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Envision RISE

With RISE companies realize the importance of a diverse workforce powered with voices of people from different backgrounds, personalities and thinking styles across the global workplace. RISE creates an environment where all people are encouraged to draw upon their unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to advance business goals. Join us as we explore all things in #Diversity, #Equity, and #Inclusion.

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Driving Inclusion and Belonging in Motorsports with Travis Shumake, NHRA Driver
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Travis Shumake, NHRA Driver, joins us to share his journey into drag racing as NHRA’s first LBTQ+ out driver. With a family history in racing, Travis shares how following his childhood dream is shifting perspectives on stereotypes inside and outside of motorsports with fans and sponsoring organizations to improve representation. Watch this episode on YouTube.Follow Travis and his team:Instagram travieshuTwitter @schumaketravis FacebookTravisshumake.com Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
26:37 09/15/2022
Recovery and the Compassionate Workplace with Britt Carpenter
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | We are joined this week by Britt Carpenter, the Founder/Director of Philly Unknown, a nonprofit providing support for people experiencing homelessness. Britt shares with us why he decided to leave corporate America to bring awareness to homelessness and substance use disorder by building a community focused on compassion. Britt provides valuable advice on giving prospective employees a chance to meet their potential despite their past, and ways to support their employees who may be experiencing substance use disorder.Watch this episode on YouTube. Learn more at the Philly Unknown Website.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
20:33 08/31/2022
Becoming a Sincere Ally with Mark Berrios-Ayala, Author
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | This week author Mark Berrios-Ayala joins us to discuss his new book “Let’s Get Sincere” where he explores the topic of allyship and marginalized communities, which he redefines as “resilient communities.” We find out what Mark believes are the top 9 traits strong allies possess and insights into small ways we can start supporting communities.Watch this episode on YouTube.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
17:33 08/19/2022
Bridging the Unemployment Gap with Community Sponsored Skills Programs with Yecenia Tostado, Project Azul
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Yecenia Tostado joins us to share how Project Azul began reducing a gap in the workforce by providing workforce skills training, credentials, and coaching,  transforming careers and lives along the way. Learn more about Project Azul: https://projectazul.org/Twitter @ProjectAzulIG @projectazulindyFacebook https://www.facebook.com/ProjectAzul/LinkedIn https://projectazul.org/Watch this episode on YouTube.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
18:10 07/27/2022
How Conscious Investments Shape Communities with Sonia Booker
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | This week entrepreneur Sonia Booker shares how her determination to become a real estate investor urged her to be an advocate for spreading wealth-building knowledge to others and to practice social real estate investing that supports community-driven change and its people.Learn more at https://soniabooker.com/ or follow her on social media:IG @iamsoniabookerFacebookTwitter @soniabookerLinkedInYouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWiP8ZyOl4_dCTectnzKLQWatch this episode on YouTube.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
31:03 07/11/2022
Healing and Unity through the Arts with the Empathy Theatre Project
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | This week we explore the arts with The Empathy Theatre Project’s Founder/ Executive Director, Cordelia Zars, and Production Director, Max Middleton. They share how the theatre creates a space for developing empathy through storytelling and music, sharing lived experiences that may be unlike our own in order to establish a connection and foster community.Learn more at empathytheatreproject.org or follow them on social media:Instagram @empathy.theatreprojectFacebook @theatrethatunitesWatch this episode on YouTube.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
22:16 06/16/2022
Beyond Brave: How to Support the Trans Community In & Out of the Workplace with Chloe Corocran
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Chloe Corcoran of the Lemonada Media audio reality series Being: Trans shares her ongoing story of transitioning, how it redefines her personal and professional life, and how it opened up vulnerability for her to push for a deeper understanding and humanization of the trans community. Chloe also provides guidance on creating an equitable workplace environment and a supportive space for trans lives. Watch this episode on YouTube.Read more about Chloe’s transition and listen to the Being Trans Podcast: Being: Trans PodcastUCLA, “Facial feminization surgery gives Chloe Corcoran new life” New York Times, “With Being Studios, Podcasting Meets Reality Television”LA Magazine, “ Inside the Launch of L.A.’s First Ever Audio Reality Podcast: ‘Being Trans’” Vulture, “ Being Trans, Snooze, and 3 More Podcasts Worth Trying” The Advocate, “The Audio Reality Series BEING Trans Is Your New Must-Subscribe Pod" Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
23:09 06/01/2022
Building a More Accessible World with Inclusive Marketing with Norma Stanley, CEO, E.E.E. Marketing Group, Inc.
