Jennifer Brown Consulting
We meet you where you are in your DEI and inclusive leadership journey. JBC is proud to be certified as a diverse supplier by both the WBE and the NGLCC.
Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a New York City-based workplace consulting firm, is committed to helping talent at all levels redefine leadership in today’s troubling economic times. The company’s expert facilitation, coaching, workshops, and seminars are designed to turn talent networks into business pipelines and innovation engines, as well as help individuals at all levels transform their envi
Join the global fight against HIV/AIDS on December 1!
This year's theme: "Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS-Related Deaths." Wear the red ribbon, educate yourself at https://hubs.ly/Q02bGhjy0, and check out GLAAD's resources for more ways to make a difference. Let's unite for a future without HIV/AIDS! 🎗️❤️
On episode 295 of the Will to Change, we are joined by co-authors Christopher McCormick and Aman Gohal!
Join us as we delves deeper into the realm of human development frameworks. Christopher and Aman share valuable insights on how most DEI conversations occur at lower action logics, often leading to exclusion and division.
Highlights from the Episode:
- Discover the significance of meeting people where they are developmentally.
- Explore the need for structural changes within systems to foster inclusivity.
- Learn how to infuse more joy and humanity into DEI work.
Ready to expand your perspective on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation!
Listen now on Apple Podcasts: https://hubs.ly/Q029rvFM0
Happy ERG Day! (Yes, it's absolutely a real thing!)
We've worked with hundreds of organizations in the development, implementation and growth of ERGs. We believe that ERGs are a critical part of your business strategy and can foster a sense of inclusion and belonging, so that all employees can unlock their full potential.
Whether you're looking to craft a strategic ERG Playbook or organize a full-day summit for your ERG leaders and their Executive Sponsors, our consultants have worked with ERGs at every phase of their development.
Central to our approach is our ERG Progression Model, a proven tool to turn affinity groups into strategic business partners. It’s not just about progress and commitment to your diverse employees; it's about turning your ERGs into an 'innovation incubator,' and creating measurable value for both members and the organization’s bottom line.
We passionately believe in the power of ERGs as catalysts for innovation, positive working environments, impactful community engagement, and improved diverse leadership pipelines. Let's unite to harness the collective strength and creativity of your ERGs, fostering growth, collaboration, and positive change together.
And as a special ERG Day gift, unlock a treasure trove of free resources! Dive into our thought leadership papers and engaging Will To Change Podcast episodes, exploring valuable insights to fuel your ERGs' journey.
𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭-𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐬:
- Four Steps to Unlocking The Potential of ERGs https://hubs.ly/Q029gbKr0
- Executive Sponsors Fuel High-Performing ERGs https://hubs.ly/Q029gf5R0
𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭:
- Discover the difference between an affinity group and an ERG with JBC’s Elfi Martinez & guest Yasmine Osborne https://hubs.ly/Q029gm3w0
- Discover what ERG’s need to consider in terms of intersectionality and representation with guest, Jim Massey https://hubs.ly/Q029gcmC0
- Discover creative ways to gain alignment on DEI commitments with guest Darla Zink
As we strive for a more inclusive and accepting world, it's crucial to actively support the trans community. We would like to take a moment to recognize an organization we are very proud to partner with. The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative for introducing the Safe Spaces Certification. This initiative ensures that companies, venues, and stores are not just physical spaces, but sanctuaries that are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive, work, shop, and live freely. By becoming certified, these establishments show their commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive community for everyone.
Major shoutouts to trailblazers like Mast-Jägermeister US, Inc., JetBlue, and AEG who have already taken the leap!
I urge you to consider getting certified and contribute to the movement. Let's make every space a safe space. 💙
For more details about the SIGBI Safe Spaces Certification, check out: https://hubs.ly/Q0290RmL0. If you have any questions or are ready to take the step, reach out to [email protected].
It is beautiful to be named.
As we navigate , dedicated to raising awareness about the transgender community, let's reflect on the significance of embracing gender-inclusive language and actively practicing allyship. Let's remember that acknowledging someone's name is a beautiful affirmation of their existence.
Using gender-inclusive pronouns and language is not just about adhering to a set of linguistic guidelines; it is a powerful affirmation of an individual's identity. Each of us has a name, a unique marker of our existence, and to be named correctly is to be acknowledged and respected. This concept extends beyond traditional naming conventions to include the pronouns that reflect one's gender identity.
Active allyship involves more than passive support; it requires a commitment to understanding and respecting the diverse identities within our communities. By using gender-inclusive language, we affirm our commitment to recognizing and valuing individuals for who they are, creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.
