In today’s episode, Laura welcomes conscious influencer and DEI executive, Rachel Lauren, to discuss the ins and outs of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) strategies, how leaders can influence in strategic ways to be more inclusive, and how organizations and leaders can lead in the DEI space.
You will hear how Rachel’s journey to becoming a voice for the voiceless began and how being a Black woman in America has shaped her experience and led her to the work she is doing today.
We hope this conversation helps you contribute to the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within your organization.

Thank you for tuning in!  If you haven’t listened to episode 21, where Laura and Alex Gilbert talk about how to communicate your needs at work, learning disabilities and ADHD, then go back and check it out.

In this episode, we cover:
-The mistakes leaders are making right now.
-Difficulties Rachel has faced in the last year as a DEI professional.
-How Rachel uses her position to influence and make a change in organizations.
-What gender pronouns are and why they matter.
-The first thing leaders should be doing as they start the DEI journey.
-Rachel’s advice to other DEI leaders.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Learn more about Rachel and her consulting firm by visiting her websites: and
-Connect with her over on InstagramFacebook and, Twitter.
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE.

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More about Rachel Lauren:

Rachel Lauren is a conscious social influencer who is passionate about racial equity, Black life, women’s rights, foster care/adoption, and holistic wellness. 

By profession, Rachel is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion department head within the Tech Sector and also a founding partner and Chief Programming Officer for Diversified, a boutique DEI consulting firm. 

Through her popular social platforms and various contributor positions, Rachel speaks out against racial injustice and advocates most commonly for the lives of all Black people. As a proud adoptive mom of 3, Rachel is no stranger to foster care and adoption, and more specifically how this industry affects Black and Brown children and families. Although a proud Chicago native, Rachel currently resides in Austin Texas with her 3 children.

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