Hosted by Vanessa Hernandez

B-Side Exchange

Interviews that explore the life experiences and stories of DEI professionals, community organizers and activists through music

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September 13, 2021
47
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In this episode, I interview Dr. Ryan C. Warner. Dr. Warner is a licensed clinical psychologist, researcher, speaker, and consultant. He has conducted talks and trainings at both national and international levels, has been published in various peer-reviewed journals, and has served as a graduate-level instructor.

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July 26, 2021
77
 MIN

In this episode of B-Side Exchange, I interviewed David Brown-Dawson. David recently graduated with an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Within his program, he served as the Vice President of DEI where he took time to advocate for more inclusive practices in his program. Before business school, he served as a civil engineer officer and air advisor for the US Air Force. He recently wrote a book titled, "Enduring Urgency: Thinking like a Tortoise in a time of Hares".

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June 21, 2021
77
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In this episode, I interview is Aleasa Word. Aleasa is a certified professional coach and author. One of her books is titled "Calm Your Storm" and “Get Right For Love”. She has her own DEI consultancy, A. Word & Company. She’s also the founder of Compassion for Anaphylaxis and co-founder of the National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council.

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June 7, 2021
99
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In this episode, I interview Isaac Buwembo. Isaac is the Director of Service Design at a workforce development program. He has an MBA in Design Strategy and finds a way to incorporate human-centered design, strategy, and racial equity in his work. He is a music and basketball enthusiast and is the creator of 55 Tracks.

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May 24, 2021
75
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In this episode, I interview Dr. Kiera Penpeci. Dr. Kiera Penpeci has a doctorate in Organization and Leadership Psychology. She is a senior consultant at a consulting group working to building inclusive workplaces for companies. Dr. Kiera Penpeci is also the founder and Principal of Primed OD. She is the co-chair of DEI Council at the Wily Network, and she is currently based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

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May 10, 2021
81
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In this episode, I interview Ayanna Thompson. Ayanna is an Academic Director at a workforce development training program. She is also the Founder and CEO of Teach and Elevate. She has a background in teaching and mass media. She proudly represents Jacksonville, Florida. A lover of music and a fun fact, my intro and outro music is actually Ayanna’s song called FLEX.

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April 26, 2021
93
 MIN

In this episode, I interview Lorawn Dupree. Lorawn Dupree is a Diversity Manager at one of the biggest party goods suppliers. She has over 10 years of experience in Business management and has a Bachelors degree in Fashion Marketing & Management. Just like me, she’s repping the Bay Area.

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April 12, 2021
123
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In this episode, I interview one of my really good friends, Megan Doherty-Baker. Megan is a National Director of DEI at a workforce development program. We discuss different aspects of our identities, memories of our younger years, and how Megan navigates DEI in her profession all via music.

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February 6, 2021
2
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This intro episode explains the concept of B-Side Exchange. We are exclusively on Spotify and Anchor.fm.

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About B-Side Exchange —

B-Side exchange was born out of host Vanessa Hernandez's belief that music can cut through the social strata that divides us to create a deeper sense of empathy, understanding, and growth.

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Vanessa Hernandez

Podcast Host, Social Impact Entrepreneur, DJ