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By Chris Allan
Welcome to the Diversitea podcast! Each week, Chris Allan the founder of Your D+I and host of Diversitea will be joined by industry experts to spill the tea on what is happening within the world of Diversity & Inclusion as well as answering any brewing questions! So why not grab yourself your favourite cuppa, sit in your favourite spot and join us!
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The power of Allyship
In this episode, we spill the tea with our good friends at dinc. We discuss the power and importance of being a good ally as well as how dinc. came about. Founders Jack and Ross discuss their own careers and experiences and how that has helped shape and launch the social media platform. The dinc. community is a free-to-use, diversity & inclusion focused social network & learning app. The community was created to inspire cross-industry collaboration and engagement.  Centred around networks, resources and a jobsboard, it offers users a safe place to be their authentic selves, learn and discover opportunities to grow. With public feeds supporting several themes, news & blogs, videos, podcasts & regular live streams, dinc. is a hub of all things D&I. For more information and to download the dinc. app just click here or search 'dinc' in your app store This episode was recorded during our charity event for Freedom4girls - raising awareness and educating on period poverty and removing the stigmas that come from menstruating. find out more at Grab your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
April 21, 2021
Cuppa and a chat with Sam Warner, the Autistic Interpreter
This week, I chat with Sam Warner about all things autism. From how the latest TV shows represent autism to the importance (or lack thereof) of having a formal diagnosis, Sam shares her personal views as an autistic woman. We also discuss how companies and events can better accommodate their autistic staff and attendees, including changes that can make spaces better for both neurodiverse and neurotypical people.
April 16, 2021
Hospitality, Revenue management and supporting the youth - with Tom Finn or Edwards and Finn
In this episode, we spill the tea with Tom Finn, Founder of Edwards and Finn. We discuss the current climate in the hospitality sector and the impact of Corona Virus has had on the industry and Tom's story from being a young dad struggling with imposter syndrome to now running his own business. Tom also shares about the other side of his business where he supports young people who have come from broken homes, being involved in drugs and had a tough upbringing, getting into the world of work. Grab your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
March 26, 2021
Cuppa and a chat with Rita Varga from Raizup - Diversity in Hospitality and Travel Tech
In this episode, I spill the tea with Rita Varga, co-founder of Raizup (formerly Women in Hospitality Travel Tech!) Try saying that fast and ten times! We discuss Rita's career, including how WHTT came to be and why WHTT is looking to help diversify the sector, as well as life as a working mum of a two-year-old. So grab your favourite cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy!
March 18, 2021
LGBT+ History Month - Be a Brother - a safe space for gay, bi and trans men
Brother was founded by Rob Key, a depression and anxiety sufferer, in February 2020, with a mission of helping other men open up and talk together. In this week's episode, we spill the tea with Rob as he opens up on his own experiences of coming out in his early 30s after 13 years with his now ex-wife. we also discuss the impact coming out had on Rob's life and how he now navigates life co-parenting. Rob created Brother as a safe space for gay, bi and trans men who are/ were married and who may or may not have had kids where they can speak freely about their experiences and seek guidance. For more information check out
February 23, 2021
LGBT+ Parents - NYC Gay Dad
A year ago a little-known app called Tick Tock was starting to become popular with everyone stuck in lockdown.  From dance crazes to lip-syncing to showcasing his beautiful rainbow Latin X family NYC Gay Dad (Jose Rolon) has become one of Tick Tocks break-out stars! His videos are full of heart and showcase the day to day of being a single dad living in New York during a pandemic.  Like most, they have had to learn to homeschool as well as keep his 3 kids all under the age of 10 years old entertained. Tune in this week as we speak to Jose on being a single, widowed gay dad, creating positivity in his content, as well as the impact covid has had on his day job as a wedding and events planner and what is next for this Tick Tock content creator. So grab yourself your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
February 19, 2021
Meet Chris - An LGBT+ History month special
Ever wondered why Chris got into Diversity and Inclusion? Join Joe Colman as he finds out more about Your D+I's founder and Director as we get to know a little bit more about what makes him tick as well as his own experiences of discrimination he faced as an out gay man, from being sacked for being gay to heading back in the closet and how this spurred him on to start his own Diversity and Inclusion consultancy. Grab your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
February 17, 2021
Health and Wellbeing with Jessie Pavelka
Season 3 kicks off with a very special guest, Jessie Pavelka.  in this weeks episode, we spill the tea with Jessie as he talks about his career and his company Pavelka and how their mission is to place health and wellness at the cultural centre of individuals, teams and organisations. We discuss top tips on how to get up and get motivated during the lockdown and why 'Accepting where you are before you begin' is key when looking at starting your fitness or wellness journey. We also talk about how crunching eggs is great for tackling anxiety (it's actually ice but you will need to listen to find out more about that) Grab yourself your favourite cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy Find out more about Pavelka visit Find out more about How Your D+I can support Diversity and Inclusion in your organisation visit
January 29, 2021
What did 2020 mean to you? The festive special!
In this episode, we have asked you the listener, as well as previous guests what 2020 has meant to you.  I am joined by an extra special co-Host Joe Colman as we talk all things 2020, from the black lives matter movement to starting a business in the middle of a global pandemic.  We also discuss what our hopes and dreams are moving into 2021. Grab a festive cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy!
December 03, 2020
What is up with social mobility?
In this week's episode, I'm joined by Brandon Ashford, a Paralegal, and Jess Woodsford, founder of Inclusive Futures. We discuss the personal experiences of social mobility as well as what businesses and institutions can do to have more of an impact on the lives of people from these groups. We also chat about the positives and negatives of the Social Mobility Pledge and whether Social Mobility is the forgotten part of Diversity. So grab your favourite cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy!
