Intentional Conversations

Intentional Conversations is a weekly LIVE virtual community chat hosted by Dr. Nika White and a special guest co-host. We invite you to join us each week as we look at the intersection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Leadership and Business.

Intentional Conversations are held every Friday from 11am-12pm EST and, below, you can find a schedule of upcoming topics and guest co-hosts along with recordings of previous Intentional Conversations.

Upcoming Intentional Conversations


Guest Host Katie Martell

Friday, October 2nd • 11am-12pm

In this virtual community chat, Dr. White and Katie Martell discuss how some brands tend to pander to social movements.


Katie Martell is an “unapologetic marketing truth-teller” and the creator of Pandermonium, a forthcoming book and documentary exploring the collision of marketing and social movements.


Guest Host Shaun Wanzo

Friday, October 9th • 11am-12pm

In this virtual community chat, Dr. White and Shaun Wanzo discuss how to balance social justice with the business side of DEI.


I gained a lot of experience lobbying, organizing and on public speaking platforms for social justice and criminal justice reform while working with the ACLU, JustLeadership and a lot of other organizations. I worked on campaigns that focused on dismantling systemic racism and inequities and disparities associated with race, gender and class. I credit a number of people within these organizations for helping me gain the necessary experience which led to the creation of Conduit LLC and my own personal training/workshop entitled The Perception Benefit.


It’s a business and curriculum I created with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. I place an emphasis on the need to cultivate more inclusive environments by advocating for BIPOC and historically marginalized groups to be truly accepted and not just simply tolerated. I have worked with Gener8tor, AMFAM Corporate and Social Impact Institute and Northwestern Mutual’s Product Brew. I am currently working as a voter relational organizer for an organization entitled For Our Future WI and I am a Communication student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (looking to incorporate organizational communications into my studies).


Guest Host Jessica Sharp

Friday, October 16th • 11am-12pm

In this virtual community chat, Dr. White and Jessica Sharp discuss the topics of empathy, belonging, emotional intelligence, equity and unconscious bias.


Jessica Sharp is passionate about supporting underserved and minority communities, diverse representation, and brain education. Jessica is the Founder and CEO of Sharp Brain Consulting, a brain-based organizational development firm. Through her work with SBC, she is working to transform organizations through education about the brain. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct faculty member with the Organizational & Leadership Psychology Department at William James College.


Jessica works to improve her local community through her involvement in a variety of organizations including the Junior League of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville, and the Greenville Theatre. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and is a Diversity Fellow with the Riley Institute and has been recognized for her work to better the Greenville community.


She regularly speaks about various topics related to the brain. Jessica has a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and is currently a student at William James College where she is obtaining a Doctorate in Leadership Psychology. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family. Jessica is active on Instagram and Twitter at @sharpjes, and Sharp Brain Consulting can be found on Instagram and Facebook at @sharpbrainconsulting.


Guest Host Victoria Chance

Friday, October 23rd • 11am-12pm

In this virtual community chat, Dr. White and Victoria Chance discuss the work at nonprofit My Neighbor’s Voice and how it supports DEI.


Victoria Chance is president and co-founder of the nonprofit My Neighbor’s Voice (MNV) in Greenville, South Carolina. After 30 years as a teacher in public schools in rural South Carolina, she left the high school classroom to follow her vision of creating a safe and deeply hospitable forum called My Neighbor’s Voice. MNV is a place where all voices can be heard and protected, through a moderated format, as a deliberate and direct way to make our communities safer and more welcoming for everyone. Ms. Chance received her BA in English from Furman University in Greenville, SC and her Masters in Contemplative Education at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She is the recipient, along with her co-founder Mary Anne Inglis, of the Peacemaker Award from the Upstate Mediation Center in 2019 for her nonprofit work and was a speaker for the local TEDx Greenville salon in January 2020. Victoria Chance is a past board member of Interfaith Forum Greenville and is an accomplished yoga and meditation teacher with 20 years of experience. She is married to Potter Bob, has two lovely children, and two stupendous granddaughters.


