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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.


The Connection Between Trust and DEI

Posted by Michelle Abendroth | Mar 31, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Lily Lamboy leads the the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team at Blue Shield of California, which supports both internal-facing employee-focused work and external-facing health equity, social justice, and business growth initiatives. She holds a PhD in political theory from Stanford University, and continues to conduct research on persistent oppression, economic justice, and organizational dynamics, with recent work featured in Theory and Research in Education, Age of Awareness, Federal Times, and Cambridge University Press. 

In this episode, Justin and Lily discuss the importance of creating a culture of psychological safety. Many times when these conversations are held, the focus is on organizational strategies; however, in this conversation, Justin and Lily dive into how individual leaders can focus on their own growth in this space, and use that as a starting point for being able to create safety for those around them. Lily also shares ways in which she prepares for entering the workplace and strategies for doing this work. To connect with Lily, find her on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/llamboy

Topics In This Conversation:

  • The connection between addressing your own traumas and how it plays out in your role in the work place

  • Small things that create an atmosphere of trust

  • Allowing employees to both be a good employee and also be a full human being

  • Providing options for team members to be able to react and respond in the ways that are best for them

  • What if I say the wrong thing?

  • Setting the pace for the work of DEI within an organization

  • Bringing activism into the workplace.

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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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