Baachu Talk

Baskar Sundaram

Baachu Talk is a weekly podcast show produced by Baachu and hosted by Baskar Sundaram. Baskar will take you on a journey with government leaders, outsourced business services leaders, gov-tech entrepreneurs, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) leaders , policy think tank leaders diving deep into their values and purpose. I dedicate Baachu Talk to these leaders who are collectively making a difference to our society. Listen in and get to know them personally.

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Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 10 with Haresh Mirani (3 jackpots, the accident that changed life, establishing practice, Inspiration from father, Establishment and Achievments of Mirani Foundation, Conquered Mount Kilimanjaro)
Apr 29 2024
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 10 with Haresh Mirani (3 jackpots, the accident that changed life, establishing practice, Inspiration from father, Establishment and Achievments of Mirani Foundation, Conquered Mount Kilimanjaro)
Living on less is not living small, living on excess is!Embark on a riveting journey as our host Baskar Sundaram sits down with Dr. Haresh K. Mirani, delving into a narrative of triumph over adversity. From humble beginnings in a distant land to navigating cultural barriers to reach the shores of opportunity in the USA, Dr. Mirani's story is one of resilience and redemption.Amidst financial struggles and familial expectations, Dr Mirani's path led him from near poverty to philanthropy, where he transitioned from financial hardship to feeding countless souls through charitable endeavours, all without external funding.Facing personal tragedies and unexpected turns, Dr. Mirani emerged as a symbol of strength, embracing responsibilities with unwavering determination. From receiving food stamps while awaiting licensure to scaling professional heights amidst linguistic challenges, his journey epitomises resilience in the face of adversity.Dr. Mirani's narrative transcends mere accomplishments; it embodies a philosophy of giving back, illustrated through his commitment to philanthropy and mentorship. His dedication to living a meaningful life, characterised by learning, earning, and returning, resonates as a testament to the enduring impact of compassionate action.Tune in to discover the essence of Dr. Haresh K. Mirani's journey, where the highest reward lies in the profound transformation of the self—a journey encapsulated in the ethos of the Mirani Foundation, dedicated to making impactful returns of abundance for the needs of the impoverished.Experience the spirit of resilience and redemption as Dr. Mirani shares his profound insights, inviting listeners to reflect on the true measure of a meaningful life.Join us on Baachu Talk Equity Matters podcast as we explore Dr. Mirani's inspiring journey, and discover the transformative power of resilience, redemption, and giving. Subscribe now to never miss an episode!Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 9 with Tushar Gandhi (Born during a train ride, Discovering path, Motta Gandhi, Writing 'Let's Kill Gandhi', Discovering Baa's Diary, Film Exposure)
Apr 21 2024
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 9 with Tushar Gandhi (Born during a train ride, Discovering path, Motta Gandhi, Writing 'Let's Kill Gandhi', Discovering Baa's Diary, Film Exposure)
Join us for an enlightening episode of Baachu Talk Equity Matters as we sit down with Tushar Arun Gandhi, a prominent advocate for social equality and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. In our 9th episode, Tushar shares his remarkable journey and discusses his ongoing efforts to promote justice and compassion in society.Born on a train between Mumbai and Kolkata, Tushar Gandhi's upbringing in Mumbai shaped his commitment to social causes from a young age. Throughout his life, he has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives aimed at uplifting marginalized communities and challenging systemic injustices.From establishing the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation to his role as President of the Lok Seva Trust, Tushar's work exemplifies the spirit of service and dedication to the welfare of others. He has also made significant contributions to cinema, literature, and activism, using various mediums to amplify his message of peace and equality.In this episode, Tushar reflects on his experiences, from leading the re-enactment of the Dandi March to his advocacy against cow-vigilante lynch mobs. He shares insights from his nonfiction book, "Let's Kill Gandhi," and discusses his recent appointment as the Ambassador for "Return to Palestine."Tushar's journey is not only a testament to his family's legacy but also a source of inspiration for individuals striving to make a positive impact in their communities. His unwavering commitment to justice and compassion serves as a beacon of hope in today's world.Don't miss this captivating conversation with Tushar Gandhi, as we delve into his remarkable life and explore the importance of championing social justice in our society.Listen to this insightful episode and explore more stories of social equality and justice on our podcast page. Let's continue the conversation and work together to create a more equitable world.Episode Highlights:Tushar Gandhi's upbringing and early influences.His pivotal role in social justice initiatives and organizations.Insights from his activism, literature, and film projects.Reflections on family legacy and personal motivations.Call to action for fostering social change and equality.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Unveiling the 2024 Facilities & Engineering Services Landscape: Trends & Strategies
