Category: Blog

Title: Build inclusion into your foundation, not the façade with Mohit Rajhans

Mohit Rajhans is not afraid of blazing a path. Today he is the co-founder of Think Start Inc. and author of Rethinking Your Content and Growth Beyond Your Personal Brand. But he started his career in media, in a way that was confusing because it involved flourishing and a struggle simultaneously. Mohit joined us on […]

Modelling true allyship with Kristyn Wong-Tam

Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and whose advocacy efforts have spanned affordable housing, economic development, community art and urban planning, joined us recently for one of our most inspirational conversations yet on ABCDEI.  In the past decade, Councillor Wong-Tam has brought a lot of positive change for […]

Fight with one hand, build with the other, a conversation with Leo Johnson

Leo Nupolu Johnson, internationally acclaimed human rights activist, social entrepreneur, United Nations fellow for the International Decade for People of African Descent and Founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Squared, joined us for a serious unlearning session on ABCDEI recently.  Leo is spearheading true sustainable change in BIPOC communities in Canada and beyond. He drew from […]

A tale of two Meghans with Stacy Lee Kong

Stacy Lee Kong – writer, editor and creator of one of our favourite newsletters, Friday Things – joined us for a seriously fun conversation. And by that, I mean a serious conversation layered under a really fun conversation. Stacy has built a successful personal brand by using celebrity stories to bring the discussion around serious issues, […]

Power structures, immigrant inclusion and the meritocracy myth with Gail Strachan

Gail Strachan, Executive member of Accenture’s T&O/Human Potential practice, social justice advocate and co-Founder/co-chair of the Antiracism in PR summit, joined us for an unlearning-on-steroids episode of ABCDEI.  What started as curiosity in her formative years about power dynamics, immigration patterns and racial stereotypes led Gail to a journey of social advocacy. While navigating roles […]

Typecasting, tokenism, collective vision and cancel culture with Ali Kazmi

ABCDEI’s first-ever guest, actor-director Ali Kazmi, joined us for a no-holds-barred conversation about some of the issues faced by BIPOC and other marginalized talent in the entertainment industry. The conversation covered many themes that are just as relevant in workplaces as they are in show business.  While talking about his role in Deepa Mehta’s Funny […]

Recollections may vary

Living in relative isolation over the past year has brought conversations around mental health into very sharp focus. Everyone’s experience has been a little different based on their circumstances, but moments of frustration, anxiety and deep sadness have been common.  Mental health is often an overlooked or sometimes taboo topic among marginalized communities. In the […]