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Impact Makers

100 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer McClureWebsite

The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


051: The Value of Taking a Strategic Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion With Jennifer Ingram

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 enhance their performance, productivity, and brand presence by centering equity and inclusion.

Through her work at Calibrated Lens, she helps clients facilitate sustainable change to optimize performance, presence, and productivity.

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.


People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:


Calibrated Lens LLC

Jennifer Ingram LinkedIn

Navigating Uncertainty and Unrest in 2020 by Jennifer Ingram

RESOURCE GUIDE: Exploring Differences, Reducing Harm, Evolving Strategies

Mishawn Styles


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