Mar 29 2024
Unveiling the 2024 Facilities & Engineering Services Landscape: Trends & Strategies
Did you know the engineering services market defied challenges and grew by X% in 2023?  This episode of our podcast dives into the ever-changing world of facilities and engineering services in 2024. We'll analyze market trends, pricing dynamics, and how technology is reshaping the industry.  Join us as we equip you with the knowledge to win deals and navigate this evolving landscape!Segment 1: Market OverviewIn the past year, the facilities services market experienced growth fluctuations, while engineering services emerged as a standout performer, demonstrating resilience and growth despite challenges.Segment 2: Past Performance and Future ProspectsJoin us as we examine the historical performance and future prospects of facilities and engineering services. We'll delve into pricing dynamics, including how competition and new models are impacting service costs, market attractiveness, and evolving buyer expectations.Segment 3: Emerging Trends and Future ProjectionsWhat does the future hold for the facilities and engineering services sector? In this segment, we'll explore emerging trends poised to reshape the industry, from AI-powered maintenance solutions to digital twin technology that optimizes building performance.Segment 4: Addressing Key QuestionsThroughout our discussion, we'll address critical questions relevant to industry professionals:How did the facilities and engineering services market perform in 2023?What are the latest enterprise objectives and commercial trends?How can service providers improve win rates in deals?Segment 5: Who Should Tune In?This podcast is a must-listen for professionals across various domains, including:CXOs seeking strategic insightsSales leaders navigating competitive landscapesContract directors and bid professionals shaping dealsFinance experts evaluating cost structuresSolution designers adapting to client needsReal estate and engineering heads managing operationsProcurement officers and sourcing strategistsCall to Action:Equip yourself with the knowledge to win deals and navigate the evolving facilities and engineering services landscape in 2024. Subscribe today to stay updated on future episodes and industry insights!Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 8 with Jane Elliot (Childhood Indoctrination, Removing Indoctrination, Reaction to MLK Assassination, Blue/Black Eyes Excercise, Impact on Kids,, Witnessed discrimination, Justice = Just Us, Question of Race, Stereotype
Oct 2 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 8 with Jane Elliot (Childhood Indoctrination, Removing Indoctrination, Reaction to MLK Assassination, Blue/Black Eyes Excercise, Impact on Kids,, Witnessed discrimination, Justice = Just Us, Question of Race, Stereotype
In this captivating episode, we have the privilege of hosting a truly exceptional figure, Jane Elliott. She's not just a globally recognized educator, lecturer, and diversity trainer; she's a unique voice with profound insights that seem to have sprung from a prejudice-free vacuum.Honored with the prestigious National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, Jane Elliott has dedicated her life to shedding light on the baselessness of prejudice and bigotry. Her journey, marked by fearless determination, has left an indelible mark on the world.Jane Elliott's story unfolds in response to the tragic event of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968, when she conceived the groundbreaking "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise." This transformative experiment, now celebrated worldwide, assigns individuals as inferior or superior based solely on their eye color, immersing them in the profound experience of marginalization. Through lectures, workshops, and videos, Jane Elliott's teachings continue to impact all who encounter them.Listening to Jane Elliott is like entering a world where insightful opinions flow effortlessly, as if she were born in a prejudice-free vacuum. With unwavering determination, she dismantles defenses, prompting profound introspection and stirring uncomfortable emotions. We cannot shy away from the discomfort and unease she invokes as she fearlessly challenges, exposes, and confronts. In the midst of these stark moments, Jane Elliott emerges as a beacon of inspiration, motivating us all to confront our biases and embrace the transformative power of change. Join us as we delve into her extraordinary insights and the enduring legacy of her work.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk FM Episode 14 with Laurie Gilmer (President and COO at Facility Engineering Associates, Energy Management, Sustainability Advocate, Chair of the IFMA Global Board, Mentorship and Leadership )
