147. A Diversity Journey: From 'I Do' to Inclusion, A Conversation with Bernadette Smith
Girl, Take the Lead!April 02, 2024x
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147. A Diversity Journey: From 'I Do' to Inclusion, A Conversation with Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith, Gen X, joins Yo to talk about her book, 'Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization' and provides rich insights into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). In addition to being an award-winning author of four books and diversity expert, Bernadette is founder and CEO of Equality Institute. The Equality Institute’s mission is to help organizations fulfill the promise of diversity by embedding equity and inclusion into organizational systems and culture, enhancing outcomes for everyone. Their vision is for a world where every human feels safe to express their authentic selves.
Equality Institute is a certified woman and LGBTQ+-owned business. Here are the topics we covered: Celebrating Good DEI Vibes ARC (Ask, Respect, Connect) Unconscious Bias Equality & Equity Power & Privilege Influence

Here are three takeaways from today’s episode:

1. DEI should not just live in Human Resources – it needs to live across all functions of an organization.

2. We can have a genuine feeling of hope about DEI efforts and not be overwhelmed or be fearful – we’re all going to make mistakes and we can learn the most from things that are not working.

3. It is up to all of us to use our own power, influence, and privilege to lift and help others!


As Mentioned:

Her book: Inclusive 360


Her podcast: 5 Things In 15 Minutes The Podcast: Bringing Good Vibes to DEI


Her Newsletter:



ARC (Free cheat sheet)



Equality & Equity Image:



Wheel of Power & Privilege Image:



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Ep. 65, The Power of Latino Leadership, Our Culture, Inclusion & Contribution



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Ep. 88, Keeping Your Seat At the Table with Nori Jabbi: Ageism, Confidence & Courage



Ep. 94, Courtnei Lee Joins Us to Discuss OYT Cosmetics, Plus Authenticity & Beauty



Ep 103, Balancing Belonging and Uniqueness: The Heart of DEI Leadership



Ep. 104, DEI in Focus: Examples of Navigating Complexity



More About Bernadette:

Bernadette has presented to enthusiastic audiences of CEOs, associations, entrepreneurs, leadership teams, sales professionals, account executives, marketing executives, human resource managers and more. Her expertise has been sought after by the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Fast Company, among many others, and she’s appeared on the Today Show, the BBC, National Public Radio, and CNN.

Bernadette has been named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business and hosts the weekly podcast 5 Things in 15 Minutes: Bringing Good Vibes to DEI. When she’s not busy speaking, you can probably find her on a local pickleball court!


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