Innovation through Inclusion: Trends in DEI with Justin Ponder

July 22, 2021

Welcome to season 2 of our Uplifting Impact! We have some exciting changes heading your way this season, and one of those is that we have added Justin Ponder as our co-host. Justin is the Chief Information Officer of Uplifting Impact, as well as an educator in the area of ethnic studies. In this episode, we talk about some of the updates and changes we’re making to the podcast, we introduce Justin and the work he has done, and he talks about some of the trends he is seeing in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.

We are also excited to announce our 3-day virtual summit, How To Be An Ally, where we provide a safe space and tools for passionate leaders and change-makers to learn action-oriented techniques for creating a community that prepares them for bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion into their practice. Tickets are now available. To learn more, go to

Topics In This Episode:

  • Insight into Justin’s role as Chief Information Officer at Uplifting Impact
  • Asking for your feedback
  • Current trends in the DEI space
  • The relationship between inclusion and retention
  • Turnover within an organization, and the powerful effect DEI can have
  • Making connections between the needs of the organization and the needs of the individual
  • Ways to make changes within an organization for the most positive impact

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