My guest on Episode 51 of the Impact Makers podcast is Jennifer Ingram.
Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of Calibrated Lens LLC,where she specializes in helping organizations to enhance their performance, productivity, and brand presence by centering equity and inclusion.
Jennifer has previously served as the first Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, which is the sixth largest United Way in the nation, and has also led DE&I strategies at two nationally ranked academic medical centers – The Mayo Clinic and Henry Ford Health System.
She’s passionate about her work, and describes herself as an Equity & Inclusion Evangelist.
I think you’ll learn a lot from the fresh perspectives she shares in this episode.
Topics Discussed In This Episode:
- What Jennifer learned by being a member of a Diversity and Inclusion committee back in elementary school, and how those experiences still impact her today.
- How diversity should be an outcome of our work, instead of the driver of it.
- Why the head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion should be a member of the executive team, reporting into the CEO.
- The importance of clarifying how diversity programs have changed as a result of introducing equity into the equation.
- What does equity look like from a strategic perspective?
- Where many organizations miss the mark when trying to improve their diversity recruiting efforts.
- Creative approaches to establishing equity programs in your organization.
- How we’ve created a false sense of inclusion within organizations, and perpetuated that with diversity and inclusion programs.
- Is it possible for a white person to be the head of diversity and inclusion?
- Thoughts on incentivizing DE&I efforts for leaders of organizations.
IMPACT MAKERS PODCAST – EPISODE 51
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Key Quotes From This Episode:
“If you have a head of D&I that is not a member of the executive team, you’re missing the mark. Not to say that you can’t do good work, but it won’t be as deeply impactful at achieving some of those desired outcomes as it could be.” ~ Jennifer Ingram
“What does equity look like from a strategic perspective? Diversity is happening, inclusion in intentional, equity is deliberate. It’s taking a deliberate look at your systems and understanding where you may be producing disparity.” ~ Jennifer Ingram
“Equity work is deliberate. It won’t just happen.” ~ Jennifer Ingram
“Folks love to say that diverse teams outperform more homogeneous teams. That’s not true. Well-managed diverse teams outperform teams that lack diversity.” ~ Jennifer Ingram
“Oftentimes we confuse the goal of reaching this kumbaya state, it’s not. The desire is not always to change everyone’s beliefs. That’s not success. It’s teaching how to be mutually respectful of differences and understanding and seeing and valuing those differences in others, and understanding that those are the things that make us better – not everyone singing from the same hymn book of sorts.” ~ Jennifer Ingram
People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:
Navigating Uncertainty and Unrest in 2020 by Jennifer Ingram
Connect with Jennifer:
Send her a message [https://jennifermcclure.net/contact/]
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