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Norma Stanley, CEO/Founder of E.E.E. Marketing Group, Inc., shares information on how to improve inclusion for the disability community in organizations and communities through marketing strategies. Norma shares her journey as the mother of a child with a disability and reminds us that true inclusion is not only wheelchair accessibility but beyond to support all disabilities beyond what we can see. She emphasizes understanding the consumer first and how making inclusive changes creates a better quality of life for everyone. Visit Norma's website to learn more about her and the E.E.E. Marketing Group, Inc. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.Watch this episode on YouTube. Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
26:56 05/12/2022
The Power of Language: How Translation & Interpretation Invite a Connected Culture with LUNA Language Services
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | We’re joined by Naw Phaw, Director of Language Services, and Tiffany Hanson, Manager of Strategic Engagement, of LUNA Language Services to share their unique translation and interpretation services while talking about cultural connections between companies and communities. Naw and Tiffany describe on onboarding employees and navigating workplace coaching conversations for emerging English learners. They also provide tips for simple changes to the work space to overcome language obstacles, improve retention, and maintain a safe environment.Visit LUNA Language Services for details on their services and visit their YouTube page for educational webinars. Contact LUNA now or sign up to receive emails about educational events. Watch this episode on YouTube.Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
23:58 05/02/2022
Diversifying the Tech & Cybersecurity Workforce with Women of Color through Education and Training
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Tennisha Martin, Founder & Executive Director BlackGirlsHack, and Mari Galloway, CEO Cyberjutsu, introduce us to their programs preparing women from all backgrounds, beginning in high school, for career pathways in tech & cybersecurity. They discuss the large, diverse pool of talent available and how they support those looking for careers through education, training, resume building, and providing tools for getting noticed. Visit their websites and learn more about how to get involved below!https://www.sans.org/scholarship-academies/hbcu-cyber-academies/https://www.sans.org/scholarship-academies/womens-academy/Watch this video on YouTubeVisit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). 
24:25 04/19/2022
Employment as Inclusion for People with Disabilities and the Community Impact with Amy Isley, Shares, Inc.
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Amy Isley, Program Manager, Shares, Inc., tells us how this unique organization located in Central Indiana provides multiple programs for employment, life skills and community to individuals with developmental disabilities from all backgrounds. Amy shares how organizations can get involved, not only by providing employment opportunities, but through simple accommodations companies can make to allow the company and the employee to have a great experience.Learn more about Shares, Inc. on their website: https://sharesinc.org/. Watch on YoutubeVisit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
17:31 04/06/2022
Centering Student Voices as DE&I Leaders with Kaliq Simms, Founder, The Higher Learning Group
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | Kaliq Simms, Founder of the Higher Learning Group, tells us about her journey from classroom teacher to DE&I professional and the insight it provided into fostering diversity of thought and leadership into her students. Timestamps:1:16 - How Kaliq started with the Higher Learning Group3:53 - Kaliq’s journey from classroom teacher to DE&I professional8:45 - The role of students in the Higher Learning Group14:13 - Teaching students intersectionality, identity, and how we all have a story18:19 - Outcomes for schools once students explore issues around DE&I22:14 - The role of adult educators in diversity of thought27:29 - How diversity among teachers can transform the learning experienceLearn more about the Higher Learning Group.Watch on YouTubeVisit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
26:55 02/03/2022
In the Moment with The Bolder Company: How Experiential Learning Elicits Connection
#EnvisionRISE Podcast | The Bolder Company Founders, Jenny Drescher and Ellen Feldman Ornato, tell us how improvisational theater sparked their unique approach to adult training and development that encourages learners to become their aspirational selves in and out of the workplace.Together they teach:That becoming a bolder version of yourself looks different for all individualsHow adult learning requires us to get out of our comfort zones in order to stay engaged and establish connectionOvercoming rejection and building self-confidence through experiential learningTools to becoming an active listenerHow bringing fun into our daily lives chemically creates positivity and gives us access to creativity, language, innovationVisit www.theboldercompany.com to learn more about their training programs and to register for their bi-weekly Bolder Jam. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook. Visit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the actual workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