Sep 3 2023
Baachu Talk FM Episode 14 with Laurie Gilmer (President and COO at Facility Engineering Associates, Energy Management, Sustainability Advocate, Chair of the IFMA Global Board, Mentorship and Leadership )
Get ready for a riveting episode of Baachu Talk FM! Today, we have a trailblazing powerhouse joining us - someone who has shattered ceilings and transformed the industry over her storied career. I'm talking about the one and only Laurie Gilmer!As President and COO of Facility Engineering Associates, Laurie has been a disruptive force for progress. She's ushered countless organizations into the future with her expertise in facility assessments, energy management, and sustainability. But Laurie is more than just an industry titan. She's a true leader dedicated to advancing FM as chair of the IFMA Global Board.She lends her talents to guide the next generation. And she's always uplifting others on their journeys. In our conversation today, the brilliant Laurie Gilmer will give us a rare glimpse into her inspirational path. We'll learn about her vision, her secrets to success, and her blueprint for making waves in the FM field. This is sure to be a riveting and memorable episode with one of the most acclaimed women in facilities management! So join us for an electrifying chat with Laurie Gilmer - a true luminary lighting the way forward.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters episode 7 with Beena Pallical (Intersectional Feminist, Dalit Women Leader, General Secretary at UN Mechanisms Engagement, NCDHR-DAAA)
Aug 26 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters episode 7 with Beena Pallical (Intersectional Feminist, Dalit Women Leader, General Secretary at UN Mechanisms Engagement, NCDHR-DAAA)
Introducing Beena J Pallical, a catalyst for change in marginalized communities and a dedicated advocate for gender equality. With unwavering determination, she has ignited policy shifts within both Central and State governments, advocating for the inclusion of Dalit women in policy formulation. Beena J Pallical is an Intersectional Feminist and Dalit women Leader and currently General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-DAAA. After about a 10-year stint in the corporate sector in marketing, she decided to move to the social sector because of her interest in human rights and taking up social causes. Over the last thirteen years she has been with the NCDHR working on Dalit Economic Rights. Her focal point remains Economic Justice, meticulously addressing Gender Equity, targeted budgets, fiscal accountability, and governance.For the past five years, her energy has been channeled into enabling youth to access education, yielding scholarships for over 1 lac students across 10 states. She also holds the helm of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum, ensuring Dalit concerns reverberate on both regional and global platforms. A member of the board at Victims Advocate International, Beena champions intersectionality as the bedrock for women's economic freedom and gender equality.Her impact resonates globally, notably through her work with UN mechanisms like OHCHR in Geneva and the High Level Political Forum in New York. As a pioneering Dalit woman, she has been a frontrunner in the sustainable development goals, emphasizing marginalized voices and equitable financial management for their attainment. With fervent dedication, she embodies the ethos of change through capacity building, representation, and a gender-focused lens.Her journey amplifies Dalit and Adivasi voices through international seminars, cultivating stronger policies for effective implementation and forging a brighter future.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters episode 6 with Dr. Ram Puniyani (Partition survival, Love for Hindi literature, IIT, Communism, Social Inequality, Human Rights, Womens Equality, Tribal Rights,Communal Harmony)
Aug 6 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters episode 6 with Dr. Ram Puniyani (Partition survival, Love for Hindi literature, IIT, Communism, Social Inequality, Human Rights, Womens Equality, Tribal Rights,Communal Harmony)