November 25, 2020
Cuppa and a chat with Katie Neeves from Cool2BTrans
This week, I spill the tea with Katie Neeves. Katie gives a frank and open account of her life from childhood to adulthood, from experiencing gender dysphoria and identifying as a cross-dresser to the moment she realised she is a transgender woman. We also discuss representation and perceptions of trans people in the media and what businesses can do to be more inclusive, including the importance of trans awareness training.
November 20, 2020
What do Schitt's Creek and Diversity and Inclusion have in common?
On this week's episode, I'm joined by Rich Miles, CEO of the Diversity Standards Collective. We discuss how representation in media has started to evolve and how we are finally seeing a wider range of representation on TV and in media and advertising. We also discuss how brands such as Hotter are getting it right when it comes to target marketing and how TV show Schitt's Creek is finally giving us the representation we need on TV! Hotter Advert = So grab a cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy!
November 17, 2020
The road to Become.
In this week's episode, I am joined by Aimee Gaudin and Zahrah Kazim the founders of Become. Become is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace.  Become. equip young women of colour with the skills and support they need to start their career, through mentorship, events and industry networking. ​Their goal is to increase the number of women of colour in senior positions and help to close the gender/race pay gap. Find out more #womeninbusiness 
November 10, 2020
What is the point in Diversity and Inclusion?
To celebrate the launch of Dinc. The new social and professional networking App focussed on changing the narrative for people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to one of obtainable success and accomplishment.  They are a free to use community of networks, businesses and people collaborating and promoting positive inclusion and diversity, We invited back the Diversitea Avengers including some new faces.  We discuss the point of Diversity and inclusion and why it is so important to continue to be change agents. Guest include Stuart Blair - Texthelp Devi Virdi  - Head of Diversity and Inclusion WHTT Joe Colman - Diversity and Inclusion Ally and Employability advisor at NTU Aimee Gaudin - Diversity and Inclusion Advocate and Founder of Become. Saa Yalcin - Diversity and Inclusion Advocate and Talent Programme and Recruitment advisor at Citrix
October 30, 2020
Cuppa and a chat with Sophie Turner from #yesshecan
In this episode, I have a great catch up over a cuppa with Sophie Turner, founder of #yesshecan. We chat about her career, moving from accountancy to business owner, and her journey that brought her to forming #yesshecan. We also talk about what is happening in business and the impact the Black Lives Matter movement has had on Sophie personally and professionally.
October 20, 2020
The problem with 'BAME'
In this week's episode, we discuss the term 'BAME' and whether it is the right way to address Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in business as well as how far we take the term 'minority'.  We also discuss what more businesses can do to support employees from these backgrounds. Edit - Saadet discusses the number of people who don't agree with the term BAME.  It is in fact 60%
October 13, 2020
Let's talk mental health
In this episode, I'm joined by guests Ruth Saville, Daniella Turnbull and Jack Graves to talk about our personal experiences with mental health, including depression, anxiety, trauma and other disorders. We also discuss how businesses can better support employees with mental health difficulties and healthy coping mechanisms such as cooking, working out and even adding colour to our daily lives. CW: suicide, eating disorders
October 06, 2020
The Inclusion Episode
The first episode of season 2 was recorded live as part of national inclusion week.  In this episode, we discuss all things inclusion, with our guests sharing their own experiences of how they have felt both included and excluded not only at work but in life. My guest include Pat Caldwell - FundApps Aimee Gaudin  - Become Charlotte Wells - Experian Rich Miles - The Diversity Standards Collective Steve Keith - The Branding Man Jack - Dinc.
September 29, 2020
What does pride mean to you?
This weeks episode we are joined by members of the LGBTQ+ community and talk about what pride means to them. A big thanks again to my guests Brandon Ashford, Hannah Williamson, Sophie Turner, Charlotte Wells, Charlotte summers and Katie Neeves
June 23, 2020
Be A Lady They Said
We spill the tea this week on the viral video 'Be A Lady They Said', discussing how some of the messages may resonate in business and if the graphic images used throughout the video were needed to get the point across. My guests are Vanessa Johnson-Burgess, Director of Inclusive Recruiting and Sophie Turner, founder of #YesSheCan So sit back, pour yourself your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
June 10, 2020
Neurodiversitea. ☕️Neurodiversity in the workplace☕️
On this episode we spill the tea on all things Neurodiversitea (see what we did there?!). Our guests include: Paige Randall, Nikki Hayford, Stuart Blair.   We discuss what employers can do to support more applications from neurodiverse talent, as well as how they can support them in the workplace and from home during Covid 19.  We also speak about what universities can do to be more inclusive of neurodiverse students at jobs fairs and through careers teams. So sit back, pour yourself your favourite cuppa and enjoy!
May 26, 2020
Don't Call Me Q***r
Hello and welcome to the first Diversitea podcast. This month’s episode is called Don’t Call Me Queer - a discussion around the word queer, the pro’s and cons and why education is important if it is to become a recognised term in business. The conversation then looks at the importance of LGBT representation in business – The benefits – The struggles. And why do so many people go back in the closet when they join a new business? So, grab yourself your favourite cuppa, sit back, relax, and enjoy! Hosted by Chris Allan Special guests: Alex Ehmke - Pink News Hannah Williamson - AstraZeneca Charlotte Summers - Freelance Pat Caldwell - FundApps
February 17, 2020