Episode Date April 27, 2021
Featured Guest Minda Harts
Featured Book "Kindred" by Octavia Butler

Episode Summary

Minda Harts reading from Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ and sharing her experiences as a black woman in the workplace.

Have you ever felt like the only one? The outsider, alienated? In the workplace, women of color like Minda Harts are no strangers to feelings of isolation. Minda is the author of ‘The Memo: What Women of Colour Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table,’ a career guide for women of color. The advice she shares in the book is what she wished someone would have told her when she was younger. Before becoming an author, she spent fifteen years in corporate America where she often experienced racial aggression from her colleagues. In this episode of 2 Pages with MBS, Minda shares her story of turning trauma into triumph, emphasizing the importance of being a good ally.

Minda reads from ‘Kindred,’ written by Octavia Butler. [reading begins at 8:05]

Michael and Minda discuss:

  • The importance of affording opportunities to women of color. [12:50]
  • How to be a good ally. [16:10]
  • “Listen, educate, activate.” [17:00]
  • “We all have the ability to speak someone else’s name in the room.” [17:48]
  • Rewriting your story and changing the narrative. [18:04]
  • “We are able to redefine what success means for us.” [19:15]
  • “In that moment, I was the handhold for myself.” [22:44]

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Minda Harts’ book | The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Octavia Butler | Kindred 

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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