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Products made by Black entrepreneurs are not just for Black people

Fifteen Percent Pledge is No. 23 on Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2022. The pledge is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that encourages retailers to pledge at least 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. Since 2020, Fifteen Percent Pledge has partnered with over 28 retailers and has shifted almost $10B of revenue to Black-owned businesses. Chris Denson spoke with founder and CEO Aurora James and executive director LaToya Williams-Belfort about their success, as well as the chief merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty, which was one of the first retailers to take the pledge.

Products made by Black entrepreneurs are not just for Black people
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'It's killing us.' How Taraji P. Henson is tackling Black mental health

One in every five Americans will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lives. Only one in three African Americans actually ever seek help and they are the least likely population to receive treatment. Founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director Tracie Jade Jenkins, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, along with their talk show Peace of Mind with Taraji, aims to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African American community.

'It's killing us.' How Taraji P. Henson is tackling Black mental health
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2 Latinx trailblazers on overcoming obstacles and finding your superpower

The Pew Research Center found that the U.S. Hispanic population in 2020 accounted for 51% of the entire U.S. population growth that year. Despite the stats, Black and Hispanic workers are the most underrepresented in the highest-paying and most influential positions and overrepresented in roles such as assistants and laborers. It comes as no surprise that the number of Latinx-owned businesses are booming as entrepreneurs are starting their own ventures. Host Chris Denson speaks with Christine De La Rosa, CEO and cofounder of The People’s Ecosystem, and Emmy award-winning journalist and president at The Futuro Media Group Maria Hinojosa to discuss their journeys.

2 Latinx trailblazers on overcoming obstacles and finding your superpower
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How Nike stays ahead of the curve with its socially conscious marketing

It feels like, in recent years, there is no escape from brands speaking out on social and political issues. But amidst the cancel-culture chaos of socially conscious marketing, one brand stands out for its authenticity. So how does a company like Nike, with 60,000 employees, decide what issues it wants to tackle and the best way to go about it? Host Chris Denson spoke with Jarvis Sam, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, and Melanie Auguste, VP, Global Brand Marketing, about their approach.

How Nike stays ahead of the curve with its socially conscious marketing
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The future of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

Over the past decade, corporate America has ramped up diversity and inclusion efforts, but there is still a lot of work to be done, especially with the LGBTQ+ community. Every June, thousands of companies make public gestures, pledges and and sponsorship deals during Pride Month, but not all of those companies are putting in the work to ensure safe spaces for their LGBTQ+ employees. Chris Denson caught up with Reddit’s COO, Jen Wong and Marty Chavez, former Goldman Sachs executive and current vice chairman at Sixth Street, who share their personal employment experiences and thoughts on the future of LGBTQ+ inclusion at work.

The future of LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace
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Asian business leaders on how we can all combat AAPI hate

In 2020, COVID-19 ignited a rise in Asian hate crimes. There were nearly 3,800 incidents reported over the course of a year. According to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center, from March 2020 to December 2020, 8% of Asian-hate incidents involved workplace discrimination or refusal of service. Emily Chang, CEO of China at McCann Worldgroup, and Peter Pham, cofounder & partner at Science Inc, share what we can do to make the workplace better for the AAPI community.

Asian business leaders on how we can all combat AAPI hate
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How Intuit is reinventing HR to make tech and finance more equitable for all

Historically, diversity in the tech and finance industries has not equated to racial equity. Intuit—the maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint—is rethinking its hiring processes and developing a culture that encourages inclusion at every level of the organization. In fact, Intuit has made a pledge to advance diversity around the world. Host Chris Denson spoke with CEO Sasan Goodarzi and Director of Racial Equity, La Toya Haynes, about HR processes and practices of the future.

How Intuit is reinventing HR to make tech and finance more equitable for all
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