37:15 02/01/2022
Breaking Through Social Divides w/Personal Narrative & Understanding the Cult of Culture, Shari Foos
The Envision RISE Podcast opens 2022 with Shari Foos, MA, MFT; MS, NM, Founder of The Narrative Method, an organization creating programs and products that use stories to bring together diverse individuals. Shari shares with host Staci Hegarty her dream of a “contagion of connection” where people understand the power of storytelling and empathy. Listen as Shari Answers: How the Narrative Method applies to bringing your whole self to workDeconstructing the ‘cult of culture’ to choose self-awareness and empowerment over external judgement through mediaWhat can leaders do to help employees feel present and a sense of belongingHow to find meaning in your relationships with work and your peersHow to approach someone with “A.W.E.” awareness, wonder, and empathy, to offer respect and truly understand who they areLearn more about The Narrative Method and connect with Shari at https://www.thenarrativemethod.org/, or their social platforms:Twitter: @NarrativeMethodLinkedIn: The Narrative MethodFacebook: @thenarrativemethodIG: @thenarrativemethodVisit Envision RISE to learn how our evolutionary platform helps companies create a powerful integration and understanding of the relationship between the organization and the actual workforce. Envision RISE empowers your people to drive change and innovation through the methods of Organizational Change Management (OCM), Human Resource Management (HRM), and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).
27:45 01/19/2022
Understanding Personal Values to Cultivate a Better Culture
This week Staci Hegarty talks about the importance of understanding personal values to cultivate a better culture with J. Dwayne Garnett, Love Advocate, Founder/CEO of Love Is A Parable, an education and training nonprofit providing value-based education, sales strategies and culture enhancement to organizations. J. Dwayne Garnett shares how his 19 years in higher education and curriculum development supported the customization for his clients.Listen as Staci and J. Dwayne Garnett chat: The way values help to shape and identify how people see themselves and others and impact their decisionsHow our personal and professional lives rely on one another and following through the emotions that arise to maintain the balance The concept of biases as ‘values that received a dirty name’ and sifting through the discomfortTraining organizations going beyond visible diversity for true inclusionThe complexity of love, kindness, and uncomfortable conversations and how they contribute to creating the most diverse and authentic organizations Learn more about J. Dwayne Garnett and Love Is A Parable on their website or through social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Tune into their podcast Brother empowerMENt on Spotify. Connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
28:46 12/09/2021
Fortifying Infrastructure and Equity in Child Care with Business Education with Jeff Andrews, Business of Child Care
This week Staci Hegarty talks with Jeff Andrews, President of Business of Child Care, an organization supporting and connecting child care business owners to resources to provide fundamental skills for creating safe and equitable spaces.  Listen as Staci and Jeff discuss: How the pandemic caused many child care locations to close, disproportionately affecting women in the workforce and families in underserved communities and highlighting the lack of accessThe lack of equitable access to resources for building successful and safe child care businesses to underrepresented communities and its lasting impact on children and familiesMaking business licensing documentation more accessible through translation of materialsHow providing business owners with proper skills to start businesses, whether or not in child care, supports the entire communityContact and connect with Jeff and learn more visit www.businessofchildcare.com. To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
24:25 10/21/2021
Helping Students Cultivate Their Future through Non-Traditional Pathways with Lushanda Byrd, Leaving Members Joyful
This week Staci Hegarty catches up with Lushanda Byrd, longtime Higher Education professional and Founder of Leaving Members Joyful, a consulting firm supporting and educating youth on integrating themselves into the world and transforming their futures.Listen as Staci and Lushanda discuss:Growing a future through trades, community college programs, and entry level growth in a companyHow to help students create a vision for themselves by expanding on their skill sets from extra curricular activities, community service, AP courses and their jobsTeaching students how to build resumes and understand how soft skills develop into specific skills such critical thinking, communication, and management skillsHow parents can get connected with resources to help guide their childrenContact and connect with Lushanda through @lushanda1 on IG, @LushandaJ on Twitter, and Lushanda Byrd on LinkedIn.To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
