Episode 50: Creating A Culture of Belonging with Jennifer Brown

Episode Overview

It’s not good enough to make the ’empathy case’ for diversity in the workplace, you have to make a ‘business case.’ That’s what our guest today, Jennifer Brown, sets out to do in every meeting, keynote and presentation she gives. 

A more inclusive work environment is less stressful, more productive, better equipped to make big decisions and ultimately more profitable. So why are small, medium and large businesses still struggling to throw away bias and include more diverse voices? Where is the gap between leadership that wants to hire a more diverse workforce and finding the people to fill those positions? We’ll find that out, plus, what you can do to help yourself or someone that is being marginalized in the workplace. 

Jennifer is a dangerous as hell, power-woman ready to fight bias and dish out diversity. You’ve been warned!

About Today’s Guest

Jennifer Brown is a leading diversity and inclusion expert, dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and host of The Will To Change podcast, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion. As the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Jennifer’s workplace strategies have been employed by some of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits—including Walmart, Microsoft, Starbucks, Toyota Financial Services, T-Mobile, and many others— to help employees bring their full selves to work and feel Welcomed, Valued, Respected and Heard

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On today’s podcast…

5:58 – Jennifer Brown is a dangerous as hell power woman and loving it
10:24 – How coming out to her parents at 22 influenced her work with diversity and inclusion
13:35 – The challenges of leading a company away from layered stigmas and bias
18:30 – Silence speaks volumes
22:00 – From unaware to aware to active to advocate
26:11 – What to do about toxic workplace whether you’re being marginalized or not.
32:06 – Equity begins in the recruitment stage
37:30 – The business case for diversity
41:20 – It feels so good to be wanted and needed
47:00 – The bias and marginalization that we still don’t want to talk about.
51:36 – Go back and listen to our episode on Televerde with Michelle Cirocco.
55:52 – Bringing your full self

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