Hard Decisions that Actually Stick, with Nancy Murphy

The Inclusive Language Handbook: A Guide to Better Communication and Transformational Leadership, by Jackie Ferguson and Roxanne Bellamy

According to Nancy Murphy, making actual change is “a miserable experience, everyone hates it.” But if making those company-wide changes can truly impact sustainability and policy, how do leaders initiate socially conscious decisions that actually stick?

Nancy Murphy is the founder and CEO of CSR Communications, where she teaches leaders how to influence and persuade others so they can realize their vision for change faster – with less frustration and resistance.

Diversity Beyond the Checkbox is brought to you by The Diversity Movement, hosted by Head of Content Jackie Ferguson, and is a production of Earfluence.


Jackie Ferguson: Hello everyone. Thank you for spending time with me today. I appreciate every single listener. My guest today is Nancy Murphy, founder and CEO of CSR Communications, where she teaches leaders, how to influence and persuade others so they can realize their vision for change faster, with less frustration and resistance. Nancy, welcome to the show. Thank you so much for being here.

Nancy Murphy: Hi, Jackie. Oh, I’m so excited for this conversation. Thanks for having me. 

Jackie: Yes, me too. Me too. Nancy, will you tell us just a little bit more about yourself, your background, your family, your identity, whatever you’d like to share.

Nancy: Absolutely. Probably the best way to describe how I became the person I am today is that I’m a Catholic school girl from the Midwest. I grew up in Ohio and spent 16 years in Catholic school, still recovering from that. Um, I’m the oldest of four girls and I came to D C. About 28 years ago by way of Minnesota. And I came here to work in the Clinton administration and the early days of the national service program that he created. And I’ve been fortunate to work in government in the private sector and nonprofits and philanthropy.

And so I sort of bring all those perspectives together and sort of serve as a bridge between a variety of folks who all want to have a positive social impact. 

Jackie: Wow. I love that Nancy thank you so much. Nancy, you describe yourself as an organizational change strategist rather than a DEI leader. From your perspective, what’s the difference?

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