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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.


Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

on Oct 21, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 0 Comments |
Joseph Machicote is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Premier Inc. Joe partners with the CEO, executive team, and other stakeholders to formalize a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the company. He also serves as premier spokesperson on matters related to DEI. Some of his specialties include human resource management, diversity and inclusion, organizational psychology and development, organizational design, employee relations, employment, labor law, and labor relations. In our conversation, Joseph shares that even though he is not new to this work, he never stops seeking new information and development that he can apply to his practices and his role. He shares his recommendations for those that may be new to DEI work on how to get started. He details the four categories of DEI within Premier, and the strategies for implementation within the organization. To connect with Joseph, you can find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-machicote-a3858a5
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DEI is the responsibility of all leaders, not just those with the ‘DEI’ title

on Oct 14, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Deanna Singh | 0 Comments |
Sheri Crosby Wheeler is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Fossil Group Inc, a global design marketing, distribution, and innovation company with distinctive watches, accessories, and wearables that are all created from some of the greatest brands in the world. She is a diversity leader, employment lawyer, and an avid community volunteer. She's also a member of the state bar of Texas. In our conversation, we really dive into DEI work within corporations, and the importance of both the individual and the structural levels, how to accomplish both, and why both are equally important.
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Breaking the Mold: Social Conditioning and Its Effect on Leadership

on Oct 7, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 0 Comments |
Hira Ali is a leadership trainer, career coach, and Founder of Advancing Your Potential. She is passionate about empowering women and ethnic minorities, closing the gender gap, and advocating diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Telegraph, BBC, Harpers Bazaar, and Huff Post and in 2019 she released her first book, Her Way To The Top: A Guide to Smashing the Glass Ceiling. Just recently she released her second companion book, Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy.
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How to Rethink Society So It’s Inclusive Of All

on Sep 30, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Deanna Singh | 0 Comments |
Debra Ruh is the Founder and CEO of Ruh Global IMPACT,  a social enterprise set out to help empower clients to be global problem solvers and leaders of social change. Debra is also a global disability inclusion strategist, keynote speaker, and a published author. She also is the host of The Human Potential At Work podcast, which shares inspirational stories and tips for bringing out the best in everyone.
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Be Impatient in your Fight Against Social Injustices

on Sep 23, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 0 Comments |
Jose Antonio Tijerino is a proud immigrant from Nicaragua and President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through the lens of innovative leadership. He also serves as executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, and co-founded a leadership institute with Trinity University, which connects graduating high school seniors with mentors throughout college and their careers. Jose is the recipient of many prestigious awards, and through his leadership and inspiration, he has created many programs to help in the area of social justice.
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Empowering Employees To Be Part Of The Solution

on Sep 16, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Deanna Singh | 0 Comments |
Jenn Zephirin is the Vice President and Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Match Group, whose mission is to spark meaningful connections for every single person worldwide. In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing programs to achieve Match Group’s diversity goals. Prior to her current position with Match Group, she worked as the diversity and inclusion business partner for technology at Uber technologies and served as a private DEI consultant for brands like Unilever and the Levo Institute.
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How To Be A Responsible DEI Leader

on Sep 9, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 0 Comments |
Sharon Harvey Davis is the VP of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for Ameren. In her role, she is responsible for leading all DEI strategic efforts, including diversity training, employee resource groups, diversity communications, and the executive diversity council. Under Sharon's leadership, Ameren has been ranked as one of the nation's top utilities by DiversityInc for 12 consecutive years. Throughout her 19 years of experience with Ameren, Sharon has seen many changes within the diversity space. She shares some of the developments and progressions that have taken place, both within Ameren and with diversity work overall. We discuss some challenges she has faced, and some of the coming trends for DEI work as well. To connect with Sharon, you can find her on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-harvey-davis-76234a5
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Creating an Environment of Authenticity and Inclusivity in the Workplace

on Sep 2, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Deanna Singh | 0 Comments |
Kobena-Marcus J. Collins is the diversity and inclusion advisor for Kohl’s Corporate offices and serves as the diversity recruitment consultant for Bridge-Builder Professional Staffing. He has a passion for diversity and inclusion work, as well as helping candidates to get clear on what it is they are looking for, and to help them to find a great fit with an organization. His travels and multicultural background have given him personal insight into the importance of diversity and inclusion, and he brings that to the work he does every day.
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DEI Is Not “One Size Fits All”

on Aug 26, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 1 Comment |
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.
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Connecting The Dots: DEI, The Media Industry, and Inclusivity

on Aug 19, 2021 3:00:00 AM By | Justin Ponder | 0 Comments |
Caroline Chambers is the senior director of diversity equity and inclusion at Graham Media Group. In her role, she leads all aspects of the DEI strategy to ensure intentional, measurable practices for building core talent, fostering workplace culture programs that promote equity as well as inclusivity. While she may be relatively new to the broadcast space, she is definitely not new to the work of being a DEI practitioner. Her background includes management roles in financial services, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. In our conversation, we talk about the changes and growth within the broadcast media industry with regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She shares some new approaches Graham Media Group has taken with respect to applying the DEI lens to all areas of the organization. We also talk about the importance of accountability, and even though it may be daunting, there are ways to make it positive and encouraging. To connect with Caroline, you can find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-chambers01cc
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