19:51 09/21/2021
The Power of Accrediting Life Experience with Professor Geeta Verma, LivedX
This week Staci Hegarty speaks with University of Colorado Denver Professor Geeta Verma, founder of LivedX. Staci and Professor Verma discuss why she founded LivedX, an online portal that translates peoples’ everyday life experiences into credentials for greater success in educational and workplace opportunities. Listen as Staci and Professor Verma discuss:How recognizing the value of essential skills developed during lived experience can address structural inequities and level the playing field for minority students How LivedX helps students document their lived experience to create a narrative from which embedded skills can be identified, validated, and quantified to bolster students in the admissions and hiring processThe future ability of LivedX to provide important data to schools and universities that will allow them to address structural inequities in education curriculumLearn more about LivedX at https://livedx.com/.To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
25:30 08/25/2021
Reengineering the Approach to DE&I in Established Organizations with Michael Johnson, ASME
Join the #EnvisionRISE podcast this week as we speak with Michael Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Michael shares the evolution of ASME, beginning in 1880, into a worldwide 100K+ membership of professionals and students who develop standards with rapidly changing markets and technology and how that rapid change must also be addressed from the inside out, beginning with their people.Join us as they discuss:The focus on DE&I for the future of ASME and the engineering professionHow ASME as an international group is taking on new challenges and prioritizing diversity of thought throughout the organizationChanging the perception of DE&I and understanding that inclusion means everyone to create lifelong ASME employees and bring new talentMichael's personal experiences as he urges others to bring awareness and sensitivity to every meeting they attend.Learn more about ASME at www.asme.org.To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
19:47 08/05/2021
Connecting the Dots: How Envision RISE Evolved from IpX
In this week’s episode, Envision RISE’s Staci Hegarty and Michael Benning, IpX Vice President of Organizational Change Management (OCM) illustrate how Envision RISE was born from IpX’s 30+ years of experience as a leading enterprise transformation company whose passion for people of the people, processes, and tools framework grew into its own practice. Michael and Staci describe:How weak OCM creates disconnect and disengagement between leadership and staff and what successful OCM looks likeHow Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) are less representation and more the celebration of backgrounds, ideas, and thoughts to drive problem-solving and innovation by making the workforce feel valued, heard, and respectedHow concepts and approaches within IpX translate to Envision RISE The financial, cultural, and resource impact of improving DE&I in an organization To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
16:09 07/02/2021
Increasing Racial Education in White Educators with Jay Wamsted
This week we chat with 15-year educator, Jay Wamsted. Jay shares how his initiation into teaching within a predominantly Black school and community started his journey into developing self, facing his own biases, and becoming a more engaging teacher by being open to discussing race and culture in the classroom.Jay schools us to share: How issues of race matter in all school subjectsThat math isn’t a ‘universal language’ when it isn’t taught in your native languageHow his experience uncovered his own bias and assumptions of the learning experience for students in ELL (English Language Learners)How unlearning and disassembling stereotypes remind teachers that each students deserves personal attentionWhat assignments he would share with white teachers to create a more inclusive and equitable classroom and investigating their own historyWhat it looks like to talk about race at home To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
38:47 06/10/2021
Improving DE&I in Manufacturing through Partnership & Education with Women in Manufacturing (WiM) President, Allison Grealis
In this episode, Envision RISE’s Staci Hegarty speaks with Allison Grealis, President, Women in Manufacturing Association (WiM) about WiM’s founding and its 10+ year mission of supporting, promoting, and inspiring women in manufacturing careers, as well as the companies that employ them. Staci and Allison discuss:The slow nature of culture change and the importance of having allies in your DE&I journey to share resources and best practices for benchmarkingRecognizing that DE&I is a choice that companies make and how WiM supports inclusive corporate environmentsAdvice for companies who recognize DE&I is paramount to their success and are struggling to fill manufacturing rolesThe future of women in manufacturing roles and WiM’s efforts to bring awareness of manufacturing careers to the K-12 populationLearn more about membership and the DE&I task force through the WiM website including their new Hear Her Story podcast.To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.
