Unlabeled Leadership

023: Simma Lieberman Elevates Culture with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Feb. 24, 2021

On Wednesday episodes, I share leadership beliefs and unlabel terminology. I invite guests to share their expertise about small or big acts of leadership.

In Episode 23, Simma Lieberman, my expert on DE&I, helps me decipher Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

00:00 Prologue: Discovered through Social Media

I discovered Simma through her blogs on Multibriefs, which lead me to her podcast about diversity. Simma, a.k.a. The Inclusionist, is an award-winning professional who consults, coaches, and offers powerful keynotes. If you plan to meet 50 people this year, ensure that Simma is one of them.

01:28 Part 1: Debunking the Need for Similar People

What makes diversity in organizations diverse? Simma answers this question.

07:24 Part 2: You Need More than Equal Access

Equality doesn’t mean that there is equity. Both terms are worth unlabeling, and Simma does just that!

13:44 Part 3: Accessing Their Brilliance

If you have diversity, do you have inclusion? What does it mean to have an inclusive culture and organization? Simma helps me demystify inclusion by answering these questions.

21:50 Part 4: Take Diversity to Lunch

Whether a manager or a team member, Simma offers practical ways for us to enable teams and organizations to diversify and become more inclusive.

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Episode links

Simma’s LinkedIn Profile

Simma’s Bio

The Inclusionist (website)

Simma’s Twitter

Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People (podcast)

Example blogs by Simma

   How story-sharing creates connections and empathy in organizations

   Unconscious bias gone wrong

About Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. in Diversity Officer Magazine

Examples of Diversity Definitions PDF (includes Thomas’ definition)

The Story of the Elephant and the Giraffe (a blog about Roosevelt Thomas’ fable)


Background Music

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:11 Marching Band Fun by pinkzebra

07:05 Happy swing by Praded

13:26 Inspiring Emotional Cinematic Piano and Strings by pinkzebra

21:33 A New Door Opens by pinkzebra

24:29 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


Lead on!

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