"Inclusive Collective" Guest Shahzia Noorally Talks Intersectional Equity and Canada’s "Polite" Racism

In this week's episode, Noorally shares how her dual identities as a Pakistani Canadian and a Muslim woman have informed her career choices and approach to her work around DEI.

"Inclusive Collective" Guest Shahzia Noorally Talks Intersectional Equity and Canada’s "Polite" Racism

The “Inclusive Collective” podcast, co-hosted by Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley, illuminates the complexities around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the business world. Each week, Butt and Hadley welcome a different guest to the show to explore and celebrate the guest’s industry of expertise, sharing perspectives from those who advocate for change. Invited guests include leaders, teams and experts in various industries who share the ways they strive to implement inclusive workplaces, whether within the business world or everyday interpersonal interactions.

In this week’s episode, Butt and Hadley welcome Shahzia Noorally, an equity, inclusion and justice practitioner and the host of the podcast “The Equity Gap.” Noorally shares how her dual identities as a Pakistani Canadian and a Muslim woman have informed her career choices and approach to her work around DEI, and about her work with Accelerate Her Future and the United Nations Global Compact Network, which focuses on intersectional gender equity. Together, Noorally and the hosts also discuss Canada's polite racism and how leaders can acknowledge emotions and manage conflict this year, as well as the power of group career mentorship.

The conversation also delves into current societal issues, such as the Israel-Palestine conflict and its resonance in workplace dynamics, the importance of open dialogue and acknowledging individual experiences within the corporate space, and removing biases in DEI initiatives. Noorally urges leaders to ensure a consistent approach in dealing with emerging societal issues, emphasizing empathy and understanding.

Later, the hosts discuss a report on a lack of gender representation in the music industry and a groundbreaking exposé of slave labor in the U.S. prison system. They also check in on Tesla's de-emphasizing of underrepresented workers in their latest shareholder report and on diversity statements used in hiring faculty at universities.

The latest episode of “Inclusive Collective” — titled “Gender Representation in Music, Prison Slave Labor, and Host of the Equity Gap Podcast Shahzia Noorally” — is available now. Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.

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