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Evolve or Regress: A Mindset Shift

Posted by Deanna Singh | Apr 15, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Paula Phillips is a school board member for Milwaukee Public Schools and currently with the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. Her mission is to actively build a society in which all of us are seen, heard, and cared for. Throughout her career, she has served in many different leadership roles across different industries, from academia to large corporations and the nonprofit space. With the experiences she has had across different sectors, she has built expertise in sharing and teaching the skills of diversity, equity, and inclusion in each of her roles. In my conversation with her, we talk about her work, the importance of creating space for learning and growth, and how to build programs with accountability and consistency.

Topics in this episode

  • Trends in DEI across different sectors
  • DEI and it’s effects on the bottom line
  • The shift from “Is DEI important?” into “How do we implement DEI practices into our organization?”
  • Techniques for implementing new programs to ensure their success
  • The value of recognition and celebration along the journey
  • Helping people explore what shaped their ideas around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The constant evolution and change within the DEI space
  • Giving people the confidence to have difficult conversations

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Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh, Founder/Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant, is known for giving audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. She is a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, and champion for marginalized communities. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the author of two children’s books, I am a Boy of Color, and I am a Girl of Color and a business book, Purposeful Hustle.

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