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Rebecca Sive: How To Vote Her In

Rebecca Sive: How To Vote Her In

January 15, 2020

While we have come a long way, given that 100 years ago women were not even able to vote, we still have a really long way to go when it comes to gender equality in politics. Today, women continue to encounter challenges, from sexist double standards to gendered questioning to harassment and alleged assault. On this episode, Rebecca Sive, "Author of Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President" will share the different challenges women leaders face working in politics and what it really takes for women to make it to the top.

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Tayo Rockson: Use Your Difference To Make A Difference

Tayo Rockson: Use Your Difference To Make A Difference

December 18, 2019

Third culture kids is a term to describe people who are raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport for a significant part of their childhood. Third culture kids are often exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences.

While not really identifying with one culture, can make it difficult to feel like you belong anywhere there are benefits to being a third culture kids. For example, research finds that they are generally more tolerant of different cultures and of people of different backgrounds than individuals who do not share this culturally diverse background. Third Culture kids also find it easier to adapt to new cultures and understand how to behave appropriately in these new environments.

Tayo Rockson, a diversity and inclusion expert, is harnessing the insights, knowledge and cultural awareness he has gained from being a third culture kid to enable people to communicate more effectively across cultural divides, connect with others in a meaningful way, and celebrate the differences around us all. On our final episode for 2019, Tayo will share how you can use your differences to make a difference.

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Gina Rippon: The Gendered Brain

Gina Rippon: The Gendered Brain

December 10, 2019

For decades, scientists have long been obsessed with uncovering biological differences between male and female brains. Dating back to the 1800’s, influential scientists, including Charles Darwin believed women were “biologically inferior to men.” The racism and sexism of evolution theory has been documented well and widely publicized. Darwin believed women are inferior because they have inferior brains and therefore, they do not have the right to assume a powerful role in society. Even though this is factually incorrect, Darwin's ideas, including his view of women, have had a major impact on society.

Gina Rippon honorary professor of cognitive neuroimaging at Aston University, in the United Kingdom and author of The Gendered Brain, argues that there is no consistent pattern or structure which reliably characterizes the brain so that we could say, “Okay, that’s a female brain and that’s a male brain.” On this episode, you will hear from Gina who will share her research examining male and female brains, and the role that our environments play in shaping gender differences.

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Elena Favilli: If You Can See It, You Can Be It

Elena Favilli: If You Can See It, You Can Be It

December 3, 2019

Women historically have accounted for almost fifty percent of immigrants, and currently exceed that. Though women are integral characters, immigration is rarely thought of as a woman's story. That’s why authors of the bestselling book and podcast, 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' have announced they will be releasing a third volume in Fall 2020, titled Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World. The book will feature 100 extraordinary immigrant women from the past and the present, who have had to leave their homeland to seek refuge, to realize their dreams, and to share their invaluable contributions with the world.

On this episode, you will hear from Elena Favilli, co-creator of 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' who will share her experience being an immigrant in America and why it is so important to share the stories of immigrant women.

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Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: How To Feed America

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: How To Feed America

November 26, 2019

When we think of celebrating the holidays, we normally think about food. But preparing a special family meal can be impossible for millions of Americans who simply cannot afford food. Hunger doesn't take a break for the holidays.

Millions of people cannot afford food because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. That is why organizations like Feeding America are so important. In this episode, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America shares a special story in how she came to lead the organization that provides millions of Americans with food they need to survive. Claire will share her journey and work at Feeding America and why hunger is an issue for all of us to solve.

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Eve Rodsky: Equality Begins At Home - How To Share The Load

Eve Rodsky: Equality Begins At Home - How To Share The Load

November 19, 2019

Gender stereotypes and standards for women, ensure that most of the unpaid work in heterosexual relationships lands squarely with women to undertaken – even if women and men work similar hours. Whether it is doing the laundry, overseeing homework, driving kids to afterschool activities or caring for elderly parents, being solely in charge of household routines and tasks has been found to negatively influence mental and emotional health. While men today do more housework and parenting than their forefathers, studies have shown women are still responsible for a larger share of physical, emotional and invisible labor at home.

