What is DEI? 

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are three closely linked values held by many organisations that are working to support different groups of individuals, including people of different races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations” - McKinsey & Company.

DEI initiatives are essential for organisations aiming to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Companies that champion are better positioned to respond to challenges, retain top talent, and meet customer needs

Podcasts are a way individuals can increase their knowledge of DEI matters and get ideas on how to address these. They are an excellent way to begin delving into a subject, as you can get many different perspectives through podcasts. Here are some of the best learning podcasts to help you understand and implement DEI initiatives in your organization.

DEI Podcasts to Listen to:

The following is a list of good podcasts to listen to to increase your understanding of DEI in the workplace. 

reWorked: The Workplace Inclusion Podcast 

Workplace culture continues to adapt and respond to the broader world. Covid turned our working lives upside down; Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement changed our expectations of what a responsible and inclusive business looks like. Society, culture and work now overlap in ways we have not seen before.

The reWorked podcast provides a space to explore how businesses can respond to this complex and sometimes contested landscape. Hosts speak to leading thinkers and doers about their ideas for an inclusive workplace in 2023.

Check out this episode on “The Power of Procurement in Influencing DEI: Driving Gender Equality at Logitech.” Listen here

Women at Work by Harvard Business Review 

Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Emily Caulfield of Harvard Business Review host this podcast about women's challenges in the workplace. Topics discussed include the wage gap, gender discrimination, productivity, and workplace stress.

Check out this episode on “Getting the Feedback You Need.” Listen here

Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox, by The Diversity Movement

Certified Diversity Executive Jackie Ferguson interviews industry leaders on the program and explores what DEI means to them. She also discusses why businesses should be focused on implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, why DEI is the right thing to do, and how going beyond compliance – the checkbox – drives business excellence and long-term success.

Check out this episode on “Inspiring Positive Change and Growth in Your Community, with Deke Copenhaver.” Listen here.  

The L&D Challenges Podcast by Assemble You

Of course, we must include our podcast in the mix. The L&D Challenges Podcast addresses challenges L&D professionals face in their day-to-day roles. We interviewed ten L&D experts about real-life learning interventions they were rolling out at a national charity, utility company and global IT and manufacturing organisations. 

We've summarised their brilliant insight in a free playbook, which shows the five rules for learning engagement and impact and created a 12-week plan to help guide you. Listen here.

The Power Skills Project by Assemble You

We also run the Power Skills Project, you may not have heard the term Power Skills before, but you’ve probably heard of soft skills.

We think Power Skills better acknowledges the importance and impact of things like leadership, resilience, productivity, and communication. These transferable superpowers can be some of the most valuable skills you can develop.

We’re all works in progress, and we want to improve ourselves and share our improvements with you - that’s why we chose to call this the Power Skills Project. Listen here

DEI Podcasts 

This blog highlights the significance of DEI initiatives in organisations and the benefits of championing these values. It introduces the best learning podcasts and their power as a medium for expanding knowledge on DEI matters and provides a curated list of recommended podcasts to explore. The mentioned podcasts cover various topics, including workplace inclusion, women's challenges, the meaning of DEI, and the role of learning and development professionals. Each podcast offers unique perspectives and can help develop your understanding of this vital topic.