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The Diverse Minds Podcast

The Diverse Minds Podcast

By Leyla Okhai
The podcast that talks about race equality and wellbeing for a busy modern world through inspiring stories, interviews and case studies.

Brought to you by Leyla Okhai, CEO of Diverse Minds UK and former Head of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre at Imperial College London. We provide insights from diverse thought leaders in race equality, wellbeing and mental health to increase your understanding and enable you to make positive changes in your life with ease.
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#106 Cross-Cultural Understanding at Work with Dr Nathalie Van Meurs
Welcome to the 106th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. September’s focus is all about enhancing your workplace through cross-cultural understanding. To kick off the month, we are starting with one of my favourite topics, culture! To join me in doing this is Dr Nathalie van Meurs.
44:51
September 07, 2021
#102 Beware the Tone Police!
Welcome to the 102nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today's episode, I am going to be talking about tone policing at work, what it means, its impacts and how to call it out.
15:50
August 10, 2021
#101 Defining Global Feminism with Raakhi Shah CEO of The Circle
Welcome to the 101st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. We are in the midst of South Asian Heritage Month, so what better than to speak with a South Asian sister I admire and I'm proud to call my friend, on the topic of global women’s rights. Today I am joined by Raakhi Shah, CEO of The Circle NGO, a women’s rights organisation.
22:49
August 03, 2021
#100 7 Reasons you must watch We Are Lady Parts
On today’s episode I am going to be talking about the awesome C4 Series We are Lady Parts written by Nida Manzoor and 7 reasons you must watch it!
10:25
July 27, 2021
#99 Uplifting Impact with Deanna Singh
Welcome to the 99th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast, and I don't know about you, but often, I find in life that there are people who reach out to us in an unexpected way. We've never heard of them previously, and they might be on the other side of the world. They've not been in our sphere of consciousness, but we build a true connection with them. And I think this has been more common and is happening more often in a virtual world with social media to connect us. This is what happened when Deanna Singh, founder of Flying Elephant enterprise, reached out to me and invited me to be a guest on her podcast. We spoke and as they say the rest was history.
26:12
July 20, 2021
#98 What have emojis got to do with equality and diversity?
Welcome to the 98th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! In today’s episode, I am going to be talking about emojis and what they have to do with equality and diversity.
19:42
July 13, 2021
#97 The art of listening to support someone
Welcome to the 97th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! It's the beginning of the month of July, and the theme for the month is myth-busting. So we're going to be kicking off by talking about the art of listening and how it supports someone in distress.
13:46
July 06, 2021
#96 Empowerment through the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation with Richard Orrefo
Welcome to the 96th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. As you know, in June, the podcast is focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, and today, I am joined by an incredibly special guest, Professor Richard OC Oreffo.
34:07
June 29, 2021
#95 Shaking up your Recruitment Processes
Welcome to the 95th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! Continuing the theme of corporate social responsibility for the month of June, I talk about shaking up your recruitment practices in today's episode of the show.
20:14
June 22, 2021
#94 Making Change and not Jumping on the Bandwagon
Welcome to the 92nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! As you know, during the month of June our theme is corporate social responsibility, so in today's episode, I talk about meaningful engagement with social campaigns and not simply jumping on the bandwagon.
17:53
June 15, 2021
#93 Empathy at Work with Shola Kaye
Welcome to the 91st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. Today we are going to be talking about Empathy at work. For many people in the UK as we once again start to transition back to a hybrid style of workplace connecting with colleagues again will be imperative. Everyone will have been on a different journey had varying experiences and perhaps want this to be acknowledged in the workplace. It’s vital for workplaces and all staff to be aware and mindful of communication, conversation and support. To join me in discussing this in further details is expert Shola Kaye.
22:57
June 08, 2021
#92 How volunteering supports Mental Wellbeing
Welcome to the 92nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! For June the theme is corporate social responsibility and as it’s volunteers’ week, we are kicking off this month with the topic of volunteering.