Guest Host Raven Solomon

Friday, October 30th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Dr. White and Raven Solomon talk about the corporate citizen’s responsibility in solving social injustice and creating equity – all within the context of generational differences.


Raven Solomon is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, multigenerational leadership expert, and author of the 2019 release “Leading Your Parents: 25 Rules to Effective Multigenerational Leadership for Millennials and Gen Z,” where she shares leadership principles and practical advice for young professionals seeking to transition into leadership positions in today’s diverse workplace.


Raven’s mission is to break down generational barriers and complexities in the workplace to create synergy across generations that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and enhances inclusive company culture. Simply stated, Raven uses her formidable leadership skills, business acumen, and professional experience to develop multigenerational leaders of all ages— Baby Boomers to Gen Z— to effectively lead across difference.


Her clients are large and small, and include Samsung, Advance Auto Parts, The Gap, Stanford University, and Ingersoll Rand.


Guest Host Kayla Lee

Friday, November 6th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Dr. White and Kayla Lee discuss how, as DEIB advocates, we should show up for ourselves like we show up for others, as well as how we can increase our personal resilience and ability to thrive while improving outcomes for others.


Kayla M. Lee is a Harvard and Hard-Knocked Executive Life Coach, Business Strategist, and Culture Interpreter working at the intersections of:


  • Organizational + Culture Transformation
  • Learning & Development
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging


She helps C-Suite leaders creatively solve challenges through the lenses of learning-as-a-life-long pursuit by designing professional development journeys that require honesty and vulnerability about oneself, one’s team and one’s organization. During the journeys, leaders and their teams are guided, coached, and empathically called to accountability to form a new version leadership, culture, and community for their organizations.

Previous Intentional Conversations


Guest Host Lindsey Pollak

Friday, September 25th • 11am-12pm

For the first time in history, five generations now share the workplace, and leaders must balance a generation gap of multiple decades between the oldest and youngest employees. Join us for this virtual chat in which Dr. White will be speaking with multigenerational workplace expert Lindsey Pollak about leading your business through unprecedented times.


Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker and one of the world’s leading experts on millennials and the multigenerational workplace. She was recently named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors 30 global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led. Her latest book, The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace, published in May 2019, was named a Book of the Month by both The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She is also the author of two previous career advice books. Lindsey has spoken for more than 250 corporations, law firms, conferences and universities, and her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews and NPR. She is a graduate of Yale University.


Guest Host Bola Audena

Friday, September 18th • 11am-12pm

In this Virtual Chat, Dr. White and Bola Audena have a discussion about living your best life by following your dreams, Business Operations Efficiencies, Self-Development opportunities as well as what it’s like to be a WOC in the corporate world.


Bola Audena is the CEO and Managing Partner at MBA Growth Partners, a business advisory firm offering strategic growth and operational efficiencies support to small and minority owned businesses. Bola has over 18 years of experience in the management consulting field, with specific focus on Go to Market strategies, Strategic Planning, and Business Process Optimization. What differentiates Bola and MBA Growth Partners is the emphasis on sustainable and repeatable business performance, leveraging best practices, data driven insights, and commitment to results to power her client’s growth and success. Bola is also the creator and host of Someday is Today podcasts, where she encourages listeners of all ages to live their best lives starting today. Bola holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.


Guest Host Tim Pecoraro

Friday, September 11th • 11am-12pm

Join us for this Intentional Conversation as Dr. White and Tim Pecoraro have a discussion about “Owning Oneself: My Thoughts + My Feelings + My Decisions + My Actions = My Outcomes.”


Tim Pecoraro is high-energy and fast-paced with no lack of humor, vision, passion, or zeal. If you ask who he is, he will always tell you he is a leader, a communicator, and an artist. He approaches challenges by crafting unique solutions that get results.


