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S4:E1: Building a Culture Of Inclusivity featuring Courtney Williams

In this enlightening episode, hosts Priya Bates and Advita Patel chat with the remarkable Courtney Williams about building a culture of inclusivity and diversity. They reflect on their personal identities beyond professional achievements, stressing the importance of authenticity and the role of diverse perspectives in driving business success.

The dialogue touches on the evolution of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) over the last decade. While acknowledging the initial focus on racial demographics, Courtney explains the shift towards a more holistic approach that appreciates intersectional identities. Despite resistance and misconceptions, the trio emphasises DEI’s value to organizations drawn from data and real-life experiences.

The episode delves into the inspiring work of the Obama Foundation, focusing on the imminent Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The Foundation’s noble mission to inspire, empower, and connect future leaders complements its robust training and recruitment efforts to create thriving job opportunities within overlooked communities.

The Obama Foundation’s global digital plan, leadership programming, and business diversity policy further illustrate its dedication to accessibility and community empowerment. The episode concludes by shedding light on Courtney’s personal and professional triumphs and the enriching experience of working at the Foundation.

Notes from the show: 

Find out more about the Obama Foundation and sign up for their newsletters at or @obama across social media. 


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