19:00
June 01, 2021
#91 Elevating Teen Self-Esteem with Jenny Garrett
Welcome to the 91st episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. May is National Teen Self Esteem Month 2020 and it's a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring our teens are self-aware and feel confident about themselves. The effect that teenagers' self-esteem has on their physical and mental well-being is of paramount importance and is a crucial focus of the awareness month. The teenage years are a notoriously difficult time for the majority of young people and therefore this is a fantastic way of checking in and ensuring we are doing everything that we can to support and nurture the teens in our lives- be it family or friends. On top of the physical, hormonal and emotional changes going on, teens also have to contend with the added pressures of social changes, new relationships, increased educational expectations, peer pressure and impossible societal standards perpetuated by the media, society and often parents. To join me to talk about this and more is the wonderful Jenny Garrett OBE.
37:28
May 25, 2021
#90 What's next for wellbeing as we transition back?
Welcome to the 90th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today’s episode, I talk about what's next for wellbeing as we transition or try to transition from life in a pandemic.
22:44
May 17, 2021
#89 Connecting Nature and Mental Health
Welcome to the 89th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today’s episode, I talk about how connecting with nature supports our mental health. This is all because it's a mental health awareness week, which runs from Monday, the 10th to Sunday, the 16th of May, and this year's theme is connecting with nature for your mental health and well being.
15:47
May 11, 2021
#88 Talking Sense for Deaf Awareness Week
Welcome to the 88th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. It’s Deaf Awareness Week from 3rd to 9th of May, and the theme is ‘Coming Though it Together’. The UK Council on Deafness, founded in 1993 and the national umbrella organisation for charities and professional bodies working in the field of deafness, coordinates deaf awareness week, which involves UK wide series of national and local events to raise awareness of the needs of the 1 in 6 deaf or hard of hearing people in the UK. Deaf Awareness Week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends. But what about sensory impairments as a whole in the wider sense and people who may have a number of disabilities. To talk about this in greater detail, I am joined by Richard Kramer, the CEO of SENSE.
33:45
May 04, 2021
#87 Ella Mesma and Ama Rouge International Day of Dance
Welcome to the 87th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast, and today we're going to be linking mental health with dance for the International Day of dance on the 29th of April. To join me in doing this, I'm really excited to welcome two phenomenal dance professionals, Ella Mesma and Ama Rouge.
43:20
April 27, 2021
#86 5 Ways Reading Benefits your Mental Health
Welcome to the 86th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today’s episode, I talk about reading and mental health and the five ways in which reading supports mental health for World Book Night. World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading that takes place on the 23rd of April. The idea is to bring people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency, and in partnership with Specsavers, 2021 is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, with a special theme of “Books to Make You Smile”.
15:05
April 20, 2021
#85 Black Beauty and Wholeness with Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman
Welcome to the 85th episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, and this month, we are looking at personal development. In today's episode, we're going to be talking about black beauty. And that's not to say that black communities need to focus on this as personal development, but more for people who don't understand the stereotypes pushbacks and the struggles around black beauty and the pressure that there are on black women. And I'm delighted to be joined by Dr. Rochelle Roe Wiseman.
33:15
April 13, 2021
#84 Asking Yourself Big Questions with Bhavik Patel
Welcome to the 84th episode of the Diverse Minds podcast. And as you know, April is focused on personal development, and part of personal development is to ask yourself big questions. In this episode, I'm joined by a wonderful person who knows absolutely how to do that, Bhavik Patel.
29:55
April 06, 2021
#83 Turning a hobby into a passion with Rosie Khandwala
Welcome to the 83rd episode of the award-winning DiverseMinds Podcast. As we head into  April, I will be focussing on personal development, with this bridging episode with another fabulous female entrepreneur. The personal development theme will be centred on self-awareness, looking at how you want to shape your life, personal challenges and long-standing aspirations. To kick off and joining me on the show is Rosie Khandwala the Co-founder of Aqua Natural Ltd.
