The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Podcast

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Podcast

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion podcast offers an opportunity to engage with diversity, equity, and inclusion topics on a monthly basis. With a wide array of relevant DEI topics, we welcome you to join in each month as attendees from a variety of industries around the globe participate and share their ideas. For 31 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow their leadership and effectiveness in the field of diversity and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change.


Ep 44 Parenting in Troubled Times: Addressing Race with Your Children
Sep 8 • 44 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training) offers options on learn how to interact with children about diversity at home, at school and in the community. Are you a part of a parenting-focused ERG looking…
Ep 43 Elevate Your Change Management Game: Accelerating Progress Through Strategic Intention
Aug 25 • 29 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Angela Cooper (Mutual of Omaha) offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on insights and methods for leading a cultural change initiative in any environment. Influencing the future is a big job. Are you up to it? As DEI…
42 Politically (In-)Correct: Survival Lessons for the 21st Century
Aug 11 • 38 min
In this The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kristine F. Hoover (Gonzaga University) addresses the gap in knowledge for well intended people who may struggle with language and skills to “do the work” and to engage in dialogue with diverse others. Listeners will be…
41 Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times continued
Aug 4 • 38 min
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Consulting and Training) and Lisa Strack (Bank of the West) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times,…
40 The Ubiquity of Masculine Leadership Traits
Jul 21 • 52 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Team Dynamics co-founders Trina Olson and Alfonso Wenker explore how US-based workplaces reinforce preferences for whiteness and masculinity in talent recruitment, hiring, and promotion. In addition reinforced…
Ep 39 – Inclusive Event Design: The Differences that Make a Difference
Jul 7 • 34 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ryan Kroening (Events by Lady K) shares the why, what, and how around creating inclusive events. We all move through the world using our experiences to guide us, which are heavily informed by our identities. So when…
38 Double Consciousness and the Authentic Self
Jun 23 • 33 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Femina Ajayi-Hackworth (independent consultant, D&I author, and trainer) talks about double consciousness, dominant culture, and how it affects your authentic self. Participants will acquire understanding about what…
Ep 37 Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus and Inclusive Leadership in a Virtual World
Jun 16 • 51 min
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Stephen Frost (Frost Included) and Raafi-Karim Alidina (Frost Included) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular topical webinars Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus and Inclusive…
Ep 36 How to Be a Pro Troublemaker- What It Takes to Actually Get People to Change
Jun 9 • 61 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Stefanie Krievins (Stefanie Krievins & Co.) explains how to go from being a troublemaker and not getting things done, to being pro troublemaker and how to actually get things done! Innovation happens when we’re…
Ep 35 Workplace 2020: An Intersection of Diversity and Politics in the midst of the Pandemic
Jun 2 • 59 min
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Malii Watts Witten (EngageBetween), Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answers questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar Workplace 2020: An Intersection of Diversity and…
34 Strategies to Elevate Women’s Self-Empowerment
May 26 • 48 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Myra Hubbard (Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.) explores the difference between being empowered and self-empowered, how to elevate women’s “self-empowered,” as well as offering next-level practices and strategies for both…
33 Include to Innovate
May 12 • 30 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Melissa Majors (Melissa Majors Consulting) explains why you shouldn’t use white boards and flip charts to facilitate group conversation. Instead, Melissa will be taking us through a blame-free examination of common…
32 Q&A on White Fragility and Microagressions In the Workplace: When Good People Behave Badly
May 5 • 43 min
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebecca Slaby (AMAZEworks) answers questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar White Fragility and Microagressions In the Workplace: When Good People Behave Badly sponsored by AON. Rebecca…