As a speaker, trainer, and coach, Tim can ignite any group, by pairing keen insights with excellent delivery, imaginative word pictures, illustrations, and methods that work. Tim’s primary focus – and his passion is – people and their development as individuals, entrepreneurs, and teams for personal and professional growth.

He believes a business’s competitive advantage resides within its people. When a company makes people development a priority, it is a real win-win for the business and the individual. That is why Tim has successfully assisted start-ups, small businesses, and international brands to experience successful people and business growth.


For 20+ years, Tim has coached teams and leaders in Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Real Estate, Construction, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship sectors. Utilizing tools and frameworks he developed, coupled with the organizations’ vision, mission, and goals, Tim creates a plan to get his clients from where they are, to where they want to go.


Tim has launched three businesses in the Upstate of South Carolina that continue to provide extraordinary services to the clients they serve.


He is a Certified Coach with the John Maxwell Team under his long-time leadership hero and mentor John Maxwell.


Guest Host Lily Zheng

Friday, August 28th • 11am-12pm

Join this Intentional Conversation as Lily Zheng and Dr. Nika White discuss Organizational Culture, Organizational Change, Organizational Design, DE&I Work, Effective Allyship, Queer & Trans Issues, Asian-American Issues and Interracial Solidarity.


Lily Zheng is a diversity, equity & inclusion consultant and executive coach who works with organizations around the world to create high-impact and sustainable change. With her clients, she leverages organizational design, strategy, and culture to find novel solutions to systemic inequalities. A dedicated change-maker and advocate recently named a Forbes D&I Trailblazer, Lily writes for publications including the Harvard Business Review, Quartz at Work, and HR Executive, and is the coauthor of two books.


Guest Host Wade Hinton

Friday, August 21st • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Wade Hinton and Dr. Nika White will discuss the importance of inclusion, especially during these times. Wade Hinton, CDO of UNUM will also talk about how his company is navigating the current pandemic and the racial crisis.


Wade joined Unum in August 2018 as Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity. In this role, Wade is responsible for creating a company culture of belonging for more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Unum, Wade was the Chief Legal Officer / City Attorney for the City of Chattanooga where he and his team provided legal counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and commissions of the City. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Volkswagen Group of America – Chattanooga Operations and was Of Counsel to the law firm Miller & Martin PLLC.


Outside of Unum, Wade serves on several local boards of trustees including the Benwood Foundation and The Company Lab. Wade was recognized by the National Bar Association and The Network Journal as one of the nation’s 40 best advocates and 40 best business leaders, respectively, under the age of 40. Among other honors, Wade was a member of Harvard University’s inaugural Young American Leaders Program, a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2018 graduate of Leadership Tennessee, a 2018 Diversity Community Champion for Justice Award, and named a 2019 Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow. Previously, he was appointed to the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission by Governor Bill Haslam, appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, and by Governor Don Sundquist to the Title VI Commission. He has twice been selected to serve on merit selection panels – once for the reappointment of federal magistrate and once for the selection of a district bankruptcy judge. His interest in foreign policy led him to be named a German Marshall Fellow. He was a member of the Leadership Development Advisory Council and the Task Force on the Future of US-German Relations for the German Marshall Fund.


Wade is a graduate of Emory University, The University of Memphis School of Law, and studied at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.


Guest Host Janice Gassam Asare

Friday, August 14th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Dr. White speaks with Dr. Janice Gassam Asare about how to foster inclusive workplaces and the importance of belonging.


Janice Gassam, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, LLC, a consultancy designed to help organizations create more inclusive environments. Janice facilitates workshops, delivers keynote speeches and “Awareness Talks” to spark important dialogue about workplace equity. Janice has had the opportunity to collaborate with Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others. She is the host of the Diversity Dinner Dialogue, a free public workshop designed to address issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Janice is the author of the new book, Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All. She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored nearly 200 articles. Janice has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business and psychology. She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion.


