Leading With Empathy And Allyship Series

About the Series
Join us weekly to learn how to be a better ally and advocate, and lead with empathy. Each week we’ll discuss a new topic: xenophobia and Asian identity, islamophobia and Muslim identity, mental health, indigenous power, Black intergenerational trauma, disability advocacy, trans and gender non-conforming allyship, Latinx leadership, LGBTQIA+ leadership and much more.

Host: Melinda Briana Epler

Melinda Briana Epler has over 25 years of experience developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.

As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda currently works with the tech industry to solve diversity and inclusion together. Using her background in storytelling and large-scale culture change, she is a strategic advisor for tech companies, tech hubs, and governments around the world. She co-leads a series of global solutions-focused conferences called Tech Inclusion, where she has partnered with over 450 tech companies and community organizations and hosted 43 solutions-focused diversity and inclusion events around the world.

Previously, Melinda was a Marketing and Culture Executive and award-winning documentary filmmaker – her film and television work includes projects that exposed the AIDS crisis in South Africa, explored women’s rights in Turkey, and prepared communities for the effects of climate change. She has worked on several television shows, including NBC’s The West Wing.

Melinda is a TED speaker. She speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, allyship, social entrepreneurship, underrepresented entrepreneurs and investing. She has spoken on hundreds of stages around the world, including SXSW, Grace Hopper, Wisdom 2.0, the World Bank, Obama White House, Clinton Foundation, Black Enterprise, Google, Indeed, Capital One and McKinsey.

Upcoming Live Recordings

Episode 9:

Being a Great Ally for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Colleagues

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Max Masure and Madelena Mak to discuss Being a Great Ally for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Colleagues.

Recorded live with audience Q&A on:

June 9, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 PM PT

"New Series: Leading with Empathy and Allyship - "Being a Great Ally for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Colleagues". Photos with text below: Melinda Briana Epler, Madalena Mak, and Max Masure. Change Catalyst logo, date, time and link below.

Episode 10:

Living & Leading through Fear, Bias & Othering

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Ritu Bhasin, Speaker, Author & Consultant at Bhasin Consulting Inc. to discuss Living & Leading through Fear, Bias & Othering.

Recorded live with audience Q&A on:

June 16, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 PM PT

"Episode 10: Leading with Empathy & Allyship - Living & Leading through Fear, Bias & Othering" Photos with text below: Melinda Briana Epler (white woman, glasses, red hair) & Ritu Bhasin (brown woman, floral blouse, black hair), Change Catalyst Logo

Episode 11:

Advancing Racial Equity in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Tonya Ladipo, Founder of The Ladipo Group to discuss Advancing Racial Equity in the Workplace.

Recorded live with audience Q&A on:

June 23, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 PM PT

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Recent Episodes

Episode 8:

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma & Its Impact in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Michael Thomas, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins to discuss Intergenerational Trauma & Its Impact in the Workplace.

We’ll discuss the deep intergenerational trauma experienced by historically marginalized groups that is passed from generation to generation. We’ll explore how that can show up physically, emotionally and spiritually; what some triggers are; how we can recognize and heal these in ourselves; and how we can collectively recognize and correct continued trauma and make space for healing.

Video & Podcast coming soon!

"New Series: Leading with Empathy & Allyship - Understanding Intergenerational Trauma & Its Impact in the Workplace" Photos with text below: Melinda Briana Epler (white woman, glasses, red hair) & Michael Thomas (Black man, black collared shirt), Change Catalyst logo

Episode 7:

Strengthening LGBTQIA+ Leadership in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Jennifer Brown, Founder & CEO at Jennifer Brown Consulting to discuss Supporting LGBTQIA+ Leadership in the Workplace.

We’ll discuss ways we can all support and make space for people coming out in the workplace, how we can strengthen LGBTQIA+ leaders, and best practices for building and supporting employee resource groups (ERGs) or affinity groups.

Video & Podcast coming soon!

"New Series: Leading with Empathy and Allyship - Strengthening LGBTQIA+ Leadership in the Workplace" Photos with text below: Melinda Briana Epler (white woman, glasses, red hair) and Jennifer Brown (white woman, blue blouse). Change Catalyst Logo, date, time and link below.

Episode 6:

Exploring Empathy, Islamophobia and Muslim Identity

In this episode, Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler speaks with Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology on Empathy, Islamophobia and Muslim Identity.

Najeeba speaks a bit about her story as a young immigrant from Kashmir, who grew up bicultural and exposed to many religions, which has given her a great skill to work with people across religions. We talk about the breadth of intersectional Muslim identities, Islamophobia vs. anti-Muslim bias, and religious pluralism. We dive into embodied empathy and how to build empathy and prevent conflicts across organizations, and Najeeba shares a wishlist for allies.

