Category: Podcast

[Podcast] Reflections from Two Women Business Owners

From the March 2023 Live Stream: Brave Conversations with LCW, hosted by Larry Baker; "Embracing Equity: Reflections from Two Women Business Owners" #InternationalWomensDay; Featuring Alisa Kolodizner (Co-CEO & Managing Partner at LCW, Founder of Cordelia Capital) and Tamara Thorpe, (Principal Consultant at LCW and Founder of the Real Mentors Network).

Inspired by the 2023 theme for International Women’s Day—Embracing Equity—we’re taking a look inward to highlight the lived experiences of our diverse team. In this live-streamed episode of Brave Conversations with LCW, Host Larry Baker was joined by LCW colleagues Alisa Kolodizner (LCW Co-Owner & Managing Partner) and Tamara Thorpe (LCW Principal Consultant, Real Mentors… Read more »

Announcing Brave Conversations Season 3: Decoded

We’re excited to announce season 3 of our Brave Conversations podcast launching in Q1 2023—Decoded: Unpacking Coded Language in the Workplace. “You’re too bossy,” “you’re lacking professionalism,” “you’re just not a cultural fit”—when left unchecked, sometimes language has a much larger impact than intended. But what’s motivating this behavior, and how should you respond? “Coded language” refers… Read more »

Supporting Colleagues of API Descent

The pandemic led to a challenging 24+ months for everyone but especially for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. With the recent rise in anti-AAPI hate crimes in the U.S. and the COVID turmoil that impacted India and other regions, there’s been an increased interest in allyship and resources to support this community. But… Read more »

Culture Moments: Let’s Talk About the Impact of Tech Layoffs

Following the industry’s boom during the pandemic, the tech sector faces extensive layoffs and a looming recession. Growing employee unease makes intentionally inclusive engagement the number one priority, but what does DEI look like in tech? Join Culture Moments Host Larry Baker (he/him) and Gusto’s Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer Bernard Coleman (he/him) for a… Read more »

Culture Moments: Let’s Talk About Muralism as Cultural Perseverance

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brave Conversations with LCW is thrilled to feature local Pilsen murals brought to life by the rich history of the Latinx diaspora. Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is home to vibrant murals depicting the cultural rebirth of indigenous Latinx stories following the Mexican Revolution. These murals serve as visual expressions of… Read more »

Culture Moments: How to Create Brave Spaces for Your Employees


We all know that what happens in our world outside of work doesn’t stop at the office door. How do you approach discussing global events with a multicultural team, and how do these conversations affect corporate outcomes? Culture Moments host Larry Baker (he/him), Harvard Business Publishing’s Vice President of Diversity and Culture Ellen Bailey (she/her), and The… Read more »

Brave Conversations with LCW Live: Let’s talk about religious inclusion in the workplace

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Listen to the full podcast below (Run time – 1:02:41) or scroll down for the full transcript. While a person’s faith or non-faith is a deeply personal experience, it is also part of the authentic, intersectional identity they bring to the workplace. Yet, many organizations do not consider this important part of workers’ identities outside the Christian… Read more »

Culture Moments: What does it mean to have a race-based conversation in different countries?


Following 2020’s racial reckoning, companies across the U.S. engaged in their own brave conversations, some for the first time. While we know that many of these conversations centered around a U.S.-centric lens, the conversations that resulted are global conversations that have transcended borders. But how do conversations on race differ across borders and cultures? How… Read more »

Culture Moments: Let’s Talk About BIPOC DEI Practitioner Mental Health


Did you know that July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month? BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month aims to increase visibility of the ways historically disenfranchised, marginalized, or oppressed racial and ethnic groups face unique mental health challenges. Culture Moments podcast host Larry Baker (he/him) is joined by, LCW Consultant, Melonya Johnson (she/her) to take this conversation further and examine… Read more »

Culture Moments: De-weaponizing Critical Race Theory


Across the country, “Critical Race Theory” has been weaponized as a justification for limiting identity-based conversations in schools and workplaces. To date, at least seven states have passed legislation limiting these types of conversations, while citing or banning Critical Race Theory in the process and at least seventeen more states have similar legislation in the… Read more »

Culture Moments: Let’s Talk About Why Juneteenth Matters

Juneteenth is now a federal holiday and is being recognized more than ever across America. Yet, not everyone knows why we recognize this holiday, what happened on this day, and, most importantly, why it matters. Culture Moments podcast host Larry Baker (he/him) is joined by Dr. Brandon Caffey (he/him), Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion… Read more »

Culture Moments: Let’s Talk About Gender Pronouns

What are gender pronouns and why do they matter in the LGBTQ+ community? What do you do when you misgender someone in the workplace? What’s it like to be misgendered? Culture Moments podcast host Larry Baker (he/him) is joined by LCW Associate Consultant Ada Vargas (they/them) for a candid discussion on Ada’s experience joining LCW,… Read more »

Culture Moments: What Work From Home Has Meant for Workers with Disabilities

While the pandemic has led to the widespread acceptance of remote work and drawn increased attention to digital accessibility, in many cases, workers with a disability have not benefited from these advancements like their peers. In fact, a 2019 Rutgers study showed that among people who continued working during the pandemic, workers with disabilities were… Read more »

Culture Moments: Holistic Health During a Pandemic

According to a recent study by Qualtrics, 58% of employees report their job is the main source of their mental distress. The pandemic only exacerbated this trend – further blurring the lines between “home” and “work.” But how did this impact the inequities we know already existed in access to healthcare among BIPOC communities? In this… Read more »

Culture Moments: What Mentorship Means

Mentorship. You know the term. You’re familiar with the concept. But what does it mean to truly foster a meaningful mentorship in the workplace? In this Brave Conversation, Culture Moments podcast host Larry Baker is joined by guests Lisa Fain, CEO of The Center for Mentoring Excellence, Kamillah Knight, Senior Global Director of Diversity and… Read more »

Culture Moments: What the “Great Resignation” Means for BIPOC Workers

The great resignation… the great reshuffle… the great realignment… whatever you call it, this period of flux, characterized by high rates of workers leaving jobs for better or more flexible opportunities, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and no organization is immune. In this episode of the Culture Moments podcast, host Larry Baker has a… Read more »

Culture Moments: Parenting During the Pandemic

In this special edition of our Brave Conversations series, host Larry Baker is joined by LCW colleagues José Guardado (Principal Consultant), Melissa Neu (Business Development Consultant), and Rebecca Parrilla (Director of Content & Research) to discuss a shared experience many people have lived through: parenting during the pandemic. This unique episode features Language & Culture… Read more »

Culture Moments: A Year After George Floyd: What’s Next?

LCW Consultant and host Larry Baker continues our Brave Conversation series with a discussion on the Black community’s experience in the time since the murder of George Floyd, what this moment has meant in the context of the Black experience in America, and what can continue to be done to move towards a more equitable… Read more »

Culture Moments Podcast: What about the Latinx Community?

  In this episode of the Culture Moments podcast, LCW Consultant and host Larry Baker has a brave conversation about the challenges the Latinx community faced during the pandemic and the obstacles this community continues to face in the workplace today. Guests Daisy Auger-Dominguez (Chief People Officer, VICE Media) and Carlos Herrera (Inclusive Diversity Lead… Read more »

Culture Moments Podcast: Pride After the Pandemic

In this episode of the Culture Moments podcast, LCW Consultant and host Larry Baker has a brave conversation about what a post-pandemic “return to normal” might look like for the LGBTQ+ community, how organizational leaders can support their LGBTQ+ staff members, and what authentic change looks like in practice. Lara Avisov (Sr. Diversity & Inclusion… Read more »