In today's episode, we dive deep into the world of inclusive leadership and reimagining inclusion with our guest, Mita Mallick. Mita is a Chief Diversity Officer, sought-after speaker, and author who is passionate about advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
During our conversation, Mita discusses her new book, "Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myths to Transform Your Workplace," which challenges common misconceptions surrounding DEI. We explore the importance of creating an inclusive environment for all team members, especially in a hybrid workforce. Mita also shares insights on personal branding, networking, sponsorship, and the impact of stereotypes and biases in the workplace.
You will learn:
The role of inclusive leadership in creating a sense of inclusion and valuing employees' contributions.
The impact of diversity in talent on performance and the need to challenge biases in hiring practices.
The experiences and challenges faced by women of color in executive roles and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.
The need to diversify networks, involve different perspectives in decision-making, and deliberately create more diversity in podcast guests and events.
How to measure DEI efforts
The misconceptions surrounding diversity programs
Mita Mallick is a corporate change-maker with a track record of transforming businesses. She gives innovative ideas a voice and serves customers and communities with purpose. She has had an extensive career as a marketer in the beauty and consumer product goods space, being a fierce advocate of including and representing Black and Brown communities.
Her passion for inclusive storytelling led her to become a Chief Diversity Officer, to build end to end inclusion ecosystems across big and small organizations. Mallick has brought her talent and expertise to companies like Carta, Unilever, Pfizer, AVON, Johnson & Johnson and more. She’s a sought after speaker and coach to start-up founders, executives, and public CEOs. She is also the cohost of the popular podcast, The Brown Table Talk, part of the LinkedIn Podcast Network. On the Brown Table Talk, Mita and Dee Marshall share stories and tips on how to help Women of Color win at work, and advice for allies on how they can show up.
Mallick is a LinkedIn Top Voice, a contributor for Harvard Business Review, Adweek, Entrepreneur and Fast Company. Mallick has been featured in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Forbes, Axios, Essence, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Business Insider. She was featured in a documentary created by Soledad O’Brien Productions for CBS News entitled: Women in the Workplace and the Unfinished Fight for Equality. Mallick holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She lives in New Jersey, US, with her husband and two children.