In previous episodes we’ve discussed diversity, equity and inclusion within the technology space, but today we are tackling an aspect we’ve only brushed on: allyship. How can we be better allies in our workplaces for those who are marginalized because of gender, orientation, race, size, ethnicity or disabilities? And how can being a better ally make us better leaders? That is exactly what Melinda Briana Epler, the Founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, discusses with Jeff Ton; the steps we can take to make our workplaces safer and more inclusive for undervalued groups. Jeff and Melinda discuss empathy as the foundation for allyship, microaggressions and the eye opening experience Melinda had that prompted her to start Change Catalyst, which focuses on building inclusive tech ecosystems.
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Melinda Briana Epler, Founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, has more than 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.
As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda is a strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor for executives, startups, investors, and activists around the world. As part of her changemaking work, she is an inclusive leadership coach, trains executive and management teams, and builds learning and development solutions for clients. She also hosts a weekly live show and podcast series, “Leading With Empathy & Allyship.”
Melinda is a TED speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and former marketing and culture executive. She speaks and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, allyship, and empathy. Melinda has spoken on hundreds of stages around the world, including SXSW, Grace Hopper, Wisdom 2.0, the World Bank, White House, Clinton Foundation, Black Enterprise, Google, Indeed, Capital One, UC Berkeley, and McKinsey.
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