21:41 05/21/2021
Creating Meaningful and Objective Employee Performance Reviews with Shirin Nikaein of Upful.ai
In this episode, Envision RISE’s Global Director of Equity & Inclusion, Staci Hegarty speaks with Shirin Nikaein, Co-Founder and CEO of Upful.ai about how a negative experience with biased employer feedback led her to create a product that helps companies produce more meaningful and objective employee performance reviews. Staci and Shirin talk about how Upful uses behavioral science research to address common issues with employee reviews as well as what it’s like to be in a start-up, and advice for those thinking of starting their own companies. Hear Staci and Shirin discuss:How Upful detects vague, subjective, speculative, or potentially biased language and provides real-time coaching to remind managers of best practices when writing an employee performance evaluationThe importance of reducing different types of cognitive biases to make evaluation feedback more objective and representative of an employee’s performanceThe punishment gap and the expectation for women to be 100% likable, 100% of the time  The significance of performance ratings and the impact on an employee’s career trajectory and earning potentialWhy representation in upper management matters for improving employee retention and creating products and services that serve more people equallyTo learn how Upful uses behavioral science to coach people as they write employee performance feedback visit: https://get.upful.ai/To connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation: https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE.  
42:00 05/05/2021
Expert Advice for Finding Your Best Career with Katie O’Malley, M.Ed., BCC, of (en)Courage Coaching
On this week's Envision RISE podcast, we hear from Katie O'Malley, M.Ed., BCC, who founded (en)Courage Coaching to make leadership coaching, executive coaching, and career coaching accessible to everyone - especially communities that are underrepresented in the C-suite. Katie inspires us to find the best career for ourselves by:Listening to your gut, knowing your personal values, and staying true to your authentic self in career search  As a student, getting curious about your university's services and take advantage of themCasting a wide net and making connections that could someday support a future career Being open to career changes and cutting your own path in a gig economyFinding a career and a company that aligns with your value system and brings you joyUnderstanding negative feelings in a work environment as signals and data for making changeLearn more about Katie and (en)Courage Coaching services at www.encouragecoaching.org or email her at Katie@encouragecoaching.org. Connect with us to learn more about how our evolutionary RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation. https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE​
27:28 04/22/2021
Running at Your Own Pace with Linda Harvey
On this week’s episode we get to know Linda Harvey, President, Global Core Strategies and Consulting. Linda speaks with Envision RISE’s Global Director of Equity & Inclusion, Staci Hegarty about her esteemed career in the military and how, after retirement, she stepped out on faith to become an entrepreneur. After college, Linda was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence branch and sent to Arizona for training where she was one of two Black females in her class. From there she was stationed in Hawaii as a Battalion S1Personnel Officer of a unit of over 350 soldiers and civilians, where she found her love of all things Human Resources. After a few years as a Company Executive Office, Linda became a Company Command, where she applied the advice she received early on, “we don’t have to sprint all the time.” Linda shares what it’s like to be a female leader in the military and what she’s learned in her career including: The importance of running your own race and being true to yourself How women in leadership feel like they have to do extra to have a seat at the tableLetting customers set the pace to figure out what they needHow being an introvert and seen as being quiet in leadership lends itself to being a great listenerHow being quiet in leadership can be a superpower noting that, “when quiet people speak, people listen”The importance of lifelong learning and intentionally working to always find your voice and the power of instilling that in youthLearn more about Linda and her organization, Global Core Strategies and Consulting: https://gcs.consulting.Connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation. https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE 
17:05 04/09/2021
Intentional Investment: Exploring Financial Education for Marginalized Groups with Bay Street Capital Holdings