Learn more about Najeeba’s work at najeeba.com and twitter.com/NajeebaSyeed

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Episode 5:

Advocating for People with Disabilities

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Tiffany Yu, CEO & Founder at Diversability to discuss ways to be an effective ally and advocate for people with a wide diversity of disabilities.

In this episode, we talk about Tiffany’s disability origin story, and her path to growing into her disability identity. We speak a bit about #NoBodyIsDisposable and what people with disabilities are experiencing during COVID19. Tiffany shares her experience as a person with intersectional identities as an Asian disabled woman, we discuss the significance of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and go over disability identity language. And we go over many ways that leaders can better lead with empathy and allyship for people with disabilities.

Learn more about Tiffany’s work at Diversability 

 

More to learn for Allies – Tiffany mentioned many of these in this episode:

  1. Diversability’s Resources for Allies
  2. Building Equity and Allyship for People with Disabilities” at Tech Inclusion 2019, panel moderated by Tiffany Yu
  3. Disability is Diversity” – Tiffany’s Tech Inclusion talk:
  4. The Power of Exclusion” – Tiffany’s TEDx talk
  5. Change Catalyst’s Ability in Tech playlist on Youtube:
  6. Watch “Crip Camp” on Netflix
  7. I’m disabled and need a ventilator to live. Am I expendable during this pandemic?” by Alice Wong on Vox
  8. I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” by Stella Young on TED
  9. No Body Is Disposable
  10. Stop AAPI Hate

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Episode 4:

Amplifying the Latinx Experience in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Daisy Auger-Domínguez, CEO of Auger-Domínguez Ventures, to discuss Amplifying the Latinx Experience in the Workplace. Daisy has been an executive at Moody’s, Time Warner, Disney, Google and Viacom, and is the new Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group.

In this episode, we talk about Daisy’s path to leadership as a Dominican-Puerto Rican – a journey full of sponsors and allies that believed in her, promoted her, pushed her and supported her. We discuss the difference between Hispanic, Latino/Latina, and Latinx, and we dive deep into how to create change through amplification. Finally, we discuss what individuals can do to be great allies and create culture change within organizations.

Learn more about Daisy’s work at daisyauger-dominguez.com

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Episode 3:

Supporting Indigenous Power, Leadership & Community

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO at Roanhorse Consulting to discuss Indigenous Power, Leadership and Community. In this episode, we talk about Vanessa’s path to leadership and helping entrepreneurs access capital, what’s happening with Native American tribes during COVID-19, what Power really means and why it’s so important, and how allies can help repair the deep inequities created by years of colonialism and marginalization. Vanessa also talks about her own path as an ally and advocate for other people.

Take Action:

  1. Learn more about, and support, Vanessa’s work at Roanhorse Consulting and Native Women Lead.
  2. Donate to Native American Community Response Fund (also a great resource to continue your learning).
  3. RELEARN American history from the point of view of Native Americans. History is usually told from the point of view of colonizers, we have to relearn what we’ve been taught.
    1. Recommended Reading List from FirstNations.org
    2. Reclaiming Diné History by Jennifer Nez Denetdale
    3. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  4. Read more about the COVID Crisis and take action:
    1. “The risk to Native American nations from Covid-19” by Kent Sepkowitz (CNN)
    2. “10 steps to save Native Americans from Covid-19 catastrophe” by Van Jones (CNN)
    3. “Navajo community left to fight COVID-19 with limited resources” by Matt Gutman, Robert Zepeda, Tenzin Shakya and Allie Yang (ABC News)
    4. Navajo Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resources

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Episode 2:

Addressing Mental Health During COVID-19

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler in Episode 2 of a new series: Leading with Empathy & Allyship. In this episode we discuss Mental Health During COVID-19 with Dr. Jessi Gold and Dr. Ayana Jordan.

If you need help please reach out:

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Textline: Text TALK to 741741
  • Physician Support Line: physiciansupportline.com
  • Project Parachute – pro-bono therapy for COVID-19 Frontliners: eleos.health/parachute

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Episode 1:

Countering Xenophobia in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler for the first installment in a new series: Leading with Empathy & Allyship. In the first episode we discuss Countering Xenophobia in the Workplace with Co-Founder and CEO of Awaken, Michelle Kim.

Defining xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, harassment and bullying during COVID-19 and beyond; intersectionality and the myth of the “model minority”; holding ourselves accountable as allies and accomplices; practical ways companies can address these issues in the workplace; and more! 

Additional resources for allies:

  1. Awaken’s virtual training on Combating Xenophobia
  2. Allyship (& Accomplice): The What, Why, and How by Michelle Kim
  3. Coronavirus fears show how ‘model minority’ Asian Americans become the ‘yellow peril’ by Matthew Lee, NBC News
  4. Report Hate Crimes and Incidents via Stop APPI Hate

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