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Episode 2: Equity & Empathy

In times of crisis, women leaders rose to the occasion with sensitivity and understanding of the stress, anxiety, and frustration that people are feeling striving to meet needs. Specifically, in this episode, these leaders responded with compassion and empathy during a time of twin pandemics, with both a public health and racial crisis unfolding across the globe.

With Minnesota at the epicenter of racial unrest, we learn how these women used compassion at the forefront to spark change and focus their efforts on anti-racism and racial equity within their spheres of influence.

Alison Rempel Brown, CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota, is working hard to use science to educate the public about the pandemic and about race. She’s committed to social justice equity, not just through the museum education reflecting this priority but also when managing her organization. She took diversity in race and socioeconomic status into account when forced to conduct layoffs.

Anika Ward, of the Sankofa Leadership Network, specializes in equity leadership and was once appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to diversify companies in Minnesota. She’s now a consultant and speaker and is helping the WPO leaders with her expertise, as well as a new member.

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