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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.

Our mission is to provide actionable insights and wisdom from various leaders, executives, consultants as well as entrepreneurs. We’ve had industry leaders from companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Ford, Kohl’s and more come on board to share their expertise within the DEI space.

If we inspire one listener and leave them with ideas of how they can improve their DEI leadership and life skills, we consider that the ultimate accomplishment.


Listening and Learning Before Taking Action

Posted by Michelle Abendroth | Mar 10, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Nicole Mitchell serves as Cedar-Sinai’s inaugural Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer where she is responsible for providing strategic leadership, developing and driving the implementation of programs and initiatives that promote a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. For over ten years Ms. Mitchell has been creating and driving culture change in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has developed multifaceted strategies for diversity and inclusion encompassing human resources, employee engagement, philanthropy, communications, and supplier diversity and has led executive-level diversity and inclusion committee activities.

In this episode, Deanna and Nicole discuss the importance of creating spaces where rest is prioritized, particularly after events that take place in our society -- and not only creating space for others but prioritizing rest for ourselves as well. Nicole shares how the team at Cedars-Sinai was impacted by the pandemic and social unrest as a result of the murder of George Floyd, and how they have pivoted since 2020. She details how they have moved forward to begin addressing important issues, and how that has resulted in a three-year strategy for DEI. To connect with Nicole, you can find her on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolembellmitchell 

Topics In This Episode 

  • Starting from a place of listening instead of action  
  • Creating psychological safety 
  • Moving from listening to action, and where to begin 
  • Unconscious bias and its role in health equity gaps  
  • Work-life sway and how it differentiates from work-life balance. 


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Written by Michelle Abendroth

Michelle is a co-owner of Roth Media and helps podcasters achieve more with their shows.

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