138: A Voice To Be Heard On Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Jennifer L. Williams

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138: A Voice To Be Heard On Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Jennifer L. Williams
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Jennifer L Williams was our first guest of Series 3. Jennifer is a leading thinker and advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

During this open, honest, and expansive discussion, Jennifer explained why diversity, equity, and inclusion must be foundational to reimagining how we work and how we build teams and move toward a more equitable society.

In part one Jennifer discussed growing up as an only child in DC with her loving but overprotective, successful Panamanian immigrant mother, she navigated the highly controlled home environment by immersing herself in writing and books. This ignited her inner creativity and set her on a path to focusing on becoming her best self.

In part two dove into Jennifer’s career and journey to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Jennifer deconstructs how working in HR inside the ad agency Saatchi led her to be a vocal proponent of changing the narrative around diversity and respect, set her on the path to her current life focus consulting on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

For anyone that wants to appreciate the nuances of Diversity and Inclusion, Jennifer delivers an explanation with simplicity and clarity and frames it in the context COVID, George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Of course, much controversy has emerged around BLM since then, so a follow-up interview is needed.

We discussed how and when systemic change would emerge, and Jennifer explains her approach to consulting businesses in the process of transformation and the dynamics of the radical changes underway.

Jennifer provides a clear explanation of the lexicon and wordplay between Black, Latinx, and People of Color. I, for one, certainly learned a lot from this episode

I hope you enjoy the vitality and vigor of Jennifer L. Williams.

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