Monthly Archives: February 2023

February 28, 2023

The Impact of Values, Community, and Systems on Diversity and Inclusion with Dr. Monica Corbitt Rivers (Episode # 408)

Dr. Monica Corbitt Rivers, a consulting psychologist, coaches executive leaders and organizations to align their actions with their values. In addition to consulting, she has held corporate executive roles in health care, served as an academic, and as a non-profit leader. Dr Rivers holds a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College and a PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. Her work has spanned multiple industries to include healthcare, technology, clergy leadership, entertainment, and more.

Today on the Voice of Leadership, she speaks with Dr. Karen about her “ecological” perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how digital education creates role and income mobility for all, and especially historically underserved populations.

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February 23, 2023

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Episode # 407)

What is the meaning behind the James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing?” Also known as the Black national anthem, what is its special place in history? Dr. Karen shares her perspective and interpretation of the three verses and concludes with seven inspirations to remember for our time.

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February 21, 2023

The First Black Man Millionaire Who Helped Found San Francisco (Episode # 406)

What lessons can we learn from the remarkable life achievements of the first Black man millionaire who was born in the early 1800s? Listen to this episode as Dr. Karen shares the fascinating story of William Alexander Leidesdorff and highlights the applications to our current times.

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February 14, 2023

How to Prioritize Your Marriage and Family Even When You are in the C-Suite: A Conversation with Robert and Kay Lee Fukui (Episode # 405)

Robert and Kay Lee Fukui both experienced the hardships of growing up in households with parents who prioritized work over family. After years of success in the business world of banking, family business, and major corporations like Coca-Cola, Novartis Pharmaceutical, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, this power couple translated their difficult family experiences into their consulting business, i61, inc. Their mission is to leverage their combined business acumen and relationship tools to empower family businesses to grow flourishing family lives in “tandem” with their profits. On today’s episode, they share their approach for facilitating married entrepreneurs to get off the “hamster wheel” and cultivate rich personal and professional lives.

Their new book, “Tandem: The Married Entrepreneur’s Guide for Greater Work- Life Balance,” offers resources to equip business leaders to resolve both business and marital conflict, increase margins instead of volume, and to gain precious time for the things they love most.

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February 9, 2023

The Fall of Black Wall Street (Episode # 404)

We must face and tell the truth about our history lest history repeat itself and evil flourish. In this episode, Dr. Karen talks about the atrocities that took place in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1921 White racists destroyed “Black Wall Street” in an unprovoked White led Race riot and massacre. Not until the 1990s did full details of this hidden story emerge. What was the cost of this intentional suppression of history and what are the implications for our world today?

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February 7, 2023

The Rise of Black Wall Street (Episode # 403)

In this episode, Dr. Karen takes us back to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and to the oil boom of 1901. She talks about the successes of Black people who moved to the area and pooled their resources to create Greenwood, a powerful community that came to be known as the “Black Wall Street.” Dr. Karen concludes her analysis with five key observations about how the Black residents created their prosperous lives even with restrictions and limitations.

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