Guest Host Victoria Russell

Friday, August 7th • 11am-12pm

Join Nika and Victoria as they discuss the importance of DE&I, what it means to be a corporate activist, what it’s like to be a Woman of Color in corporate America and how Papa John’s is navigating the global pandemic and racial crisis.


Victoria Russell has been described as a D&I Champion, Equity Advocate and Corporate Activist. In 2018, she stepped up during difficult times to become the first to lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Papa John’s. With a 14-year passion for the brand, Victoria is committed to using her voice to bring change and leaning into the challenge of ensuring D&I is in the DNA of the company.


Prior to this role, Victoria was named Head of Diversity & Inclusion and chaired their first D&I committee. She spent most of her career at Papa John’s in marketing analytics where she gained valuable insights into the business, and the customers and communities they served.


Before joining Papa John’s, Victoria spent time at Humana and Brown Forman in Human Resources. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a M.B.A in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.


Victoria serves on several non-profit boards including GLI, Leadership Louisville, Fund for the Arts and the Chestnut Street YMCA. In 2019, she was named “Woman Making A Difference” by Louisville Business First and selected as one of Louisville’s Forty Under 40. She was also featured in The Business Journals’ Influencers: Rising Stars, a national list of influential young executives.

Her other recent accomplishments include Leadership Louisville Class of 2020, University of Kentucky 2019 Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award, founding member of the Adweek D&I Council and named of one of the Adweek & Adcolor 2020 Champions of Diversity & Inclusion. Victoria was also just named to the Executive Leadership Council, honored as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center and featured as Today’s Woman 2020 Most Admired Woman in the Corporate Category.


Guest Host Jeremiah Dew

Friday, July 31st • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation with Jeremiah Dew as he and Dr. White discuss influential African Americans throughout history and how they impacted not only their generation, but the ones that have followed.


JDew is an, emcee, entertainer, and entrepreneur in Greenville, SC. His one-man theatre experience, “One Voice” is a Black-history stage or virtual experience showcasing the words of influential African American from the 1820s through the present day including: Frederick Douglass, Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Guest Host Mike Williams

Friday, July 24th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Dr. White speaks with Mike Williams, Director of Recruiting and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Michelin North America on how Michelin has navigated the pandemic and the racial crisis.


A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Williams received his B.S. degree in Operations Research from the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a passion for mentoring, serving his community and helping others to achieve their full potential.  Mike’s extensive experience is in Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Learning & Development, and Operations Research. Mike currently serves as the Director of Recruiting and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Michelin North America.


Guest Host Charnise Mangle, Literacy, M.A.Ed

Friday, July 17th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, Dr. White will be speaks with author and historian Charnise Mangle about what inspired her book “Understanding Race and Racism in America”, how to get African-American history into the history books, as well as how parents can navigate the discussion of systematic racism with their children.


Charnise Mangle is an extraordinary social studies teacher, and certified literacy teacher and coach. She has created a classroom where students can learn about United States History and the Constitution in a fun and creative way as she guides them on a journey of personal civic duty and community understanding. She believes she has been called to raise the next generation to become critical thinkers and people of progress. She now opens her classroom to all people who want to begin a journey of self-education, guided by a compiled set of resources she has curated. As an African-American United States History teacher, Charnise Mangle has seen a void in education as it pertains to discussion on American racism. She has compiled this list of resources to help guide those who would like on a journey of self-education about racism in the United States of America.


Guest Hosts Carlo + Hannah White

Friday, July 10th • 11am-12pm

Carlo and Hannah talk about how each of them have been called to action during this time in the business and educational areas they influence, and what they are actively doing about it.

Carlo's Bio

Carlo holds a BS in Economics from Clemson University. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force where he managed a $36 million dollar budget as comptroller of Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait. Carlo has started multiple companies, with White Holdings, LLC, being his most successful, growing to over 3.5 million dollars in sales in 2015. Carlo’s civic involvement includes work on behalf of organizations and programs that support the well-being and interests of business, children, and families. He formerly served on the board of advisors for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors for Community Works Federal Credit Union. He also is an active volunteer and supporter of Graduate Greenville, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and is an Elder at New Life Church in Spartanburg, SC.

