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The Uplifting Impact Podcast is a platform that fosters 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. Both are renowned thought leaders, teachers and consultants within the DEI space and are known for the ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that inspire change and innovation within organizations.

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Changing Perspective in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI: Employee Resource Groups

Posted by Podwiz | Aug 2, 2022 3:00:00 AM

In today’s episode, Deanna Singh sits with Tammy Garnes Mata, Valley National Bank’s Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and leads the development and delivery and communication of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. They take on the topic of associate resource groups and how it helps organizations connect with its members to help them build relationships, understand their work, and create awareness on DEI, particularly those who were historically marginalized. They also take on Valley National Bank’s governance structure and how Tammy utilizes it to connect with their employees. 




  • What are Associate Resource Groups
  • Impact of ARGs
  • Internal Cross-Bridges of Opportunities 
  • Missed Opportunities in Existing Pool of Employees
  • Using ARGs for Internal Talent Pipeline 
  • Tammy’s Governance Structure
  • How the Framework Brings People In
  • What Brings Tammy Joy 



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Uplifting Impact is excited to announce Actions Speak Louder, the latest book by author and DEI expert, our very own, Deanna Singh. This book, available starting May 31st, 2022, is a step-by-step guide on how to create change and inclusivity both in the workplace and beyond. In this book, Deanna seeks to answer questions for organizations and teams of all sizes on how to create more inclusivity. Actions Speak Louder creates a blueprint for those who are ready to read, take action now, and build a better tomorrow.

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