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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.


Community Engagement and Diverse Representation

Posted by PodwizProducers | Jul 12, 2022 3:00:00 AM
In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest James Jackson III, the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Zions Bancorporation. James is responsible for building relationships with capable, diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. They discuss the benefits of supplier diversity, how to build bridges for inclusion, and how companies can restructure their vendor operations to include more traditionally excluded groups.



  • What is supplier diversity?
  • Why it’s time to take supplier diversity seriously
  • How organizations can get started on supplier diversity
  • Using supplier diversity channels to grow your business
  • How supplier diversity works in the real world
  • Simple strategies to attract and retain diverse talents
  • The dos and don’ts of promoting diversity and inclusion in your community
  • The innovative, financial, and social benefits of diversity in the workplace
  • How companies can empower and reward their diversity ambassadors


Justin’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-ponder-1200b72b/

Deanna’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannasingh/

James’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesjacksoniii/

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James' Website: https://jamesjackson3.com/

James’ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/james3motivation

Deanna’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/purposefulhustle/

Uplifting Impact Website: https://www.upliftingimpact.com/

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What's New:

Uplifting Impact is excited to announce Actions Speak Louder, the latest book by author and DEI expert, our very own, Deanna Singh. This book, available starting May 31st, 2022, is a step-by-step guide on how to create change and inclusivity both in the workplace and beyond. In this book, Deanna seeks to answer questions for organizations and teams of all sizes on how to create more inclusivity. Actions Speak Louder creates a blueprint for those who are ready to read, take action now, and build a better tomorrow.

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