The Intersection

Nancy Harris

If you and your organization are ready to do the work, it’s time to take action, and on The Intersection Podcast, we’re going to be wrestling with the HOW of creating a company culture that truly embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. There are three key principles we’re going to be using on this journey: Educate - better leaders are more informed and aware. Act - You need community and support as you create change in the workplace. Change - you're going to see the fruits of your labor and create sustainable change. You can’t do this work alone and no one else can do it for you. Let’s do it together. This is The Intersection Podcast, and I’m going to be talking to experts from across industries to find out how they’re changing their workplaces and creating cultures where everyone can thrive. Learn more about Nancy Harris and how to create change in your workplace at RestartConsult.com. read less
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Moving Beyond Performative Accessibility - Cultivating Truly Inclusive  Workplaces
27-03-2024
Moving Beyond Performative Accessibility - Cultivating Truly Inclusive Workplaces
Welcome to this week's episode of the Intersection Podcast! We are honored to have Emily Voorde, Founder and CEO of INTO Strategies, a disabled-led firm dedicated to fostering inclusivity in moments, movements, and campaigns.Emily’s journey from an AmeriCorps member to 2nd grade teacher and then serving as a liaison to Disabled Americans and K-12 educators in the Biden-Harris Administration is nothing short of inspiring. With a passion for justice and equitable access to education, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on disability representation.The highlights of our discussion:Emily shares insights from her career journey, including her experiences working on Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign and in the White House Office of Public Engagement.We delve into the prevalence of disabilities in the U.S. and the importance of distinguishing between having a disability and disabled identity.Practical steps organizations can take to foster disability inclusion including using inclusive language, auditing accessibility, and collecting data on disability representation.The impact of disability inclusion on organizational culture and the competitive advantage it brings.Thank you for joining this vital conversation. You can also follow Emily Voorde for more on advancing equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Thank you for listening!Resources: INTOStrategies.com@INTOStrategies on Instagram@ShortyVoorde on InstagramEmily Voorde Linkedin
"Leading While Black" The Power of Liberatory Leadership
14-02-2024
"Leading While Black" The Power of Liberatory Leadership
Hello, and welcome to this week's episode of the Intersection Podcast. In this second installment of “A Love Letter to Black Leaders” we are delighted to have Shayna Hammond. Shayna is Founder & CEO of Lead For Liberation and IndigoWomen. Shayna centers spiritually-inspired and research based coaching methods to center Black leaders and entrepreneurs. She is also an author with extensive expertise in leadership and life coaching, workplace culture redesign, business strategy, and education. Shayna recently founded Shayna Renee Media, where she delivers keynote speeches, co-curates liberatory events,  and will soon launch a podcast (be sure to check it out).This important series gives voice to our unique experiences as black leaders and provides resources, tools, and a community to let you know you’re not alone.In this episode we discuss: ⚫ What motivates Shayna - from her early childhood experiences with discrimination to her career in education.⚫ What liberatory leadership is and how it enables everyone to thrive, innovate and experience a sense of belonging. ⚫ The challenges often facing Black leaders as we navigate lack of support, grace and trust.⚫ The imperative of self-preservation practices for Black leaders and how to center and make space for your own emotions.Thank you for listening and being a part of this community as we acknowledge the immeasurable contributions of Black leaders. Resources: Shayna Hammond LinkedinLead for LiberationIndigoWomen
It’s Not You - Navigating Leadership As A Black Woman
07-02-2024
It’s Not You - Navigating Leadership As A Black Woman
Hello, and welcome back to the Intersection Podcast. This is the first installment of three entitled  "It’s Not You - Navigating Leadership As A Black Woman." The conversations over the next few weeks are near and dear to my heart.  As a Black woman who spent 20+ years in Corporate America, often feeling unseen and unheard, I wanted to give voice to our unique experiences and provide resources, tools, and a community to let you know you’re not alone.Over the course of the series, we'll explore what it’s like to work in environments that were not designed by us or for us. And before you turn away and say…"I'm not a black leader” I encourage you to listen as we can all learn and grow from each other. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Heather Lofton, LMFT, Founder of Dr. Lofton, LMFT Therapy & Consulting.  She holds a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialty in systems therapy. Dr. Heather also served as Core Faculty and Staff therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University's Master of Science Marriage and Family Therapy program.Her specialty areas of treatment are professional women with depression, anxiety, and work-life balance concerns. Dr. Lofton's primary area of research and treatment specifically focuses on high-achieving black female professionals.In this episode, we discuss:➡️  The research on stress, anxiety, and mental health issues among high-achieving Black professional women.➡️ Real steps organizations can take to support Black Women leaders like ensuring access to coaches and therapists, eliminating flawed assessments, and systemic barriers.  All of which positively impact everyone in an organization.➡️ Resources you can use to support your own healing such as personal audits which assess the risks and costs of overwork and setting clear boundaries around self-care.Thank you for being a part of this community as we acknowledge the immeasurable contributions of Black leaders present and past. Thank you for listening!Resources: Book: The First, the Few, the OnlyDr. Adia Gooden website is hereDr. Dara Winley website is hereTherapy for black girls website is herePsychology Today Dr. Heather Lofton Linkedin
Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is!
