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Trudy Bourgeois

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Latest 6 Aug 2022 | Updated Daily

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Having Difficult Conversations | Trudy Bourgeois and Tim Shurr

How To Be Mesmerizing With Tim Shurr!

In this episode, we have a guest that is truly a definition of mesmerizing, Trudy Bourgeois. Trudy is CEO and founder of The Center for Workforce Excellence. She's an impactful and highly respected thought leader, author, and expert on helping organizations build diverse cultures and equality in the workplace. Tim and Trudy talk about equality and inclusion as a true business imperative with accountability, and not just lip service. Trudy shed light on issues that companies need to face and make intentional efforts, especially on investing in defining inclusive leadership behaviors. She also shares the three things that will make or break organizations and what we can do to achieve the change we aim for. So, come and join Tim and Trudy in this difficult conversation that brings healing and true transformation to your organization and to people’s lives. Quotes: “Your culture is born out of what you say you value.” - Trudy Bourgeois "It's about all of us winning together, and not leaving anybody to the side.” - Trudy Bourgeois "It's going to be generations and generations that are going to pay the price for the good or the bad, that we leave them behind." - Trudy Bourgeois Mentions: https://www.facebook.com/TimShurr https://mesmerizingleadership.com/ https://powermindsetprogram.com https://workforceexcellence.com/ Trudy on LinkedIn Trudy on Twitter Show Notes: [00:43] Greetings and introduction of Trudy Bourgeois [01:28] Equality in the workplace as a true business imperative, and not just lip service [03:50] Measuring cultural transformation and not steering away from analytics [05:32] The link between the consumer inside (employees) and the consumer outside (customers) [07:29] We are right at the beginning of inventing a new way to work [12:20] The resistance that comes from fear and from passed down learned behavior [17:31] Silence speaks out  [20:19] Investing in defining inclusive leadership behaviors [22:08] 3 things that will make or break organizations [26:24] It’s because of these stereotypes and the stories that people make up [32:57] People are now more conscious of how you are getting your profits [34:27] Let’s keep having these difficult conversations that cause healing and change [37:20] We need for leaders to get intentional and personal to make changes for inclusivity [41:41] The pain that brings healing Make Your Day Mesmerizing!

44mins

13 May 2022

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Trudy Bourgeois: It’s not what you’re called. It’s what you answer to.

The Hard Won Wisdom Podcast

Season 2, Episode 1 | Cohosted by Fawn Germer and Michelle Brigman | One of America’s foremost leaders in diversity, equality and inclusion will grab your heart with her courage, hope and love. Trudy’s vivid stories will teach you how to use all of your experiences to be a force for good. How are you defining your success beyond your title and your things? Trudy’s calling kept showing up in her life, and she answered it. Are you hearing your calling and how are you responding? | Brought to yo by The Women's Leadership Network, www.womensleadershipnetwork.com

51mins

11 Jan 2022

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001/ Transformational Leadership w/ Trudy Bourgeois

transformation talk podcast

How can organizations embrace the concept of “lifelong learning” coupled with creating “teachable moments” as a foundation to organizational transformation? Trudy Bourgeois, CEO, and founder of the Center for Workforce Excellence shares her thoughts on how leaders can leverage, courage, culture, and curiosity, and a thirst to lead organizational transformation and creating a meaningful future. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit transformationtalk.substack.com

31mins

3 Jun 2021

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13. Trudy Bourgeois, CEO, Workforce Excellence: Why Diversity & Inclusion Is Not A Dirty Word, Allyship vs. Ownership, and The Courage To Be First

Dallas Business Podcast

Trudy Bourgeois is one of America's leading experts on transformational leadership and a highly regarded leader in the field of leadership and diversity and inclusion. An expert at developing managers and leaders on how to unleash the greatest potential of every employee, Bourgeois is a highly sought-out resource. She is the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence and has been leading the organization for nearly two decades. Trudy and I discuss her upbringing during segregation, lifelong learnings, and the future of Diversity & Inclusion work. Trudy has authored four leadership books, HER CORNER OFFICE: A Guide to Help Women Find a Place and a Voice in Corporate America and Her Corner Office (2nd Edition) and THE HYBRID LEADER: Blending the Best of Male and Female Leadership Styles and has just released her latest book entitled, EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race To Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. https://workforceexcellence.com/ Run time: 45 minutesHost, Earlina Green Hamilton 

