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Diversity Cafe

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Hosted by Angela Hood, Founder & CEO at ThisWay Global, Diversity Cafe is a podcast focused on the challenges and opportunities that diversity brings to any organization. Diversity Cafe hosts industry experts in the field of recruiting, diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the globe!

Hosted By:

Angela Hood

Angela Hood is the Founder/CEO of ThisWay® Global, a VC-backed, automated intelligence company, built upon her research and development at University of Cambridge in England. Her groundbreaking work in automated intelligence and de-biasing is often referenced in international research and is featured in a Simon & Schuster book that was released in 2019. Hood is an accomplished keynote speaker and recognized expert on the topics of removing bias in technology and the ROI of diversity in teams. ThisWay’s acclaimed technology was named Innovation of the Year for the HR tech industry experts and Hood has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech, Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recently selected as outstanding entrepreneur and featured by the University of Cambridge, England. In 2020 Angela was nominated for Outstanding Alumni by her undergraduate alma mater, College of Architecture and Department of Construction Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Hosted By:

Angela Hood

Angela Hood is the Founder/CEO of ThisWay® Global, a VC-backed, automated intelligence company, built upon her research and development at University of Cambridge in England. Her groundbreaking work in automated intelligence and de-biasing is often referenced in international research and is featured in a Simon & Schuster book that was released in 2019. Hood is an accomplished keynote speaker and recognized expert on the topics of removing bias in technology and the ROI of diversity in teams. ThisWay’s acclaimed technology was named Innovation of the Year for the HR tech industry experts and Hood has been named one of the Most Influential Women in Tech, Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recently selected as outstanding entrepreneur and featured by the University of Cambridge, England. In 2020 Angela was nominated for Outstanding Alumni by her undergraduate alma mater, College of Architecture and Department of Construction Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Interested in joining Angela Hood on Diversity Cafe?

Episodes

Episode 1: Torin Ellis, Diversity Strategist

Join us as we launch the first episode of our new podcast, Diversity Cafe! Our first guest is an expert in the field of strategic diversity, Torin! Torin leads a progressive boutique with a laser like focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategy and risk mitigation. He embraces a collaborative approach built on transparency, actionable strategy, and rigorous performance monitoring. It’s the reason some of the world’s most forward thinking companies have trusted him to make DEIB promising and not punitive. A trusted Practitioner and former Executive Producer and Host of Career Mix, a weekly show on SiriusXM. His voice has also become requested and trusted by some of the biggest conference organizers in the US and abroad. As said by Jamie Leonard, CEO & Founder, The Recruitment Events Co.: “This year (2019) you did something fantastic. When the tents dropped on RecFest, you stood alone. Our industry was awoke by one name and one voice. Torin Ellis.” A proponent of “activist like efforts” he authored his first book Rip The Resume (September 2016). And lastly, it’s fun to note Torin being listed by Technical.ly as one of “10 Baltimore tech and entrepreneurship leaders who should run for mayor,” signaling a lighter side of this focused artist. Torin sees nothing but opportunity and runway with regards to DEIB efforts in 2022.

Episode 2: Jessica Willis, pocketnest

Jessica Willlis, Pocketnest CEO and founder, created the fintech to coach millennials to financial wellness. Her white-label financial wellness platform coaches people through all 10 facets of a comprehensive financial plan. In the meantime, it brings financial institutions rich data and insights to identify cross-sell opportunities, and helps employee wellness programs boost recruitment, retention and productivity. Pocketnest knows what makes millennials tick, what banking innovation they crave, and the personal finance gaps they have. Together with its enterprise clients, Pocketnest is forging its way to bring financial wellness to the masses, not just millennials.

Episode 3: Natalie Egan, Translator

Natalie Egan is an openly transgender, B2B software entrepreneur and a recognized thought leader living her life at the intersection of technology and Diversity & Inclusion. Natalie has over 20 years of experience driving digital change, developing high performing teams, building complex products, and selling enterprise solutions.

Today, she is the CEO & Founder of Translator, Inc., where she and her team are on a mission to scale empathy and equality through technology. Prior to founding Translator in 2016––and prior to her transition––Natalie was CEO & Founder of PeopleLinx, a venture capital backed sales technology solution that was acquired in 2015. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Natalie has also worked in sales leadership positions at large public companies like LinkedIn, Autonomy, and Ecolab.

Episode 4: Dr. Keith Dunbar, FedLearn

Dr. Dunbar has created award-winning human capital and leadership initiatives and programs that have had a measurable impact on organizational success. His success has been achieved by acting as a trusted advisor to clients in both the public and private sectors to provide a unique set of capabilities in talent development, leadership assessment/alignment, and other areas that can drive successful and impactful human capital and talent acquisition strategies.

