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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.


Measuring Success In DEI

Posted by Deanna Singh | Dec 9, 2021 10:49:15 AM

Dr. Johné Battle is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Dollar General Corporation and oversees the strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion for over 157,000 associates. Within this role, he works across the organization to make data-based decisions using tools such as belonging indexes, talent-flow analysis, and inclusive leader assessments. Dr. Johné Battle is recognized by the National Diversity & Leadership council as one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in 2021 and is renowned as a Global Business Executive and thought leader who brings the powerful combination of skillful talent development and human capital expertise.

Dr. Battle has quite an impressive BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) of transforming the lives of 10 million people over 10 years. In this conversation, he shares how he created this goal, and how he brings that into his work in DEI. He also shares some key strategies for not only getting leadership on board with DEI, but ensuring that it starts with leadership and is woven into the fabric of any organization. To connect with Dr. Johné Battle, you can find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnebattlemba/

Topics In This Episode

  • Measuring success

  • The importance of grit and a growth mindset as a key for success, and defining those characteristics

  • The relationship between our individual journeys of DEI, and bringing that to the workplace as a leader

  • Answering the question: how can I lead better?

  • Being adaptable to change, because change is inevitable

  • Identifying the difference between training and transformation

  • If you are a leader of people, you must be part of the solution

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Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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