Your workplace is a giant learning laboratory, where we can study human behavior and changes over time. And that’s exactly what this week’s guest, Dr. Tiffany Jana, or Doc Jana, has been doing over the last 25 years.
Doc Jana does JEDI work with organizations, though not the kind you might be thinking of. JEDI is justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and according to Doc Jana, most people didn’t know what this work even was a handful of years ago.
Today, it seems like everyone is talking about diversity work, and they should. But too many leaders and organizations are confused about what it should look like. Performative diversity hiring isn’t fair for anyone, and leaders who don’t recognize their own biases (which we all have) are part of the problem.
What’s the solution? Doing the work. And this is just part of my conversation with Doc Jana. We can’t keep “checking the boxes;” we need to be clear about who we’re serving and how we can best do that by creating benchmarks that make sense, then following through with them.
There’s always something to learn when it comes to diversity and the evolution of business. And this episode is no exception.
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About Doc Jana:
Dr. Tiffany Jana (they/them/hers) is the founder and CEO of TMI’s Portfolio companies, now celebrating 19 years championing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Doc Jana spearheaded the TMI Consulting Inc.’s transition into the world’s first Certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp) with a diversity accountability focus. Doc Jana was awarded the B Corp community’s highest honor, the Tal Haussig Award, for blazing a path towards JEDI values in action.
As the Founder of TMI’s Portfolio of companies, Doc Jana helps position the enterprise and our teams to best serve our myriad, complex client engagements. Doc Jana’s vision is to redefine the future of inclusion; to manifest equity by creating an accountable, loving embrace of people and culture that includes an emphasis on liberation through joy. The workplace can and should be a welcoming, safe, and healthy environment where employees can thrive and grow.
Doc Jana has been featured in numerous publications and media including Fast Company, NY Times, and Forbes for their work on diversity, equity, empowerment, and inclusion.
They’ve done a TEDx on privilege and were named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc.com.