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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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Gail Tiburzi Buck and Rebecca Oppenheim: Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence

Gail Tiburzi Buck and Rebecca Oppenheim: Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence

October 17, 2019

One of the key challenges affecting women and men globally is domestic violence. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Domestic violence occurs across all socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and gender groups. However, it is an issue that affects more women than men. Specifically one in four women will experience this issue compared to 1 in 9 men.

Outside of the physical and psychological impact, victims also face financial abuse, which makes it really difficult for victims to leave their abusive partners. Financial independence plays a key role in enabling victims of abuse to make a change. In this episode, we’ll be hearing from Gail Tiburzi Buck and Rebecca Oppenheim, co-founders of Next OPP Search — a recruitment company inspired by the one-for-one social entrepreneurship model. For every candidate hired, the company donates career coaching services to a survivor of domestic violence. Listen to Rebecca and Gail share how they are tackling the issue of domestic abuse through their business.

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Megan Twohey: She Said

Megan Twohey: She Said

October 8, 2019

For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the New York Times and later ended up winning a Pulitzer prize for it.

During months of confidential interviews with top actresses, former Weinstein employees, and other sources, Jodi and Megan found disturbing and long-buried allegations and numerous secret payouts and nondisclosure agreements all hiding experiences of sexual harassment.

On October 5th 2017, Megan and Jodi released their NYT report detailing these accounts. Nothing could have prepared them for what followed.

On this episode, you will hear from Megan Twohey who will share the journey that both her and Jodie undertook to tell a story that changed the world — and enabled every woman everywhere to share their story too.

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Shay Rowbottom: How to make LinkedIn work for you

Shay Rowbottom: How to make LinkedIn work for you

October 1, 2019

It’s no secret that gender bias affects everything, from job applications to interviews to everyday office life. A new study shows that sexist norms also infiltrate the way men and women present themselves on LinkedIn. For example, men tend to include more information and promote their skills more aggressively, and they have larger networks than women. Men also tend to skew their professional brands to highlight more senior-level experience, often removing junior-level roles altogether.

Women are more likely to have shorter profile summaries. And in the US, women include 11% fewer skills than men do, on their profile. This matters because members with five or more skills are likely to receive 17 times more profile views.

On today’s episode, we will be hearing from Shay Rowbottom, a LinkedIn content exert and influencer who will share strategies that each of us can use to grow our online profile, influence and career opportunities – in a way that still feels authentic.

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