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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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]
Forced Marriage Unit
South Asian History Month Website
South Asian History Month on Twitter
Diverse Minds Podcast: Why You Need a Coach
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.