Have you ever felt the weight of trauma in the workplace, struggling to find healing and equity? We are joined by the incredible Minda Harts, bestselling and award-winning author of "The Memo", "Right Within", and "You Are More Than Magic", to share her journey of overcoming these hurdles and finding ways to create safe, inclusive and thriving work environments.
In this inspiring conversation, we discuss the importance of courage, advocacy, and healing from workplace trauma.
We share personal stories of dealing with toxicity and the lifelong journey of unpacking the baggage it leaves behind. Minda encourages us to find our voice, advocate for ourselves and others, and emphasizes the power of courageous listening, self-advocacy, and creating safe spaces for women, particularly women of color in the workplace.
Finally, we touch on leveraging privilege and building collaborative tables to create a more equitable world. We explore Minda's forthcoming book and the essential role trust plays in any successful work environment. Tune in for an empowering and healing conversation that will inspire you to demand better and create change. Special thanks to VEST Member Vanessa Morrison for moderating the session. Bios and show notes can be found below.
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About Minda Harts
Minda Harts is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table as well as Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace, and her first YA book, You Are More Than Magic. She is a highly sought-after speaker and thought-leader, frequently presenting on the topics of advancing women of color, leadership, diversity, and management at companies like Nike, Google, JP Morgan, Aspen Ideas Festival, Dreamforce, The Atlantic Festival, Forbes Inclusion in The Workplace, and DraftKings to name a few. Minda is an assistant professor of public service at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company. In 2020, Minda was named by LinkedIn as the #1 Top Voice for Equity in the Workplace. In 2022, She was named by Business Insider as one the the top 100 People Transforming Business. Additionally, Minda was chosen by Marie Claire Magazine in 2022 to participate in Power Trip, where the year’s Top Women Movers and Shakers participate in an all-expense paid trip to network with each other. She has a weekly career podcast for women of color, titled Secure the Seat.
About Vanessa Morrison
Vanessa (she/her) is a social impact urban planner and educator. Through her practice, she works to strengthen the connection between the built environment, culture, lived-experience and identity. Vanessa is the co-founder and CEO of Open Design Collective where she collaborates with community members on city planning, cultural preservation, and design initiatives to advance equity in Black and marginalized neighborhoods. Additionally, Vanessa serves as the Associate Director of the University of Oklahoma's College of Architecture Institute for Quality Communities and is a co-founder of BlackSpace Oklahoma.