As we observe Transgender Awareness Week, let's elevate our awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by the transgender community. It's a time to amplify their voices, celebrate their identities, and advocate for a world that embraces diversity in all its forms.
We invite you to check out our full thought-leadership paper on the importance of Inclusive Language - Active Allyship: Using Pronouns and Gender Inclusive Language https://hubs.ly/Q028SrB00
You can also find our paper, written to honor a Transgender Day of Visibility, which includes some of the key gains, inroads, and challenges trans and gender-nonconforming Americans experience in the public sphere and provides some additional information, resources, and recommendations on voices in that space to learn from - Gains and Inroads: The Challenges Still Facing The Transgender Community. https://hubs.ly/Q028SyjG0
Language is more than just words - it's a powerful tool for inclusivity!
Join us on our latest episode of the where we dive deep into the conversation of "Language as a Tool for Inclusion" with the incredible Jen O'Ryan.
Have you ever considered the impact our words have on diversity, equity, and inclusion? 🌈 Jen touches on how we can level up our linguistic awareness and create workspaces that are more humanizing and inclusive. She also provided some graceful feedback strategies that keep us all on the learning curve.
Together, let's educate ourselves on the ripple effects of our word choices and make a positive impact in our communities.
Tune in to E294: Language as a Tool for Inclusion: Expanding Our Linguistic Awareness with Author Jen O'Ryan
The hardest part about becoming an inclusive leader can be that initial work to switch the pilot light on, to become aware that you are already equipped with the ability to make a difference, and to learn how much your efforts are needed.
Discover your power to make a difference, and understand just how much your efforts are needed. Join the movement for a more inclusive world! Check out "How to Be an Inclusive Leader” on Amazon:
On this , we want to express our gratitude to all those who have served in the armed forces, and to inclusive leaders like you who champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Your commitment to creating a more inclusive world is truly commendable.
Today serves as a reminder to recognize and thank our veterans for their service and many contributions to society. The day also provides an opportunity to reflect on the emotional, psychological, social, physical, and economic implications and costs of war on the veteran community.
We would like to share our Veterans Day Resource with you. This resource is designed to support and empower organizations to build inclusive spaces for veterans. It's about creating an environment where the unique experiences and contributions of veterans are not only acknowledged but celebrated.
You can find access here: https://hubs.ly/Q028ngjx0
Your dedication to fostering a workplace where everyone's experiences are valued is what makes our work possible. We are here to support your journey towards inclusivity.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to [email protected]
Thank you once again for your interest and your commitment to making a difference. We look forward to connecting with you soon.
📣 Friendly Reminder for LinkedIn Connections: Join Today's Community Call with Jennifer Brown and Ray Arata
We hope you're as excited as we are for today's Community Call with Jennifer Brown and Ray Arata. It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for insightful discussions and learning as we come together to build more inclusive, diverse, and equitable spaces in our workplaces.
🔹 Date: Today, THURSDAY (11/9)
🔹 Time: 12PM ET
We're excited to invite you to our upcoming Community Call with Jennifer Brown and Ray Arata this THURSDAY (11/9) at 12PM ET.
During this conversation, they’ll offer the community an opportunity to :
- Share their reactions, learnings, and a-ha moments from the Better Together Conference
- Further discuss ideas on how we can build storytelling skills amongst unlikely allies
- Explore the question "Who’s still missing?" - Let's keep the conversation going on the continuation of involving more identities in the work of organizational belonging.
This call promises to be an opportunity for insightful conversations and learning, as we work together to create more inclusive, diverse, and equitable spaces within our workplaces. Don't miss out on this enriching community discussion. Join us and be a part of the ongoing journey towards building a better, more inclusive future. Register now and mark your calendar! https://hubs.ly/Q02864hQ0
In our latest episode of the Will to Change podcast, we have co-authors Christopher McCormick and Aman Gohal with us to discuss why understanding our evolution is crucial for fostering inclusivity.
They discuss the action logics model which describes mindsets and behaviors at different maturity levels and reveal how leaders can apply this model to develop a greater understanding of colleagues. Discover the importance of moving from achievement to exploring potential and how these perspectives can lead to new breakthroughs.
Ready to expand your understanding and become a more inclusive leader? https://hubs.ly/Q0285T1f0
At Jennifer Brown Consulting, we are all about driving organizational change, fostering professional growth, and achieving fantastic business results. Our team takes a tailored approach to helping our clients identify, custom-build, and execute long-term strategies that measurably improve employee retention and engagement, and make workplace belonging a reality for team members from any and every walk of life.