37:54
March 30, 2021
#82 Agency as Female Solopreneur
Welcome to the 82nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! In today’s episode, I'm going to be wrapping up our March month of showcasing female entrepreneurs by talking about agency and the positive experience I have had running my own business.
17:56
March 23, 2021
#81 Y.O.U can make a difference with Sarah Jordan
Welcome to the 81st episode of the diverse minds podcast. For March, we are celebrating amazing entrepreneurial women, and I've got a real treat in store for you today. In this episode, I'm joined by Sarah Jordan, a recognized industry leader with over 20 years, digital and business experience across not-for-profit commercial and publishing sectors.
34:09
March 16, 2021
#80 Entrepreneurship with an AfroTouch with Georgina Fihosy
Welcome to the 80th episode of the award-winning diverse minds podcast and a continuation of our female entrepreneur showcase month, and today we're going to be talking about entrepreneurship with an afro touch, and to join me is Georgina Fihosy.
27:06
March 09, 2021
#79 Dyslexia Champions and Neurodivergent Support
Welcome to the 79th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds Podcast. I'm so excited as we've hit March because this month, we're focusing on female entrepreneurs for International Women's Month, showcasing the talents and the businesses of a diverse range of women I know. To kick off the month, we are talking about dyslexia support in the workplace, and joining me on the show to do so is a dear friend and former colleague, Janette Beetham.
35:11
March 02, 2021
#78 No such thing as being shelved
Welcome to the 78th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast, and today is the last in our series all about self-love. So I've got a real treat for you because we're gonna be delving into this more. And as we've just had Valentine's Day and the pressure for heteronormative romantic relationships, I'm going to be joined by the amazing Jasveer Atwal to talk about her project Shelved.
23:38
February 22, 2021
#77: Book Review: Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola
Welcome to 77th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! On today’s episode, I am going to be talking about the book Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola for Valentine’s Week.
12:54
February 16, 2021
#76 Self-love and Self-Esteem what does it all mean?
Welcome to 76th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! Yes, that’s right, on Tuesday, 26th of January, I won the PFB Awards for the Best Diversity and Inclusion podcast! Thank you for listening and supporting.
13:36
February 09, 2021
#75 How love promotes positive mental health
Welcome to the 75th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast! Yes, that’s right, on Tuesday the 26th of January, I won the PFB Awards for best Diversity and Inclusion podcast! Thank you for listening and supporting. On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about how love promotes positive mental health. Essentially how we all need connection as humans.
13:48
February 03, 2021
#74 Preventing a Mental-ill Health Factory
Welcome to the 73rd episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about mental health in universities and the impact it has on both staff and students alike.
29:41
January 26, 2021
#73 Book Review of Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Welcome to the 73rd episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I review Everything is Figureoutable, a book written by American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Marie Forleo.
15:56
January 19, 2021
#72 Recovery through Art with Olivia Mendoza
Welcome to the 71st episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about substance recovery, addiction, and the journey to finding hope and healing. Joining me on this show today is Olivia Mendoza.
47:05
January 12, 2021
#71 Workplace Wellbeing Trends for 2021
Welcome to the 71st episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about what I think 2021 will hold in terms of workplace well being.
13:52
January 07, 2021
#70: Lessons from 2020
Welcome to the 70th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk the business lessons I have learned in 2020 and things to take forward, as a result of the year we've had in 2021.
18:17
December 29, 2020
#69 How Real Allyship Makes a Difference
Welcome to the 69th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about how real authentic and genuine race allyship can really make a difference in the workplace and why it's needed.
19:38
December 22, 2020
#68 Still too scared to talk about race?
Welcome to the 68th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about how race conversations at work are still stalling and whether you are scared of talking about race.
20:42
December 15, 2020
#67 Diversifying Boards and why you need to
Welcome to the 67th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. On today's I talk about diversifying boards and why, if you are an employer, you need to diversify them. I also talk about why individuals need to join boards as a way of broadening the thought pool.
