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MindStand Pod Season 1 Finale: Zoe Moore
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company!   On the season finale, we invite special guest, Chiriga “Zoe” Moore, Strategic Disruptor and Hospitality Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant at Grow with Zomo.  "An Army Veteran & Self-proclaimed Doerpreneur, I am skilled at inclusive event management, consulting, speaking and writing on topics of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion strategy in the hospitality, meetings, events and tourism industries. I engage with leaders to examine how operational biases hinder the development, enforcement and training of policies, procedures and programs. I am solution driven and help to determine measurable as well as sustainable programs. Beginning with data from surveys, assessments, interviews and questionnaires, I gather insight to guide organizations to implementation. I am an advocate for supplier diversity across the business ecosystem, ensuring that under resourced professionals and companies in the hospitality, meetings, events and tourism industries are afforded access to professional development, procurement and opportunities that result in economic empowerment. Following twelve years of service in the U.S. Army, I am a detailed oriented, diligent, and persistent professional with logistical, innovative and managerial skills. I value authenticity, accountability and high capacity for emotional intelligence especially during heightened moments of stress and discomfort. I live for collaborating and engaging on team projects that are organized, goal oriented and embrace critique as a tool for sustained growth. I am committed to changing the narrative around the perception and value of the African Diaspora. Born into American culture, I have wanderlust and aspiration to explore the continent of my ancestors origins. As a Certified Diversity Practitioner (CDP) with an M.S. in Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, I appreciate education and plan to pursue a PhD with a foundation in human behavior and urban planning beginning in 2023. As founder of Moore Consulting Agency LLC, I am doing business as Grow with Zomo. My goal is to develop courses, content and workshops to that help professionals think strategically about EDI. I am seeking clients, speaking engagements and a book publisher to support my journey to becoming a book author. I yearn to strengthen my community of practitioners, educators, industry leaders and professionals that are committed to dismantling systems of oppression and decolonizing social attitudes, practices and operations. Moreover, I am drawn to those that comprehend the strategic intersection between history, religion politics, economics, and human behavior that aids in developing the business case/ROI for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion." Visit https://www.growwithzomo.com to learn more!
36:46
May 03, 2022
MindStand Pod Season 1 Episode 5: Delali Dzirasa and John Foster
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company! On today's episode, we invite special guests, Delali Dzirasa and John Foster from Fearless. Fearless delivers sleek, modern, and user-friendly software designed to push the boundaries of possibility and create a world where good software powers the things that matter. As a full-stack digital design and development firm, they're constantly pushing the envelope so that they don’t just stay ahead of the tech industry: they help drive it forward. They've made it their mission to do more than just build software; they create tools that empower users and change lives. Delali Dzirasa is the Founder and CEO / CTO of Fearless Solutions, LLC and the CEO of Fearless Sports. Delali graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2004 and has over 15 years of experience leading agile software teams and programs. He strives to make a difference in technology and in his surrounding community. He chaired the inaugural DevOpsDays Baltimore and is a founding member of the governing board of the Digital Services Coalition. Delali is also the Chair of Hack Baltimore, a city wide hackathon formed to deliver solutions in a sustainable way past the end of traditional hackathons. He is passionate about increasing the rate of city youth heading into STEM fields and works closely with city nonprofits to provide funding and mentorship programs in city schools, as well as other education initiatives. John Foster is the Chief Operating Officer & Partner and he is also the Programs Manager / Senior Software Engineer of Fearless. He has experience as a Software Engineer and Program Manager focused on data visualization and mission focused teams with the result of just getting stuff done! He has designed, engineered, and supported many software solutions within Private (Retail and Telecom), Non-profit, and Government sectors. "An avid supporter of both Agile software development and open source projects, it's been my goal to demonstrate the value and ease of leveraging open source design patterns to meet critical enterprise requirements and needs within the Public Sector." Visit their website at https://fearless.tech 
20:53
April 19, 2022
MindStand Pod Season 1 Episode 4: Aubrey Blanche
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company!   On today's episode, we invite special guest, Aubrey Blanche. Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Senior Director of Equitable Design, Product & People at Culture Amp, and a startup investor and advisor. Through all her work, she seeks to question, reimagine, and redesign the systems and practices that surround us to ensure that all people can access equitable opportunities and build a better world. Her work is undergirded by her training in social scientific methods and grounded in the fundamental dignity and value of every person.    Her professional expertise covers a broad range of equitable enterprise operations, from talent lifecycle programs and accessible product development to event design and communications & media. She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach to building proportional representation and a culture of belonging in the workplace, as well as the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She works to open source these methods for all practitioners and business leaders, and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at aubreyblanche.com.   She is an advisor to a variety of groups seeking to build a more just world, including Joonko, Seed & Spark, and On Ramp. She sits on the Board of Directors of PAUSE and Circle of Blue. Her work has been featured in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the Australian Financial Review, USA Today, Re/Code, First Round Review, and more. She also has previous academic affiliations with Stanford and Northwestern, and an appointment at the Equity by Design Lab at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Despite the accolades listed here, she asks that you engage with her work to judge her competence: traditional proxies of merit and/or capability help reinforce the systems that keep incredible people from the opportunities they deserve.   For press, speaking, consulting, and coaching requests, please see aubreyblanche.com
