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W.O.C. at Work

Rai King & Dr. Blanca Ruiz

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Rai King & Dr. Blanca Ruiz

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To be a female-identifying person of color in this country often means carrying a burden that is invisible to others. This is especially true when women of color are tasked with leading in white-dominant workspaces - particularly in the age of Black Lives Matter as organizations are grappling with their response to calls for social reform and are looking to Black women to lead this work. In this podcast, Rai King and Dr. Blanca Ruiz will explore what it means to be a W.O.C. at Work by elevating the voices of female-identifying leaders of color in order to shed light on their common experiences as they push for transformational change in organizations across the country.

Latest Episodes

W.O.C. at Work Trailer

Listen as Rai King and Dr. Blanca Ruiz introduce The North Star's new podcast. First episode airs July 7th!

1 MINJUN 23
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W.O.C. at Work Trailer

W.O.C. at Work Preview Episode

When Rai and Blanca began recording these podcast in January, the country was in a very different place.There was no pandemic and a new wave of BLM had not swept the country.They were engaged in racial justice work, but much of the country was not.In this preview episode Rai and Blanca discuss why today's climate is ripe for paying close attention to the stories of women of color and their experiences in the workplace.

10 MINJUL 1
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W.O.C. at Work Preview Episode

Ep 1 - Meet the Hosts: Rai & Blanca

In this first episode of W.O.C. at Work, Rai and Dr. Blanca Ruiz introduce themselves and the work that is near and dear to their hearts.They share their stories and talk about what it's like to operate as mothers, wives, women of color, and leaders in several spaces.In this episode, Rai and Blanca deal with intersectionality, tone policing, and the importance of white women doing the work of racial justice.

59 MINJUL 7
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Ep 1 - Meet the Hosts: Rai & Blanca

Ep 2 - Living Your Portfolio Life with Erica Hamilton

In this episode of W.O.C. at Work, Rai and Blanca talk with Erica Hamilton, an accomplished business and non-profit executive with many years of experience in C-Suite positions.Erica talks with the hosts about how women of color can set up their "portfolio life" and ensure that the life they're living is the life they've purposely envisioned and designed.Take out a pen and a pad because you're going to want to take notes on this one!

77 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 2 - Living Your Portfolio Life with Erica Hamilton

Ep 3 - When Self-Care Means Walking Away with Amber Field

Feel stuck in a job that you know doesn’t serve your needs, but not sure you can walk away?In this episode of WOC at Work, Blanca and Rai talk with Dr. Amber Field about what it looks like to listen to your inner spirit when you know it’s time to move on.Amber talks with the hosts about how she walked away from a “big job” in a white-dominant organization and rested in the fact that even without the titles, salary, and accolades, she-all by herself-was enough.

63 MIN2 w ago
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Ep 3 - When Self-Care Means Walking Away with Amber Field

Ep 4 - Women of Color Leading on Diversity with Sweet Joy Hachuela

Diversity is a majorbuzzwordin today's work environments. But what does it mean to be a truly equitable workspace where leaders of all races, genders, and belief systems can show up as their authentic selves and thrive? In this episode,Rai and Blanca talk with Sweet Joy Hachuela who is Co-Founder and Partner of The Medici Groupwhere she oversees major accounts for the firm.Prior to founding the Medici Group, alongside global thought leader, Fran Johansson, she was the managing director of Springboard Partners for Cross-Cultural Leadership and served as a Diversity Consultant for JPMorgan Chase. Sweet Joy and the hosts talk about realrepresentation, as well as the pressures of raising children and leading organizations in the midst of a global pandemic. Can't wait for the next episode?Become a member at thenorthstar.com for access to next week's full podcast episode!

96 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 4 - Women of Color Leading on Diversity with Sweet Joy Hachuela

Ep 5 - Your life is your currency with Melanie Hart

This is what it looks like when WOC take up space and walk in the power of who they are.Rai and Blanca talk with Melanie Hart about traversing white-dominant education spaces as a confident woman of color.Melanie also reveals what it looks like to take off that cape and rest to help heal from a traumatic event. Can't wait for the next episode?Jointhenorthstar.comnow for early episode access.