24-01-2024
Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is!
Welcome back! I hope your 2024 is off to a healthy and nurturing start.  We’re kicking off this first episode of the season with a focus on money. Delving into what’s possible when organizations align financial objectives with their mission and values.I’m thrilled to welcome Dana Britto, Founder & Principal of Cultivar Consulting.  Dana is a bold champion for greater equity within nonprofit management and philanthropy.  Her expertise as a Lender and Board Treasurer help organizations strengthen financial management systems which ultimately empowers leaders, teams, and the communities they serve. Join us as we explore the critical intersection of equity and financial practices, and how embedding equity into financial decision-making fosters a more inclusive and just workplace.In this episode, we discuss:➡️ The common barriers nonprofits face when discussing finances, including our own personal trauma and negative associations tied to money and systemic oppression.➡️ The criticality for open dialogue between Finance and other functions (including your Board) which fosters mutual understanding rather than siloed decision-making.➡️  The power of storytelling to build trust and financial transparency within and outside your organization.Thank you for being a part of The Intersection Podcast community!  Stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations, as we explore what’s possible when we commit to more equitable and just workplaces.Resources: Dana Britto Linkedin
Embracing Possibility: The 100th Episode of The Intersection Podcast
11-01-2024
Embracing Possibility: The 100th Episode of The Intersection Podcast
Welcome to a momentous occasion— celebrating the 100th episode of The Intersection Podcast! Your support, engagement, and commitment to not only this podcast, but fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces, has been instrumental in making this podcast what it is today. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable community we've created.In this special episode, I  reflect on how far we've come, celebrate accomplishments, and renew my commitment to the podcast’s mission. But that's not all! We're gearing up for what's to come in 2024, and it's going to be an exciting year filled with inspiring conversations and fresh insights.In this episode:🌟 I'll reminisce about the most memorable moments and impactful discussions from the past 100 episodes.🌟 Despite the hurdles facing DEI, I’m choosing to focus on the possibilities that lie ahead.🌟 And most importantly, a heartfelt thank you to my incredible community of listeners, sharers, commenters, and behind-the-scenes contributors who have made this podcast a powerful platform for change.🌟 I have an exciting announcement about an upcoming podcast name change, but rest assured, the core mission remains unwavering—to create workplace cultures and systems that support the advancement of marginalized leaders.As I reflect and celebrate this significant milestone, I’m looking forward to the future with great anticipation. The next 100 episodes promise to be even more transformative, with inspiring insights and thought-provoking conversations. Together, we'll continue to drive positive change and create workplaces where diversity is celebrated, and everyone thrives. Stay tuned for more engaging discussions and inspiring stories. The Intersection Podcast is just getting started!
