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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 Importance of DEI Efforts in Local Government

Posted by Podwiz | Jul 26, 2022 3:00:00 AM

In this episode, Justin Ponder sits with guest Ed Fields, the Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office. In his role, Ed is responsible for strategic planning, thought leadership, and supporting transformative projects on behalf of Mayor Randall Woodfin. They discuss the future of DEI in the public sector, the importance of inclusion in predominantly Black communities, and how public-private partnerships can be used to champion DEI efforts. 




  • DEI opportunities in the City of Birmingham 
  • Integrating diversity and inclusion into public-private partnerships 
  • The future of DEI in the public sector
  • Effective talent management strategies from the City of Birmingham
  • The importance of DEI efforts in predominantly Black communities
  • Why you won’t get anywhere in DEI without Relationship Equity
  • The meaning of Bridging Social Capital
  • Ed’s vision for building an inclusive city full of opportunities
  • How the private sector can build genuine relationships with local communities 



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Ed’s Medium Page: https://honestlyed.medium.com/ 


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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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