Brené with Aiko Bethea on
Inclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard Conversations
In this episode, I talk to friend, colleague and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert, Aiko Bethea. We discuss empathy, accountability, and the power of listening and believing (including a very real role play). We also dissect the differences between transactional leadership and transformational leadership, and why courage is a prerequisite to lasting, meaningful change.
Aiko Bethea is a leader, builder, and connector. She successfully navigated leadership roles in government, philanthropic and corporate sectors, and in each sector, she created and served in inaugural roles to meet growing organizational needs and visions for evolving. Aiko is principal and founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, a consulting practice focused on coaching leaders and organizations to remove barriers to inclusion.
Aiko also co-leads the Daring Way and the Dare to Lead communities of Brené Brown Education and Research Group, serving as Sr. Co-Director. She partners to oversee development and implementation of the overall strategy for the facilitator communities, as well as the specific diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy and oversite of the global 1000+ member facilitator community.
Prior to this, Aiko served as Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Fred Hutch Research Center. And for over seven years, Aiko was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she served as a Deputy Director. Aiko has served on several boards and provided pro bono support for nonprofit Boards, and she is deeply engaged in community building.
Aiko earned her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the Hudson Institute of Coaching at Santa Barbara and is an ICF professional certified coach. Aiko is a Certified Diversity Professional and is licensed to practice law in Georgia. She is highly sought after as an executive coach and consultant.
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