22:52
December 08, 2020
#66 Gender-based violence, culture and mental health with Mani Hayre
Welcome to the 66th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. This week we are talking about the 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence. Talking about sexual violence at work can feel like a big taboo subject. However, we do need to have conversations in the workplace. This is to ensure everyone can recognise and support employees who are experience domestic and sexual violence.
38:03
December 01, 2020
#65 Why Training isn't a Panacea
Welcome to the 65th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about why training isn’t a panacea, but part of your strategy to create a positive and productive workplace. In this episode, I focus on mental health and well-being training, specifically aimed at workplaces.
13:02
November 24, 2020
#64 Workplace Wellbeing Initiatives that Truly Work
Welcome to the 64th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. With the second lockdown in the UK, and mental health and wellbeing of paramount importance, what are the ways in which workplaces can truly create and sustain workplace wellbeing initiatives that work? Where’s the research, especially with pressure placed on healthcare and social services? To join me to talk about these issues and more is Dr Jermaine M. Ravalier.
36:33
November 17, 2020
#63 Anti-bullying initiatives that work
Welcome to the 63rd episode of the Diverse Minds podcast. It’s anti-bullying week from the 11th to the 15th of November. As many of you know, workplace bullying and combating it is something I feel very deeply about. Why,  as it impacts so negatively on so many people's mental health.
38:42
November 10, 2020
#62 Mindfulness And Managing Stress With Mita Mistry
Welcome to the 62nd episode of the Diverse Minds podcast. We are kicking November off talking about International Stress Awareness Week, and to join me in doing this Mita Mistry.
25:43
November 03, 2020
#61 The Challenge of Women’s Wellbeing at Work during Covid-19 
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about women’s wellbeing and CV-19. I decided to make an episode on this because last week, I was invited to be part of the women in work all-party parliamentary group. This year's theme for the group is women's well being in the workplace, and this particular meeting focused on women's well being at work during COVID -19. I was really honoured to be part of this and felt it was a great platform to raise a number of issues that friends, colleagues and women I know have encountered during the lockdown and during this period of COVID - 19.
20:21
October 27, 2020
#60 To BAME or not to BAME?    
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the term BAME and the ways in which people may self-identify, and how language needs to change. I decided to talk about this as this has become a topic many people want to engage with and talk about in my online training sessions about race and race equality.
12:10
October 20, 2020
#59 How Hate Crime Negatively Impacts Mental Health 
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I am going to be talking about hate crime and the impact it has on mental health. I decided to talk about this topic as the 10th to the 17th of October 2020 is Hate Crime Awareness Week, which also overlaps with the World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. I really feel it’s important to talk about both of these topics, and especially as it's Black History Month, the topic of race hate crime needs to be addressed as well.
11:09
October 13, 2020
#58 Neurodiversity, Race and Culture with Jannett Morgan 
Welcome to the 58th episode of the Diverse Minds podcast. This is the first episode for Black History Month 2020, and it also happens to be Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs from the 5th to the 11th of October 2020. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about race, culture and dyslexia, and to join me in doing this is an expert, colleague and friend Jannett Morgan.
42:25
October 05, 2020
#57 Assertiveness and Self-Care
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, as part of my trilogy for Self-Care September, I talk about assertiveness and setting boundaries. I outline how assertiveness can help you on your self-care journey, in terms of your mental, physical and social well-being, I decided to make an episode on this topic as setting boundaries often stops us from looking after ourselves.
15:46
September 29, 2020
#56 Creating Safe Cultural Spaces with Rupinder Kaur
Welcome to the 56th episode of the DM podcast, and as part of Self-Care September, I'm going to be talking about creating safe spaces for specific cultural groups. I am delighted to be joined by Rupinder Kaur, Founder and CEO of AWMB and the Inspire Monthly Club.
