Next Level Leadership with Diversity & Inclusivity expert Dr. Mary J Wardell

Today’s guest is my new brilliant friend, Dr. Mary J. Wardell - an award-winning diversity and inclusion expert, keynote speaker, and human rights and gender equity leader.

An educator, higher education executive, author, and thought leader on implementing broad-based diversity strategies, Dr. Mary J. Wardell (she/her) understands the unique duty of leaders to advance social justice and inclusivity in their organizations. Dr. Wardell has served as the inaugural vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF) since 2011 and is a leadership, organization, and diversity studies lecturer in the USF School of Education and School of Management. She was the USF Dean of Students from 2008-2011 and co-founded with student activists the on-campus Gender and Sexuality Student Resource Center. Mary is also the author of Amazon best-seller:Twice as Good: Leadership and Power for Women of Color.

Mary received the Most Influential Woman award by the San Francisco Business Times in 2017 and won the 2018 Human Rights award by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 2015 San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award. Dr. Wardell is the Founder of the Latinas in Leadership Forum, an annual empowerment and leadership conference for emerging Chicanx-Latinx leaders based in San Francisco.

An award-winning diversity and inclusion expert, keynote speaker, and human rights and gender equity leader, Dr. Mary J. Wardell is well-equipped to guide leaders on getting things right and will guide you to build a pipeline of diverse people who will bring inclusivity into everything they do.


Highlights of our conversation:

3:37 - Growing up in the Jim Crow South

10:05 - The multicultural foundation for a lifetime of learning

11:49 - Noticing the unconscious bias in ourselves and others

16:57 - The first steps to begin your own inclusive journey

20:45 - The difference between equality and equity

27:03 - Three tips to start implementing today

34:45 - Where are we going in this country?

40:56 - The meaning behind Twice as Good

44:44 - How does one manage this serious work with the rest of your life?


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Interview: Mary Wardell

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