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DEI After 5 with Sacha

66 EpisodesProduced by Sacha ThompsonWebsite

DEI After 5 with Sacha tackles honest conversations with diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals about hot topics in the DEI industry. Support this podcast:

66 Episodes | 2022 - 2023

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Invisible Disabilities

September 20th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha Thompson discusses the importance of including the disability community in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is joined by Dr. MJ McConner who shares insights on the need …

Leading Self and Courageous Conversations in Leadership

September 12th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha Thompson welcomes guest Loren Rosario Maldonado, CEO and founder of Cultura Inc., to discuss the importance of people managers …

The Importance of Inclusive Design in DEI 2.0

September 5th, 2023


In this episode Sacha discusses the importance of taking diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the next level, beyond just internal employee initiatives. She is joined by Jessica Bantam, a DEI and interior design …

Equity Leadership Institute

August 30th, 2023


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Navigating Multiple Intersections: A Conversation on Identity

August 29th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha sits down with Chris Hooten to discuss the importance of understanding one's identities and their impact on how individuals show up in different spaces. They cover the challenges of discussing …

Understanding and Managing Emotions in the Workplace

August 22nd, 2023


In this episode of DEI After 5, host Sacha Thompson speaks with therapist and DEI practitioner, Rorri Geller-Mohamed, about navigating emotions in diversity, equity, and inclusion work. They discuss the passion that …

How to Get Into 'Good Trouble' in DEI

June 13th, 2023


In this episode of DEI After 5, host Sacha Thompson speaks with Danette Buie, founder of Thrive Limitlessly, about getting into "good trouble" in diversity, equity, and inclusion. They discuss the importance of …

Celebrating Women's Leadership Superpowers

June 6th, 2023


In this episode of DEI After 5, host Sacha Thompson dives into the topic of women's leadership development and growth in corporate spaces. She discusses the industry's current state, the challenges women face in …

The Value of Community Cultural Wealth

May 30th, 2023


In this episode of DEI After 5, host Sacha Thompson talks about the importance of community and how it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is joined by Dr. Hayley Haywood, who shares her experiences and …

Leveraging Mentorship to Advance Your Inclusion Efforts

May 23rd, 2023


Expanding the conversation on mentorship, Sacha chats with Sandra Hunter about the role of the mentor in the development of early career women, how …

Are You Looking at Mental Health with a Lens of Inclusion?

May 16th, 2023


During this conversation, Sacha chats with Dr. Claire Green-Forde about the importance of mental health beyond awareness in the workplace, the impacts of toxic workplaces on racialized bodies, and the responsibilities …

Unpacking and Understanding Self-Care

May 9th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha sits down with Steff Gallante to discuss what self-care is, how we can find what works for us, and the key to being consistent in our self-care practices.

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The Future of Leadership: Becoming a Waymaker

May 2nd, 2023


Sacha discusses the future of leadership with guest Tara Jaye Frank. In this conversation, they unpack the skills required for 21st-century inclusive leadership, the need for capacity building, and the daily behaviors …

Discussing Anti-Racism: From Corporate to the Caribbean

April 25th, 2023


In this discussion, Sacha chats with Sharon Hurley Hall on creating equality in the workplace and the impact of colonialism on Caribbean culture.

The Value of Inclusive Storytelling and Content Creation

April 18th, 2023


In this conversation with Prasanna Ranganathan, Sacha and Prasanna discuss the importance of storytelling, whose stories are not being told, …

Moving DEI Through Middle Managers

April 12th, 2023


Research shows that middle management is the key to #dei success. In this episode, Sacha talks to Amy Waninger about managers roles on the front …

Accessibility, Intersectionality, and DEI

April 4th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha chats with Candis Welch about the segregation of #identities in #dei efforts, how to communicate with people with #disabilities, and how they can best serve employees with intersectional …

Managing Racial Fueled Workplace Bullying

March 28th, 2023


Sacha sits down with Zenica Chatman to discuss the importance of DEI training for HR professionals particularly around race and addressing race-based …

Freeing Ourselves from Supremacy Culture

March 21st, 2023


In this discussion, Sacha chats with therapist Dr. Donna Oriowo about supremacy's impact on the global majority, ways to build a practice of freedom as it relates to power, and the importance of finding a community.

Understanding DEI in the Global Context

March 14th, 2023


Sacha chats with Abbiola Ballah on practicing diversity, equity,and inclusion with a global lens and the importance of unpacking our biases and …

Supplier Diversity as a Part of Your DEI Strategy

March 7th, 2023


During this conversation, Sacha chat with Jaime Brown on the importance of #supplierdiversity , how it can impact the greater #community and ways individuals can create their own supplier diversity programs.

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Bonus Episode: Dismantling DEI in Academia

March 2nd, 2023


In this special edition of DEI After 5, I chat with three higher education professionals about the efforts starting in Florida to dismantle #dei, the impacts on higher education overall, and how we can prepare …

How Can Mentorship be a Part of Your DEI Efforts?