37:10
September 22, 2020
#55 Shaping Your Routine and Self Care
On today’s episode, as part of Self-Care September, I talk about creating, adapting and having a routine to support your self-care. The term self-care often has a bad reputation or a response that invokes a big sigh! What I mean by self-care is taking practical action to look after your physical, mental and social wellbeing, and doing this regularly helps us during times of stress and builds resilience.
14:58
September 15, 2020
#54 Social Media and Mental Health: Help or Hindrance?
This episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about social media and the impact it has on our mental health and wellbeing. I decided to talk about this topic because Sunday 5th of September was the first Digital Detox Day, a collaboration between #IAMWHOLE, an organisation co-founded by Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks, beauty blogger, Zoella and the cosmetics brand Lush. The aim of Digital Detox Day is about raising awareness around the negative impacts that social media can have on our mental health, and to enable people and help them to form healthier relationships with their devices.
15:23
September 08, 2020
#53 Happy 1st Birthday Diverse Minds Podcast
Today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast is all about celebrating our first birthday and 52 full episodes of the show! In this episode, I share with you the five key things that I have learned over the 52 episodes of the podcast.
17:40
September 01, 2020
#52 The Messy Myth Of Meritocracy
This episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast was meant to be the birthday episode of the show. However, due to the A-Level scandal in the UK and exams issues this summer, I wanted to talk about the messy myth of meritocracy. I provide some insights on what meritocracy is, who is deserving, who deserves what and why they may or may not deserve it. In essence, why is it the messy myth of meritocracy
14:00
August 25, 2020
#51 A Writer’s Journey With Mahsuda Snaith
In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, we’re carrying on the spirit of South Asian Heritage Month and breaking stigmas and myths, particularly in relation to South Asian women. Joining me on the show is British, South Asian author Mahsuda Snaith. I am lucky to also call Mahsuda a good friend and colleague who helps me work out my business blocks.
34:06
August 18, 2020
#50 Why you need to stop stereotyping South Asian Women
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the stereotyping South Asian Women in the UK tend to encounter. The single-story about arranged marriages that are portrayed about us and why it’s SO boring! I wanted to use this episode, as part of the first South Asian heritage month to talk about this topic. Focussing on cultural awareness and why people pigeonholing us as South Asian women is not a good idea! I provide ideas and tips on how to support and not assume and what you can do to increase your awareness. In today’s show, I talk about: What unconscious biases are and how they could, in fact, be very conscious. [01:18] Summary of schemas are and how they can contribute to stereotypes.  [02:13] The main schemas I hear about related to South Asian women in the UK.  [03:13] The plurality of being a South Asian woman [05:37] The importance of understanding the damage stereotyping does and how it stops South Asian women and people moving ahead. [09:21] What you can do to challenge your stereotypes about South Asian women [13.21] Learn more about culturally sensitive coaching [15.00] Resources Karma Nirvana Forced Marriage Unit South Asian History Month Website South Asian History Month on Twitter Indian Summer Diverse Minds Podcast: Why You Need a Coach Quotes Many biases, unconscious biases, or stereotypes are not unconscious. They're often very conscious! A schema is a cognitive framework or concept that helps us as people to organise and interpret the vast amounts of information that we receive on a minute by minute, hour by hour basis. There is so much plurality in being a South Asian woman. The religions of South Asia are very diverse and different. Educate yourself. Watch, read, and speak to people to learn more. Work with me Want to know more about my work and how I can help you? Why not book a time to speak with me and find out more? https://calendly.com/leylao You can learn more about the coaching I do here. Subscribe to the podcast If you enjoyed this episode, then consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from. If you enjoyed it, why not leave a review? You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Remember to tune in to next week's episode, where I'll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.
16:49
August 11, 2020
#49 The first South Asian Heritage Month
On today’s episode, I talk about South Asian History Month, a month that’s been chosen to mark and celebrate the culture, history and lives of South Asian people in the UK. This is the first year South Asian History Month has been celebrated officially. It runs from 18 July to 17 August 2020. It aims to raise the profile ofSouth Asian History in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration. The goal is to help people better understand the diversity of present-day Britain, as well as improving levels of social cohesion between the various communities.