Get ready for an engaging and thought-provoking podcast episode featuring Professor Ram Puniyani. Join us as we explore the fascinating journey of this remarkable individual, who made a courageous decision to take voluntary retirement from IIT Bombay in 2004. His mission? To dedicate himself to promoting harmony and peace.Currently serving as the President of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, Professor Ram Puniyani is deeply involved in various secular initiatives. He has played a pivotal role in investigating reports on human rights violations against minorities, shedding light on crucial issues.Throughout his career, Professor Ram has been a vocal advocate for democracy, fearlessly confronting the rise of communal politics. He challenges prevailing myths about minorities and fearlessly addresses the politics of terror, all while championing the path to peace and justice.Tune in to discover the wealth of knowledge in his books, including "Caste and Communalism," "Indian Nationalism versus Hindu Nationalism," and "Religious Nationalism, Social Perceptions, and Violence." His recent works, "Religion, Politics, and Women's Equality" and "Bursting Myths Against Minorities," showcase his commitment to promoting understanding and dispelling stereotypes.In recognition of his extraordinary contributions, Professor Ram Puniyani has received prestigious awards, including the India Gandhi National Integration Award, the National Communal Harmony Award, and the Mukundan C. Menon Award.In this enlightening episode, we'll delve into Professor Ram Puniyani's impactful journey, his dedication to societal change, and the accolades he has rightfully earned. Join us for an inspiring conversation that addresses critical issues, challenges preconceptions, and celebrates the power of knowledge.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk FM Episode 12 with John Carillo (Global FM Current Chair, IFMA Past Chair, IFMA Fellow, AT&T Director)
Aug 3 2023
Baachu Talk FM Episode 12 with John Carillo (Global FM Current Chair, IFMA Past Chair, IFMA Fellow, AT&T Director)
In this episode, we dive into the remarkable career of John Carrillo, who boasts over 40 years of experience in facility management and corporate real estate within the technology sector. Having recently retired as the Director, Planning, Design, and Construction, West Region for AT&T, John's responsibilities encompassed overseeing project management for a staggering 40 million square feet of space across 13 western U.S. states and Guam.Throughout his journey, John has achieved impressive feats, including managing as many as 1,500 FM employees, developing strategic programs, building a missile factory, and decommissioning a nuclear reactor. He has also been actively involved in the global FM community, presenting at various association events and offering coursework on FM, real estate, and ISO 9001 quality processes.Currently, John is sharing his expertise through global virtual presentations on digitization technology in the workplace, post-pandemic FM trends, and sustainability and resilience in the built environment. Notably, he was elected as Chair of Global FM by the Global FM Board of Directors, a prestigious role he assumed in February 2021.In this episode, we explore John's inspiring journey, from his childhood and the influence of his father in shaping his architectural aspirations to his education during challenging times like the Soviet Era and the Vietnam War. We'll learn how he unexpectedly entered the FM industry due to economic pressures, the challenges he faced while managing organizations and fields through different roles and companies, and his experiences with the evolving FM industry and digitization.John also shares insights into the power and impact of global FM organizations in enhancing skills, sharing best practices, and improving the industry. We'll gain valuable perspectives on his experiences during the pandemic and how it transformed into a hybrid workplace setting. Throughout the discussion, John acknowledges the influential people in his career and offers valuable advice to aspiring FM leaders.Tune in to this insightful episode as we unpack John Carrillo's rich and diverse career, exploring the transformation of the FM industry and the lessons he has gathered along the way.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 5 with Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn ( Author of 12 books & 200 journal articles, US Top Diversity Scholar, Professor of Education & Psychology, Dir of Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University)
Jul 29 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 5 with Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn ( Author of 12 books & 200 journal articles, US Top Diversity Scholar, Professor of Education & Psychology, Dir of Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University)
