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The Uplifting Impact Podcast is a platform that fosters dynamic conversations around the intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership. Directing our conversations are Uplifting Impact’s Chief Change Agent, Deanna Singh, and Chief Information Officer, Justin Ponder. Both are renowned thought leaders, teachers and consultants within the DEI space and are known for the ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that inspire change and innovation within organizations.

Our mission is to provide actionable insights and wisdom from various leaders, executives, consultants as well as entrepreneurs. We’ve had industry leaders from companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Ford, Kohl’s and more come on board to share their expertise within the DEI space.

If we inspire one listener and leave them with ideas of how they can improve their DEI leadership and life skills, we consider that the ultimate accomplishment.



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How Day-To-Day Interactions Create Company Culture

on Sep 6, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments | Employee Diversity Plan Culture Inclusion
On today’s episode, Deanna sits down with Will Murphy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (R&D) at Amgen. As the lead of the company’s DEI arm, he strives to spearhead a division with a deep commitment to fostering the culture of belonging where diversity is celebrated and inclusion is the norm. Will aims to take on how he leads the segment of a big organization with individuals from all walks of life, and how the company experiences DEI resistance. He will also enlighten how he overcomes these push backs and the synergy between the work and internal segment which plays a big role in his day-to-day operations.
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The Intersectional Aspect of Greater Inclusion

on Aug 30, 2022 3:15:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments | Employee Diversity Initiative leadership Inclusion Accessibility
In today’s episode, Justin Ponder is joined by Rhoan Garnett PhD. Former Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) at Milwaukee Public Museum. A leader for strategic and programmatic direction for IDEA initiatives focusing on integrating diversity with the core vision, mission, and values of MPM. His goals are set in advancing the museum’s commitment to preserve and protect the world’s well-being, natural, and cultural diversity. Rhoan is also passionate about mentoring information insight at scale to enable all students to get the opportunity to earn a degree towards a successful career fulfilling life.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Digital Equity

on Aug 23, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments |
In today’s episode, Justin Ponder is joined by Jeff Joseph, Former President of Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as he defines what is digital equity inside big and small organizations. The former Starlight Public Affairs Officer will share knowledge with listeners on how organizations can manage and adapt positive reinforcements of digital equity.
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DEI Efforts: Are they Superficial or Authentic?

on Aug 16, 2022 2:45:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments | Employee Diversity Inclusion
In today’s episode, Deanna Singh sits with Michael Barber, Retired Chief Diversity Officer of General Electric Company. They take on the topic of Michael’s diversity, equity, and inclusion journey as a key member of the GE company. They also dissect how companies, particularly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officers, can prolong the movement even after retirement.
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Diversity of Thought: Why it Matters and What You Can Do

on Aug 9, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments |
In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest Gwen Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SCERTIFY. Gwen is a global technology executive providing technology strategy, architecture, and digital transformation leadership at IBM, EY, KPMG, and other firms. Over several years, much of her work has focused on the use of technology to improve human well-being. They discuss the keys to bringing more women into tech, the anatomy of a sustainable DEI strategy, and how combining ESG and DEI leads to business growth.
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DEI: Employee Resource Groups

on Aug 2, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments |
In today’s episode, Deanna Singh sits with Tammy Garnes Mata, Valley National Bank’s Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and leads the development and delivery and communication of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. They take on the topic of associate resource groups and how it helps organizations connect with its members to help them build relationships, understand their work, and create awareness on DEI, particularly those who were historically marginalized. They also take on Valley National Bank’s governance structure and how Tammy utilizes it to connect with their employees.
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The Importance of DEI Efforts in Local Government

on Jul 26, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments |
In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest Ed Fields, the Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office. In his role, Ed is responsible for strategic planning, thought leadership, and supporting transformative projects on behalf of Mayor Randall Woodfin. They discuss the future of DEI in the public sector, the importance of inclusion in predominantly Black communities, and how public-private partnerships can be used to champion DEI efforts.
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DEI: Everybody is Invited to the Party

on Jul 19, 2022 3:00:00 AM By | Podwiz | 0 Comments |
In this episode, Deanna Singh sits with guest Teedra Bernard, the Chief Talent and Diversity Officer of TransUnion. Teedra is passionate about diversity, inclusion, & equality and understands how critical it is to provide career advancement opportunities and create platforms that influence long-lasting DEI change. They discuss the value of diversity among decision-makers, how to set goals for your DEI implementation strategies, and the best diversity practices for talent acquisition.
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