerful force for Diversity and Inclusion in the Triangle community. And today we talk about what he’s doing at the Alliance, what individuals and businesses can do to make an impact in the community as well,…

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Ask a Black Guy / Ask a White Guy

Today we ask uncomfortable questions around all types of diversity and initiate courageous conversations that allow us to break down barriers and find aspects of connectivity as people. It’s our first episode in our “Ask a” series, where we ask some uncomfortable questions about race, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle, and more. And today we have…

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John Samuel, President of LCI Tech, on the Diversity You Can’t See

Most of the time when we talk about diversity, we think race, gender, and sexual orientation. But diversity goes way beyond the obvious. There’s diversity of thinking, diversity of backgrounds, diversity of current situation, diversity of ability or disability. I brought John Samuel on the show today to talk about diversity and inclusion on some…

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Delisha Hinton and Bri Hart, NC State University

On the show today, we have two young professionals from NC State University who are focused on Diversity and Inclusion for the staff, its students, and for the students’ prospective employers. You’ll hear how employers can attract – and KEEP – the best talent, the concept of “Fight, Flight, or Flow” when faced with an…

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Carlos Alva, Deloitte Consulting

Carlos Alva, whose family immigrated from Peru when he was young, is now a Technology Consultant at Deloitte. Today he comes on to talk about what diversity means to him and what he’s seen in his short but impressive career, why he started the group Peruvians in Tech, the biggest challenges he has faced, and…

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Manpreet Dhillon, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Veza Strategy

Manpreet Dhillon is a diversity and inclusion advocate and founder of Veza Strategy.  In the show today, Manpreet provides a vast knowledge of the D&I space including her thoughts on how leaders in organizations should start a D&I program, what she’s learned from consulting for the UN, and what books and articles we should all…

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Dee McDougal, SVP Diversity and Inclusion, Pacific Western Bank

In the first episode of the Diversity Beyond the Checkbox Podcast, Dee McDougal, SVP of Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific Western Bank, talks to host Donald Thompson about Black Wall Street, the unconscious biases we all have, micro-behaviors and micro-aggressions, how marketing shapes the way we think about minorities, and why “Can I pick your…

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