FedLearn (fedlearn.com) is transforming learning for the federal government and government contractor market space. FedLearn offers the first artificial intelligence-enabled, online learning platform with specialized and contextualized content directly supporting government mission areas. The solution combines the best of traditional classroom and elearning settings to offer a rich, dynamic and personalized learning experience with quantifiable outcomes.

Episode 5: Jessica Willis, pocketnest

Back again, joining Angela for Episode 5 is Jessica Willis. Jessica Willlis, pocketnest CEO and founder, created the fintech to coach millennials to financial wellness. Her white-label financial wellness platform coaches people through all 10 facets of a comprehensive financial plan. In the meantime, it brings financial institutions rich data and insights to identify cross-sell opportunities, and helps employee wellness programs boost recruitment, retention and productivity. pocketnest knows what makes millennials tick, what banking innovation they crave, and the personal finance gaps they have. Together with its enterprise clients, pocketnest is forging its way to bring financial wellness to the masses, not just millennials.

Episode 6: Rachel Hailey, DEI Outdoors

Cindy Jordan is a brilliant and boundless leader. Her eclectic professional experience has aligned her work life with her deep care for the well-being of others, culminating in the launch of Pyx Health in 2018, the first loneliness solution solely focused on helping the most vulnerable.

After witnessing a family member’s mental health crisis, Cindy co-founded Pyx Health with Anne Jordan in 2018. As the CEO, Cindy continues to fuel innovation and growth. Finding a near perfect balance of technology and compassionate human intervention, she leads the company on its mission to effectively address the health crisis of loneliness and social isolation.

Episode 8: Torin Ellis, Diversity Strategist

Joining Angela for another discussion on Diversity Cafe is Torin Ellis. Torin leads a progressive boutique with a laser like focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategy and risk mitigation. He embraces a collaborative approach built on transparency, actionable strategy, and rigorous performance monitoring. Join Torin and Angela as they work through the harsh reality on how companies are not living up to their 2020 commitments to support DE&I and racial injustices, and why so many of them are failing to deliver on those promises.

Episode 9: Patrick Sheahan, Circa

As CEO, Patrick Sheahan is focused on one thing: positioning Circa as the catalyst for companies to build high-performing diverse teams. To execute this vision, he has pivoted the company from a legacy job board to an innovative sales and marketing led SaaS-based technology company that will provide tools for organizations to radically approach their talent acquisition and compliance management.Circa believes diverse teams have the power to transform business. More than simply a mandate, workforce diversity is a proprietary advantage. Circa provides OFCCP compliance management and recruiting technology solutions to deliver qualified candidates for organizations to build high-performing, diverse teams.

Episode 10: Cary Sparrow - Greenwich.HR

How accurate are the salary and labor market reports that surface each month? Is your leadership team making business decisions based on monthly BLS numbers? Join Angela and Cary Sparrow from Greenwich.HR as they go beyond the ‘high-level’ overview and do a deep dive on U.S. labor trends. Cary Sparrow is a business leader and engineer who has thrived throughout his career with his entrepreneurial approach and keen eye for innovation opportunities. He founded Greenwich.HR in 2015 with a vision of bringing transparency to the labor market. Prior to founding Greenwich.HR, Cary served as a Vice President at Cargill, the largest privately-held company in the US, with over 65 businesses across nearly 70 countries. At Cargill, Cary was responsible for upgrading the global workforce management infrastructure, including all related technology, processes, data, and organization structures.

Episode 11: Torin Ellis, Diversity Strategist

Great Resignation, Big Quit, Great Reshuffle. Yeah yeah, we know, now what? Now with its own official Wiki page, The Great Resignation continues to wreak havoc on the talent acquisition industry, and COVID continues to be a factor as we near the end of 2022. But what are companies actually doing to counter employee attrition? Joining Angela and Torin Ellis for a third discussion. Torin leads a progressive boutique with a laser like focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategy and risk mitigation. He embraces a collaborative approach built on transparency, actionable strategy, and rigorous performance monitoring.

Episode 12: Priya Srinivasan, Vice President at IBM Expert Labs.

Priya and Angela will discuss how women can identify and capitalize on growth opportunities in business environments, and how mentorship can help women continuously level up their relationships, both personally and professionally. Priya Srinivasan is Vice President of IBM Expert Labs Customer Excellence and Subscription working across IBM Data and AI, Automation and Sustainability Software products. She leads a WW team responsible for IBM Client Success with IBM Software products. Prior to that she has lead several roles across IBM Data and AI Engineering & Support.

Episode 13: Shelly Douglas, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement for CHC

Creating Healthier Communities, the largest health/wellness federation in the country dedicated to raising money and capacity through workplace giving and strategic cause initiatives. In her role at CHC she helps bring communities, nonprofits, and businesses together around a shared commitment to better health and wellbeing.
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