Podcast

Fostering 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 Officer, Justin Ponder. Our hosts are highly respected thought leaders, educators, and consultants specializing in DEI and are known for their ability to teach difficult lessons with tact and kindness that inspire change and innovation within organizations.

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Leadership Lessons from the 2008 Financial Crisis

In this episode of the Uplifting Impact Podcast, we dive into the importance of leadership in the success of an organization with guest Melissa Phillippi. Melissa emphasizes that anyone, regardless of their position, can affect change within a company. She draws from her experience during the 2008 financial crisis.

The episode highlights the crucial role of individual contributors advocating for themselves and the significance of clear communication, purposeful preparation, and coaching conversations. Melissa also warns against the dangers of a toxic culture of winning at all costs and creating incentive plans based solely on performance rather than values.

Furthermore, we explore the impact of cancel culture and the consumer mindset it creates for employees. Melissa provides insights on how to navigate these challenges and foster a positive, growth-oriented culture within an organization.

So, if you're interested in learning more about the crucial role of leadership in organizational success and how you can make a difference in your workplace, tune in to this episode!

Building Bridges and Elevating Perspectives in DEI Work

In the latest episode of Uplifting Impact, hosts Justin, Deanna, and Tamyra tackle the difficult topic of listening to perspectives that go against inclusion efforts. Through their discussion, they explore the concept of micro-inclusions and how they can be used to promote equity and inclusion in everyday life. The hosts share insights into their process of building ideas together and emphasize the value of including different voices. They also discuss the recent shift towards emphasizing individuals and their unique approaches to DEI work, with a focus on creating safe spaces for marginalized communities. 

This episode offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating diverse and inclusive work environments and provides practical tips for implementing micro-inclusions in your own life. 

Tune in to learn more about how to handle perspectives that derail inclusion efforts and promote a more inclusive society through creativity and intentionality.

Diversity of Thought: Why it Matters and What You Can Do

In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest Gwen Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SCERTIFY. Gwen is a global technology executive providing technology strategy, architecture, and digital transformation leadership at IBM, EY, KPMG, and other firms. Over several years, much of her work has focused on the use of technology to improve human well-being. They discuss the keys to bringing more women into tech, the anatomy of a sustainable DEI strategy, and how combining ESG and DEI leads to business growth.

The Power of Supplier Diversity: Building Bridges for Inclusion

In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest James Jackson III, the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Zions Bancorporation. James is responsible for building relationships with capable, diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. They discuss the benefits of supplier diversity, how to build bridges for inclusion, and how companies can restructure their vendor operations to include more traditionally excluded groups.

Navigating Corporate America: Empowering Women of Color

Deepa Purushothaman was a first senior partner at Deloitte, where she spent more than 20 years focusing on women’s leadership and inclusion strategies to help women of color navigate corporate structures. She was the first Indian-American woman and one of the youngest people to make Partner in the firm's history. After leaving Deloitte in 2020, Deepa co-founded nFormation, a membership-based community for professional women of color, offering brave, safe, new space and helping place women of color in C-suite positions and on Boards.

May
24
2023

In this episode of the Uplifting Impact Podcast, we dive into the importance of leadership in the success of an organization with guest Melissa Phillippi. Melissa emphasizes that anyone, regardless of their position, can affect change within a company....

  • May
    24
    2023

    In this episode of the Uplifting Impact Podcast, we dive into the importance of leadership in the success of an organization with guest Melissa Phillippi. Melissa emphasizes that anyone, regardless of their position, can affect change within a company....

  • May
    10
    2023

    In the latest episode of Uplifting Impact, hosts Justin, Deanna, and Tamyra tackle the difficult topic of listening to perspectives that go against inclusion efforts. Through their discussion, they explore the concept of micro-inclusions and how they can...

  • Aug
    09
    2022

    In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest Gwen Murphy, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SCERTIFY. Gwen is a global technology executive providing technology strategy, architecture, and digital transformation leadership at IBM, EY, KPMG,...

  • Jul
    12
    2022
    In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest James Jackson III, the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Zions Bancorporation. James is responsible for building relationships with capable, diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across...
  • Apr
    07
    2022

    Deepa Purushothaman was a first senior partner at Deloitte, where she spent more than 20 years focusing on women’s leadership and inclusion strategies to help women of color navigate corporate structures. She was the first Indian-American woman and one...

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Our purpose is to provide actionalable insights and wisdom from a diverse group of leaders, executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, and DEI change-makers in the workplace. We’ve been fortunate to host industry luminaries from organizations like Hewlett Packard (HP), Ford, Kohl’s, and many others who have generously shared their expertise on DEI topics.

Our ultimate achievement is when our listeners feel inspired and empowered with ideas to enhance their DEI leadership and life skills. We believe that even if we can move one person to advocate for DEI in their surroundings , it’s a triumph for the cause.