14:06
August 04, 2020
#48 Finding Passion, Patience and Persistence
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about passion, patience and persistence. In essence to reflect on the last four months and what I have learned about myself and my business.
14:39
July 28, 2020
#47 How culture and leadership combine
On today’s episode, I talk about culture and leadership. I wanted to talk about this as I've been delivering leadership programmes for Black/ Global Majority/ Staff of Colour for several years. So, talking and thinking about culture is a key theme in these programmes. I also think the Coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on varying different styles of “leadership” based on cultural country frameworks. In many cases hasn't worked well, or it's been a game-changer and saved thousands of lives. In this episode, I talk about what culture is, the difference between culture and race, what you can do to reduce cultural or communication misunderstandings and more.
19:59
July 21, 2020
#46 Solopreneurs Mental Health 
On today’s episode, I talk about solopreneur and small business owners' mental health. I chose to talk about this topic because I think there are specific challenges that you face when you run your own business as a solopreneur. Or you have a small team but you're essentially a small enterprise or a micro-business. In this episode, I talk about these challenges and what you can do to deal with them during these incredibly difficult times.
21:08
July 14, 2020
#45 Visibility with Louise Ndibwirende Goux-Wirth 
In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m joined by Louise Goux-Wirth talk about visibility.
36:26
July 07, 2020
#44 Your Working at Home Life Balance
On today’s episode, I talk about your working at home-life balance and looking after your wellbeing during this time of uncertainty.
15:60
June 30, 2020
#43 Windrush Day with Patrick Vernon
In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m joined by Dr Patrick Vernon to talk about Windrush Day.
36:55
June 23, 2020
#42 Men's Health Week with Oris Ikomi
Welcome to the 42nd episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, and it's Men's Health Week this week - running from the 15th to the 21st of June. The aim of Men's Health Week is to raise awareness of health issues that affect men disproportionately. As well as focusing on men to become more aware of health problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
43:12
June 16, 2020
#41 Racism and Genuine Allyship
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m going to be talking about racism and genuine allyship.
27:16
June 09, 2020
#40 Negotiating something better
Welcome to the 40th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. For some of us, things may be getting back to normal, and you’re probably trying to process what's been happening.
48:27
June 02, 2020
#39 Resilience and Mental Health
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about the word resilience, what it means and how we can all learn from the harder times to enable us to move forward.
15:22
May 26, 2020
#38 How kindness helps our mental health
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme of kindness.
13:30
May 19, 2020
#37 Why bother with Inclusive Language?
On today’s episode, I’m talking about inclusive language. Why bother with inclusive language, why it is so important and why language matters so much.
13:15
May 12, 2020
#36 Five Lessons we can learn from Noughts and Crosses
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about the five lessons we can all learn from the TV series, Noughts and Crosses, to address inequity in the workplace.
18:51
May 05, 2020
#35 Coronavirus and Humanitarian perspectives with Asil Sidahmed
On today’s episode, I talk about public health COVID-19, race, white privilege, intersectional public health and the humanitarian perspective. To discuss this and her journey, I am joined by Asil Sidahmed.
43:20
April 27, 2020
#34 Ramadan and what it means with Omar Salha
In this week’s episode I am delighted to be joined by the very esteemed Omar Salha, Founder of the Ramadan Tent Project.
53:33
April 21, 2020
#33 Jumping Hurdles with Andrea Rainsford
At the moment, with the news of ill-health and suffering economies, it could be that you are feeling as if you don’t know what’s next or where to go.
41:47
April 14, 2020
#32 Managing Lone Working and Mental Health
On today’s episode, I talk about how lone and remote working can impact positively and negatively on our mental health and wellbeing. The reason lone remote working has become more popular in the last 10 years. (00:54) Why I think it’s important to assess where in your home you are working from. (02:11) How my one-hour power video call can help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. (03:29) Practical steps you can take as a manager to ensure your team stay connected as well as looking after your own wellbeing. (04:18) Tips to help you cope with working from home. (07:46)
12:53
April 07, 2020
#31 Staying connected during social isolation
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I’m going to be talking about how we can stay safe and connected during a period of social and physical distancing to protect ourselves from acquiring Coronavirus/COVID-19.