31 Master These Skills. Master Inclusive Leadership.
Apr 21 • 41 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Patricia Jesperson, chief curiosity officer at EmployeeEXP, and Amy Tolbert, ECCO International principal, explore the five critical leadership skills they’ve identified to help leaders transform into naturally…
30 The Neuroscience of Trust, Empathy and High-Performance Teams
Apr 7 • 55 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kenneth Nowack (Envisia Learning, Inc.) dives into new research on how to measure and change a key aspect of an effective company and team culture: interpersonal trust and psychological safety. Dr. Nowack presents…
29 Healing for the Helpers: Unpacking symptoms of professional fatigue and stress
Mar 24 • 61 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kamyala Howard MSW, LCSW (WE’RE DIVINE consulting) explores the origins or stress, different types of stress, their effects, how we can overcome them and get to a place of healing. In our daily lives most people work…
28 Building a Personal Brand that Influences
Mar 11 • 44 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Sarah McNally (TransForm Corporation) explores how your personal brand is not simply how you perceive yourself or what you say about yourself, but rather how others perceive you in all aspects of your life. Whether an…
27 Creating the “Stick”: How to Build a Year-Long Diversity and Inclusion Sustainability Program
Feb 25 • 54 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Chris Jones (Spectra Diversity LLC) shares insights on the effectiveness or “stickiness” of diversity and inclusion trainings and how post-training sustainment is key to making new inclusion behaviors “stick.” What…
26 Engaging Men & Leaders in Gender Balance
Feb 11 • 35 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox (20-first), argues that women alone should not be leading the topic of gender balance in organizations. But how do we engage men and leaders in gender balancing businesses when the topic of…
25 Building the Emerging Economy on a Diversity and Inclusion Platform
Jan 24 • 59 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Joel Hodroff and Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota), explore opportunities for the rising DEI movement within business and community organizations to transform disparities and disempowerment at their economic…
24 Increase Success in High Stakes Conversations
Jan 15 • 43 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kristen Stockton, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Advisor of JASKAP Consulting explores how to influence anyone, employees, investors, customers, and your colleagues to get phenomenal results in ways…
23 Culture Clash Conversation: Q&A with Andrés Tapia of Korn Ferry
Dec 16, 2019 • 50 min
In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Andrés Tapia (Korn Ferry) answers questions from listeners that attended his popular webinar Culture Clash: Can Latino Culture Identity and Corporate Culture Be Reconciled? About Andrés Tapia (Korn…
22 New Voices, New Visions: IDEAS About The Future of D&I From Next-Gen Leaders
Dec 4, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dan Egol and Minjon Tholen of Inclusion NextWork draw on the insights of Inclusion NextWork’s community of rising leaders across backgrounds, geographies, industries, and experience levels to explore new ways in which…
21 Building a Healthy Occupational Identity While Working in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Nov 20, 2019 • 66 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Johnanna Ganz, Ph.D. (J. Ganz Consulting) explores occupational identity (OI), and how you can develop and sustain a healthier connection to your job. Most people do not know what occupational identity (OI) is or how…
20 Culture Clash: Can Latino Culture Identity and Corporate Culture Be Reconciled?
Nov 4, 2019 • 74 min
Presenter: Andrés Tapia, Korn Ferry Corporate America says it wants more Latinos in manager and leadership roles. Latino professionals in growing numbers aspire to achieve these leadership positions. Yet what should be mutually reinforcing trends to speed…
Ep 19 Understanding and Responding to Resistance of Equity and Inclusion
Oct 14, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Caidin Riley, (Minneapolis College) and John Parker Der Boghossian (Normandale Community College) explore disparate responses to compliance with equity and Inclusion policies, laws, and regulations. Too often Equity…
18 MassMutual’s D&I Journey: A Holistic Approach to Change
Sep 30, 2019 • 70 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Mary-Frances Winters (The Winters Group, Inc.), Peggy Nagae (WMFDP), Natalia Arbulu (MassMutual) share how MassMutual is driving diversity and inclusion by focusing on insightful metrics, a system of accountability,…
17 A Bridge Between Whiteness and Belonging
Sep 23, 2019 • 61 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Jacqueline Battalora, Ph.D., J.D, offers a foundation of understanding around the nuanced account of the invention of the human category “white” in law. The session begins with an accessible and nuanced account of…
16 Strategically Marketing Your DEI and Supplier Diversity Programs
Aug 19, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Tiffany Hudson, co-founder of The Nova Collective, speaks with Dr. Jaci Devine, Research & Communication Strategy at The Nova Collective, about internal marketing best practices and storytelling techniques to use to…
15 How Building an Inclusive Company Today will Ensure Market Success Tomorrow
Jul 29, 2019 • 66 min
Diversity and Inclusion is one of the top priorities in all big companies. However, it is still hard to successfully form teams that differ in cultural/ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender. Scientific studies show why this is so challenging:…
14 What Does It Mean to Be LGBTQ?: 50 Years After Stonewall
Jun 19, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Joel A. Brown examines the topic: What Does It Mean to Be LGBTQ from a cultural perspective? Despite the legal advances made in recent years, LGBTQ people continue to be marginalized within U.S. society. According…
