Category Archives: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

November 17, 2020

Interview with Daphne Maxwell Reid from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV Show

Actor Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known for her role as Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air TV show starring Will Smith. Some of her other credits include starring roles on WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, Simon and Simon, and Frank’s Place, opposite her husband Tim Reid. Dr. Karen talks to Daphne about her experiences as a model, beauty queen, photographic artist, clothing designer, author, entrepreneur, and actor. Join Dr. Karen as she explores the beautiful tapestry of Daphne’s life experiences and extracts relevant business lessons for executive leaders.

Look for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Show on HBO Max and The Business of Christmas on BET Plus

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October 22, 2020

Dare to Be Different

In a world of conformity, people are often reluctant to be different and to show up in their uniqueness. Listen to this podcast as Dr. Karen highlights an illustration from nature. Sometimes the glory you bring to a situation also enhances those around you and shines a light on them too. Dr. Karen concludes with several challenging leadership questions for self-reflection. Will you dare to be different?

October 15, 2020

Play Full Out: Inspiration from Chadwick Boseman

What can we learn from the life of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman? He faced some closed doors and challenges in his early acting career. The principles he learned at Howard University gave him the intestinal fortitude to face those closed doors and later open bigger and better doors. Listen to this podcast as Dr. Karen talks about the passion and purpose behind his life and shares excerpts from his Howard University Commencement address. In addition, take away some courage and vision for your own life.

October 6, 2020

Use Your Platform: Give Voice to the Voiceless

Did you know that the musical group, The Beatles, deeply cared about the plight of Blacks in America? Paul McCartney wrote and dedicated their song “Blackbird” to honor Black Americans in the struggle for racial equality. Dr. Karen sheds light on this time in history, leadership from the Beatles, and inspiration for us today to also use our platforms to give voice to the voiceless.

September 3, 2020

Civility for Uncivil Times

Wherever you have diverse people, there will be diverse points of view and possibly disagreements on how to move forward. How can you engage difficult conversations while preserving the relationship and promoting dialogue at work? Listen to this podcast as Dr. Karen suggests and demonstrates some practical and creative ways of handling these tough conversations.

September 1, 2020

The Pandemic of Injustice Part 3: The Importance of Organizational Culture

“What kind of culture says it’s ok to shoot a father seven times at close range right next to his car and with his three little children in the car?” At the time of this recording there are disturbing events taking place in the streets of America. An unarmed Black man is shot while a white man with an automatic assault weapon kills two people and goes home. In this podcast, Dr. Karen shares her insights on what is happening. She talks about the role of organizational culture both for nations and businesses. What must leaders do when inappropriate behaviors persist?

August 20, 2020

Women in Leadership

Did you know that even in this season of women in leadership, women are still held to a higher standard than men? Unfortunately, gender discrimination is rampant in the modern day workplace. In this podcast, Dr. Karen unveils some of the differences between men and women and sheds more light on this sensitive topic.