68 MIN4 d ago
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Ep 5 - Your life is your currency with Melanie Hart
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Latest Episodes

W.O.C. at Work Trailer

Listen as Rai King and Dr. Blanca Ruiz introduce The North Star's new podcast. First episode airs July 7th!

1 MINJUN 23
Comments
W.O.C. at Work Trailer

W.O.C. at Work Preview Episode

When Rai and Blanca began recording these podcast in January, the country was in a very different place.There was no pandemic and a new wave of BLM had not swept the country.They were engaged in racial justice work, but much of the country was not.In this preview episode Rai and Blanca discuss why today's climate is ripe for paying close attention to the stories of women of color and their experiences in the workplace.

10 MINJUL 1
Comments
W.O.C. at Work Preview Episode

Ep 1 - Meet the Hosts: Rai & Blanca

In this first episode of W.O.C. at Work, Rai and Dr. Blanca Ruiz introduce themselves and the work that is near and dear to their hearts.They share their stories and talk about what it's like to operate as mothers, wives, women of color, and leaders in several spaces.In this episode, Rai and Blanca deal with intersectionality, tone policing, and the importance of white women doing the work of racial justice.

59 MINJUL 7
Comments
Ep 1 - Meet the Hosts: Rai & Blanca

Ep 2 - Living Your Portfolio Life with Erica Hamilton

In this episode of W.O.C. at Work, Rai and Blanca talk with Erica Hamilton, an accomplished business and non-profit executive with many years of experience in C-Suite positions.Erica talks with the hosts about how women of color can set up their "portfolio life" and ensure that the life they're living is the life they've purposely envisioned and designed.Take out a pen and a pad because you're going to want to take notes on this one!

77 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep 2 - Living Your Portfolio Life with Erica Hamilton

Ep 3 - When Self-Care Means Walking Away with Amber Field

Feel stuck in a job that you know doesn’t serve your needs, but not sure you can walk away?In this episode of WOC at Work, Blanca and Rai talk with Dr. Amber Field about what it looks like to listen to your inner spirit when you know it’s time to move on.Amber talks with the hosts about how she walked away from a “big job” in a white-dominant organization and rested in the fact that even without the titles, salary, and accolades, she-all by herself-was enough.

63 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep 3 - When Self-Care Means Walking Away with Amber Field

Ep 4 - Women of Color Leading on Diversity with Sweet Joy Hachuela

Diversity is a majorbuzzwordin today's work environments. But what does it mean to be a truly equitable workspace where leaders of all races, genders, and belief systems can show up as their authentic selves and thrive? In this episode,Rai and Blanca talk with Sweet Joy Hachuela who is Co-Founder and Partner of The Medici Groupwhere she oversees major accounts for the firm.Prior to founding the Medici Group, alongside global thought leader, Fran Johansson, she was the managing director of Springboard Partners for Cross-Cultural Leadership and served as a Diversity Consultant for JPMorgan Chase. Sweet Joy and the hosts talk about realrepresentation, as well as the pressures of raising children and leading organizations in the midst of a global pandemic. Can't wait for the next episode?Become a member at thenorthstar.com for access to next week's full podcast episode!

96 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep 4 - Women of Color Leading on Diversity with Sweet Joy Hachuela

Ep 5 - Your life is your currency with Melanie Hart

This is what it looks like when WOC take up space and walk in the power of who they are.Rai and Blanca talk with Melanie Hart about traversing white-dominant education spaces as a confident woman of color.Melanie also reveals what it looks like to take off that cape and rest to help heal from a traumatic event. Can't wait for the next episode?Jointhenorthstar.comnow for early episode access.

68 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Ep 5 - Your life is your currency with Melanie Hart
the END

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