Hannah's Bio

Hannah is an enthusiastic student committed to implementing positive change by utilizing the core values of business and servantleadership. She is a member of the University of South Carolina Honors College, studying Finance and Marketing at theDarla Moore School of Business. Additionally, Hannah, os one of approximately 140 students (out of the 34,000) appointed to Ambassadorship, and is Student Body Vice President of University of South Carolina. Hannah has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in everything that she does and serves on the inclusion and equity committee in Student Government.


Guest Host Jared Karol

Friday, June 26th • 11am-12pm

In this Intentional Conversation, we talk about how leaders and influencers can model public vulnerability, elevate their personal awareness and cultural competence, and stay present in difficult conversations in effort to build inclusive workplace cultures.


I’m a DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) guy who doesn’t go about DEIB in the typical DEIB ways.


I’m a cis, straight, White guy doing this work. Not many of us around. Why? Because most people like me don’t think it’s their place to do this work. Most people like me think DEIB issues aren’t relevant to them. Let the people of color talk about racism and identity issues. Let LGBTQ folks talk about sexual orientation and gender expression issues. Let women talk about gender equity issues. Let people in wheelchairs talk about disability rights. . .


Nope. All these issues are all of our issues.


I do this work because I grew up poor and got bullied in middle school. I do this work because in high school and college I was “that jock, party, bro guy” and I didn’t want to be that guy anymore. I do this work because my father was gay and died of AIDS. I do this work because I’ve witnessed too much oppression and marginalization to stay cozy in my comfortable bubble. I do this work because I recognize my power and privilege and I know I have the capability and responsibility to use my social capital and position of influence to make things better.


I do this work because my silence and inaction is complicity.


I do this work to intentionally change mindsets. To challenge the status quo. To disrupt bro culture. To create inclusive cultures where lived experiences are validated and believed. To create spaces where people feel safe to be their full, authentic selves. I do this work to create belonging––for myself and for others.


I believe personal development work is the most important part of DEIB work. I center strategic storytelling, mindfulness, and listening. I bring about inclusive leadership and team intelligence. I lead with empathy and curiosity and equanimity. I challenge people to be more emotionally intelligent, publicly vulnerable, and culturally competent.


I elevate personal and collective awareness, transform perspectives, engage people in difficult conversations, and get people comfortable being uncomfortable. I drive impact and affect change. I help teams build trust, deepen connection, and establish better relationships that lead to increased creativity, productivity, and innovation.


Guest Host Kanika Tolver

Friday, June 19th • 11am-12pm

Join Dr. Nika White and guest co-host Kanika Tolver as they go over methods on how you can re-think the way you work. Learn ways to harness the power of digital tools to rehab your career and transform your work.


Kanika Tolver is the CEO and founder of Career Rehab, LLC in Washington, D.C., where she helps clients transform their careers with coaching programs, events, webinars and digital resources to help people reach their career goals. An in-demand coach, consultant, speaker and thought leader, she has been featured on CNN, CNBC, CBS Radio, Yahoo!, Black Enterprise,,, The Washington Post and a variety of radio interviews and podcasts. Kanika is the author of the acclaimed title, ‘Career Rehab: Rebuild Your Personal Brand and Rethink the Way You Work.


Hosted by Dr. Nika White

Friday, June 12th • 11am-12pm

Join us for this special Open Forum with Dr. Nika White where she will be taking YOUR questions about all things diversity, equity, inclusion and leadership!


Guest Host Kay Fabella

Friday, June 5th • 11am-12pm

Join us as we talk about how underrepresented leaders can go from invisible to influencer, the significance of storytelling to shape identities and foster connections, and organizational change management strategies.


