Take a seat: Helping women of color advance their careers with Minda Harts

“The statistics show that women of color are the most educated group in the United States right now, but yet we are not reflected in senior roles in Fortune 500 companies or some of the top nonprofit organizations.”
– Minda Harts, Founder of The Memo LLC

Minda Harts is the author of The Memo: What Women Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Minda describes why “Lean In” didn’t resonate with her workplace experience. Learn how women of color can break through workplace barriers and have a more active voice in their careers.

In this episode you’ll learn

  • What career growth for women of color means
  • Minda’s take on the book Lean In
  • Things that women of color need to be doing to advance their careers
  • Should women of color practice self-advocacy more? 
  • How to obtain and secure a seat at the table
  • What the experience for women of color is in the workplace 
  • Leading Diverse Talent course: Talent Development
  • Networking and career advice from Minda

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More about Minda

Minda Harts, the founder of The Memo LLC, a digital career education platform dedicated helping women of color climb the corporate ladder. She  is also an assistant professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Minda was also chosen by the General Assembly to serve as one of their Dream Mentors, alongside women like Cindy Gallop. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color.  

Is “intuition” a dirty word at work? with Kara Dake

“I remember being super uncomfortable with anything ‘mindfulness’ related.” – Kara Drake, Awareness Activator with The Feminine Intelligence

Kara Dake is a social impact innovator who is using a combination of wellness practices, community, media and exponential technologies. Her goal is to bring emotional and collective intelligence to the forefront of business and society. In this episode of Innovation for All Podcast, Sheana learns what this feminine energy is and how it can look in our society. Kara takes us through the value of feminine intelligence and intuition in the workplace and explains how it fits in with our technology and advances.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • What would it look like to have “female energy” in traditional workspaces?
  • How Kara brought her MBA finance experience into bringing intuition and emotional intelligence to the workplace.
  • Is there value in having more emotion in our workspaces?
  • Why Kara decided to pursue an MBA?
  • How Kara ended up in the tech space.
  • Kara’s current projects: FI and FeelTankTV and how you can use them.
  • Skills that can be learned at FeelTankTV.
  • What is Co-Creation and why is it important?
  • What are some of the assumptions we make in business everyday?
  • What could a middle manager do to bring these practices into a company or system today?

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More About Kara

Kara is also a seed catalyst of accelerator feminine intelligence or FI and a modern conscience media company, FeelTankTV. Kara regularly speaks on artificial intelligence, AI, and conscious growth topics at conferences such as SXSW, Ascent and the Chief Digital Officers Forum and has an MBA from NYU.

The hiring process wasn’t built for women. Katharine Zaleski of PowerToFly is changing that.

“When you’re recruiting women, you need to start a dialogue with the group of women you want to bring in and recruit. And it’s a long conversation.” — Katharine Zaleski, President of PowerToFly

How can we build a more inclusive and productive workforce? In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Katherine Zaleski, one of the founders of Power To Fly. Katherine shares how PowerToFly is completely reinventing the traditional hiring process to companies bring more women into the workplace and become more inclusive.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is wrong with traditional work?
  • What it the mission of Power To Fly?
  • How is Power to Fly addressing the gender pipeline problem?
  • How can remote work play a key role in hiring women?

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Making Products Inclusive, the Google Way featuring Reena Jana


“There is mounting evidence that when you accelerate inclusion you accelerate growth and market opportunity.” — Reena Jana, Google’s Head of Product and Business Inclusion

How does Google make successful products when their users are infinitely diverse? Head of Product and Business Inclusion at Google, Reena Jana, shares in this episode the ways that this tech giant takes an inclusive approach to serve its users and be sensitive to different cultural norms. Reena shares how some of Google’s best products were modified and improved through inclusive design and research practices. She describes the innovative AI technology that Google is using to help with product inclusion and make the products better for everyone who uses them. She also shares with Sheana some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is product inclusion?
  • Best practices to overcome product inclusion challenges
  • The benefits and challenges of handling inclusion on a global scale
  • How Reena forged her role as the head of product and business inclusion
  • Product Inclusion success stories and how the team develops these products
  • How machine learning in helping Product Inclusion
  • How the product development process prioritizes diversity at each level
  • Why inclusivity is valuable
  • Free tools Google offers to help product inclusion outside of their organization

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From Homeless to Fashion Tech Entrepreneur: Cassie Betts

Cassie Betts is the founder of District2.Co, a technology company that connects brands/designers with factories to streamline the manufacturing process, and Made In South LA (MISLA), a DevShop Academy. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, learn how Cassie went from being homeless to being called “The Woman Turning South LA into Startup Land” by Forbes.

You’ll learn:

  • How Cassie Betts started her entrepreneurship and coding interests in her youth.
  • Battling Sexism and Racism in the technology industry.
  • Leveraging past experiences and using them for success.
  • What District2 is and its mission.
  • The current state of the fashion industry with regards to innovative technology.
  • How the District2 platform has streamlined the fashion industry process.
  • Challenges faced by the fashion industry with manufacturers.
  • What is Made in South LA (MISLA).
  • How MISLA is trying to change the current economic situation by offering training to high paying tech jobs.
  • Problems of underrepresented minorities in the technology industry and possible solutions.
  • Training approach to help the ill effects of gentrification in communities.

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