35:15
March 29, 2022
MindStand Pod Season 1 Episode 3: Anne Loehr
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company! On today's episode, we invite special guest, Anne Loehr. Anne Loehr is a training and development expert with 25 years of hands-on experience on three continents. She has designed and delivered employee development, leadership, diversity and executive coaching programs for Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, AstraZeneca, Booz Allen Hamilton, Procter and Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Privia Health, and Martin Brower, as well as organizations in the non-profit and government sectors. She has also coached C-Suite leaders, Executive Directors, 4-star Admirals and political appointees. Leaders and managers now contend with broad diversity in the workplace. Anne's unique insights help them manage people of all backgrounds, cultures, and generations, and create environments in which diverse talent can thrive. This leads to increased employee engagement and growth, resulting in improved performance and bottom line. For more information, check out DEI360.org. As Executive Vice President of the Center for Human Capital Innovation, a consulting firm on the cutting-edge of data-driven people analytics, Anne’s consulting expertise helps leaders make smarter people decisions using data-driven insights into the demographic shifts that will rapidly change the nature of our workplaces. Anne speaks regularly at national conferences and in media interviews. She is also a faculty member of the American Management Association and former Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University. She is the author of two acclaimed books, A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best from Your Employees and Managing the Unmanageable: How to Motivate Even the Most Unruly Employee. Anne’s work has been mentioned and/or featured in Newsweek International, The Washington Post (which named her the “Generational Guru”), The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Elle and CNN Money. She is also a regular contributor to Fast Company.
19:26
March 08, 2022
MindStand Pod Season 1 Episode 2: Why I Joined MindStand
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company! On today's episode, we invite special guest, Anthony Vaughan. Anthony Vaughan has been with MindStand Technologies since April 2020 as a VP of Channel Partnerships/Employee Experience Advisor.  "I've spent the last 10+ years working remote, learning and applying everything there is to know about HR, business, and entrepreneurship from (sales, marketing, operations, cash flow, profit-loss, partnerships, employee experience, petiole operations, learning, and development, business development, and everything else in-between)." "I have founded multiple brands and impacted several more through my thoughtful mentorship, strategy, and consulting. Throughout all my successes and failures I have come to realize my true passion and skill if I'm being honest is split into two directions. The first would be HR, I have a deep passion for Impacting those I work with while also impacting the organization at scale. I use strategy, love, candor and empathy as it pertains to an employee base to help them drive better results for a brand as well as drive better strategic results for their own personal futures. As for my second focus and direction, I also love partnership integrations, helping any organization think through and implement channel partnerships and win-win integrations to either scale sales, PR, team capabilities, etc."
25:47
February 03, 2022
MindStand Pod Season 1 Episode 1: Leang Chung
Welcome to MindStand Pod, hosted by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Ogunsanya. MindStand Pod is a series exploring workplaces and diving into cultures that make them tick. Each of our seasons will dive into unique factors of business, provide great stories from leaders in human capital, and offer helpful insights you can use today to impact your company!  On our first episode, we invite special guest, Leang Chung. Leang Chung (she/her) is the Founder & CEO of Pelora Stack. Leang is a sought after thought leader and speaker on advancing women in the workplace, entrepreneurship and diversity, equity & inclusion. She was featured at the Power to Fly 2021 Diversity Reboot Summit speaking on the topic of "Networking for Introverts", AllVoices Reimagining Company Culture podcast speaking on the topic of "Redefining Career Transitions & Networking", Happier at Work podcast speaking on the topic of "Empowering Women to Pursue Professional Growth", and "Redefining Hustle to Include Self Compassion" on the Female Firebrands podcast. She served as Vice Chair for Global Connections for Women (GC4W), Digital Events Ambassador for Power to Fly, Founding Member of Tech Ladies and Mentor for The Ernestine McClendon Talent Grant recipients with Recruiting Innovation. Pelora Stack is career coaching and people ops consulting company. Leang empowers mid-career woman as they prepare for their ‘first’. The first time they switch careers. The first time they manage a team. The first time they return to the workforce after taking time off to raise their kids. Or, the first time they negotiate their salary. Leveraging her 15+ years of HR leadership and executive coaching experience at fast-growing companies and brands such as Getty Images, Xaxis, Havaianas, and L'Oreal. Purpose-driven, AAPI-owned and woman-owned.
21:01
January 11, 2022
Meet Mindstand Technologies
Meet the team behind MindStand Technologies - the industry leader in helping companies and organizations increase their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies with data-driven insights.
06:29
December 06, 2021
Empower Your Employees with DEI
In the modern workplace, individuals are expected to work together to achieve company goals and improve the bottom line. This means that, more than ever before, companies are looking at their employees as a valuable part of the team. That's why employers today take Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) surveys very seriously.
