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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 Agent, 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.


DEI Is Not “One Size Fits All”

Posted by Justin Ponder | Aug 26, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Excited to share a recent conversation with Girish Ganesan, a strategic leader and innovative thinker with a passion for improving organizational performance. In his current role as the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at TD Bank Group, he is responsible for overseeing development, implementation of diversity and inclusion tactics, strategies, and programs for the customers, colleagues, and communities they serve.

In our conversation, he details the importance of travelling and how impactful it has been for him as a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner. We discuss the different DEI considerations for global communities, while also ensuring the implementation of fair, company-wide practices. We also talk abut DEI fatigue in the workplace, and strategies to help prevent it. To connect with Girish, you can go to his LinkedIn page here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/girish-ganesan

Topics In This Episode

  • What brings Girish joy

  • DEI outside of a North American lens

  • Experiencing diversity through travel and living abroad

  • Keeping inclusion top of mind while making the shift to remote working

  • Addressing the needs of employees and customers in the pandemic

  • Holding leadership accountable for commitments they make to DEI initiatives

  • When it comes to DEI, it’s not “one size fits all”


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Written by Justin Ponder

Justin Ponder is a professor who teaches courses on Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Minority Literature. He has published in numerous journals and books on the issue of race and identity politics, exploring the ways to bridge the gap between who we are and who we must become to achieve a more equitable world for others. He has helped organizations and leaders consider connections between the historical past, the social present, and a more just future. He knows how to masterfully weave the academic with the practical, the political with the personal so people can better appreciate the complexity of the issues while finding clarity about their responsibilities. In his work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, he is known for his ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that combine heartbreak and humor to inspire hope.

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