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IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity Podcast

Advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and access in today’s workplace is a social imperative — and a business essential. So how do you foster diversity? The IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity podcast features candid, informative conversations with business and thought leaders about actionable steps companies in the licensing industry and beyond can take to attract, support, promote and retain the best and brightest from all backgrounds. 

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Episode 1 – The Business Case for Diversity is the Business

Brands today, and the companies behind them, must pivot to become more inclusive. On this premiere episode of IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity, Licensing International president Maura Regan welcomes ViacomCBS Consumer Products president Pam Kaufman and Marva Smalls, executive vice president, global head of inclusion & executive vice president of public affairs, kids and family entertainment brands at ViacomCBS, to discuss the social and business imperatives for diversity, as well as the challenges, strategies, and tactics in designing and implementing D&I programs. 

Episode 2 – Intention into Action

You’re committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within your business and to reaching a multicultural audience with your brand —  but how do you go about it? In this episode of IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity — the second in a series hosted by Licensing International president Maura Regan — Richelle Parham, managing director at the venture capital firm West River Group; Payne Brown, president of the National Basketball Players Association’s Think450 licensing arm; and Steven Wolfe Pereira, CEO of Encantos Media Studios, discuss specific steps businesses in the licensing industry and beyond can take to overcome barriers toward greater diversity, avoid pitfalls and put intention into action. 

Episode 3 – A Five-Point Plan to Elevate D&I

Brands can learn a lot from the successes of others. In this episode of IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity, hosted by Licensing International president Maura Regan, Sabrina Wiewel, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Hallmark Cards, Inc., offers an illuminating and inspiring corporate case study, taking us through Hallmark’s plan to elevate diversity and inclusion across its organization, brands and partnerships.

Stay tuned for future episodes of this podcast series, sponsored by the National Basketball Players Association, where LI continues the conversation with industry leaders about what companies can and should be doing now. For more information about our podcast series sponsor, go to nbpa.com/think450.

Episode 4 – Addressing Diversity in Corporate Culture

What are key strategies for integrating diversity and inclusion into company culture, content and creativity? In this episode of Licensing International’s IDEA: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity, Encantos CEO and Co-Founder Steven Wolfe Pereira moderates a lively discussion about best practices in corporate D&I with a panel featuring Kristen Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion and employee experience at Hallmark Cards; Kim Rompilla, executive vice president of global product marketing, development and activation at Crayola; Warren Schorr, vice president of business development and global licensing at Crayola; and Orville Trout, Crayola’s senior vice president of human resources.

Stay tuned for future episodes of this podcast series, sponsored by the National Basketball Players Association, where LI continues the conversation with industry leaders about what companies can and should be doing now. For more information about our podcast series sponsor, go to nbpa.com/think450.

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