Want to know how we do it?:
– We start by holding focus groups within your organization. This is a safe space to exchange ideas and gain an awareness of where you stand in your DEI journey.
– Next, we interview key stakeholders, the champions of change within your company, to understand their DEI goals, aspirations, and dreams.
– We’ll conduct surveys to gauge the current climate in your workplace. We're all ears, and we're curious to learn where DEI could be further supported. It's all about making your workplace the best it can be.
– Finally, the Executive Report! We gather all our insights from focus groups, interviews, surveys, and other juicy data sources. Then, put together an overview of the key findings, along with our expert recommendations for your next steps.
Does this sound like something you would like to learn a bit more about? Contact our team today. Let us help you reach new heights of inclusivity and equity in your organization.
The 2023 Better Together Conference is complete. Hundreds attended live and took the next step in becoming the inclusive leaders the world needs.
So, what is next?
The conference was a starting point for many; it was always our goal to inspire our participants to think, feel and act once they go back to their workplace. It is critically important that we carry it forward into our respective organizations in the format that will most resonate with each company's culture.
Our team is here to support you in that journey. The conference was a starting point; it has always been our goal to inspire others to think, feel, and act once they go back to their workplace. It is critically important that we carry it forward into our respective organizations in the format that will most resonate with each company's culture. We understand that not everyone was able to attend the conference but many still yearn to do more.
In order to help you along in your journey - feel free to utilize some of the resources available to you from Jennifer Brown Consulting & Better Man Movement:
The first chapter of Jennifer Brown’s book How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Culture of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive can be found here: https://hubs.ly/Q027rG5q0
The first chapter of Ray Arata’s book Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Ally’s in the Workplace can be found here: https://hubs.ly/Q027rFDG0
If you’re looking to bring this content to your organization so that we can drive impact at a larger scale, contact our team.
If we want to see true change in our workplaces, we need to keep the momentum going, and we need to do it TOGETHER
Keep an eye out for an invite from our team for a post event community call. It will be a special opportunity to meet with speakers and ask any final questions! Even if you were not able to attend, you're welcome to participate in this upcoming conversation.
New Episode Alert: E292: Second Chance Hiring with Fifth Third Bank’s Chief Economist, Jeff Korzenik
In this episode, we dive deep into a topic that is often overlooked but holds immense potential - the untapped talent pool of individuals who have interacted with the justice system. Join us in an eye-opening conversation with Jeff Korzenik as he uncovers the possibilities, challenges, and the compelling business case for harnessing this overlooked potential in today's competitive labor market.
Did you know that there are over 70 million Americans who have had some form of involvement with the legal system? This vast community represents a vast source of skills and potential waiting to be tapped.
Jeff Korzenik explores the enormous scale of this community and reveals the business case for hiring individuals who have been given a second chance. In a world with a tight labor market and an aging workforce, the potential for growth is undeniable.
Join us to discover how companies have successfully integrated these individuals into their workforce by challenging assumptions and biases through thoughtful hiring processes. It's not only an ethical choice but also a strategic one in building a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Tune in now to listen to this thought-provoking conversation: https://hubs.ly/Q0279C3Q0
Did you miss the October Community Call? Catch the replay now on the podcast.
This episode features the conversation Jennifer Brown and Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer at Workday hosted for our community all about the transformative power of witnessing others' stories for advancing DEI efforts.
Drawing from her extensive professional experience and personal journey, Carin shared insights on how the simple yet courageous act of storytelling can profoundly impact workplace cultures when those stories are held with compassion. Discover how we can lift all voices through storytelling and discuss why this matters now more than ever in these challenging times.
Listen to E291: Speaking from Lived and Learned Experiences: Insights on DEI Storytelling with Carin Taylor
Spotify link: https://hubs.ly/Q026mQcH0
Apple Link: https://hubs.ly/Q026mQdq0
We are ready to ACTIVATE, today at the Better Together Conference!
Do you want to join us for our day of learning? Contact our team for more info.
If you're experiencing some FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), don't fret! There are still opportunities for you to join us and gain access to the incredible training sessions happening as we speak!
I invite you to join TOMORROW as we create an inclusive haven. A space where we can not only deepen our self-awareness but also delve into the intricacies of trust-building, unearth our stories, and practice the beautiful art of sharing and listening.
This is our opportunity to shape a world where every voice is heard and valued. The Better Together Conference is not just an event; it's a movement. Together, let's create a brighter, more inclusive future!
