Breaking Barriers: The DEI&B Podcast | Top RANK

by Top RANK Talent Solutions

Breaking Barriers is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging podcast (DEI&B) that's all about having raw conversations. Companies have been “using” diversity as a buzzword to distract from the truth.

DEI&B isn't something you do. Your business is either living this stuff or it's not. With our guests, we will talk about the real issues that create barriers to a diverse, equitable, inclusive culture where  ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Black Women in Economic Development: Navigating Challenges and Driving Change

    Black Women in Economic Development: Navigating Challenges and Driving Change

    About the Guest(s): Dr. Ladrina Wilson: CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, with a background in higher education administration and a passion for community service. Nicole Sallis: Director of Communications for Grow Cedar Valley, with experience in fashion, entertainment, branding, and marketing. Episode Summary: In this episode, Dr. LaDrina Wilson and Nicole Sallis discuss their experiences as black women in leadership roles in economic development and chamber organizations in Iowa. They highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in these roles, as well as the challenges they face. They also emphasize the need for diverse voices at the table to attract businesses, address workforce gaps, and create a more inclusive community. Key Takeaways: Economic development and community development are closely intertwined, and it is important to have diverse voices at the table to address social issues, workforce gaps, and attract businesses. Black women in leadership roles face unique challenges, including biases and stereotypes, but they bring valuable perspectives and insights to the table. It is important to be authentic and true to oneself while navigating a career as a black woman, and to find a balance between calling out and calling in others to promote diversity and inclusion. Transparency is often overused, and it is important for individuals to do the personal work of identifying what authenticity means to them as they progress in their careers. Allyship is crucial in creating a more inclusive community, and it is important to bring diverse voices into the room and support each other's efforts. Resources: Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce: Website Grow Cedar Valley: Website Send your DEI&B questions to info@toprankculture.com,  To learn more about Top RANK please visit toprankculture.com or follow us on social media.  Linkedin bit.ly/TR_linkedin Facebook bit.ly/TR_face_book Instagram bit.ly/TRC_Instagram  

  • The Intersection of Identity

    The Intersection of Identity

    About the Guest(s): Jasmine Briscoe is a young, driven professional making her mark from Iowa all the way to New York City. She graduated with an IB diploma from the first International Baccalaureate program in Waterloo, Iowa, and moved on to attend NYU as an MLK scholar, majoring in psychology and sociocultural analysis with a concentration in intersectionality. She now works in public health research, focusing on vaccine hesitancy in historically underserved groups and advocating for equitable healthcare, especially for the black and queer communities. Episode Summary: In this candid conversation, "Breaking Barriers" welcomes the remarkable Jasmine Briscoe, for a discussion on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The episode delves deep into Jasmine's experiences as a young, black, queer individual navigating challenges and achieving milestones both academically and professionally. Jasmine opens up about her journey of self-discovery during her educational pursuits at NYU, acknowledging the influence of black queer feminist writers on her identity development. Moving from Iowa to the throes of New York, she has transitioned into a career focused on public health — a cause close to her heart. She discusses her commitment to advancing mental health access for marginalized groups, especially within the black LGBTQ community. The episode also highlights the systemic roadblocks faced by queer individuals and the importance of inclusive policy-making, drawing attention to the intersectionality of diverse liberation struggles. Key Takeaways: The fusion of personal identity and professional purpose in Jasmine's journey from a student in Iowa to a public health researcher in New York. The significance of representation in literature and education for the self-affirmation of black, queer individuals. The impact of systemic discrimination against transgender and queer people, especially concerning anti-trans legislation. The necessity of queer liberation being acknowledged as intertwined with broader social justice movements. The role of generational advocacy and education in dismantling homophobic and transphobic ideologies. Send your DEI&B questions to info@toprankculture.com,  To learn more about Top RANK please visit toprankculture.com or follow us on social media.  Linkedin bit.ly/TR_linkedin Facebook bit.ly/TR_face_book Instagram bit.ly/TRC_Instagram  

  • The importance of diversity in homeownership and his personal journey towards DEI&B

    The importance of diversity in homeownership and his personal journey towards DEI&B

