Season 2, Episode 4: Are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employee Ownership Values?

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Summary

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is something we hear a lot about, but what exactly do these terms mean, and what do they look like in an employee owned company? In this episode we sit down with Dr. Joy and Ty Miller of Carver & Associates to talk about some of the preconceived notions that surround DEI, ways in which these values can be put into practice, and what first steps individuals in both managerial and non-managerial roles can take to begin to learn more about DEI. One of the overarching themes of the conversation is that, much like models of employee ownership, efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization can help create a culture of accountability that improves individual's well-being and company performance.

Guest Bios

Dr. Joy is the President of Carver & Associates and also serves as a management consultant and executive coach. Joy has served as a consultant for Franklin Covey, the world’s premiere time management and leadership development authority. Her client portfolio includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as government entities and educational institutions. For the past 28 years, Joy has captivated and inspired audiences around the world. She magically engages listeners with her genuine approach: a unique blend of timely humor, insightful knowledge, contagious enthusiasm, and personal sharing. Joy plucks her poignant stories from a background rich in leadership development, sales and customer service. Joy has an undergraduate degree from New York University, an M.P.A. from Rutgers University, and a Doctorate from Wisdom University in Counseling & Ministry. She is the author of five books including Crying for Joy, Moving Toward Wholeness,, Faith Lessons, Speaking of Success, and Working Together: Diversity as Opportunity.

Ty Miller is the Chief Operating Officer at Carver & Associates and also serves as a Facilitator, Trainer and Coach. Ty has served as a consultant for Franklin Covey, the world leader in consulting and training, enabling individuals to achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior. He enjoys pulling vibrant stories from a background in education, management, sales, customer service, and hospitality. His demonstrated high interpersonal intelligence, flexibility, and adaptability have enabled him to effectively strengthen communications between employees while bringing vision, creativity, and meaning to the workplace. Ty has a Bachelors’ in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey, with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Skills. His greatest contribution is the ability to inspire and motivate others with genuine enthusiasm, humor, and passion for life.

SPONSOR

This episode of the Owners at Work podcast is sponsored by Menke & Associates, Inc. which is one of the leading firms in the United States in structuring Employee Stock Ownership Plan transactions. Menke provides all the services needed to design and install an ESOP, including Structuring, Legal & Tax Compliance, Valuation, Documentation, Debt Capital Raising (if required), Employee Communication, and Administration.

About the Podcast

The Owners at Work Podcast is a continuation of the biannual Owners at Work Newsletter which ran for 19 years (1990-2019). We are hoping to continue the same conversations and focus on providing updates on everything employee ownership. We plan to interview practitioners with expertise in different facets of employee ownership, academics doing new and interesting research, and most importantly, individuals who have a personal experience with employee ownership, including current and former employee-owners, mid-level to C suite management, and selling owners.

We Want to talk to YOU!

We want to produce a show that engages with relevant questions and provides practical lessons and information. We want this podcast to include the voices of those who practice employee-ownership each and every day. To that end we want to hear from you! We want to highlight what you are doing, whether you are an employee-owned company, a practitioner, or researcher.

***Please reach out via email: oeoc@kent.edu

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