Season 2: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Crystal Newby, Ed.D, Director of DE&I at the National Association for College Admission Counseling
In this episode of the Citizen Experience Podcast, we interview Dr. Crystal Newby, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The NACAC was founded in 1937 and is an organization of nearly 14,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. Dr. Crystal Newby was recently appointed as the organization’s first director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Newby has a Doctor of Education distinction from John Hopkins University in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education among many of her credentials. In this episode, we discuss topics such as the Antiracist Institute and Guiding the Way to Inclusion programs sponsored by the NACAC. We explore the definition of the term “diversity” and what diversity, equity, and inclusion means for communities across the country post-2020.
Natasha S. Hamptom, Author of "High Heel Leadership"
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview Natasha S. Hampton. Ms. Hampton is a local government leader and best selling author of the book entitled “High Heel Leadership”. In this episode we discuss the challenges that women face in leadership roles and how to overcome them, “same sex” sabotage, expanding the term “diversity” beyond race and gender but also diversity in thought, and her scholarship program “Girls in Government”. Get your copy of “High Heel Leadership” : https://www.natashahampton.com/product-page/high-heel-leadership-the-art-of-being-a-woman-in-power-paperback
Desiree Martinez, President of Cogstone Resource Management, Inc.
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview Desiree Martinez, President of Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. Ms. Martinez is an archaeologist and, in this episode, we discuss her work with the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPR) and her Native American heritage through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Fields Jackson, CEO of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview Fields Jackson. Mr. Jackson is the Publisher, CEO, Chief Cheerleader & Talent Scout at Racing Toward Diversity magazine, which showcases the best diversity efforts and initiatives being made today. Mr. Jackson is an Adjunct Professor at Shaw University an HBCU in Raleigh, North Carolina and Executive Director of National HBCU Business Dean Roundtable which provides a forum for Deans of HBCU Business Schools to address opportunities and challenges associated with enhancing business programs and initiatives. In this episode, we discuss the importance of HBCUs, diversity recruiting, diversity in business and identifying when a lack of a diverse culture can save you time in the long run.
Tonia Morris, CEO of Simply HR
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview Tonia Morris, CEO of Simply HR Inc. Ms. Morris is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Consultant, Public Speaker, and Executive Coach and Trainer. She has a long and illustrious career helping clients with workforce transformation. A 2019 Stevie Award recipient for her work in DE&I, Ms. Morris works with leaders of organizations to create a generational workforce that is inclusive, productive, and customer focused. In this episode we explore the what it means to “reimagine’ a diverse workforce culture.
Rajneet Goomer, Director of Student Services and DE&I New Jersey Public Schools
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview Rajneet Goomer an award-winning Director of Student Services and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Expert in a public school district in the State of New Jersey. Rajneet’s 16-year career in education has been rooted in DE&I for students, families and staff. Rajneet is the co-chair of the District Equity Council in her current school district. She is the voice and advocate for DE&I in schools surrounding race, programmatic equity, and inclusion for all students including students with identified needs. Recently, she designed and currently facilitates a People of Color (POC) Employee Resource Group which has become an invaluable safe space for employees of color. Rajneet’s passion extends to designing and leading ongoing professional development and workshops in a variety of areas including DE&I. In 2019, Rajneet was honored with the Mimi Ballard CANDO Award from Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD) for innovative, strategic planning and implementation. In this episode we discuss topics such as inequity in public schools, the importance of mentoring and racial affinity groups, and role of empathy towards DE&I.
Kate Duchene, CEO of Resources Global Professionals and Geri Gonzalez, Regional VP of Talent at Resources Global Professionals
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview guests Geri Gonzalez, Regional VP of Talent and Kate Duchene, Chief Executive Officer of Resources Global Professionals. RGP is a global consulting firm that enables rapid business outcomes by bringing together the right people to create transformative change. Since joining RGP in 1999 as the Company’s first corporate counsel, Kate Duchene has operated in numerous executive roles – Legal, Corporate Secretary, Human Resources, Marketing and RGP Legal. Now, as Chief Executive Officer and President, a role she assumed in late 2016, Kate is focused on leading RGP through successful transformation to serve our clients and consultants with greater agility and improved experience. In 2017, Kate was honored by the Orange County Business Journal as an Outstanding Women in Business. In 2010, she was honored by the Orange County Business Journal as Outstanding General Counsel of a Public Company with Revenue over $200 Million. That same year, she was named to OC METRO’s “Hot 25” list of top professionals in Orange County, California. Geri Gonzalez leads the Talent organization for the Southeast region of RGP. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and leadership of people and initiatives to attract, hire, manage, develop and retain top talent who provide valued solutions to their clients. Working closely with RGP’s Chief People Officer, Geri also co-leads the Diversity, Equity (DE&I) and Inclusion initiative for RGP North America where she has been instrumental in implementing DE&I in a more programmatic manner for the organization. She is known for providing visionary leadership and developing high-performing teams, project and operational management, and designing talent and retention initiatives. In this episode we discuss topics such as women and minorities in executive leadership, recruiting and hiring minority talent, and RGP’s Diversity Council & Ambassador Group and their mission to support an inclusive culture. /p>
Don Thompson, CEO of Walk West and CEO of The Diversity Movement
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview guest Donald Thompson. Mr. Thompson is a multifaceted executive who is the CEO of Walk West, an agency that specializes in brand experience, performance marketing, and strategic communications; CEO & Co-Founder of the Diversity Movement, a results-oriented, data-driven strategic partner for organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusive initiatives; serves on several boards; host of the Donald Thompson Podcast; and recently named Forbes’ Next 1000 among his MANY accomplishments. In this episode we discuss diversity in the C-suite, Mr. Thompson’s experience as a minority executive leading several organizations, the importance of mentoring, minority business access to capital through private equity and angel investment, and the roadmap to success for aspiring minority executives.
Michelle Ngome, Found of Line25 Consulting and Found of the African-American Marketing Association
In this episode of the Citizen Experience, we interview guests Michelle Ngome, Founder of Line 25 Consulting, a consulting firm that helps organizations create diversity and inclusion marketing strategies and she is the founder of the African-American Marketing Association (AAMA), creating a platform that empowers Black marketers all over the United States. Michelle is a member of Forbes The Culture, the National Black MBA Association, and the International Society of Female Professionals. She is a two-time author, podcast host of Networking With Michelle and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Inc. and a lot more. In this episode we discuss the importance of diversity in marketing and ensuring the representation is at the decision table.
Michelle Reeves, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services
In this episode, we interview Michele Reeves, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a private not-for-profit integrated healthcare system in New Mexico and the state’s largest provider of healthcare. In her role, Ms. Reeves oversees an enterprise-wide inclusion and diversity strategy designed to champion initiatives and programs that cultivate an inclusive and equitable environment where everyone is valued and empowered for success. For over two decades, Ms. Reeves has served as a leader and practitioner in diversity, leadership development and executive coaching in global and national organizations. Her accomplishments have earned her several awards, including Albuquerque Business First’s 2020 Women of Influence and Black Enterprise’s 2018 “Top Diversity Executive.” In this episode we discuss Healthcare disparities in communities of color, strategies to improve access, overcoming COVID vaccine hesitancy, and her role as Chief Diversity Officer.