Win(e)d Down Wednesday Podcast with Jeffery Tobias Halter and Amanda Hammett

The concept is straight-forward - a contemporary discussion on advocacy, inclusion and your role in driving change -- best enjoyed with your favorite wind-down beverage of choice.

Our goal is to create a brave and welcoming space for much-needed DEI conversations about what’s happening in the workplace and marketplace. You know, those conversations that you wish you could have at work but aren’t having.

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New episodes available Wednesday’s at 4:00 pm ET. Available anytime on your favorite platform.


Episode 25: Too young or too old? The intersectionality of gender bias and ageism with Bonnie Marcus

April 20, 2022

More than 80 percent of women worldwide have experienced gendered ageism in the workplace. Career coach, author and host of the podcast, Badass Women at Any Age, Bonnie Marcus shares findings from her research on gendered ageism –the intersectionality of gender bias and ageism. Given society’s hyper-focus on youth and beauty, older women can face being viewed not only as less attractive but also less competent and valuable than other women, while younger women are viewed as “too green” and incapable of strong leadership. How can organizational leaders understand and address the gendered ageism bias in order to recruit and retain the best talent? Don’t miss this timely discussion.

Episode 24 – Male-dominated: Achieving Gender Equality in Tech with Eva Helén

April 13, 2022

How can you achieve gender equality in a male-dominated industry? In this episode, tech maverick Eva Helen talks about her book Women in Tech — A Book for Guys, sharing her innovative strategies for bringing the genders together to promote women’s advancement and equality. Many men want to help but don’t know how – or if their involvement would even be welcomed. Others mistakenly believe the diversity issue has been solved, or that women need to act more like men to achieve true equality. Tune in to learn more about Eva’s interviews with 60 male leaders mostly from Silicon Valley, and the actions she suggests men take to support women in the workplace.

Episode 23: Same work, 20% less pay: What’s up with the gender pay gap? with Kathryn Valentine

April 6, 2022

On average, American working women earn nearly 20% less than their male counterparts. The numbers are worse when you factor in race and age. This week, Kathryn Valentine answers our questions about the gender pay gap and how we can close it. She encourages us to think more broadly about compensation and outlines a range of actions that organizations, managers, and individuals can take to address disparities. Listen now for an eye-opening episode.

Episode 22: Hey, dude. Gender equality isn’t a spectator sport. Suit up. with Brad Johnson

March 30, 2022

Most companies understand the value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment and its effect on their ability to recruit & retain talent in the current highly competitive environment. It’s an issue that impacts everyone. So, why do so many gender inclusion initiatives focus on changing women, leaving men out of the equation entirely? By creating a category of “women’s issues,” men–often the most powerful stakeholders in organizations–aren’t involved or even aware of the larger impact and aren’t invited to collaborate to create more inclusive workplaces. Guest W. Brad Johnson talks about why and how men have a crucial role to play in promoting equality at work. Don’t miss this frank conversation on male allyship, mentoring, sponsorship along with tips for holding other men accountable.

Episode 21: Out of the shadows: Reforming a workplace that protected harassers with Gretchen Carlson

March 23, 2022

Gretchen Carlson spoke out and took legal action against a media titan and helped launch the #MeToo movement. She went on to found the nonprofit Lift Our Voices and champion bipartisan legislation to make the workplace a safer place for all. During Women’s History Month, Jeffery and Amanda talk with Gretchen Carlson about how to break the bias in our workplaces to forge a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.

Episode 20: Silenced no more: Gretchen Carlson spearheads the first major legislative response to #Metoo

March 16, 2022

Gretchen Carlson recently spearheaded the biggest legislative change in labor laws in the past 100 years. It is also the first major piece of legislation in response to the #MeToo movement. Gretchen joins Jeffery and Amanda to discuss the landmark workplace law that forbids companies from forcing sexual harassment and assault claims into arbitration and secrecy – allowing women and men to seek justice in a more equitable way. How will this legislation affect workplace culture going forward? Don’t miss this timely discussion.

Lift Our Voices

Episode 19: Creating a culture of belonging at work with Ruchika Tulshyan

March 9, 2022

What role can each of us play to create and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace? Inclusion strategist Ruchika Tulshyan joins Jeffery Tobias Halter and Amanda Hammett to discuss her new book, “Inclusion On Purpose,” and share tips on how to foster a sense of belonging and inclusion at work. Listen for her top tips for managers to #BreakTheBias.

Episode 18: Ruchika Tulshyan: Inclusion is Leadership

March 2, 2022

Inclusion starts with you. Yes, you! We each have the power to shift workplace culture. We don’t have to wait — #inclusion starts with *you.” This week on Win(e)d Down Wednesday, Ruchika Tulshyan talks about her new book, “Inclusion On Purpose” and shares actionable ways you can #BreakTheBias in order to create a culture of belonging at work.

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Episode 17: Making the workplace work for everyone with Minda Harts

February 24, 2022

Shockingly, a recent study found that more than 50 percent of Black employees had a greater sense of belonging during the time they worked from home. We may work at the same place, but often we experience it differently. What does that say about our organizations? We can’t solve what we won’t confront and discuss. How do we create and maintain inclusive cultures across the entire organization? Rather than striving to ‘return to normal, Minda Harts, author of The Memo and Right Within, suggests that we aim to be better.

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Episode 16: Minda Harts: Do people on your team see you as an ally?

February 16, 2022

Really? Many of us consider ourselves to be allies, but do our colleagues agree? When was the last time someone benefited from your allyship? Minda Harts found that more than 70 percent of women of color believed that their managers were not invested in their success. Managing a team takes leadership skills, the ability to handle conflict, and the tools to be an effective coach for people to do their best work. In this episode, Minda talks about the core competencies that leaders need to manage diverse talent so that everyone has an opportunity for a seat at the table and to be successful. Don’t miss this candid segment on the intersection of allyship and leadership and the role each of us can play to forge and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

To thank you for your support and share some holiday cheer, Jeffery Tobias Halter and Amanda Hammett, invited Atlanta entrepreneurs and mixologists, Erika Moore and Raquel Ravenell, aka Whiskey and Rosemary, to create and share a cocktail tutorial. Mocktails are also available on their social stream. Wishing you a joyous, healthy and happy holiday season.