Race at Work with Porter Braswell

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Race is a topic many of us struggle to talk about at work, yet it shapes so many of our career experiences and outcomes. But host Porter Braswell (Jopwell) is on a mission to create a safe space to share those stories – and learn from them. Hear leaders from business and government trace their personal journeys with race, equity, and inclusion. And learn from their mistakes and their triumphs. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

Episode Date
High on the Hog’s Stephen Satterfield: The Power of Black Storytelling
As host of a hit new Netflix TV show, “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America,” and founder of a food media company, Stephen Satterfield has a platform to share Black narratives. He tells host Porter Braswell how powerful it is to share these stories, and why it’s important for them to be told through the lens of an all-Black production crew.
Jun 16, 2021
Grammy-Winning Musician Keyon Harrold: Racism and Work
How should organizations support employees who experience racist incidents in their personal lives, and how can those kinds of experiences affect their work? Grammy-winning trumpeter and activist Keyon Harrold tells host Porter Braswell about a racist attack against him and his teenage son, how the music industry responded, and why that experience changed his career.
Jun 09, 2021
National Basketball Players Association VP CJ McCollum: Holding Management Accountable
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazer and National Basketball Players Association vice president, talks to host Porter Braswell about holding both his team’s and the NBA’s leadership accountable. He also discusses how management can be supportive of race-related issues happening inside and outside of the workplace.
Jun 02, 2021
Ogilvy’s Carla Hendra: Power and Privilege in Advertising
Carla Hendra, Ogilvy’s global CEO of growth and innovation, talks to host Porter Braswell about her experiences with power and privilege during her decades-long career in the advertising industry – and how those dynamics affect representation within the industry.
May 26, 2021
WNBA’s Napheesa Collier: How to be Outspoken about Race at Work
Napheesa Collier, forward for the Minnesota Lynx, has been outspoken about police brutality and racism throughout her basketball career. She joins host Porter Braswell to discuss how her team and the WNBA have been using their platforms to fight for social justice.
May 19, 2021
Curaleaf’s Lanett Austin: The Cannabis Industry and Communities of Color
The director of Talent Management and Diversity at the largest cannabis operator in the U.S. talks about the racial disparities in the cannabis industry and what a more equitable and inclusive future would mean.
May 12, 2021
Jopwell’s Devon Lee: Answering “Uncomfortable” Questions About Race at Work
What is privilege? Can people of color be racist? Can white scholars and consultants be experts on race? Scholar-activist Devon Lee answers some “uncomfortable” questions about race at work – to lay the foundation for the rest of the show’s new season.
May 05, 2021
Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian: Taking a Stand on Racial Equity
Delta CEO Ed Bastian discusses his journey to become an inclusive leader, and how senior leaders can lead change in their companies to address internal and external racial justice issues.
Jan 27, 2021
Sephora’s Deborah Yeh: Unconscious Bias in Retail and Marketing
Deborah Yeh, Sephora’s Chief Marketing Officer, discusses unconscious bias in retail and marketing, as well as how it affects customers and their relationship with brands.
Jan 20, 2021
iCIMS’ Charles Mah: Why Traditional Recruiting Pipelines Don’t Work
Charles Mah, a leader in talent management within the tech industry, discusses the problems with traditional recruiting pipelines and explains how to improve diversity recruiting.
Jan 13, 2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101 (with Richemont’s Doug Melville)
What’s the difference between unconscious bias and a microaggression? How is diversity actually defined? And what’s problematic about using the term “minority”? Doug Melville, VP, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Richemont North America, joins host Porter Braswell to answer questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion that can be awkward to ask at work.
Jan 06, 2021
Former Goldman Sachs Partner Edith Cooper: Recruit, Retain, Mentor
Goldman’s former head of Human Capital Management talks about the role race plays at work, employee retention strategies, and the importance of having sponsors for one’s career.
Dec 30, 2020
PGA of America’s Sandy Cross: Making Golf More Inclusive
The Chief People Officer of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America explains why she leads with inclusion when building more diverse cultures, the important role of language, and how the PGA of America is addressing past discrimination in golf.
Dec 23, 2020
Cisco’s Fran Katsoudas: How to Talk About Race at Work
Fran Katsoudas, Cisco’s Chief People Officer, explains how she approached Cisco’s all-hands meeting on race, where some employees posted racist comments. She also discusses how Cisco engages in the topic of race in a global context and shares her experiences as a Latina climbing the corporate ladder.
Dec 16, 2020
U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado: Race and Identity in Politics
U.S. Congressman Antonio Delgado discusses the hidden obstacles he’s faced in his political and corporate career as a Black man operating in largely white spaces, how he engages with race in his work, and how he works across differences in Congress to find common ground.
Dec 09, 2020
Havas New York CEO Laura Maness: Listen, Learn, and Lead
Havas New York CEO Laura Maness discusses how having more representation is good for business, why breaking down systemic racism means looking at the language we use, and how to hold corporate leaders accountable for increasing racial representation at work.
Dec 02, 2020
ESPN’s Jay Williams: Sports, Culture, and Leadership
ESPN host Jay Williams discusses the lack of racial representation in basketball leadership, what corporate America can learn from the NBA about reckoning with race at work, and how he approaches professional situations when he’s the “only” in a room.
Nov 25, 2020
Mastercard’s Former Chief Diversity Officer Donna Johnson: Advancing Company Culture
Mastercard’s former Chief Diversity Officer Donna Johnson explains how to make long-term change to company culture, why she thinks we should talk about race at work, and when a company should hire a CDO.
Nov 18, 2020
WeWork Cofounder Miguel McKelvey: Blind Spots in Leadership
WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey talks about using his position as a business leader to speak up in support of Black Lives Matter, why so many start-ups struggle with diversity and inclusion, and what senior leaders can learn from what went wrong with WeWork’s culture.
Nov 11, 2020
Introducing Race at Work
Host Porter Braswell (Jopwell) is on a mission to create a safe space to talk about race at work. Hear leaders from business and government trace their personal journeys with race, equity, and inclusion. And learn from their mistakes and their triumphs. Join us this season for the candid conversations about race that we need to be having at work.
Nov 05, 2020