Hey there, welcome to Baachu Talk: Equity Matters, the podcast that's all about celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion through the power of incredible human stories! Get ready to be inspired by the fearless DEI advocates who are shaking things up and making a difference in every corner of our world.Today, we have a real treat for you! I am beyond excited to introduce our exceptional guest, the one and only Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn. He's a total rockstar in the fields of education and psychology, and his dedication to understanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is seriously awe-inspiring. You won't believe the impact he's made!Picture this: Dr. Strayhorn is not just any scholar; he's been recognized as a 'Top Diversity Scholar' by Diverse Issues in Higher Education! That's some serious street cred right there. But wait, there's more! He's penned down a whopping 12 books, including the award-winning 'College Students' Sense of Belonging.' And don't even get me started on his 200+ peer-reviewed journal articles. This guy is making waves!But hold up, there's more to him than just the academic accolades. Dr. Strayhorn is the President and CEO of Do Good Work Consulting Group. Yep, he's out there partnering with institutions to make the world a more inclusive place. Oh, and did I mention he's a professor of Education and Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University? Yeah, he's doing it all!I had the privilege to chat with him, and let me tell you, it was mind-blowing! He's got this incredible passion for taking research and turning it into real-life improvements for those who need it most. Oh, and by the way, his research has earned him over $10 million in support from big-time foundations like the Lumina Foundation and National Science Foundation. Talk about making a difference!And wait, there's more! His work has even been featured in The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. It's like everywhere you turn, you see the impact of Dr. Strayhorn's work!But enough from me; you've got to hear it straight from the man himself. So, grab your headphones, get comfy, and join us for this incredible conversation. We're going to talk about his journey, his work, and his thoughts on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This is an episode you don't want to miss!So, are you ready to dive into the world of DEIB with Dr. Strayhorn? Let's do this!Connect with Dr. Terrell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrell_Lamont_Strayhornhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/terrell-strayhorn-phd/https://terrellstrayhorn.com/Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk FM Episode 11 with Thomas “Tom” L. Mitchell, Jr., CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow
Jul 5 2023
Baachu Talk FM Episode 11 with Thomas “Tom” L. Mitchell, Jr., CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow
Join us as we delve into the inspiring journey of Thomas Mitchell, a man who has seen facility management evolve from the 90s to the present day. We explore his transition from military service to the private sector, his influence in global initiatives, and the challenges and opportunities he sees in today’s facility management landscape. A thought-provoking episode for anyone keen on understanding the dynamics of leadership and the future of facility management. Educational Background: Unravel how Thomas Mitchell’s education set the foundation for his success in facility and asset management.Inspiration: Discover what motivated Thomas to build a career in facility and asset management.Military Service: Gain insights into his memorable experiences as a civil engineer officer in the U.S. Air Force.Transition to Private Sector: Understand how moving from the military to Booz | Allen | Hamilton shaped Thomas’s career trajectory.Joining IFMA: Explore what drew Thomas to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and how it sculpted his professional journey.Chairmanship at IFMA: Uncover the initiatives and projects he takes pride in from his time as Chairman of the IFMA Global Board of Directors.Influence on IFMA: Discuss the industry-advancing initiatives Thomas spearheaded as a member and former board chairman at IFMA.Community Influence: Learn how being part of IFMA’s community moulded his approach to facility management and leadership.Facility Management Evolution: Understand how facility management has evolved from the 1990s to the present day from Thomas’s perspective.Current Challenges and Opportunities: Identify the most significant challenges and opportunities in today’s facility management landscape, and hear Thomas’s advice on how to navigate them successfully.Advisory Roles: Explore how Thomas contributes to the advancement of the facility management field through his advisory roles, such as serving on the Facility Management Degree Program Academic Advisory Council.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk episode 30 with Mark Levy
May 17 2023
Baachu Talk episode 30 with Mark Levy