Kay’s mission is to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups, who are ready to step up as the leaders our companies and communities need. As a Filipina-American expat in Spain since 2010, Kay Fabella has worked with companies across over 17 industries to leverage the power of storytelling for organizational change. She’s been featured in Forbes and Fast Company, and hosts a weekly podcast: Inclusion in Progress. 

Kay now works with companies in the finance and technology sectors to translate their D&I initiatives intersectionally across cultures and countries — to create workplaces where diverse talent can thrive.


Guest Host Liesel Mertes

Friday, May 29th • 11am-12pm

Join us as we talk about the things that truly matter nowadays: empathy and care in the workplace and our emotional needs during this very trying time. We will also discuss compassion fatigue–what that is and what it means for us.


Liesel Mertes is an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event. As the Founder of Handle With Care, Liesel works with groups thatwant to boost employee satisfaction as well asattract and retain better talent. Liesel’s favorite clients are forward-thinking organizations who know the value in supporting their employees with empathy and compassion.Her expertise is broad—loss, returning to work, a diagnosis, relationship transitions, how empathy impacts the brain—and no disruption is considered less significant.On these topics, Liesel is a dedicated speaker, writer, consultant, and host of the Handle With Care podcast.Liesel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing studies to obtain a M.Div. She has worked in Nairobi, consulted in Fiji and led cohorts in Ghana. Her adventures brought her to Indiana, where she is a proud mother, wife and lover of time spent on the water.Through her actionable strategies, real life stories and passionate commitment, Liesel helps people survive, stabilize and thrive in the aftermath of adversity.


Guest Host Natalie Cofield

Friday, May 22nd • 11am-12pm

Guest co-host Natalie Cofield will talk about minority business growth strategies, especially during this unprecedented time. She and NIka White will also talk about Walker’s Legacy and the importance of community among women of color.


As an entrepreneur and executive, Cofield has successfully raised roughly $20 million in corporate and philanthropic investments and government contracts. She has served as the founder of a government and nonprofit consulting company NMC Consulting Group which worked to design an $8.1 million funded educational microfinance program in partnership with the Citibank Foundation, KIPP and the UNCF. She has served as the founder of a social impact missioned coworking space – Urban Co-Lab, which worked to transform a vacant property into a burgeoning center for community-based entrepreneurship and collaboration and working with clients and companies including SnapChat, Google and HPE, among other and where she produced the first $10,000 business pitch competition for creative entrepreneurs on behalf of EBONY Magazine Today, Natalie serves as the founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and founder & chairwoman of the Walker’s Legacy Foundation.


Guest Host Keisha Rivers

Friday, May 15th • 11am-12pm

Equipped for Change: Creating Our New Normal. What happens AFTER we’ve changed from an event ? The truth is that no matter how much we want to, we’ll never be able to go “back” to normal.  Instead, we have to focus on how to create our “new” normal.


Keisha A. Rivers is the President and Chief Outcome Facilitator of The KARS Group, LTD, where she specializes in assisting clients to facilitate outcomes by equipping their people to manage change. She is also the founder and Executive Director of The KARS Institute for Learning & Collaboration, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides training, resources and support to new and emerging nonprofits. Her work over the past two decades has included strategic planning, board and leadership training and development, organizational management, succession planning, funding and fundraising strategies. She believes in the power of engagement, learning and leadership in building and sustaining organizational success and has been instrumental in the formation and management of learning collaboratives, companies and nonprofit organizations. Keisha holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Leadership & Development concentration from the University of New Orleans and a Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University.

Guest Host Minda Harts

Friday, May 8th • 11am-12pm

Join us for this conversation as we initiate a discussion around “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat.”


Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi’s, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.


Guest Host Jennifer Tardy

Friday, May 1st • 11am-12pm

Join us for this conversation in which we navigate bias within the hiring process and diversity recruiting programs.


