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Co-Conspirators at Work

Inspired by her long career as a scholar, teacher and champion for diversity, equity and inclusion, Tuck Professor Ella Bell Smith is in conversation with the most fascinating thinkers and problem solvers that she knows on a wide range of topics, all centered on a single mission: How do we make our workplaces truly inclusive? Ella and her guests have real talk about what’s holding us back, always with a focus on practical, research-backed solutions that help everyone thrive at work. 

Episode 2: The “Multilingual” Leader, with Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

In this episode, we discuss how to lead diverse organizations with the mindset of a co-conspirator. Ella is joined by her friend Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the first woman to lead the two-million-member organization. Ella and Mary Kay go deep into Mary Kay’s unique leadership journey, and how important it is to be a “multilingual” leader.

Mary Kay Henry is the International President of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and her leadership is rooted in a deep-seated belief that when Black, brown, Asian Pacific Islander, and white working people join together we can make the impossible possible. Under her leadership, SEIU members have won major victories to improve the jobs of healthcare, property services, and public sector workers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Henry’s decision to back the courageous fast-food workers and other service and care workers in the historic “Fight for $15 and a Union” movement has helped 24 million working Americans win wage increases. 

In 2010, Mary Kay Henry became the first woman elected to lead SEIU. Since then, Fast Company magazine named her one of the 100 most creative leaders in the economy, Politico magazine named her one of the top 50 visionaries reshaping American politics, and in 2019 the governor of California tapped her to co-chair the state’s Future of Work Commission.

Henry believes that to build an inclusive, sustainable economy we need to empower all working people to join together in Unions for All to negotiate for family-sustaining jobs. Together, SEIU members are using our strength in numbers to fight for access to affordable, quality healthcare for all, a fair immigration process for new Americans and Canadians, and safety and justice for all families, no matter what our color or where we come from.

Epidsode 1: We Start with History, with Professor Matthew Delmont

In this episode, we meet the inimitable Ella Bell and learn a bit about her life’s work studying organizations and why she believes we need more co-conspirators at work so that everyone can thrive. She is joined by her friend and Dartmouth colleague Matthew Delmont, author of the groundbreaking new book Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad. An expert on African-American history and the history of Civil Rights, Matt is the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of International Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth. Ella and Matt have a wide-ranging conversation about why knowing history matters, especially in the times we are living.

Professor Matthew Delmont

Matthew F. Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African American history and the history of civil rights, he is the author of Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad (Viking, 2022). He is also the author of four previous books: Black Quotidian, Why Busing Failed, Making Roots, and The Nicest Kids in Town. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and several academic journals, and on NPR. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Delmont earned his BA from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from Brown Universtity.