[REPLAY] Creating a Supportive Culture in the Midst of Chaos
25-10-2023
[REPLAY] Creating a Supportive Culture in the Midst of Chaos
Welcome back to the Intersection Podcast! This week we have a replay of an episode from the pandemic, that applies today. When our world feels chaotic, we return to community and culture for support. Tatyana Fertelmeyster is a diversity and inclusion consultant and expert, and is the founder and Principal of Connecting Differences. For over 20 years, Tatyana has been working as an intercultural professional, having started her career as a therapist for Soviet Union refugees. She also specializes in domestic diversity. She joins me to talk about the mental strains caused by the pandemic and what leaders can do to make it easier for their employees.Here are a few highlights from our conversation:Tatyana’s philosophy is: that wherever there are people, there are differences.Leaders have been dealt the same hand as their team members, yet are still expected to be in the know.Privilege is something we understand by its absence rather than its presence.Right now, it is important to have realistic expectations of yourself and others.Any big change is a big loss.Leaders need to check in with their people and support them by being understanding and giving them recognition for their hard work.In virtual meetings, you should dedicate some time to socializing with your team members to relieve tension and anxiety. Create a space that appreciates candor about people’s current experiences. Use your privilege to speak up on someone else’s behalf.ResourcesTatyana Fertelmeyster on LinkedIn | TwitterConnectingDifferences.com
Centering Values to Attract, Retain & Advance the Next Generation of Talent
27-09-2023
Centering Values to Attract, Retain & Advance the Next Generation of Talent
Hello and welcome to this week's episode of the Intersection Podcast!  If you’re a hiring manager this is a must listen to.  Today we’re joined by Dr. Mira Brancu to discuss the imperative of equitable workplace cultures to attract, retain, and advance underrepresented leaders. Dr. Brancu shares specific advice for women navigating careers, guidance for male allies, and insights on changing systems versus dismantling them. Dr. Mira Brancu is the Founder and CEO of Towerscope, an award-winning social impact consulting firm. She’s held leadership roles at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and a faculty appointment at Duke University. Mira is the author of "Millennials Guide to Workplace Politics" and is a contributor on women in leadership for Psychology TodayWe explore the following topics in our conversation today:How to increase visibility and find opportunities in your organizationThe importance of Sponsors and Allies A Values-First approach to attracting and retaining talent Dr. Brancu shares, “Gen Z especially, or even Millenials, they aren’t interested in just working for an organization to get a paycheck or sticking around if they’re not they’re not feeling supported.” Thank you for listening to this episode of The Intersection Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations. Together, we can create a world where diversity is celebrated, and everyone thrives.Resources: TowerscopeTowerscope LinkedinDr. Mira Brancu LinkedinDr. Mira Brancu Instagram
Representation Matters: The Power of Inclusive Marketing
13-09-2023
Representation Matters: The Power of Inclusive Marketing
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Intersection Podcast! This week we are joined by Sonia Thompson. Sonia is a luminary in the realm of inclusive marketing and branding. As an inclusive brand coach, strategist, and consultant, Sonia has carved out a niche by helping brands expand their reach by authentically catering to a diverse clientele. Not only does she boast a formidable resume with columns in prestigious publications like Forbes, but she also leads the conversation on belonging in the business world through her podcast, the 'Inclusion and Marketing' podcast. With an expansive career, insightful viewpoints, and the unique experience of having lived in diverse locales like Argentina, Sonia offers a refreshing perspective on why businesses must prioritize inclusivity for success.We explore the following topics in our conversation today:Sonia's strategies on how brands can grow by effectively connecting with a diverse customer base and the significance of varying consumer journeys.Unraveling the challenges of ageism in the digital space, the importance of diversity within teams, and how homogenous thinking can hinder a brand's potential for inclusivity and growth.Exploring the profound impact of feeling seen and acknowledged in the business world, especially for women and people of color.Sonia shares, “I firmly believe that everyone deserves to have a place where they feel like they belong.” Thank you for listening to this episode of The Intersection Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations. Together, we can create a world where diversity is celebrated, and everyone thrives.Resources: Inclusion and Marketing Sonia Linkedin Sonia Instagram
Sisters Standing Together: The Collective Power of Uniting for Gender & Racial Equity
23-08-2023
Sisters Standing Together: The Collective Power of Uniting for Gender & Racial Equity