Jennifer Tardy is CEO of Jennifer Tardy Consulting (JTC) which is a boutique diversity and inclusion consulting organization in Maryland. Through her leading #CareerSuccess brand, she trains recruiters on how to implement best practice diversity recruiting programs. She also provides career coaching to job seekers seeking to navigate bias within the hiring process in order to land a great job. JTC’s vision is to be a link between individuals in job search and the diversity recruiters seeking to hire them.


Guest Host Nicole Andrews

Friday, April 24th • 11am-12pm

In this week’s chat, we view career disruption strategies that deliver results for ambitious women in the workplace who have big dreams yet feel undervalued and overlooked.


Nicole is a primary breadwinning wife, mom, corporate executive, thought leader, and online entrepreneur. She created Nicole Andrews International, LLC offering career coaching, consulting, speaking, online courses and other events all focused on teaching and inspiring ambitious women who feel overlooked or undervalued in the workplace how to disrupt traditional thinking around their careers to reach their full potential and build their dream career and life.

Nicole has a Master’s in Human Resource Development and a Master’s in Business Administration from Clemson University in addition to a Bachelor’s in Business Management with a minor in Psychology. She’s a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS) and received her CMCS credential from the National Career Development Association. She has 15 years of experience in business in both sales and human resources with her most recent role being Vice President of Human Resources for a professional services firm.

Nicole has a special passion for opening doors for other ambitious women in the workplace who feel undervalued and overlooked. These women are who Nicole calls “Women of Difference” who may feel like they don’t quite belong and have felt undersupported in traditional workplaces, such as working moms, women of color, women of faith, women who think differently or any woman who has a difference that has not been fully embraced within themselves or in their workplaces. Nicole teaches you how to embrace, leverage and transform your difference into your tool that allows you to challenge the status quo to get from where you are to where you want to be!


Guest Host Nita Scruggs

Friday, April 3rd • 11am-12pm

Join us this week as we look at ways small businesses can become innovative in their approach to branding and marketing as they pivot to align with the current climate as a result of coronavirus.


Nita Scruggs is a Brand and Marketing Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives, and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands, human-to-human. With 6 years of experience in design and marketing for established brands and startups, Nita knows what truly drives conversions and sold-out launches. Nita has landed coverage in print, acquired for in-person business presentations, and has solidified her knowledge in brand design by working with well established online business professionals. In addition to her extensive design and marketing experience, Nita is a trained Set up for success online business consultant.


Guest Host Beth Ruffin

Friday, April 10th • 11am-12pm

Join us this week as we discuss Allyship for Women of Color; Self-Inclusion and how to continue leading inclusively through this unprecedented time.


Beth spent 20 years in Corporate America before realizing her dream of entrepreneurship. With over 2 decades experience in Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology, she has a proven track record in strategic planning, diversity & inclusion, project management, mentoring, customer relationships, and career advancement. In 2018, Beth opened her own boutique consulting firm where she guides small businesses in the strategic development and implementation of Diversity & Inclusion programs. She is also the host of “At the Table”, a weekly podcast about elevating the voices of the underrepresented. Her first book, Get Up, details her journey through depression and anxiety as the result of sexual abuse. Her upcoming second book, You Belong Here, explores the topic of self-inclusion. Beth sits on the board of South Carolina’s Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network. She is mom to one daughter, Isabella, and in her spare time blogs and travels.


Guest Host Monica McCoy

Friday, April 17th • 11am-12pm

Join us this week as we explore innovative business strategies, reinventing our business and personal brands, how to pitch and position ourselves, and products and services for success.


Monica McCoy is the pitch queen and CEO of Pitch University. ​She is also a global speaker, business strategist, executive coach and consultant. Most recently, Monica was the recipient of the 2019 Start Up Atlanta Best Equity Champion. As founder of Monica Motivates, LLC., she helps corporate professionals and entrepreneurs transition from being mere spectators, to pursuing their dreams and becoming active participants in having fulfilling, successful personal and professional lives.


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