Join us on a powerful journey of allyship and transformation.This episode of the podcast was originally recorded for the BE the CHANGE podcast and featured a conversation between Jennifer and host Stephanie Howlett
In this episode, we discuss:
✅ Navigating the path of allyship
✅ The importance of using privilege for the greater good
✅ Evolving leadership mindsets
✅ Fostering humanity within organizations
✅ Rethinking affinity groups for shared identities
Listen on Spotify: https://hubs.ly/Q025Hw930
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://hubs.ly/Q025HnNp0
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At the core of the Better Together Conference lies the mission of establishing safe spaces where meaningful conversations thrive. We are united in this endeavor, and through the act of bridging our differences, we can foster greater equity and inclusivity within our cultures. Let's turn this vision into reality!
Secure your tickets now: https://hubs.ly/Q0239Y0G0
In just 5 days, you can become part of the movement! The Better Together Conference is all about promoting learning, connection, trust, and empathy. We're gathering leaders and champions to envision true partnership. Are you ready to join the cause?
There's still time to secure Your Spot: https://hubs.ly/Q023b37p0
📢 6 Days Until the Better Together Conference!
Get ready to be part of a groundbreaking event that will reshape the way we approach partnership, inclusion, and empathy. The countdown has officially begun!
Secure your spot at the Better Together Conference today and be part of something extraordinary
With just seven days left, the excitement is building, and we can't wait to welcome you to this groundbreaking event. Together, we'll explore new horizons, ignite change, and foster a community of inclusivity.
🌈 What to Expect:
✨ World-class Speakers
✨ Interactive Workshops
✨ Empowering Discussions
✨ Networking Opportunities
✨ And So Much More!
Stay tuned for updates, sneak peeks, and more exciting announcements in the coming days.
Activating Our Allyship Meter: A Senior Leader's Journey Towards Advancing LGBTQ Equality
Join us for an inspiring conversation on the podcast with Erik Day, Senior VP of Global Small Business at Dell Technologies, as he shares his transformative journey towards championing LGBTQ equality in the workplace.
Erik discusses his pivotal role in starting Dell's first LGBTQ employee resource group in the early 2000s and the importance of driving systemic change. He emphasizes the need for intersectionality, using privilege and influence for good, and implementing inclusive policies that support employees' identities.
Discover how senior leaders can leverage their positions to promote equality across organizations and industries. This episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about fostering a more inclusive and diverse workplace!
🔗 Tune in now on Spotify: https://hubs.ly/Q024KWmv0
🔗 Also available on Apple Podcasts:
The moment is fast approaching, with just 2 weeks to go until this extraordinary event. The Better Together Conference 2023 will truly be a journey of learning, connection, trust, and empathy. With this event, we’re looking to bring together male leaders and other champions, united in the pursuit of articulating a vision for true partnership that calls others into the movement.
Are you prepared to be part of this transformative journey? We're on the brink of something monumental, and we want you to be an integral part of it!
Seize your opportunity to join us at the Better Together Conference 2023 today.
Get your tickets here: https://hubs.ly/Q0239XTl0
For further details on group ticket options, please reach out directly to our team.
Let's make history together!
Better Man Movement Ray Arata
Episode 288 of the podcast is here, and it's a must-listen!
Previously, Jennifer Brown joined Chuck Shelton on the Courage Counts Program for a candid conversation on scaling inclusive leadership in a world where diversity, equity, and inclusion are sometimes doubted and even weaponized.
Jennifer reveals how to assertively drive DEI as a business growth strategy and how to create psychological safety for resistant leaders. Discover the importance of practicing situational allyship and how to let DEI success happen through vertical leadership in organizations. .
Check out the full episode by visitng the link below
Interested in attending the conference with your team? Contact us – after all, we are in fact stronger and better together. Let's spread the message of unity far and wide.
Better Man Movement
I want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to our sponsors. Your commitment to the cause of inclusivity is not just seen; it's felt within the very depth of this conference. Your belief in the power of change, your investment in fostering a workplace that values diversity, and your unyielding dedication to making a difference is nothing short of inspiring.
Each one of you is a beacon of hope, a driving force behind the scenes, working tirelessly to bring about a brighter, more inclusive future.
Thank you for standing beside us, for believing in the Better Man Conference, and for being champions of inclusivity. Your impact resonates not only within your organizations but throughout the broader landscape of change and progress.
