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.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter
Stay tuned for season 2, beginning September 1st!
Recent Episodes

Episode 16:

Becoming a Great Ally

Join Leading with Empathy and Allyship Host Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, as she shares what it means to be an ally in 2020. She’ll discuss her own path to allyship and the Stages of Allyship. She touches on ways to be anti-racist, interrupt microaggressions, and address systemic inequities in the workplace, and of course some very tangible ways you can be a better ally in the workplace.

This is the end of Season 1 – we will be back with Season 2 in early September!

Learn more about Melinda Briana Epler and her work.

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

Episode 15:

Creating Structural Change in the Workplace

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Rachel Williams, Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity at X – the moonshot factory to discuss Creating Structural Change in the Workplace.

Learn more about Rachel on her website: www.rachelannwilliams.com/

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

Episode 14:

Moving From Structural Inequality to Human Flourishing

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Dr. Angel Acosta, Principal Consultant at Acosta Consulting to discuss Moving From Structural Inequality to Human Flourishing.

Learn more about Dr. Angel Acosta at www.drangelacosta.com/

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

Episode 13:

Women Championing Women

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President & CEO at Anitab.org to discuss Women Championing Women.

We address the role allyship plays in advancing gender and racial equity for Black women, how women can better support and champion other women, and how companies can support women and build allyship between women.

Learn more about Brenda’s work at https://anitab.org/

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

Episode 12:

Hiring Veterans to Drive Innovation

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler with Jerome Hardaway, Founder & Executive Director at Vets Who Code to discuss Hiring Veterans to Drive Innovation.

Learn more about Jerome’s work at vetswhocode.io/ or donate at vetswhocode.io/donate/

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

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.

Learn more about Tonya’s work at theladipogroup.com/.

Additional resources:

Watch

Listen

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.

Learn more about Ritu’s work at bhasinconsulting.com/

 

Resources:

Watch

Listen

Episode 9:

Being a Great Ally for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Colleagues

Join Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler (she/her) with Sloan Leo (they/them), Max Masure (they/them) and Madelena Mak (she/her) to discuss Being a Great Ally for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Colleagues.

Learn more about Sloan’s work at sloanleo.com/ and thevaidgroup.com/
Learn more about Max’s work at www.maxmasure.com/
Learn more about Madelena’s work at startupbus.com/

⭑⭑If this is helpful, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and like this video!⭑⭑

Resources:

Watch

Listen

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 discuss deep, intergenerational racial trauma that can be passed from generation to generation. We 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.

Please note this episode does talk about trauma, as well as ways to heal. Please make sure you watch in a safe space where you have time to reflect and practice self-care afterward.

Learn more about Michael’s work at ogletree.com/ and www.linkedin.com/in/michael-thomas-46b7a212/.

⭑⭑If this is helpful, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and like this video!⭑⭑

Resources:

Reading:

Watch

Listen

Episode 7:

Strengthening LGBTQIA+ Leadership in the Workplace

In this episode, Change Catalyst CEO Melinda Briana Epler speaks with Jennifer Brown, Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, about Strengthening LGBTQIA+ Leadership in the Workplace. We discuss language, covering, coming out, intersectionality, employee resource groups, and creating safe and inclusive workplaces.

Learn more about Jennifer’s work at jenniferbrownspeaks.com/

⭑⭑If this is helpful, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and like this video!⭑⭑

Resources:

Watch

Listen

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

⭑⭑If this is helpful, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and like this video!⭑⭑

 

Additional learning:

Watch

Listen

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

Watch

Listen

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

Additional resources for allies:

Watch

Listen

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

Watch

Listen

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

Additional resources for allies:

Watch

Listen

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

Watch

Listen

Subscribe
Subscribe To Leading with Empathy and Allyship Podcast Series!

Available on most podcast platforms, including:

Tech Inclusion Podcast on iTunes Listen on Soundcloud tech inclusion podcast on google play  Available on Stitcher   Listen on Spotify

Listen To Podcast Episodes

Virtual Training, Consulting and Coaching Solutions
If you’re looking for a way for remote teams to continue their learning and professional development, we’re now offering virtual allyship, inclusion and leadership trainings. We’ve also continued our consulting practice virtually. AND we now offer hourly coaching. Let us know if you’re interested in learning more!
Connect With Us
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
General Info
Consulting/Advising
Sponsorship
Send this to a friend