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Melinda Epler

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Innovator, CEO of Change Catalyst, technology expert for diversity and inclusion

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Speaker Melinda Epler is an entrepreneur and tech expert counseling companies on how to become technologically advanced and literate for overall company expansion. Melinda focuses on how innovation, creativity, and mentorship for your businesses, regardless of the expertise, creates an immense amount of growth. She is the go-to speaker for organizations because she creates conversations on allyship in the workplace; Melinda's keynotes will take your organization to new heights of innovation and collaboration.

Why you should book speaker Melinda Epler

  • She is an influential innovator. Speaker Melinda Epler has over 25 years of experience developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.
  • She is a well-rounded inclusive speaker. Melinda isn’t just an inclusive technology expert; she also leads conversations about sustaining a healthy work environment and the steps to succeed.
  • She focuses on allyship. Melinda opens conversations about how companies can liberate and expand themselves through allyship in the workplace. In her strategic keynotes, she demonstrates the how-tos.

Melinda is the CEO of Change Catalyst; Melinda currently works with the tech industry to solve diversity and inclusion. Using her storytelling background and large-scale culture change, she is a strategic advisor for companies, innovation hubs, and governments worldwide. Melinda co-leads a series of global solutions-focused conferences called Tech Inclusion, where she has partnered with over 450 tech companies and community organizations. She has hosted over 50 solutions-focused diversity and inclusion events around the world.

Previously, speaker Melinda Epler was a Marketing and Culture Executive and award-winning documentary filmmaker – her film and television work includes projects that exposed the AIDS crisis in South Africa, explored women’s rights in Turkey, and prepared communities for the effects of climate change. She has worked on several television shows, including NBC’s The West Wing.

Melinda is also a startup Advisor and TED speaker. She mentors, speaks, and writes about diversity and inclusion in tech, allyship, social entrepreneurship, underrepresented entrepreneurs, and investing. She is the host of the “Leading with Empathy and Allyship” podcast and has spoken on hundreds of stages around the world, including SXSW, Grace Hopper, Wisdom 2.0, the World Bank, Obama White House, Clinton Foundation, Black Enterprise, Google, Indeed, Capital One and McKinsey.

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Leading with Empathy & Allyship

A roadmap for all of us to lead with empathy and become better allies for each other. Based on Melinda’s popular TED talk, this keynote provides actionable steps anyone can take to be a better ally and advocate for underrepresented people in the workplace.

Audience takeaways:

  • Learn ways to avoid unintentionally offending or harming people, identify key biases and microaggressions and their effects, develop a deeper understanding of how to lead with empathy.
  • Discover everal examples of allyship and advocacy, and come away with some tangible, actionable steps they can take to be a better ally and advocate for underrepresented people in the workplace. For people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, ages, disabilities, and other identities.
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Activating Allies

Created for employee resource groups, Diversity and Inclusion Advocates, executives, managers and other internal advocates to learn how to build more allies and advocates across the organization. This is a highly interactive keynote where attendees (individuals and teams) work through a roadmap for building allies.

Audience takeaways:

  • We walk through the Stages of Allyship, so that leaders can identify where individuals might be on their allyship journey.
  • Discussions of ideal programs or interventions that are appropriate at each stage of allyship. We also spend a bit of time discussing organizational and behavior change principles, so leaders are equipped with a foundation for understanding of how organizational change happens.

At the end of this session, leaders have a rough roadmap for cultivating allies across their team, organization or group, with tangible next steps clearly outlined.

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

At one time or another, most people experience Impostor Syndrome, that feeling that you are a fraud, where you doubt your expertise and accomplishments that qualify you to be where you are. Unfortunately, people who are underrepresented experience this more often, due to being “the only,” facing multiple barriers and biases, experiencing microaggressions and trauma, taxed with stereotype threat or tokenism, and more.

Audience takeaways:

  • In this keynote we recognize some of the reasons for impostor syndrome, and the actively work to disrupt it in ourselves.
  • We’ll investigate several tools for disruption, including embodied presence and authenticity, personal storytelling, resilience and courage, and building true support structures.

By the end of this session, participants will have worked through some of their own impostor syndrome and have a set of new tools they can use when impostor syndrome arises in the future.

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