That’s why Eve Rodsky, a Harvard-educated lawyer who works as an organizational management specialist overseeing philanthropy funds at Fortune 500 companies, is determined to “create a system for domestic rebalance.” After interviewing 500 men and women, Eve came up with the system which she outlines in her book, "Fair Play: The 5 New Rules to Revolutionize Your Marriage, Home and Sense of Purpose."
In this episode, Eve will share how you can create equality in your household and why this is so important for men and women’s career success and fulfillment.

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Jennifer Nadel: Compassion in Politics, #stopthenastiness

Jennifer Nadel: Compassion in Politics, #stopthenastiness

November 12, 2019

You can’t put a number on equality because it is something people experience. If you are going to measure anything, measure the culture, survey, interview and observe people’s behaviors. This is where inequality happens. The UK parliament is evidence of this. Currently, there are 206 women in the House of Commons. This is an all-time high at 32%. However, the instances of marginalization, discrimination and harassment are also at an all-time high. The very women we have managed to advance into these positions are leaving.

This matters because research indicates that whether a legislator is male or female has a distinct impact on their policy priorities.

On this wee's episode, we will hear from Jennifer Nadel, a qualified barrister, author, speaker, campaigner and an award-winning journalist. Jennifer is also the co-founder of compassion in politics. Jennifer will unpack how women political leaders are systematically bullied, drawing on the UK as an example, and share what we can do to fix it.

 

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Dr. Dnika Travis: Emotional Tax - A Problem Companies Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

Dr. Dnika Travis: Emotional Tax - A Problem Companies Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

November 5, 2019

In a research study examining the lived experiences of 1,569 professionals, nonprofit consultancy Catalyst found that 60 % of racial and ethnic minorities at work share this experience.
This is known as Emotional Tax or the mental and emotional strain caused by the daily experience of exclusion, discrimination, and bias for racial and ethnic minority employees. Taken together, they impose an Emotional Tax with heavy personal consequences. This Emotional Tax can also harm businesses by preventing employees from being able to thrive at work.

On this episode, you will hear from Dr. Dnika J. Travis, Vice President of Research at Catalyst and recognized researcher, educator, and change leader – especially when it comes to the topic of Emotional Tax. On this episode, she will unpack this important issue and share what each of us can do to tackle it at work.

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Dr. Jen Gunter: The Health Gap

Dr. Jen Gunter: The Health Gap

October 29, 2019

Compared to men, women are less likely to have their pain treated, their symptoms taken seriously or to be given a diagnosis. Women's bodies, and the conditions that primarily affect them, are less likely to have been studied in clinical trials (which make effective treatments difficult to find). Even medical products used only by women – like the oral contraceptive pill – are based on male bodies (in the case of the pill, male hormones).

That is why Dr. Jennifer Gunter, well known, outspoken gynecologist and author of the bestselling book, 'The Vagina Bible' is on a mission to empower women with medical facts — taking on wellness gurus, old wives’ tales, and misinformation when it comes to reproductive health.

On this episode, Jen will debunk some common myths, many of which might surprise you and arm women with the knowledge to protect their health and wellbeing.

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Mona Sue Weissmark, PhD: Why Diversity Training Doesn’t Work

Mona Sue Weissmark, PhD: Why Diversity Training Doesn’t Work

October 22, 2019

Initiatives like unconscious bias training, recruitment quotas and even diversity awareness training are very common, often quite expensive and time consuming for employees. The question most of us never stop to ask is if any of these programs actually work? According to Mona Sue Weissmark, PhD, author and psychology professor whose work has focused on diversity and the psychological roots of injustice, the answer is no. Not only do current diversity and inclusion efforts not work, but these programs are costly. For example, in 2015 alone, its estimated that Google spent $150 million dollars on diversity initiatives, which included bias training.

A review of the scholarly literature on diversity training programs found that, after 30 years and thousands of workplace diversity intervention programs, these efforts are not effective at outlawing bias. In this episode, Dr. Weissmark will share how businesses can tackle bias in a meaningful way and create work environments that value differences.

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