On this week’s episode, we meet William Huston and Ekenna Anya-Gafu of Bay Street Capital Holdings, a minority-owned, independent investment advisory, wealth management, and financial planning firm that is also dedicated to increasing financial literacy for marginalized groups. As William explained, the institution space has many diverse managers - people of color and women - who outperform their peers; however, these managers often have no advisors or plan sponsors supporting them. Will and Ekenna share: How comprehensive 401K plans and performance plans for 401Ks can be used as tools for attracting and retaining talentHow many POC traditionally have had less access to financial resources and tools, and how Bay Street’s resources and financial workshops support women and POC The significant increase in investments by POC in 2020 alone A historical, systemic understanding of lower participation of women and POC in financial planning due to pay inequityAn insight on behavioral finance and its impact on financial decision makingThe necessity for organizations to include DEI in all decisions, especially externally for a larger diversity of suppliers and vendorsLearn more about Bay Street Capital HoldingsConnect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies commit to promoting diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation. EnvisionRISE.com
23:52 03/26/2021
Ron Harvey on Meeting People Where They Are
Envision RISE Podcast Release: Ron Harvey on Meeting People Where They AreOur latest episode features Ron Harvey, VP/COO, Global Core Strategies, and Lifecoach alongside Envision RISE’s Global Director of Equity & Inclusion, Staci Hegarty. Ron shares his experiences and rich history as a leader in coaching, a military career, and a business owner. As a coach, Ron strives to meet people where they are and measures his success on the success of those he coaches. In creating a more diverse and inclusive society, he encourages us to open our doors, hold our loved ones accountable, and examine our own history and beliefs. Staci and Ron take a deep dive into:The expectations of Black people, Indigenous peoples, and people of color (BIPOC) to assimilate in professional and personal settings to white culture How white colleagues can show up for BIPOC The expectations of Black business owners & executives to be the spokespeople for all people of color and not as individualsThe cultural and professional pressures of how to show up as a Black executiveExisting systemic roadblocks in financing and certifying businesses owned by BIPOC and the disenfranchisement of businesses for BIPOCHow systems built for equity now do the oppositeHow to expand your network and connections to people different from youLearn more about Ron and his organization Global Core Strategies and Consulting. Connect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation. https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISE
30:22 03/10/2021
RISE Mailbag with Global Director, Equity & Inclusion, Staci Hegarty
In this episode originally recorded on the IpX TN Podcast, Staci Hegarty, Envision RISE Global Director of Equity & Inclusion, takes on questions from listeners and our community on issues surrounding diversity, equity, racism, inclusion, biases, and invisible diversity. Staci addresses questions concerning:·     The true meaning of privilege as an unearned advantage that removes obstacles others face·     The difference between equality and equity·     The importance of inclusion in diversity efforts·     The reality of the “American Dream” for many·     The notion of colorblindness and the need to acknowledge ones’ different experiences·     How to acknowledge you own biases and intentionally change your way of thinking·     The need to recognize and accommodate invisible disabilitiesConnect with us to learn more about how our RISE platform helps companies make a commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, equity and create an environment where your people are empowered to drive change and innovation. https://bit.ly/EnvisionRISEReference: “Beware the Echo Chamber” Blog Post by Michael Benning https://ipxhq.com/blog/beware-the-echo-chamber-id-28
34:46 02/18/2021
Why a Third Party Should Lead Your DEI Program
In the first episode of the Envision RISE Podcast (previously a part of the IpX TN Podcast series), host Chris Anderson talks with RISE Global Director, Equity & Inclusion, Staci Hegarty and IpX Executive Director, TN Enterprise Calibration, Michael Benning on why a third party should lead your organization's DEI program. Michael and Staci cover tackling objectives to creating cultural change such as budget, a lack of company commitment, and difficult conversations. Listen in as they explore how an outside perspective gathers data your team can trust, provides transparency among the workforce, and sends the message that leadership sees DEI as a priority and critical growth factor.Learn more about IpX's DEI program RISE at https://bit.ly/riseIpX.
28:09 02/18/2021