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How to Practice Inclusion in the Workplace with DEI Thought Partner & Career Coach Adriele Parker

Season 1, Ep. 4

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives have been the highlight of many organization's objectives given the recent protests across North America and the world at large, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Join host, Neha Khurram, as she chats with DEI Thought Partner, and Career Coach, Adriele Parker, as they explore ways to more broadly practice inclusion in the workplace and foster belonging.

Whether you work in HR, lead a team or want to show up as a better colleague, tune in to learn ways to be a more inclusive partner at work.

You can find out more about Adriele's work at

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