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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.


089: Challenging Traditional HR Paradigms to Create More Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces With Shahzia Noorally

Meet Shahzia Nourali, the exceptional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioner, who with her dynamic voice, is changing the narrative around workplace authority and equity. In our enlightening conversation, she shares her inspiring journey from a place of isolation in her first leadership role, to becoming a passionate advocate for equity within the utilities industry and beyond. Her unique insights are shaped by her experiences as a woman of color, a child of immigrants, and an HR practitioner. 

Our conversation takes us through the challenges and biases that persist in traditional leadership and mentorship models. With Shahzia leading the way, we explore the concept of sponsorship, and how it can create a space for authentic expression, amplifying not just talent but also the voices that often go unheard. We grapple with the systemic effects of racism, discussing the importance of bringing to the fore voices that remain outside the usual circles of influence. 

Show Highlights:

  • Building workplace authority and equity
  • Challenging bias and promoting equity
  • Designing equitable workplace cultures and policies
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in HR
  • Opportunities for growth and collaboration

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People & Resources Mentioned In This episode:

Shahzia Noorally - LinkedIn, Website, Instagram

The Equity Gap podcast - On Apple Podcasts, LinkedIn, Instagram

HR, We Have A Problem | Susy Ko & Shahzia Noorally | DisruptHR Talks

Do You Know the Reference Man? | Shahzia Noorally | DisruptHR Talks

Rethinking podcast with Adam Grant: Finding–and becoming–great mentors and sponsors with Carla Harris

The Equity Gap podcast: From saviorism to solidarity in the workplace - a conversation with Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi - Changemaker, Speaker, Author & Founder of Accelerate her Future

Accelerate Her Future

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If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at Let them know I sent you.

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