45mins

23 Mar 2021

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Interview with Trudy Bourgeois

Blog Talk Radio with Laurie Robinson-Haden

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38mins

15 Mar 2021

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#56: Trudy Bourgeois — Overcome Self-Doubt and Create Inclusive Teams

Intentional Leader with Cal Walters

Trudy Bourgeois is one of America's leading experts on transformational leadership and a highly regarded leader in the field of leadership and diversity and inclusion. An expert at developing managers and leaders on how to unleash the greatest potential of every employee, Bourgeois is a highly sought-out resource. She is the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence and has been leading the organization for nearly two decades. Dollars and Sense Magazine honored Bourgeois as one of the "Best and Brightest Women Leaders”. In her various roles as author, speaker, teacher and researcher, Bourgeois continues to utilize her superb management and interpersonal skills. Known as the “truth teller”, Bourgeois has a rare ability to tackle very difficult subjects such as race and bias without triggering negative emotions. She operates from a principle that “everyone has something to learn” on the journey to accepting each other across differences and building workplaces that are truly inclusive. Trudy has authored four leadership books, HER CORNER OFFICE: A Guide to Help Women Find a Place and a Voice in Corporate America and Her Corner Office (2nd Edition) and THE HYBRID LEADER: Blending the Best of Male and Female Leadership Styles, and has just released her latest book entitled, EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race To Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough available now. She has also written numerous articles and white papers, and she contributes regularly to educational materials for corporations, associations and trade groups. She is a frequent Huffington Post blogger. Trudy serves on a CEO Roundtable Board in Europe in the Consumer Package Goods industry as an advisor to drive gender equality over the next decade in conjunction with the nonprofit group- LEAD. Trudy is also on the board of advisors of two nonprofit organizations - Women of Color in Pharma and Conscious Capitalism. These organizations are focused on closing the gender and representation gaps. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Conscious Capitalism. Trudy has served as an advisor to the creation of multiple studies produced by CTI including the “Being Black in Corporate America: An Intersectional Exploration” research study. She is the consultant of record to design the 2020 Executive Leadership Council’s Game Changer Conference and advancing Black leaders initiative. In 2016 The Network of Executive Women honored Bourgeois for her tireless efforts in advancing women’s leadership in the consumer goods, retail and service industries. She will be married to her husband (Mike) for 40 years this year and is the mother of Adam and MaryEllen. The family embraced Ryan Brence as their son in law in 2017. MaryEllen and Ryan blessed the family on March 8 with the birth of Grace Elizabeth Brence. Trudy resides in Prosper Texas. During this conversation, we discuss what life was like for her as an elementary school student in Alabama during school integration, how she overcomes self-doubt, the importance of affirmations, how she started the Center for Workforce Excellence, coaching, leadership, how to create a diverse and inclusive team, and much more.

52mins

2 Feb 2021

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Ep 122: #TBT Authentically SHE w/Trudy Bourgeois

The Culture Soup Podcast®️

Leading up to the release of my audiobook for No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself, I'm reaching back and re-racking voices from the book and conversations that provide even more insight to the book.  This one is also the precursor to another #NoThanks Rockstar to Rockstar Fireside chat.  This one with none other than the fabulous Trudy Bourgeois. Get your value on.  Ready?