February 28th, 2023


Sacha chats with Yalonda Brown on the value and benefits of mentorship within an organization.

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CSR and ESG - Where does DEI fit?

February 21st, 2023


In this week's episode of DEI After 5, I sit down with Kim "Kimfer" Flanery-Rye, MBA, to discuss the intersection of DEI, Corporate Social Responsibility (#csr), and Environmental Societal and Governance (#esg). We also …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Venture Capital

February 14th, 2023


Sacha revisits her tech background and the importance of DEI in the venture capital area with guest Brooke Daniels.  In this episode, they discuss the challenges that Black and Brown founders face, what they can do to …

3 Things to Consider if You are Thinking of Becoming a DEI Practitioner

February 7th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha chats with DEI Practitioner Yeong Cheng about the continuous learning journey of practitioners, the oppression Olympics, and harm reduction in DEI.

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Where Does DEI Live & Who Is Responsible? with Martine Kalaw

January 31st, 2023


Sacha sits with Martine Kalaw to discuss where DEI should sit in the organization and the manager's role in supporting and uplifting DEI in the …

How to Sustain DEI Moving Forward - with Benjamin McCall

January 24th, 2023


In this episode, Sacha chat with Benjamin McCall about the future of DEI and what organizations need to do to shift moments into movements by building the proper walls to support the DEI foundation and framework.

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Psychosocial Hazards, Psychological Safety, and DEI

January 17th, 2023


Sacha sits down with I. David Daniels to discuss the psychosocial hazards that occur in the workplace. In this conversation, they unpack the behavior hazards often discussed but rarely mitigated that impact our …

The Power of Restorative Justice in DEI

January 10th, 2023


Sacha sits down with Amikaeyla Gaston and Unique Holland to discuss restorative justice for organizations, the importance of healing when harm is …

What about Equity in DEI?- with Desiree Morton

November 22nd, 2022


In this episode, Sacha sits down with consultant Desiree Morton to discuss the importance of focusing on equity in DEI efforts, resource …

Focusing on Religion in Your DEI Efforts w/ Rahimeh Ramezany

November 16th, 2022


Sacha chats with consultant Rahimeh Ramazany about including religion as a part of DEI efforts, understanding religious beliefs, and creating places …

Indigenous Voices in DEI - with Sunny Myers

November 8th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha sits down with Sunny Myers to discuss what organizations can do to support their employees and #indigenous communities throughout the year. We discuss intentional outreach, the importance of …

Understanding Trauma Informed Wellness in Diversity Equity and Inclusion with Erica Reed

November 1st, 2022


Sacha speaks to licensed psychotherapist, Erica Reed about trauma and  its impact on our lives, understanding how it shows up for DEI  practitioners, and what workplace wellness and boundary setting can look like. 

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Can Hypnotherapy Reduce Burnout for DEI Practitioners? - with Marv Curtis

October 25th, 2022


In this episode of DEI After 5, Sacha chats with burnout coach, Marv  Curtis.  They discuss how to understand and manage emotions as an  empath, the importance of listening to your intuition, and how to identify your …

Beyond Compliance: The Legal Side of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

October 18th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with Brittany Hale on the challenges of operating #diversity #equity and #inclusion through a lens of #compliance, the opportunities that come with shifting to a #growthmindset, and how …

Unpacking Critical Race Theory & Moving Into Action in Diversity Equity and Inclusion - with Jim Morris

October 12th, 2022


Sacha sits down with consultant and author, Jim Morris to discuss the impact of the Presidential Order on restricting DEI language, White shame and …

Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Recruiting - with Jennifer Arnau and Dia Harris

October 4th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with Jennifer Arnau and Dia Harris, two experienced #recruiters on the importance of embedding #dei practices in all aspects of recruiting - attraction, retention, and promotion.

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The Importance of Coaching in Diversity Equity and Inclusion - with Tara Robertson

September 27th, 2022


In this episode of DEI After 5, Tara and I discuss the differences between #coaching and #consulting  (because they aren't the same!) and the future …

The Relationship Between Diversity Equity and Inclusion & Human Resources w/Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold

September 20th, 2022


In this week's episode of DEI After 5, Sacha chats with Dr. Shaunna  Payne Gold about the connections and disconnections between #dei and  #hr.

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DEI 2.0: Moving from Awareness to Action with Dr. Janice

September 13th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha and Dr. Janice Gassam Asare discuss the next phase of diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations and corporations.  They discuss the reimagining of professionalism,  how tokenism plays out …

Moving the DEI Needle Across the Pond - with Frank Starling

September 6th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with DEI practitioner and Founder of  Variety Pack, Frank Starling.  They discuss the challenges facing #dei practitioners in the UK and Europe - including classism, the link between …

The Process of Liberating Ourselves in DEI - with Brittany Janay Harris

August 30th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha and her guest, Brittany Janay Harris discuss the journey of doing internal work, providing space for self-reflection and growth as DEI practitioners, and understanding your legacy.

