Diverse by Design Podcast

The Diverse by Design podcast tells the stories of visionaries who are changing the diversity landscape of tech. Listen in as we interview decision makers at organizations that are striving to be diverse by design.

Season One

Episode 1 - Damien Howard

From Frustration to Action

In this episode, Per Scholas Executive Vice President of Social Ventures and co-founder of Diverse by Design, Damien Howard tells the story about how he turned frustration into action to create a platform designed to help C-suite leaders make both valuable and socially impactful business decisions.

Episode 2 - Plinio Ayala

Creating Opportunity and Economic Equity

In this episode Per Scholas’ President and CEO Plinio Ayala shares the story of Per Scholas, a national organization that advances economic equity through rigorous training for tech careers, connecting diverse and skilled graduates to leading businesses across the nation.

Episode 3 - Hank Spraggins

A Mathematical Approach to D&I

Sr. Director of Data Engineering & Analytics at Dropbox Hank Spraggins discusses his journey to understanding and advocating for DEI, why being intentional about hiring diverse candidates is essential for the survival of the American tech workforce, and making room for Black women in tech.

Episode 4 - Shawn Harris

Inclusion in Action

This episode features Shawn Harris, Success Engineer at Cypress.io, recent cancer survivor, Black woman, and proud member of the LGBTQ+ family. Listen as she shares her experience with inclusion and belonging in tech.

Episode 5 - Franklin Reed

Operationalizing DEI

This episode features TEKsystems Executive Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Franklin Reed. During our conversation, Franklin walks through the mechanics of operationalizing diversity and inclusion within an organization.


Episode 6 - Michelle McKenna

Diversity, Technology, and Football

Michelle McKenna, CIO of the National Football League, discusses her experience navigating a male-dominated industry and her role in the NFL’s diversity and inclusion journey.

Episode 7 - Maria Medrano

Storytelling for Inclusion

In today’s episode, Google’s Sr. Director, Diversity Strategy, Narrative, and Partnerships and Diverse by Design Advisory Board member Maria Medrano discusses the power of harnessing cultural competence and storytelling in management. Tune in to learn about how leaning in with curiosity can create transformational leaders.

Check out our Season One playlist here.




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