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Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: The Resource Groups Podcast 6 Months Old

In simple terms, this means I’ll be speaking with people from a variety of disciplines trying to connect the dots in terms of their best practices, habits and other important pieces of information that you can apply in your organisation. This week the podcast is 6 months old, this is a genuine milestone for me so in todays show I’m ... Read More

Duration: 00:10:27

Fernando Serpa: Employee Resource Groups: Awards, Communities & Evolution

Today I’m speaking with Fernando Serpa. Fernando is the Executive Director of the Association of ERG and Diversity Councils. He has over 20 years of experience in Diversity & Inclusion and has worked at several high profile organisations including The White House and the US Department of Justice. I was recently in Orlando, Florida at the ERG & Diversity & ... Read More

Duration: 00:23:32

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Diversity, Inclusion & The Bottom of the Pyramid

Today, I want to talk about Diversity, Inclusion and people. Here on this podcast, our strong belief is that people are the most important part of any organisation and the truth about Diversity & Inclusion is that when it’s done properly we should expect it to have a direct impact on the work-based experiences of people who aren’t able to ... Read More

Duration: 00:08:26

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Why Diversity Matters: A Review of “The McKinsey Report”

Today, I want to talk about the McKinsey Report: Why Diversity Matters In my opinion, this is one of the most cited sources that is used to justify the business case for diversity in organisations, when I say that I mean people generally use this report as evidence to support their argument when claiming that diversity is good for business, ... Read More

Duration: 00:20:33

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Organisational Culture, Amazon and You

Today, I want to talk about cultural change and inclusion. I’ve been getting a lot of requests about organisational culture and the difficulty in changing the culture of an organisation. This is relevant because my research has consistently shown that changing organisational culture is one of the 3 biggest problems that organisations experience when they try to become more inclusive. ... Read More

Duration: 00:12:01

Michael Collins: Managing Inclusion in one of the Most Diverse Cities in the World

Today I’m speaking with Michael Collins. Michael is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for New York City Transit, the organisation that runs the New York Subway. He has over 30 years of experience working in US Corporations, his previous employers include American Express, CUNY and American Airlines As the Diversity & Inclusion leader for a diverse organisation in one ... Read More

Duration: 00:41:21

Jennifer Brown: Inclusion, Allies & The Will to Change

Today I’m speaking with Jennifer Brown. Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, she is one of the worlds leading experts on employee resource groups and has written several influential white papers that have been important to the development of knowledge and research regarding employee resource groups. Jennifer is also the author of Inclusion: Diversity, The New ... Read More

Duration: 00:49:34

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: What Got Us Here Won’t Take Us There

This episode is a response to a number of requests that I’ve received from listeners to the show. As you can imagine I’m often having conversations Diversity & Inclusion and I’ve found myself repeating a number of messages to different audiences. And so I’ve been asked to share some of my thoughts and opinions about Diversity & Inclusion as an ... Read More

Duration: 00:09:45

Rashada Harry: Your Future, Your Ambition

Today I’m speaking with Rashada Harry. Rashada is the Co Founder of social enterprise Your Future Your Ambition, She has been recognised as a Rising Star in Technology by We are the City and a Future Leader by EMPower. Rashada works for Vodafone and previously worked at Cisco. Rashada has an enthusiastic and contagious passion for promoting diversity and inclusion ... Read More

Duration: 00:36:11

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks

Today I’m speaking with Cherron Inko Tariah MBE. Cherron is one of the UK’s leading expert on staff networks, she is the author of The Incredible Power of Staff Networks and the creator of the National Day of Staff Networks. Cherron is one of the few people I’ve encountered in the UK who is focused exclusively on employee resource groups ... Read More

Duration: 01:00:25

Justine Lutterodt: Synchronous Leadership, Ethics & Bridging

Today I’m speaking with Justine Lutterodt. Justine is a leadership consultant and Founder of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership, she has over 15 years of experience working as a Management Consultant and she is involved with several inclusion related initiatives including the UK Diversity Legal Awards and Workplace Gender Equality Awards Justine’s focus is on innovative and ethical leadership and ... Read More

Duration: 00:37:20

Cynthia Davis: BAME Recruitment & Challenges in the Workplace

Today I’m speaking with Cynthia Davis. Cynthia is the founder and CEO of BAME Recruitment. She has over 18 years of experience working with organisations that include BT, Carphone Warehouse and ITV. Cynthia has also won multiple awards including being named a Rising Star by We are the City. Cynthia understands the challenges of underrepresented groups within the workplace regarding ... Read More

Duration: 00:39:32

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Are Employee Resource Groups Passé?

This is a special episode of the podcast because I want to explore the views of people who don’t agree with employee resource groups. Specifically I want to discuss the recent decision by professional services firm Deloitte to phase out their employee resource groups as part of their efforts to become more inclusive. I normally avoid discussing news stories in ... Read More

Duration: 00:10:31

Stephen Frost: How the London 2012 Olympics Made a Big Deal Out of Diversity

In this episode I’m speaking with Stephen Frost. Stephen is a globally recognised Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Expert and the founder of Frost Included. Stephen was the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and is the author of two books, the Inclusion Imperative and Inclusive Talent Management. Stephen has a wealth of ... Read More

Duration: 00:33:10

Roianne Nedd: The Trusted Black Girl

In this episode I’m speaking with Roainne Nedd. Roianne is the Head of Programmes & Research at OUTstanding & EMpower, an Amplifier of women’s voices and the author of The Cracked Cocoon. I met Roainne at the annual event for EMpower’s List of the 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leaders. We spoke about so many things that ... Read More

Duration: 00:51:55

Leyla Okhai: Diverse Minds, Mental Wellbeing & The Workplace

In this episode I’m speaking with Leyla Okhai. Leyla is the founder and CEO of Diverse Minds. Leyla is the co-author of an important study on neurodiversity in the workplace and has over 14 years experience implementing diversity, inclusion and equality practices. Leyla introduced me to the term neurodiversity, she has a rich and varied understanding of what this means ... Read More

Duration: 00:35:29

Olivier Vidal: Fair Hiring, Diversity & Inclusion

In this episode I’m speaking with Olivier Vidal, Olivier runs the Fair Hiring Project, he is a veteran of the recruitment industry and describes himself as an Entrepreneurial Socialist. Olivier and I met a number of months back as part of his attempts to have “a meaningful impact on the inclusion of diversity in corporate hiring & talent management”. Olivier ... Read More

Duration: 00:30:16

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Episode 10 The Journey So Far

This is the 10th episode of the podcast, this is a mini milestone for me so in todays show I’m going to discuss several things including: The journey I’m experiencing as part of the podcast The 3 primary roles of the podcast My vision and much much more. Here’s some of what I share in the show: The quality of ... Read More

Duration: 00:10:54

Portia McCahill & Petra Tileschova: Creating a Cultural MOSAIC

Today I’m speaking with Portia McCahill and Petra Tileschova from Media Research Company Nielsen. I met Portia and Petra a months back at the launch of their employee resource group MOSAIC which is an acronym for Multinational Organisation Supporting an Inclusive Culture. From the moment I entered the building I noticed a vibrant culture that very much appeared to be ... Read More

Duration: 00:20:13

Antoinette Boateng: Why Authenticity Matters for Diversity & Inclusion

In this episode I’m speaking with Antoinette Boateng. Antoinette is a Global Inclusion Specialist and a 15-year veteran of the “people” space. Antoinette’s experience includes Talent Management, Engagement & Policy. Antoinette has been responsible for not only starting a number of resource groups but she’s also had to manage and influence multiple resource groups, their sponsors and the people who ... Read More

Duration: 00:36:51

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