03:37
December 06, 2021
Key Considerations for DEI Surveys
When building DEI surveys, many organizational leaders report that their efforts are leading to negative results. Is this a problem with DEI efforts, or rather the way surveys are presented? In this video, Mindstand Technologies offers key considerations for DEI survey development.
01:41
December 06, 2021
Tips for Building DEI Surveys
When creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion surveys, it is critical to developing a set of questions that engage employees. Learn how to build a better DEI survey with the team from Mindstand Technology.
06:50
December 06, 2021
3 Essential Elements of an Effective DEI Survey
"DEI Strategy:  Avoid Poor DEI Implementation with a Technology-Led Strategy Today's workforce is looking to engage with companies committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. They are looking for employers who understand their unique work experience and create an inclusive environment to meet their needs.  Engaging the modern workforce will be a crucial component of success for business today, but many companies struggle to maintain DEI efforts after various initiatives have been implemented.  The key to effective DEI implementation that sparks change is knowing the costs and developing a holistic strategy - including using DEI technology to lead the way.  The Real Costs of Avoiding DEI Unengaged, Uninspired People Burnout Among Employees The Leaky Bucket of Diversity Hiring Don't Shortcut the DEI Process In developing a holistic DEI policy, three elements must exist: 1. Content 2. Representation 3. Awareness Using Tech to Implement DEI Initiatives Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in ensuring that DEI initiatives are successful.  An increasing number of companies are making resources about DEI initiatives and best practices available on various platforms, including their official website, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, company newsletters, online communities such as forums or Slack channels within the community, and video portals.  In addition, digital tools offer an effective way to increase awareness of DEI initiatives. Polling tools such as Qualtrics are often used to allow employees to provide input about their experience with an initiative, training materials, or feedback. These tools enable companies to track engagement and ensure that all members of the organization are contributing to it. Recently, machine learning and AI have been implemented within social impact organizations to increase their work efficiency. These real-time learning systems can help take data collected through research and put it into action in policies, content development, and more.  Implement DEI Effectively with Mindstand At Mindstand, our team is helping bring together the needs of DEI implementation with the realities of today's leading technology. Mindstand is poised to help your business or organization unlock the potential of your people using the latest data and analytics, machine learning, and AI technologies.  These methods help develop and implement DEI initiatives, but they set teams up for long-term success through integrated systems that harness the latest in DEI technology. To learn more, visit Mindstand online today. "
04:44
November 04, 2021
DEI Strategy: Avoid Poor DEI Implementation
"Today's workforce is looking to engage with companies committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. They are looking for employers who understand their unique work experience and create an inclusive environment to meet their needs.  Engaging the modern workforce will be a crucial component of success for business today, but many companies struggle to maintain DEI efforts after various initiatives have been implemented.  The key to effective DEI implementation that sparks change is knowing the costs and developing a holistic strategy - including using DEI technology to lead the way.  The Real Costs of Avoiding DEI Unengaged, Uninspired People Burnout Among Employees The Leaky Bucket of Diversity Hiring Don't Shortcut the DEI Process In developing a holistic DEI policy, three elements must exist: 1. Content 2. Representation 3. Awareness Using Tech to Implement DEI Initiatives Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in ensuring that DEI initiatives are successful.  An increasing number of companies are making resources about DEI initiatives and best practices available on various platforms, including their official website, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, company newsletters, online communities such as forums or Slack channels within the community, and video portals.  In addition, digital tools offer an effective way to increase awareness of DEI initiatives. Polling tools such as Qualtrics are often used to allow employees to provide input about their experience with an initiative, training materials, or feedback. These tools enable companies to track engagement and ensure that all members of the organization are contributing to it. Recently, machine learning and AI have been implemented within social impact organizations to increase their work efficiency. These real-time learning systems can help take data collected through research and put it into action in policies, content development, and more.  Implement DEI Effectively with Mindstand At Mindstand, our team is helping bring together the needs of DEI implementation with the realities of today's leading technology. Mindstand is poised to help your business or organization unlock the potential of your people using the latest data and analytics, machine learning, and AI technologies.  These methods help develop and implement DEI initiatives, but they set teams up for long-term success through integrated systems that harness the latest in DEI technology. To learn more, visit Mindstand online today. "
04:33
October 29, 2021
What is DEI?
Is Your Organization Ready? Today's workforce is shifting. Workplace demographics are changing. Today’s employees view their work far differently than their predecessors, with less focus on accomplishing a goal and more on a community to grow and engage with. As part of this evolution, leadership must recognize that everyone brings their own life experiences to work. These experiences shape our perspectives and actions, which can impact how we both perform at work and how we choose to engage with each other. With this understanding in mind, employers need to consider diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as they build their workforce. With this perspective, employers can start to understand how changing demographics and cultural values impact their company, their products and services, and their future in the industry.
04:59
October 25, 2021