Finding a DEI Partner with Juan Taveras

In this insightful episode of the You Belong in the C-Suite Podcast, Laura speaks with Juan Taveras, a seasoned human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professional. With over 17 years of experience, Juan has been instrumental in creating inclusive workplace initiatives that promote psychological safety and organizational alignment.

In this conversation, Laura and Juan delve into his career journey and the core values that have steered him throughout his professional life. They discuss the evolving landscape of DEI, the challenges and complexities that HR professionals and leaders face, and the impact of companies returning to the office on their DEI strategies.

Juan emphasizes the importance of foundational work in DEI initiatives, which many organizations overlooked in their haste to respond to societal pressures. He highlights the need for leaders to step up and guide their teams through these uncertain times, advocating for a values-driven approach to leadership and DEI work, and he also shares actionable insights and tools for leaders to support their teams and create a more equitable and inclusive work environment.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to navigate the DEI space with intention and purpose and for leaders seeking to foster a culture of inclusivity and respect in their organizations.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 144, where Laura sits down with technologist and entrepreneur Gulé Sheikh to discuss the transition between entrepreneurship and corporate careers, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-The current landscape of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
-Creating psychological safety within teams.
-Why getting honest feedback from employees is so important.
-Roles leaders should be playing in the DEI space.
-Juan’s project, DEI Profinder – a directory for DEI consultants.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Connect with Juan on LinkedIn and check out his online directory of DEI professionals at
-Join Laura for the first Values First Leader Workshop on April 25th in Dallas, TX. Click here to register today!
-Subscribe to the podcast’s YouTube channel here.
-Laura’s first book – Values First. How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want – is now available! Grab your copy today!
-Want to work with Laura? Check out her programs and coaching services.
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE and take action on what matters most today!

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More about Juan Taveras:

Juan Taveras is a people-oriented Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional with 17+ years of experience designing, orchestrating, and championing inclusive workplace initiatives that foster psychological safety, strengthen organizational alignment, and increase engagement. An advocate for the advancement of diversity, Juan has helped leaders create equitable and inclusive work environments. As a highly engaged, intuitive, and collaborative leader, Juan builds strong relationships at all levels, with a talent for advising and coaching leaders, gaining trust, and convening stakeholders to co-create vision and strategy. Juan’s unique blend of experiences and passion for the human resources profession make him an ideal partner for any leader looking to bring out the best in their team members.

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