Mark Levy is the founder of Levy Innovation LLC, a positioning and strategy firm that helps organizations and thought leaders differentiate by using, what he calls, a Big Sexy Idea. The ideas Mark and his clients have created are known worldwide by hundreds of millions of people.Mark has consulted to some of the world’s most prominent companies and individuals, including CEOs of major brands; the former head of Strategy at the Harvard Business School; and thought leaders, such as Simon Sinek of “Start with Why” fame. Mark has also consulted to a TV special on the History Channel, as well as to the iconic TV and streaming series, “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”In 2018, he was elected into the Million Dollar Consulting Hall of Fame. The hall’s founder calls Mark’s positioning and messaging skills “unparalleled.”Before devoting his work full-time to Levy Innovation, Mark served as Chief Marketing Officer of an Inc. 5,000 experiential branding organization with clients such as Nordstrom, Time Warner, and Stanford University.Mark is a keynote speaker. He’s spoken about strategy to dozens of organizations, including Adobe, American Express, and Google. He is in fact a member of the National Speakers Association, and served as the organization’s 2023 Winter Conference chairman. Previously, he served as an organizer for TEDx.Mark is a writer. He has written for the New York Times, and has written or co-created five books, including  “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content,” which has been published in eleven languages, and has been a bestseller in three different formats. He has taught entrepreneurial strategy and persuasive business writing at Rutgers University. Besides his positioning work, Mark creates magic tricks and shows. One of the shows he co-created, “Chamber Magic,” has run for over two decades, and appears on TripAdvisor as New York City’s highest-rated live show, ranked higher than even the musical “Hamilton.”Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 4 with Simon Fanshawe OBE – "Multi-talented Diversity Champion - Amplifying Voices and Creating Inclusive Environments"
May 10 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 4 with Simon Fanshawe OBE – "Multi-talented Diversity Champion - Amplifying Voices and Creating Inclusive Environments"
Simon Fanshawe OBE is a renowned diversity consultant, broadcaster, and author. With a passion for promoting inclusivity, he co-founded Diversity by Design, an organization dedicated to helping companies achieve true diversity in their senior leadership teams. In December 2021, Simon published his latest book, "The Power of Difference – where the complexities of diversity and inclusion meet practical solutions," which received critical acclaim. His expertise and contributions to the field led to him being voted the second Most Influential Thinker in 2022 by HR Magazine.Currently, Simon serves on the Board of Powerful Women and holds the position of Chairman at Hexagon Housing Association. He has previously held prestigious roles such as Chairman of Sussex University, non-executive director of Housing & Care 21, Governor of the Museum of London, and Board member of Brighton Dome & Festival. With a career spanning over three decades, Simon has actively participated in campaigns advocating for equality and positive social change. He has served on the boards of various companies and charitable organizations. Simon's notable achievements include co-founding Stonewall and the Kaleidoscope Trust.In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Simon was awarded an OBE in 2013 for his services to Higher Education. Furthermore, the University of Sussex bestowed upon him the honor of being made an Honorary Doctor for his exceptional contributions to diversity and human rights.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk FM - Episode 10 - Dr.Craig Knight
Apr 21 2023
Baachu Talk FM - Episode 10 - Dr.Craig Knight
Dr. Craig Knight is Founder and Director of Identity Realization Limited (IDR), a commercial organization based in Scotland with strong connections to blue chip industry.  Dr Knight retains research links with global universities.  Working with various organizations, this combination of commercial focus and scientific application has seen Craig help realize increases in well-being of up to 40%, productivity of up to 32% and effective intelligence of up to 19%.Craig has been at the forefront of Covid research projects. His commercial, post-doctoral research points to what people need to thrive when working from home and in the third space, as well as what the new, post-pandemic workplace must provide. Craig applies evidence-based science to improve leadership, employee retention, and the impact of design and management. Craig is a Chartered, Registered Doctor of Psychologist who has operated at Director and Managing Director levels across business leadership, design and consultancy sectors since the turn of the millennium.  Published, peer reviewed studies by Knight and colleagues consistently show that the most important factors in a successful working environment are:• a willingness by leaders to fully engage with employee input into business processes• the development of open decision making• developing trustBuilding this new dialogue between psychology, leadership and staff has been at the heart of television documentaries, academic discussion and commercial debate.  IDR directly challenges existing leadership and management practices.  The effects are rapid, positive, dramatic and long lasting.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 3 - Robin DiAngelo – "Breaking Barriers: The Unflinching Crusader Against Racial Injustice"
