“Exploring Identity, Privilege and Power” with Trudi LeBron

In episode 125 of the Lead with Love podcast, I have a powerful conversation with Trudi Lebron, the co-host of That’s Not How That Works podcast.

In my episode with Pamela Slim we talked about designing programs with marginalized communities in mind, I thought it would be great to have Trudi share how to build equitable practices into our work as leaders, so that we build in a way that’s meant to serve everyone.

Trudi D. Lebron is a coach for entrepreneurs and leaders who want to use their work to create more equity, sustainability, and community in the world. Her combination of life, work, and academic experiences give her a unique blend of tools that she uses to support people in finding ways to learn to see the world with an equity lens and overcome some of the most challenging circumstances.

Today we’re exploring identity, privilege and power and how we as leaders can create a safe space for the communities that we serve.

Tune in and listen below:


What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Jadah Sellner WDS 2014 Keynote

Jadah Sellner TEDx, Santo Domingo

Expressing Your Voice as a Leader with Pam Slim

Trudi LeBron

Coaching with Trudi

Connect with Trudi on Facebook and Instagram

That's Not How That Works Podcast

Equity and Diversity Intensive


Key Quotes:

“Fortunately for me, the same kind of personality traits that got me in an awful lot of trouble when I was a little kid were the things that kind of saved me as I got older.” [9:08]

“I believed in myself. I knew that there was something in me that had to come out, and I was just relentless.” [9:55]

“A decision or circumstance doesn’t define the totality of someone’s life.” [12:05]

“I started to really learn the difference between saying that you accept everyone and building processes that are really meant to serve everyone.” [17:25]

“I see coaching as this transformational experience that can really help people move past all kinds of obstacles and just see different possibilities.” [21:08]

“Everyone has biases. You can be biased to pizza over macaroni and cheese. It’s not good or bad; it’s just a thing.” [24:25]

“Equity is about starting to understand what the barriers to entry are for all people so that your pool of potential candidates is just naturally diverse.” [27:20]

“I think it’s important that people have safe spaces to just ask anything and really be met with love and compassion.” [37:18]

“It’s important to me that when people hire me and work with me, that they know where I stand.” [45:00

“I want to live in a world where people’s outcomes aren’t predetermined by their demographics.” [48:07]


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The Lead with Love podcast is hosted by Jadah Sellner (that's me!). I help entrepreneurs build their tribes with the online program, Build Your Challenge. I'm also an author, international keynote + TEDx speaker, poet, and creator of Love Over Metrics™, a Business Growth Incubator and Mastermind for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. #LeadWithLove

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