Rifelion’s “Inclusive Collective” Wins Golden Crane Podcast Award, Announces New Season

Butt was virtually present at the Golden Crane award ceremony to accept the award, saying she was “humbled and thrilled” by the win. “We share this recognition with our guests,” Butt said in an Instagram post about the award.

The art for "Inclusive Collective," featuring art of co-hosts Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley, with a banner announcing the awar
"Inclusive Collective" hosts Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley celebrated the win ahead of the launch of the fourth Season of their show.

Last Wednesday, Aug. 30, Rifelion’s “Inclusive Collective” podcast brought home a prestigious Golden Crane award. “Inclusive Collective” won best podcast in the Business/Finance category; we previously reported on the show's nomination here.

The “Inclusive Collective” podcast, co-hosted by Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley, focuses on illuminating the complexities around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the business world. The show celebrates the essence of different industries and shares 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.

Butt was virtually present at the Golden Crane award ceremony to accept the award, saying she was “humbled and thrilled” by the win. “We share this recognition with our guests,” Butt said in an Instagram post about the award. “We’ve had the fortune of having meaningful conversations on the impactful work our guests are doing in bringing fair and equitable practices to their organizations. Thank you for trusting us with your storytelling.” Butt also thanked the listeners and supporters who have been part of the journey to “Inclusive Collective’s” Golden Crane win.

The Golden Crane Podcast Awards were founded in 2020 by the non-profit Asian American Podcasters Association (AAP). According to their site, the award ceremony “honors podcasts of distinction and overall excellence. While the purpose is to recognize and increase visibility of Asian and Asian American podcasters, winning a Golden Crane also encourages underrepresented showrunners to further strengthen their voices and highlight their work.” The ceremony is the first of its kind.

AAP itself was founded the year prior by podcasters Lee Uehara and Andrew Wang. Uehara says he was inspired to found the organization in order to “carve out a space in the podcasting landscape for those who identify as Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) after realizing that no organization of this kind existed prior.” AAP aims to facilitate Asian American podcasters as they collaborate and support each other, amplifying both their voices and their podcasts.

The Golden Crane win isn’t the only exciting recent news for “Inclusive Collective.” The podcast’s fourth season will launch Sept. 12 on a podcatcher near you, and will feature new conversations with founders, DEI thought leaders, strategists and many other exciting guests. You can get a sneak peek at the upcoming season by listening to the trailer below.

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