17:13
March 31, 2020
#30 World Poetry Day With Jess Green
This week's episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast is all about World Poetry Day, I am joined by the award-winning Jess Green on the show to talk about the day and what it means.
32:44
March 24, 2020
#29 Intersectionality and International Women's Day
On today's episode, I'm going to be talking about International Women's Month and the theme “Each for Equal”. I'm going to share my thoughts on the theme and how we can all take action to equalise the playing field for women.
20:13
March 17, 2020
#28 Overcoming Adversity with Petra Velzeboer
As this month is International Women's Month, I'm showcasing an amazing woman on this week's podcast.  I'll be talking to Petra Velzeboer, about overcoming adversity.
27:42
March 10, 2020
#27 What You Can Do For University Mental Health Day
Welcome to the 27th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. Today we're talking about University Mental Health Day. I'm delighted to be joined by Rosie Tressler, the CEO of Student Minds. 
36:40
March 03, 2020
#26 Eating Disorder Awareness Week with Hope Virgo
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast, we're going to be talking about Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I’m delighted to be joined by Hope Virgo.
28:13
February 25, 2020
#25 How to organise effective mental health awareness events for your workplace 
On today's episode, I’m going to be talking about how to organise effective mental health awareness events for your workplace.
13:04
February 18, 2020
#24 Exploring people of colour, sex and mental health with Dr Annabel Sowemimo
As we approach Valentine’s Day and commercial love is in the air, today’s podcast is all about exploring people of colour, sex and mental health. I am delighted to be joined by Dr Annabel Sowemimo on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
38:45
February 11, 2020
#23 LGBTQI+ History Month with Michelle Codrington-Rogers
In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast,  we talk about LGBTQI+ History Month, and I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Michelle Codrington Rogers.
35:25
February 04, 2020
#22 International Student Mental Health
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m going to be talking about international students’ mental health whilst studying at universities in the UK.
15:03
January 30, 2020
#21 Shaping the culture and behaviours in your organisation with Kate Nash.
In this episode, I chat with Kate Nash about shaping the culture and behaviours in your organisation
44:53
January 21, 2020
#20 Body Positivity and how to be an ally with Sarah-Daisy Burnard.
It’s National Obesity Week, but I wanted to talk about Body Positivity on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. I am joined by Sarah-Daisy Burnard who hosts the podcast Shake the Tree.
50:27
January 14, 2020
#19 How Blue Monday sparks conversations about mental health.
On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about that infamous Monday in January, Blue Monday and why employers should care about staff wellbeing even more so during this month.
13:44
January 07, 2020
#18 Looking Beyond New Year’s Resolution
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about how to look beyond fleeting New Year’s resolutions and think about mental wellbeing 365 days of the year.
14:33
December 31, 2019
#17 12 business lessons I learned in 2019, and what’s next for 2020.
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the business lessons I've learned in the year 2019. I also talk about what's to come in 2020 for my business, Diverse Minds UK.
24:54
December 24, 2019
#16 Disability History Month: Getting involved in the disability movement with Steph Cutler.
As part of Disability History Month, I'm delighted to have Steph Cutler on this week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast.
46:49
December 17, 2019
#15 Why you need a coach (and don't wait until January)
On this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about coaching and what it is. I outline how a coach can help you to realise and achieve your goals as an individual or as a team.
15:00
December 10, 2019
#14 Christmas and Jingle Well - Why Christmas time isn’t always good for our Mental Health.
On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m going to be talking about Christmas and why the modern Western way of celebrating Christmas may not be the best for your mental health and wellbeing.
12:01
December 03, 2019
#13 Talking about Domestic Violence at work With Katie Russell and Harriet Smailes.
