StriveID – Diversity Panel Discussion: EVENT RECAP

November 30, 2020


On August 6th, 2020 Strive Consulting’s Inclusion & Diversity group, striveID, held a diversity panel discussion with some incredible individuals to discuss questions cultivated by Strive employees. This was the first of many initiatives Strive Consulting will be doing to drive growth and impact meaningful change along the way.

Survey questions included the following;

  1. I understand what Strive is doing to further a commitment to diversity and inclusion?
  2. I can voice a contrary opinion without fear of negative consequences
  3. I feel like I belong at Strive.
  4. Employees who are different from most others are treated fairly at Strive.
  5. Have you faced obstacles in your career progression, which you feel are not experienced by all of your colleagues? Describe those obstacles.
  6. Have you faced obstacles in your ability to participate fully in work at Strive, which you feel are not experienced by all of your colleagues? Describe those obstacles.
  7. Have you faced or witnessed prejudice or discrimination in your work setting, while at Strive? Describe what happened.
  8. How would you describe a typical Strive employee? Typical Strive leader?
  9. Do you have questions, concerns, or feelings about current and recent events (e.g., BLM movement, protests, police incidents, etc.)?
  10. Do you have specific questions, or is there anything you would like to share or see discussed during the StriveID panel?

A big thank you to our moderator and panelists who lead and participated in an educational, insightful, and all around amazing conversation.

Sarah Julius, SHRM, MBA – Panelist:

Sarah is a recruiting leader with 15 years of experience in the Financial and Professional Services sectors. Currently leading an eight person Technology recruiting team focused on hard-to-fill, exempt-level developer and architect positions across the enterprise. She’s passionate about leading teams and building inclusive and diverse work environments.

Mike Jordan – Panelist:

Mike is an Atlanta-based writer who covers food, entertainment, technology, business, travel and culture for local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eater, Hypepotamus, and Thrillist, where he launched the Atlanta edition as founding editor. He lives in East Point, Atlanta with his daughter Sienna and wife Jacinta, with whom he hosts a recurring literary event called Lit: Books, Booze & Beats.

Chanté LaGon – Moderator:

Chanté has more than two decades’ experience in all things word-related, from copy editing to content strategy, news features to poetry. She combined her love of music and words as founding editor of Headz: The Subterranean Guide to Hip-Hop Culture in the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. She moved to Atlanta in the late ’90s to join The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and also signed on as Senior Writer for Lunar Magazine, a start-up website dedicated to electronic music. Her career continued as Managing Editor for newsweekly Creative Loafing, and as a freelance editor, marketer and podcaster. At The Home Depot, where she’s served as a content creator and people leader for nine years, she stays true to her writing and editing roots while broadening her leadership and content innovation canopy. Chante currently serves as president for the Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League — an organization founded in Atlanta’s first neighborhood established by freed slaves — and is currently serving as president. Along with connecting and encouraging anyone in her sphere, and seeing projects come to life – whether they’re her own or other people’s – Chanté enjoys cooking, good music, dancing to it, and spending time with friends and family.

Brian Munce – Panelist:

Dedicated to growing brands in meaningful and valuable ways, Brian began his career in Account Management at TBWA Chiat/Day where he oversaw campaign development for Infiniti, Nissan Motor Corporation and Taco Bell (yes, he worked with the chihuahua). Moving on to Kastner & Partners in Los Angeles, Brian quickly became Account Director for Red Bull Energy Drink, playing an integral role in Red Bull’s rise from a small regional business selling 100,000 cans per year to a national disrupter selling over 1.4 billion cans per year. After joining The Lambesis Agency in 2007 and becoming Executive Director of Brand Management and Partner in 2014, Brian continued to provide industry leading brand stewardship, strategic oversight and superior account service for brands such as Gold Peak Tea and other The Coca-Cola Company beverage brands (DASANI, Honest Tea, Fuze and McCafé), in addition to a variety of consumer brands across a diverse category set, including Fisker Automotive, Grand Marnier, Princess Cruises, World Gym and Seagate Technology to name a few. Brian earned his degree in Creative Writing and Media Arts at the University of Arizona. Now as a founding member of Gestalt Brand Lab, Brian helps brands tell clear, consistent, purposeful brand stories that unite company and customer toward the common good.

Yolanda White – Panelist:

Yolanda is an executive leader that has managed iconic brands in the cosmetic, automotive, food and beverage industries and now she is revolutionizing women’s fashion with the loungewear brand as CEO of DAYO. Her transition into her entrepreneurial endeavor is backed with over 17 years of marketing leadership experience at The Coca-Cola Company. She served as a marketing leader on several billion-dollar brands (including Coca-Cola, PowerAde, Sprite, Fanta and Gold Peak) and is committed to building DAYO as a strong brand in the category. Yolanda prides herself in being a cutting-edge business leader and an inspirational force for all things related to uplifting women. Early in her career, Yolanda was recognized by Brand Week as one of the “Marketers of the Next Generation.” Since that time, her business achievements were acknowledged by Ad Age, CNN, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Essence and the Today Show, to name a few. Recently, Yolanda gained recognition for her achievements and accomplishments by Black Enterprise, where she was named one of the top 50 African American women in Advertising and Marketing. Additionally, many fashion and lifestyle publications, including Essence, People, Madame Noir, Ndlyss, TheYBD, Rolling Out and ATLVoyage have featured DAYO for its style, commitment to self-love and the face of the brand, Chilli. Today, Yolanda is committed to disrupting the loungewear and pajama industry to bring women more style and functionality, so they can look and feel their best.