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Welcome back to the Untamed Podcast. In Episode 5, I speak with guest Desiree Adaway about her powerful work leading difficult conversations for organizations, communities and activists. We talk social justice, feminism, politics, vulnerable people groups, systems of oppression, personal biases, fragility, meritocracy and SO MUCH MORE.

Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator known for building resilient organizations and leading difficult conversations about race class and gender. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work. Her style is positive, approachable, engaging, service-oriented and audience-centered.

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EPISODE DETAILS:

3:17 Desiree’s Bio

5:15 Desiree Introduces Herself and her Work

6:30 Current Difficult Conversations

7:25 Identifying the Most Vulnerable People Groups

10:45 Community and Organizational Response to the Election

12:00 My Own Response

13:28 Desiree Talks Post-Election Dissonance

15:05 Disrupting the System

16:08 The Privilege Walk

17:38 Socialization into Unequal Roles

19:10 Learning to Navigate Dominant Spaces

21:25 Desiree Breaks Down the Boot Strap Myth

26:50 White Supremacy and Misogyny in Recent Politics

30:55 Internalized Oppression and Forced Adaptation

33:10 Not Being Liked and The Price of Silence

37:35 Feminism within a Broken System

40:55 The Continuum of Social Justice Work

43:22 Diversity is an Asset

47:22 The Difference Between Transactional and Transformational Relationships

50:14 Brave Spaces and Welcoming Discomfort

51:45 The Fragility of “Not All White People”

54:55 Owning Up to Our Personal Biases

56:00 Desiree Answers the Untamed Closing Questions

59:50 One Word UN Words

61:01 Where to Learn More and Stay Connected with Desiree

RELATED LINKS:

James Baldwin – I Am Not Your Negro (movie)

James Baldwin – I Am Not Your Negro (book)

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

Miss Representation

Dr. Brittney Cooper (twitter)

Diversity is an Asset

Audre Lorde

America’s Love Affair With Immoral and Mediocre-Ass White Men

 

CONNECT WITH DESIREE:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Diversity is an Asset

 

PODCAST CREDITS:

Lu Uhrich is the host and producer of the Untamed Podcast. She is also the founder of LU|EATS,LLC (www.lueats.com) where she works one-on-one with clients as an Eating Psychology Coach, Body Image Mentor and Life Coach.

Photography by Sam Interrante

Intro/Outro Music by Shoyei

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