The Intersection

If you and your organization are ready to do the work, it’s time to take action, and on The Intersection Podcast, we’re going to be wrestling with the HOW of creating a company culture that truly embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. There are three key principles we’re going to be using on this journey: Educate - better leaders are more informed and aware. Act - You need community and support as you create change in the workplace. Change - you're going to see the fruits of your labor and create sustainable change.

You can’t do this work alone and no one else can do it for you. Let’s do it together. This is The Intersection Podcast, and I’m going to be talking to experts from across industries to find out how they’re changing their workplaces and creating cultures where everyone can thrive. Learn more about Nancy Harris and how to create change in your workplace at

Empowering Leaders and Amplifying Impact
It’s International Women’s Month, and I’m speaking with phenomenal women in leadership like Leona Christy, founder and CEO of Catalyst Ed.
38 min
One Step at a Time - A Journey to Becoming Anti...
Betsy Leonard is Executive Director of Kartemquin Films, an Oscar-winning collaborative non-profit that uplifts and empowers documentary makers who create stories that encourage equity, justice, and engagement in society.
40 min
Take a Look in the Mirror - The Power of Self-W...
Joe Gernstandt is a DEI consultant, keynote speaker, and author dedicated to helping leaders understand that the work of DEI starts within yourself.
37 min
It Starts Within
Emily Nordquist is Interim Director and Senior Program Manager for the Baumhart Center at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a member of the Impact Investing Advisory Council at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and Alumni Ambassador of the Community Leadership Corps at the Obama Foundation.
32 min
Creating Equitable Workplaces: What White HR Le...
Nicole Dessain, Chief Employee Experience Designer at talent.imperative inc and the founder of the #HRvsRacism, talks about the paradox of one group being in charge of creating equitable workplaces for every other group, why being ‘nice’ doesn’t necessarily equate to goodness, and what you need to do to be a true ally in the work of DEI.
37 min
Looking Back and Looking Foreward
Nancy Harris wraps up the year with a special message to listeners, guests, and all contributors to The Intersection Podcast.
4 min
[Replay] How To Be Ruthless for Good
I’m bringing back one of the most popular episodes of 2021, Aaron Walker, founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures.
30 min
Transforming the Future: Gen Z, Culture, and DEI
In this week’s show, Angela Howard talks about recent developments in the DEI sphere, and culture through the lens of DEI.
35 min
On Unemployment, Mental Health, and the Great R...
Alexandra Levit, founder and CEO of Inspiration at Work, talks about mental health, and how unemployment affects it.
37 min
The Power of Coaching in DEI
Maria Campillo, Associate Director of Leadership Development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, talks about the merits of coaching, and how it can help DEI.
39 min
The Role of Leaders in Creating Psychologically...
In this week’s show, LaTonya Wilkins talks about the characteristics of good, effective leadership that is versatile, dependable, and fair to everyone.
36 min
Busting the Myth of Meritocracy
John Graham Jr., VP of Global Employer Branding, Diversity and Culture at Shaker Recruitment Marketing, shares insights about ushering in a new era of DE&I, moving from compliance to lived experiences.
37 min
The Power of Inclusivity in the Arts - A Conver...
In this week’s show, José Ochoa talks about how the Chiarts (The Chicago High School for the Arts) was founded, and what challenges it faced at its inception.
38 min
Change Begins Inside - How to Internally Equip ...
Andrea Smith-Morgan is founder and CEO of Mindfulness Awareness Academy for Children (MAAC). She joins me to discuss the disparities and inequalities in education, the origin of change, and the benefits of introducing mindfulness to children, especially children of color.
49 min
Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces - The I...
In this week’s show, Laura Burgos and I discuss the importance of staff diversity and representation and how that sets the stage (pun intended) for more diverse and inclusive audiences.
46 min
What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? The I...
Reem Jaghlit joins me to discuss what organizations can do to help improve representation and attract more young women to STEM professions.
41 min
The Power of Mentorship and Sponsorship to Crea...
In this week's show, Kevin McFall talks about the importance of mentorship and sponsorship and why these two things are critical if we want to attract and retain diverse tech professionals.
35 min
Closing the Gap: Advancing Women in Technology
Megan McCann, CEO and founder of McCann Partners, joins me to discuss her passion for expanding the influence and impact of women in technology.
33 min
Intersecting Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Justice
Stephanie Hicks is the founder and director of Yoga for Black Lives, a series of donation-based yoga classes to support Chicago organizations resisting state violence against Black people.
49 min
The Power of Coaching to Create Diverse, Equita...
According to Saba Bondo, since change comes from within, a coach should inspire transformation rather than just tell you that you need to change.
39 min
Dismantling Workplace Inequity Through Ownershi...
When leaders model their encourages employees to do the same which positively impacts workplace culture, says Claudia Richman, Founder, Principal, and Change Artist at We Grow Forward and my guest this week on the podcast.
36 min
The Present Day Impact of Historical Trauma
This week I’m talking to Dr. Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara, who is the founder and CEO of Luminosa Psychology Services.
56 min
The Resilient Leader - Tools for Navigating Cha...
This week I’m honored to speak with Taylor Elyse Morrison, founder of Inner Workout, about the five dimensions of well-being.
39 min
It’s More Than Who You Know
This week, I’m talking to Halleemah Nash, the founder of Rosecrans Ventures, about how we can build tomorrow’s diverse workforce for today and shares insights about attracting and retaining diverse talent.
34 min
Replay: Creating Social Responsibility and Sust...
I speak with Matt Blakely, the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Reinsurance Group of America, Inc., about the ideals RGA promotes.
32 min