La Trenza Leadership: Creating Leaders ~ Transforming Lives

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We Weren’t Born to Be Random: Culture as Comfort

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“Through culture, we become specific people, living in specific times and places. Culture gets under our skin. It becomes comfortable–second nature to us. That specificity makes encounters with other cultures foreign and strange–they don’t eat like us or talk like us. But they too have culture. Culture as Comfort examines this human alchemy, how culture makes us who we are, and how we can harness these insights to become more comfortable not only in our own culture but across the many cultures we encounter in today’s globalized world.” — Daniel Lende, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida. Click this link to order a copy of the Book: Culture as Comfort.

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Do we inherit culture? What role does biology play, if any? What is your comfort zone? Can culture be lost? We use the word so loosely but do we “really” know what it means.

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Women In Leadership ~ Global Emerging Markets with Ripa Rashid

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“The war for talent is heating up in emerging markets. Without enough “brain power,” multinationals can’t succeed in these markets. Yet they’re approaching the war in the wrong way—bringing in expats and engaging in bidding wars for hotshot local “male” managers. The solution is hiding in plain sight: the millions of highly educated women surging into the labor markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Increasingly, these women boast better credentials, higher ambitions, and greater loyalty than their male peers.”

But there’s a catch: Attracting and retaining talented women in emerging economies requires different strategies than those used in mature markets. Complex cultural forces – family-related “pulls,” such as daughterly duties to parents and in-laws, and work-related “pushes,” such as extreme hours and dangerous commutes – force women to settle for dead-end jobs, switch to the public sector, or leave the workforce entirely.

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Ripa Rashid is a subject matter expert on global leadership and culture and gender dynamics in the workplace.  As of August 2013, Ripa will join the Malaysian-based international leadership and corporate governance center ICLIF as Director of Research and Curriculum. ICLIF’s mission is to develop a new generation of world-class leaders who are able to effectively manage their organizations in a more challenging and rapidly changing environment. Until earlier this year, Ripa was Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Time Warner.  In this capacity, she worked with leadership across the company to create and implement strategies to foster a culture of inclusion across Time Warner. Ripa served as an expert on a wide array of diversity topics, including targeted talent and inclusion strategies for women, multicultural, LGBT and other diverse executives, and on the links between diversity, innovation and corporate performance.

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The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste: Body Follows Mind

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Is it possible that a school would pass students forward to ensure meeting a legislative mandate when those students cannot master their grade level? How can parents reconcile that their children are not prepared for the academic, social and economic challenges ahead? One parent states, “I work all day, have two other children at two different schools, a child in childcare and a husband to drop off and pick up each day. I’m doing the best I can to support my child and it is the school’s fault. My child was not having problems until she came to your school.” There are other parents in the same position whose children are doing quite well. What is the difference? Is there a correlation with the level of involvement of parents with the school and the success of their children? Are there things parents can be doing to better help their children? How do we move beyond blame, take responsibility and support our children? Hear from parents, a teacher and an educator on what they do and recommend. A special segment of this show will also include the impact at the junior college level when the work is not done in the early grades. Matt Layton, M.Ed., Certified Reading Specialist and Currently 4th Grade Teacher, Ebony Thomas, Admissions Coordinator for the School of Health Professions and an Adjunct Faculty Member, and Parents of “Real” Students join as our guests. Emilio Williams, Dean of Student and Family Life, is your host.

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