42mins

15 Oct 2020

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#19. Achieving Workforce Excellence | Trudy Bourgeois: Equality, Inclusion + Diversity Expert

Rise Leaders Radio

Trudy Bourgeois came to the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) reluctantly.  She wanted ‘nothing to do with’ previous ineffective efforts to improve DEI in organizations.  Yet the work kept calling her.  As a former executive in a Fortune 500 consumer products company she brings pragmatism and passion. And results. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. John Lewis Trudy Bourgeois came to the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) reluctantly.  She wanted 'nothing to do with' previous ineffective efforts to improve DEI in organizations.  Yet the work kept calling her.  As a former executive in a Fortune 500 consumer products company she brings pragmatism and passion. And results. Here's what to pay attention to as you listen to the episode today: first, where she sees hope for the changing landscape in terms of equity in organizations. Second, listen to Trudy's perspective on how to own the value that you bring to your organization so that you can speak with authenticity and with power. This is particularly for women of color and women in general. Third, listen for Trudy's perspective on the role of white and black women in moving the equity conversation forward. [09:31]:  This is not new. What is new is that through the power of a smartphone, people had an emotional connection. Their consciousness was touched. I think that organizations would say many of them, that they were on the journey. I would humbly submit that they might have been on the journey, they hadn't gone very far. So many of them would say, it's a business imperative. I don't know as a former line manager, I don't know what business imperative would go unresolved for 50 years and people would keep their jobs.Owning Your Value = Power to Choose[15:45]: If people realize, you spend the largest percentage of your life at work. Why do you want to wake up every day and put a mask on and go pretend to be somebody that you're not, just so that you can get a paycheck? If your value is that good, then you know what? Your attitude, it should always be, “I am choosing to give my gifts and talents and add my value and impact here. I’m not being held hostage to stay here. I’m making a choice.” [18:49] ...   organizations talk about innovation, yet when you stifle people and you put them in a box and then they get scared and then they don't know their value, you're not going to have any innovation and you're sure not going to have any collaboration. You sure are not going to have all the things that people write up about how they want to function as a company, but this notion of knowing your value is so important. It's important for everybody, that it's especially important for women and people of color.Women Hold the Key[28:42]  ... I am specifically calling on women, us, to stop pointing the finger at men and the lack of progress that we've made. This is not to suggest that we don't need male champions, but I am calling on us to have the courageous conversation.  Resources: Trudy Bourgeois https://workforceexcellence.com/trudy/ Center for Workforce Excellence  https://workforceexcellence.com/ Equality:  Courageous Conversations About Women, Men and Race to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough https://amzn.to/2Y0trpY HBR:  Why Diversity Efforts Fail https://hbr.org/2016/07/why-diversity-programs-fail Questioneering, Joseph Bradley  https://www.amazon.com/Questioneering-Model-Innovative-Leaders-Digital/dp/1944027440/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=joseph+bradley&qid=1599318601&sr=8-8 https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/06/share-the-mic-now-instagram-campaign To discuss executive coaching, leadership development program design and workshop facilitation, please visit: https://rise-leaders.com/contact-info/

39mins

8 Sep 2020

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A Courageous Conversation About Race with Trudy Bourgeois

Maximize Your Career with Stacy Mayer

#029 - Leadership is a Learned SkillToday's humbling and powerful conversation paints a picture of what it's like to be a woman or man of color in Corporate America.  Trudy Bourgeois shares vulnerable first hand accounts of when she had to stand up and claim her ideas in the face of microagressions.  And she did it with grace and dignity.If you are someone who strives to make a difference at your workplace and rise to the top while still being true to yourself, this episode is for you.

46mins

9 Jul 2020

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Equality: Courageous Conversations about Race, Gender, and Leadership with Trudy Bourgeois

The Dr. Valerie Podcast

Trudy Bourgeois is one of America's leading experts on transformational leadership. is founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence and an author, speaker, teacher, and researcher. She and Dr. Valerie speak about the outdated patterns that limit women in the workplace, the importance of truly understanding exclusion in order to fight for inclusion, how we can breathe possibility into others’ lives, and how we can ultimately dismantle patriarchy. For additional resources and to connect with my guest visit: www.drvalerie.com/podcast

1hr 9mins

13 Apr 2020

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