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At the heart of any thriving organization lies its people—their skills, creativity, dedication, and passion. These are the driving forces behind innovation, productivity, and ultimately, the bottom line. When a company can harness the full potential of its workforce, it unlocks a wellspring of ideas, energy, and excellence that can propel it to new heights.
Consider, for a moment, the companies that have made headlines for their remarkable achievements. Behind each of these success stories, you'll find a common thread—a relentless commitment to nurturing their human capital. They understand that their people are not merely cogs in a machine but rather the architects of their future.
Drawing the best out of your people involves fostering a culture of trust, empowerment, and continuous learning. It means recognizing and appreciating the unique talents and perspectives each individual brings to the table. It requires leadership that listens, supports, and inspires, creating an environment where every employee feels valued and motivated to contribute their best.
The importance of inclusive leadership cannot be overstated - Inclusivity is not just a moral imperative; it's a strategic advantage. Inclusive leaders understand that diversity goes beyond mere representation; it's about ensuring that all voices are heard and that every person has an equal opportunity to thrive.
Inclusive leadership involves actively seeking out diverse talent and creating an environment where individuals from different backgrounds and perspectives feel not only welcome but also empowered. It means breaking down barriers to success that may exist due to bias, prejudice, or systemic inequalities. Inclusive leaders champion fairness, equity, and justice in every aspect of their organization, from hiring and promotion to decision-making and resource allocation.
In the end, it's crucial to remember that businesses don't succeed; it's the people within them who do. Not being able to draw the best out of your people or attract and retain top talent can indeed be disastrous for business. When you invest in your people and champion diversity and inclusion, they become the engine that propels your organization toward a future filled with innovation, resilience, and lasting success.
Inclusive leadership isn't just a choice; it's the key to unleashing the full potential of your workforce and staying ahead in the ever-evolving business landscape.
Ready to dive into the "Messy Middle" of inclusive leadership? Join us for an eye-opening episode on the "Will To Change" podcast!
In this thought-provoking conversation, we examine how leaders can nurture a true sense of belonging in their teams, especially in our ever-evolving hybrid work landscape. We're also discussing strategies to navigate and empower a multi-generational, neurodiverse workforce.
Tune in and discover how to create an atmosphere of psychological safety and tackle issues head-on to keep your talent pool flourishing.
Spotify link: https://hubs.ly/Q023klnP0
Apple Link: https://hubs.ly/Q023kqrQ0
Remember, education is a powerful way to demonstrate allyship.
Antisemitism remains a severe problem in the United States that cannot be ignored, so we must reflect on our DEI strategies and ensure we are including policies, practices, and procedures that foster inclusive workplaces for our Jewish employees.
These days, it's only natural to question whether our leaders are still clinging to old ideas of what makes a “great leader”. These long-standing notions tend to link leadership with qualities such as stoicism, dominance, and unwavering strength. But as society progresses and our perception of leadership evolves, perhaps it's worth examining whether these antiquated traits are preventing us from embracing a more inclusive and effective form of leadership.
By holding onto these old ideas, are we inadvertently stifling not just men but anyone who aspires to lead?
Consider this: Many contemporary leadership theories emphasize the significance of emotional intelligence, empathy, adaptability, and collaboration. These qualities aren't exclusive to any particular gender; they are attributes that anyone, regardless of gender, can possess and should be encouraged to cultivate. So, are we doing ourselves a disservice by adhering to the outdated belief that leaders must fit into a rigid, traditional mold of masculinity?
By perpetuating these stereotypes, are we unintentionally restricting the potential not only of men but also of women, non-binary individuals, and anyone else with leadership aspirations? It's crucial to acknowledge that diversity in leadership brings a wealth of perspectives, experiences, and strengths to the table. Embracing a more inclusive definition of leadership can lead to heightened innovation, improved decision-making, and more equitable organizations.
In essence, contemplating whether today's leaders are still influenced by outdated notions of masculinity isn't merely a thought-provoking question. It's an invitation to reevaluate and broaden our understanding of leadership in our ever-changing world. It's a call to create leadership paradigms that empower individuals to lead authentically, regardless of their gender, ultimately driving positive change in our organizations and society as a whole.
Check out the remarkable lineup of speakers we've gathered for the virtual Better Together Conference this Oct 18-19 and get an exclusive glimpse of our comprehensive agenda on the Better Together Info Page. https://tinyurl.com/mr3bysrw
Interested in learning more about group ticket packages & sponsorships? Send us a message. We would be happy to share with you the many options we're created to help make this a learning event for the whole team – after all, we are in fact stronger and better together.