Welcome to another episode of the Intersection Podcast! In 2020 during the height of the Pandemic, I joined Clubhouse and found myself in a room called Shared Sisterhood co-facilitated by Dr. Tina Opie and Dr. Beth A. Livingston. The conversations in that room had a tremendous impact on me. They went on to coauthor Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at Work. Dr. Tina Opie is an Associate Professor of Management and a prominent voice in the fields of research, teaching, consulting, and public speaking. Dr. Opie is the founder of Opie Consulting Group LLC, where she guides corporations towards transformative change.Dr. Beth A. Livingston is the Ralph L. Sheets Associate Professor in Industrial Relations at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. With a prolific career studying gender, stereotyping, discrimination, and work-family dynamics, Dr. Livingston's insights enrich our understanding of complex workplace issues.We explore the following topics in our conversation today:Goals and metrics are crucial for DEIJ but reaching goals does not signify true equity. The work is perpetual.With the recent SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action, how can leaders and organizations best prepare for the eventual impact on the workplace?The Shared Sisterhood Powerful practice of Dig, Bridge, and Collective Action Dr. Opie says, “It’s really critical that your listeners hear when you feel the temptation to deny a bias, that’s an opportunity for DIG.” Thank you for listening to this episode of The Intersection Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations. Together, we can create a world where diversity is celebrated, and everyone thrives.Resources: Shared Sisterhood: How to Take Collective Action for Racial and Gender Equity at WorkDr. Tina Opie - LinkedinDr. Beth A. Livingston - Linkedin\Colorlines: Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World
Instrument of Change - Exploring Liberatory Consciousness to Transform our Organizations
02-08-2023
Instrument of Change - Exploring Liberatory Consciousness to Transform our Organizations
Welcome to another enlightening episode of The Intersection Podcast. This week, we delve into the transformative power of The Libertory Consciousness Framework, with our special guest, Julye Williams. This framework consists of four essential pillars: awareness, analysis, action, and accountable allyship.Julye Williams founded The Project 2043 Institute, whose mission is to educate and prepare organizations for the multiracial society we live in today and in the future. Julye spent 20 years in education where she led international youth exchange programs, co-founded a public elementary school, and develped resources on race & diversity, trauma, and social-emotional learning. Julye is a passionate advocate for racial and social justice, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and holds an MBA from Florida A&M University.During this conversation, we explore the following topics:The Libertory Consciousness Framework - what it is and how leaders can utilize it The common challenges that organizations encounter as they progress through the framework.The importance of understanding historical context and its implication on DEIJJulye says, “If I had a magic wand, I would magically make everyone understand the history of how we got to where we are.” Thank you for joining us in this episode of The Intersection Podcast. Don't forget to subscribe and stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations. Together, we can create a world where diversity is celebrated, and everyone thrives.Resources: Julye Williams Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julyewilliams/The Project 2043 Institute Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-project-2043-institute/The Project 2043 Institute: http://project2043.com/
Dissecting Intersectionality
21-06-2023
Dissecting Intersectionality
Welcome back to The Intersection Podcast. In this episode, I am speaking with Dr. Lisa Bowleg. Lisa Bowleg, PhD, MA, is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science health research. She is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the George Washington University (GW) and a Co-Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). She is also the Founder and President of the Intersectionality Training Institute (www.intersectionalitytraining.org). Informed by intersectionality and critical race theory, her research projects examine the effects of social-structural stressors (e.g., unemployment, incarceration, police brutality), intersectional stigma, and protective factors on the health of Black men at diverse intersections of socioeconomic status and sexuality.In this week’s episode, we discussLisa’s inspiration was fueled by reading black feminist writers while in collegeWhat are intersectionality and its impact on organizations and leadersThe importance of  learning about historical oppression, discrimination, and racism and the impact it has on current-day organizationsLisa shares, “I want people in the DEI workspace to understand the complexity and nuance that intersectionality brings to the work they might be doing. Let’s do the work and keep going.” Thank you for tuning in to this episode!  Stay tuned for more thought-provoking conversations, as we transform our workplaces to be more equitable, inclusive, and just.Resources: Dr. Bowleg’s Master's Tools: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10901981211007402Intersectionality Training Institute: www.intersectionalitytraining.org