Inclusive Leadership, Compassion Fatigue, and the Importance of Self-Care with Jennifer Brown

It is tough to do the work that confronts the patriarchy that our world has been built upon. Jennifer Brown has seen this again and again while working to create inclusive workplaces and working with the leaders to transform these spaces so they work for more than just the men they were built for. When we spoke, she had so many great points about the importance of self-care for those of us who pushing for diversity. I think you will really benefit from hearing her perspective about her work and the world.

In this conversation, we speak about:

  • the ways in which our workplace structures take a toll on outsiders

  • the inclusive leader continuum – what it means to be ‘other focused,’ the lens that requires, and how to build that skill

  • what compassion fatigue is and why self-care is so important for empaths

  • how to sustain yourself while working towards change

  • how to surround yourself with and activate your allies

  • the importance of perspective on your personal toughest days

  • the difficulties and triumphs she’s experienced working within patriarchal workplace structures

  • how our trauma keeps us from stepping in to do the difficult work of shifting structures, but why we should try anyway

  • the importance of starting this work wherever you are, no matter how uncomfortable it is

  • the importance of feedback and graciousness (even when triggered) to grow as leaders in our changing world


Jennifer Brown is a leading diversity and inclusion expert, dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and host of The Will To Change podcast, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion. As the founder, president, and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Jennifer’s workplace strategies have been employed by some of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits—including Walmart, Microsoft, Starbucks, Toyota Financial Services, T-Mobile, and many others— to help employees bring their full selves to work and feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Get Jennifer’s special gift for you:

In her new book, How to be an Inclusive Leader, diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone is welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. It guides readers through the Inclusive Leader Continuum – a four step journey that codifies developmental stages (unaware, aware, active, and advocate) for all leaders who want to take on the task of creating an inclusive space.

Click here to download the first chapter for FREE and to take the Inclusive Leader Self-Assessment, an online tool created by Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC) to help with your personal leadership development.

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Dr. Valerie Rein is a psychologist, women’s mental health expert, and business consultant who helps people achieve the best ROI by achieving the best mental health—without therapy. Dr. Valerie specializes in uncovering the hidden traumas that hold hostage people’s best work, relationships, and well-being, and effectively heals them with a powerful mind-body methodology. She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Valerie is an author of Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment and a sought-after speaker at conferences and companies committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership development, and unlocking people’s potential.

Would you like to have Dr. Valerie speak to your audience? She can share with them:

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  • What secretly drains 90% of your energy and productivity and how to reclaim them.

  • The missing piece to the upper limit problem and a solution that ends your big leap struggle.

  • Why fighting against your inner critic, self-doubt, and anxiety backfires and how to turn your inner adversaries into your strongest allies.

  • The biggest untapped resource of a woman’s personal power, why it is locked up, and how to set it free. PS It is also an instant antidote to stress and burnout.

And so much more…

The book is coming! Download a free chapter today.

Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Inner Barrier to Women’s Happiness and Fulfillment will be available in a few weeks! Stay tuned. In the meanwhile, whet your appetite with a delicious free chapter.

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