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How to be an Intentional Inclusionist - with Dr. Nika White

August 23rd, 2022


In this episode, Sacha and Dr. Nika discuss what it means to be an intentional inclusionist, how current systems can impede the process,  and how to reshift the narrative to meet company-wide #DEI goals.

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Setting Boundaries as DEI Practitioners - with Dr. Ayanna Abrams

August 17th, 2022


Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Ayanna Abrams discusses the importance of #settingboundaries for #diversity, #equity, and #inclusion

White Women's Roles in Diversity Equity, and Inclusion - with Karen Fleshman

August 9th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with Karen Fleshman about how organizations can prepare themselves to support women of color, the role white women play …

The Evolution of DEI: Structure, Ethics, and Standards- with Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

May 31st, 2022


Sacha and her guest consultant Ashanti Bentil-Dhue discuss the movement  toward standards and structure across the DEI industry, the need to move …

Decolonizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - with Aparna Rae

May 24th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with DEI Consultant Aparna Rae about decolonizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in corporate spaces, the importance …

Minding the Intersectional Gap in Your Diversity Efforts with Tori Dean

May 17th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha and guest Tori Dean have an in-depth discussion on the importance of addressing intersectionality throughout the employee lifecycle, the impact of society on the workplace, and how to use your …

Moving Beyond the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Checkbox - with Kim Crowder

May 10th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with DEI Consultant Kim Crowder on the need for organizations to support DEI practitioners, the role of all aspects of …

Confidants, Community, and Coaching - with Aiko Bethea

May 3rd, 2022


In this episode, Sacha sits down with Aiko Bethea and talks about the  importance of seeing value in yourself, leaning on those in your community, and the value of coaching. 

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Liberating the Workforce- with Farzin Farzad

April 26th, 2022


In this episode, Farzin Farzad discusses how we can begin to shift DEI  into liberation, the importance of community, and what he calls the tenets of …

The Power of Words - with Janet Stovall

April 19th, 2022


Janet Stovall is a diversity pragmatist adn radical inclusionist.  In this conversation, she discusses the central role communications should play in …

Speaking Up and Showing up Authentically in DEI - with Kimberley John-Morgan

April 12th, 2022


Authenticity is a critical aspect of genuine and sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion work.  In this conversation with writer and communications expert Kimberley John-Morgan, we discuss the importance of using …

Is What You See What You Get in DEI? - with Adriana Crawford

April 5th, 2022


In this episode, Adriana Crawford discusses the importance of aligning values and actions for companies and individuals. 

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The Qualities of a Good DEI Professional with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson

March 29th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha and Cornell talk about what it takes to do diversity and inclusion work and what organizations need to be prepared for when hiring DEI professionals.

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A White Guy Confronting Racism with Jared Karol

March 15th, 2022


Jared Karol's introduction to DEI started with a personal relationship with his father. Over the years, his commitment to this work has evolved. In …

The Inclusion of Accessibility with Sheri Byrne-Haber

March 8th, 2022


In this episode, I chat with Sheri Byrne-Haber about accessibility - a  topic that is often left out of DEI conversations.  This conversation is  filled with nuggets, so be prepared to take notes.


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Preparing Your DEI Strategy with Dr. Sam Rae

March 1st, 2022


I think the first time I crossed paths with Dr. Sam Rae, EdD, MPH.   was about a year ago.  Not only did I appreciate her approach to DEI,  but we also had some of the same interests and ideas (great minds)!

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Conversations at the Intersection with Michael Rolph

February 22nd, 2022


I met Michael Rolph in March of 2019. He reached out on LinkedIn to connect as colleagues working at the intersection of diversity and technology. …

Managing Burnout in DEI - with Kelley Bonner

February 15th, 2022


Over the last few years, many practitioners have experienced stress and burnout.  In this episode, therapist Kelley Bonner shares a few ways to identify and manage burnout as we do DEI work.

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The Importance of Community within DEI - with Diya Khanna

February 10th, 2022


Join Sacha as she chats with DEI Consultant Diya Khanna.  This episode  discusses the importance of managing DEI efforts with a global lens.

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Wellness and Self-Care in DEI with Dr. Rufus Spann

February 9th, 2022


Taking care of self is critical in DEI work.  In this episode, Sacha  chats with therapist Rufus Spann.  They discuss the importance of  self-care and wellness as practitioners continue to juggle demanding  expectations.

Understanding the History of DEI - with Lolita Chandler

February 9th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha chats with her mentor and cousin, Lolita  Chandler, a 40 year veteran in the DEI industry. They discuss what has  changed …

How to Detach From Toxic Workplaces & Still Do the Work - Katrina Jones

February 9th, 2022


In this episode, Sacha's guest is the Founder +Principal of Advancing  Equity + Inclusion,  Katrina Jones. They discuss disconnecting from  toxic workplaces and the importance of self-care for DEI professionals.

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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence - with Farah Harris

February 9th, 2022


In the first episode of DEI After 5, Sacha chats with Farah Harris.   This episode talks about the importance of emotional intelligence in  doing diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

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