    About The Guest(s): Jeff Disterhoft is the former CEO of GreenState Credit Union, where he led the organization's growth and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. He has a background in finance and has been nationally recognized for his leadership in the industry. Summary: Jeff Disterhoft discusses the importance of diversity in homeownership and the impact it can have on future generations. He shares his personal journey of walking in the path of faith, family, friends (in that order), self-reflection and learning about racial disparities, which led him to prioritize diversity and inclusion in his organization. Jeff emphasizes the need for leaders to educate themselves, surround themselves with talented individuals, and be proactive in creating a culture of belonging. He also addresses the challenges of navigating diversity initiatives in a polarized society and offers insights on how to handle resistance and negativity. Key Takeaways: Increasing diversity in homeownership can have a significant impact on future generations. Leaders should prioritize education and self-reflection to better understand racial disparities and biases. Surrounding oneself with talented individuals and giving them resources can lead to positive change. It is important to prioritize faith, family, and friends in retirement and be open to new opportunities. Learning and growth require an open mind and a willingness to step out of one's comfort zone. Send your DEI&B questions to info@toprankculture.com, To learn more about Top RANK please visit toprankculture.com or follow us on social media. Linkedin bit.ly/TR_linkedin Facebook bit.ly/TR_face_book Instagram bit.ly/TRC_Instagram

  • It's Personal: Why DEI&B Matters to Me

    It's Personal: Why DEI&B Matters to Me

    About The Guest(s): Melanie Ryan is a leadership and culture development expert with over 20 years of experience. She is the founder of a nonprofit called Beck's Place and has a background in finance. Melanie is passionate about creating equitable teams and facilitating individual growth. Summary: Melanie Ryan discusses her decision to leave her corporate job and dedicate her career to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. She emphasizes the importance of change management and guiding people through the process of change. Melanie shares personal experiences that shaped her commitment to social justice, including witnessing racism in Mississippi and advocating for her biracial and LGBTQ+ children. She highlights the need for systemic change and the challenges of navigating resistance and fear. Melanie also emphasizes the importance of self-care and setting boundaries in this work. Key Takeaways: Fear of change is a universal human trait, and it can be a barrier to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. It is important to be clear and set expectations when working with clients, and sometimes it is necessary to say no or end a project if the client is not ready for the work. Individual impact and creating safe spaces for marginalized communities can be a rewarding aspect of this work. Systemic change is the ultimate goal, but it requires a fundamental shift in the way we currently operate. Belonging is a key factor in increasing academic scores and overall well-being, and it is important to create spaces where everyone feels seen and heard. Send your DEI&B questions to info@toprankculture.com, To learn more about Top RANK please visit toprankculture.com or follow us on social media. Linkedin bit.ly/TR_linkedin Facebook bit.ly/TR_face_book Instagram bit.ly/TRC_Instagram

  • Breaking HR In The Manufacturing Industry

    Breaking HR In The Manufacturing Industry

    About The Guest(s): Kyle Roed is the Vice President of Human Resources at CPM Holdings and the Founder and CEO of Human Innovation LLC. He is also the Co-Founder of Disrupt HR in Cedar Valley and the creator and host of the Rebel HR Podcast. Summary: Kyle Roed, Vice President of Human Resources at CPM Holdings, joins the Breaking Barriers podcast to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the manufacturing industry. He emphasizes the importance of looking beyond unemployment rates to assess workforce demographics and highlights the need for intentional strategies to address systemic barriers. Kyle shares his experience in implementing transformative changes in the workplace, such as removing a point system and creating inclusive policies. He encourages HR professionals to think outside the box, challenge the status quo, and be comfortable with discomfort in order to drive meaningful change. Key Takeaways: Organizations have to address what is happening in the system to perpetuate barriers and demographics. The systems are working exactly as they are designed. So, the only way to fix this is to change the system. HR professionals should be honest about the lack of diversity in their organizations and develop intentional strategies to address it. Unemployment rates do not accurately reflect workforce demographics; labor force participation is a better indicator. Removing barriers, such as attendance policies, can create a more inclusive and productive work environment. Building coalitions and employee resource groups can help drive DEI initiatives within an organization. HR professionals have a responsibility to speak truth to power and create spaces where employees can truly belong. Send your DEI&B questions to info@topranktalentsolutions.com, To learn more about Top RANK please visit topranktalentsolutions.com or follow us on social media. Linkedin bit.ly/TR_linkedin Facebook bit.ly/TR_face_book Instagram bit.ly/TRC_Instagram