13 It’s Still A Big Fat Deal!
Jun 5, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Lisa Love (Twin Cities PBS) explores obesity myths, stereotypes, and internalized fat phobia leading to greater understanding of people of size. The BIG FAT DEAL is the gaping hole in the inclusion of people of size…
12 Ready for Ramadan: Best Management Practices for Accommodating Your Muslim Employees
May 21, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Jaylani Hussein shares best management practices to support Muslim clients, employees, and colleagues. You may know when Ramadan is. You may know about Friday prayer and halal food but how do you actually go about…
11 What’s the Big Fat Deal?
Mar 27, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Lisa Love challenges stereotypes and perceptions about people of size and looks at how inclusion of size and shape to DEI policies and programs strengthens individuals and organizations. This Podcast is an annual…
10 Stand Up, Speak Out: Empowering CEO and Corporate Activism
Mar 6, 2019 • 61 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, La’Wana Harris speaks about CEO and corporate activism and addresses the tough questions corporate activism raises . PR firms are now building entire practices around CEO activism. The marketplace also reflects this…
9 RACE: Inclusion & Colorism. How Understanding the History can Help Us Transform
Feb 18, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Milagros Phillips speaks to the concept of colorism, its history, and its impact on today’s workplace. More than 100 years before the Mayflower landed on what is now known as the continental USA, colorism was being…
8 Third Wave: The Future of Work, Engagement Well-Being & Inclusion
Feb 4, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Devin C. Hughes talks about the positive impact of inclusive work environment as a performance enhancers. The research is clear—positive and inclusive environments are performance enhancers. They are characterized by…
7 Solving Tribalism in the Workplace Through Emotional and Social Intelligence
Jan 11, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode of The Forum Podcast, President and Co-Founder of International Insights Dr. Gleb Tsipursky speaks on how we can overcome our native tribalism through emotional and social intelligence. Listeners of today’s Podcast have the opportunity to…
6 How Are You Engaging Your Asian Talent?
Dec 19, 2018 • 68 min
According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian population is diverse. A record 20 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures,…
5 Achieving Results: Diversity and Inclusion Actions with Impact
Nov 1, 2018 • 63 min
The need for more diverse and inclusive organizations is broadly accepted today. Still, organizations keep struggling with driving change successfully: While seven in ten respondents to a survey conducted for Newsweek say the topic is clearly visible on…
4 Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs
Sep 27, 2018 • 62 min
Smart teams fuel company growth, and these days, ERGs are driving the front lines of business like never before. At the same time, the role of the Executive Sponsor has never been more critical in supporting this value creation, and harnessing the…
3 How to Get Invited to the Table and to Sustain Your Place
Jul 26, 2018 • 63 min
One of the most common frustrations and questions asked by women and people of color, and by DEI professionals is the proverbial “How do I get a seat at the table?” More and more professionals report that they want to be recognized as valuable…
2 Women in Leadership: Engaging Global Women
Jul 20, 2018 • 58 min
Women’s participation in the global workforce has increased across industries and sectors, yet women remain underrepresented in business leadership roles worldwide. Although evidence shows that gender diversity contributes to improved performance and…
1 Virtual Engagement for Tangible Results: New Ways of Using Social Media and Inclusion Webinar Playback
Jun 11, 2018 • 61 min
In this podcast, we will share a powerful case study for creating a global virtual technical network that combined a knowledge management platform along with explicit inclusion mindsets and behaviors to make problems visible and solve technical problems…