Apr 14 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 3 - Robin DiAngelo – "Breaking Barriers: The Unflinching Crusader Against Racial Injustice"
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She is the co-author of the award-winning textbook: Is Everyone Really Equal: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it remained for over three years and has been translated into 12 languages. It has now been adapted for young adults. Her follow-up book, released in June of 2021, is: Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm. Her latest book is The Facilitator's Guide for White Affinity Groups: Strategies For Leading White People in an Anti-Racist Practice. Her work or interviews have been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, PBS, and The BBC, among many other forums. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant, educator and facilitator for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 1 - Bari A. Williams – "Trailblazing Tech Visionary: Empowering Equity and Inclusion"
Apr 5 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters Episode 1 - Bari A. Williams – "Trailblazing Tech Visionary: Empowering Equity and Inclusion"
Bärí A. Williams is an attorney and startup advisor and cofounder of The Runda Lab. She currently serves as an advisor to Vera, and fractional GC for Career Karma. Her primary practice areas include emerging technology transactions, privacy and data protection, IP licensing, and terms of service. She is also a published author with bylines in the New York Times, WIRED, Fortune, and Fast Company. She is the former Head of Business Operations Management for North America at StubHub, where she was responsible for business planning and operations to manage and oversee technical internal and external metrics, product innovation, and partnerships and drive P&L results across the company. Prior to StubHub, she served as Lead Counsel at Facebook doing legal work supporting Connectivity Labs to build drones, lasers, and satellites. During her Facebook tenure, she also built the company's Supplier Diversity Program. She has served as an advisor to startups in the enterprise and e-commerce space, including Blavity (and AfroTech), Bandwagon, Owl (acquired by CallPass), and Telepath. She recently gave congressional testimony on bias in AI in financial services in Feb. 2020. Her book, Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations About Identity, Privilege, and Bias, was released on March 31, 2020, and she is awaiting her second book to be published, detailing her experience as a Black woman from Oakland working in tech in the heart of the Valley. Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/
Baachu Talk Equity Matters with Baskar Sundaram - Launch Episode
Apr 1 2023
Baachu Talk Equity Matters with Baskar Sundaram - Launch Episode
Welcome to Baachu Talk: Equity Matters, the podcast that boldly champions diversity, equity, and inclusion through the power of human stories. Join host Baskar Sundaram, a seasoned entrepreneur and leader, as he guides you through thought-provoking conversations with inspiring advocates who dare to challenge the status quo, smash barriers, and ignite positive change in every corner of our world.In each episode, you'll hear heart-stirring narratives, frank discussions, and unshakable truths from those leading the charge towards a more equitable future. We shine a spotlight on the voices of social activists and human rights advocates, who have dedicated their lives to promoting equality and justice.Baskar draws from his extensive knowledge and personal experience to offer invaluable insights and practical tips for fostering positive change in the workplace and the wider world. Through powerful stories and raw emotions, we forge a path towards a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.At Baachu, JEDI lies at the heart of everything we do, driving our commitment to excellence and positive impact. We stand firm against all forms of oppression, including racism, transphobia, classism, sexism, and xenophobia. We are continuously learning about injustice and are committed to dismantling discriminatory systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks.Join us on this journey towards a more equitable and inclusive workplace. The Equity Matters Workplace Series offers informative, empowering, and inspiring insights and actionable tips that can help you drive positive change in your own organization. Whether you are a leader, manager, or employee, this podcast is for you.So, fasten your seatbelts, and let's dive into the DEI universe, right here on Baachu Talk: Equity Matters! Stand up, speak out, and transform the world with us.Support the Show.Tune in to Baachu Talk Equity Matters and be inspired by our guest's tireless dedication to championing social justice and compassion: https://baachu.com/baachu-talk-equity-matters-podcast/