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Conversations on Race – Do You See Color?
Episode 2026th May 2021 • The Optimistic Advocate • Scott Bryant-Comstock
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Joining me today are two iconic individuals who are passionately serving people and communities through their advocacy work, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, and Ryon Robert Coote. This episode represents the third conversation in our three-part miniseries on conversations about race.   

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler is a changemaker and a peacemaker. In every aspect of her career, she has focused on transforming individuals, organizations and communities. She specializes in utilizing evidence-based and researched practices to inform her processes. Her style of boldly embracing change in a warm and nurturing manner offers support to those she works with. Julie truly believes that we should “be the change we want to see in the world” and actualizes this value in her work and her life. Julie has published articles, reports and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, training events and presentations. Julie is a principal partner in the Ronik-Radlauer Group and the CEO of Collectively.

Ryon Robert Coote is the Chief Development Officer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc., the largest comprehensive homeless services provider in Broward County. He was born in Jamaica and migrated with his family to the United States at a very young age. He is a graduate of the Steve J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University where he received a Master of Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Human Resources Policy and Management. 

Ryon has a passion for helping people in need and truly believes in the Martin Luther King Jr. quote “Everyone can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t need a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” 

Ryon is an advocate who champions efforts to improve living conditions and education for children and adults in underserved communities and/or in adverse situations. He has over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors and has worked on several public projects involving community leaders, and local elected officials that have increased opportunities for disadvantaged children and adults. 

In this episode, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a conversation on the concept of I don't see color. Julie and Ryon share their insights on the importance of addressing this topic based on their perspectives and experience as a white female and black male. As this mini-series comes to an end, these advocates hope that we could all have better conversations about race.  


What You'll Learn

  • The importance of addressing the question, do you see color? 
  • The impacts of color on health care, education, finance, and other aspects of society.  
  • The value of creating changes that include both black and white people to become a better society. 
  • And much more!


Favorite Quote 

"There are people in this world who are going to have to adjust and change, and that includes black and white. So that's the only way we're going to get past this to become a better society.” - Ryon Coote

For More Information: 

The Ronik-Radlauer Group, Inc.

contact Julie at

Broward Partnership




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