This week’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast is all about 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence - spanning from 25th November to 10th December, encompassing World Aids Day 1st December, and International Human Rights Day on 10th December.
51:41
November 26, 2019
#12 Career Happiness and Mental Health With Soma Ghosh.
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast, I talk to the amazing Soma Ghosh, the founder of The Career Happiness Mentor.
43:55
November 19, 2019
#11 Bullying and harassment in the workplace: what you can do about it.
This week is anti-bullying week and in this episode of the podcast, I talk about bullying in the workplace.
16:54
November 12, 2019
#10 Do you wear stress as a badge of honour?
In this episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I am going to be talking about how to address your stress for National Stress Awareness Week running 4- 8 November 2019.
16:08
November 05, 2019
#09 Using data to inform BHM with Mac Alonge
As part of the Diverse Minds Black History Month special, I am delighted to have Mac Alonge on this week’s episode.
25:51
October 29, 2019
#08 What is Diwali and how it’s celebrated with Dr. Manish Tayal
This week on the Diverse Minds podcast we are going to be talking all about the festival of Diwali. If you don’t know what that is, then fear not, as this week’s guest is going to tell you all about it.
50:48
October 22, 2019
#07 How to organise meaningful Black History Month Events at work
In today’s episode, I talk about how to celebrate Black History Month in the workplace in a meaningful way. Having organised numerous Black History Month events in previous roles and workplaces, I want to share my insights and experiences with you. So in this episode, I’ll share with you the tips, tricks, techniques, and barriers that I’ve jumped over to make Black History Month possible in the workplace.
18:30
October 15, 2019
#06 Black Mental Health: How to engage your staff
The 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is suicide prevention. I’m not going to be talking specifically about this in this episode, but you can hear more in the episode on how and why to talk about suicide at work. As this year’s World Mental Health Day falls in Black History Month, I’m going to use this episode to talk about how to engage your staff understand how BAME/Global Majority face barriers with mental health stigma, treatment, and prejudice.
13:51
October 08, 2019
#04 Black History Month UK 2019: Why is it important with Pawlet Brookes.
In this episode, Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Chief Artistic Director of Serendipity Arts, joins me on the show to talk about one of my favorite months of the year, Black History Month. From cultural events to education talks, Black History Month is packed with events that aim to promote and celebrate the contributions of Black African and Carribean people to the development of British society. It also aims to help society understand Black history in general.
26:22
October 01, 2019
#03 Celebrating National Inclusion week (and why it matters at work).
In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. An important aspect of being an inclusive leader is making sure that diversity and inclusion is promoted and supported in your workplace. However, in order for your organisation to fully benefit from having a diverse workforce, it is important to create an inclusive environment where all team members feel like they can participate and achieve their full potential in the workplace.
10:44
September 24, 2019
#05 Self-care September movement and exercise with Versha Patel from Birth and Beyond Fitness.
In this episode, Versha Patel, founder of Birth and Beyond Fitness joins me on the show to talk about “self-care September”.
40:28
September 17, 2019
#02 Why and how to talk about suicide.
Today on the podcast, I talk about a topic that is very emotive and challenging - suicide.  When a team member completes suicide, it affects more than just the family of that person.  While members of the family feel the effects the most, suicide affects the entire workplace and have a devastating impact on teams and team morale.
12:28
September 10, 2019
#01 Why I started Diverse Minds and my journey.
I’m really excited to introduce the first episode of my podcast, and I thought I’d use the opportunity to talk about why I started my company, Diverse Minds.  I have to say, I never thought I'd be running my own business. It wasn't something I wanted to do. Some people are born entrepreneurs and they know it from day one. As teenagers, they do young enterprise programs and know or have an idea of what they want to do. I have to say, that wasn't me. 
09:44
September 03, 2019
Diverse minds podcast: the trailer
The trailer episode of my upcoming show - the diverse minds podcast
01:18
July 27, 2019