My Guest appearance on BBC3’s Classical Fix

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Totally loved appearing as the featured guest on the BBC3 Classical Fix podcast! Classical Fix is all about breaking down prejudices, stereotypes and myths about classical music – who makes it and performs it, as well as who listens to it. I’ve always been a big classical music fan, and I find myself going back to it more and more as I get older. I find it helps me relax as well as think more clearly! Such a great interview by the host Clemency Burton-Hill (@clemencybh) who is so inspiring and knowledgeable as well as a fellow music loving obsessive! I will treasure her custom made playlist, which featured a piece by Florence Beatrice Price (a female African American composer from Little Rock, Arkansas who you should know if you don’t already), Bach, Beethoven, Lili Boulanger (a French woman composer) to Gershwin. We had a great chat about our love of music, as well as culture, history, feminism, Harlem and life in general. Podcast is out in the UK on Sunday; available on BBC iplayer in the US on Monday. I’ll make sure to post a link. Can’t wait for you to hear it! 🎶 Oh!! And the dope Africa sweater (which I get comments on all the time) is by @omomii_ ❤️❤️❤️ #classicalfix #loveclassicalmusic #classicalmusicisforeveryone #defystereotypes

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In conversation with AirBnb & Etsy: Talking diversity, inclusion and creating more human workplaces

I had the honour of hosting and facilitating a fascinating conversation between AirBnb’s Mark Levy (Global Head of Employee Experience) and Etsy’s Carissa Menendez (VP of People and Workplace) at LiveGrey’s Life@Work conference. The title of this conversation was “Your culture is your brand”; both Etsy and AirBnB are well known for having built brands around quite distinctive workplace and customer cultures which emphasize ensuring that employees and customers truly enjoy and love their experiences.

They were super insightful and honest, not to mention inspiring about their ideas around workplace cultures especially diversity and inclusion, making work more human and enjoyable for employees and customers, and the role that companies with new visions play in moulding and shaping society at large. 

Mark and Carissa (who have been at AirBnb and Etsy since the early days) delved into their experiences of building strong human-centered workplace cultures at their respective organizations, the challenges that come with doing so especially as the companies grow and scale, and the values that drive and motivate them in their approaches to, and implementation of, their work.

It was really inspiring, and gave myself and the audience great hope about the future.

Photo credit: Maude Paquette-Boulva

Photo credit: Maude Paquette-Boulva

Photo credit: Maude Paquette-Boulva

Photo credit: Maude Paquette-Boulva

Photo credit: Maude Paquette-Boulva