Are you struggling with diversity and inclusion in your business or life? Are you wondering what it means to be an ally? Are you looking for strategies to help you be a more inclusive person and leader? Our special guest Julie Kratz answers these and other questions about diversity, inclusion and allyship.

Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed TEDx speaker, a certified unconscious bias trainer, and inclusive leadership trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing many career “pivot points” of her own, she started her own speaking business focused on helping leaders be more inclusive. Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Julie is a frequent keynote speaker, podcast host, and executive coach.

Julie’s books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality and Lead Like an Ally:  A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion

Listen in as Julie shares her wisdom and experience on being an intentionally inclusive leader.

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Show Notes

Episode highlights…

  • What’s the level of your “ally radar”?
  • The importance of those in power speaking up to create more diversity and inclusion
  • Why collaboration and allyship are essential for change
  • What it means to be diverse and inclusive in the workplace
  • Diversity requires a different approach to attraction, recruiting and hiring – if you look for people where you always have, you’ll get people like you’ve always go
  • Avoiding being the rescuer of people of difference
  • Differently navigating the “privilege” conversation and understanding
  • Allyship starts at home and in your personal life – you can’t just do it at work
  • The importance of being intentional with diversity in your personal life
  • Understanding affinity bias as an unconscious bias that limits the diversity and inclusiveness in our lives
  • The pros and cons of diversity targets (but make sure to measure it even without goals)
  • Overcoming the reality that our communities are designed to keep people separate
  • Diversity and inclusion requires intentionality
  • Balancing hiring quotas against a diverse applicant pool
  • Pursuing the goal of having a critical mass of people of difference so that they don’t feel isolated and unsafe
  • Walking the gender tightrope as a women in the business world
  • Using the flip it to test it when it comes to our biases
  • The ways that our language and differing expectations of men versus women support gender bias
  • Becoming more aware of gendered language
  • Using inclusive language signals to let others know that you’re safe to be open with
  • Getting clear on how you want other people to feel being around you and under your leadership
  • What will be your diversity and inclusion intention for 2021?


Special Guest

Julie Kratz

TEDx speaker, Certified unconscious bias trainer, and Inclusive leadership trainer

Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera