Welcome to the 99th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast, and I don’t know about you, but often, I find in life that there are people who reach out to us in an unexpected way. They are vehicles in uplifting impact, their own and that of others. We’ve never heard of them previously, and they might be on the other side of the world. They’ve not been in our sphere of consciousness, but we build a true connection with them.
This is what happened when Deanna Singh, founder of Flying Elephant enterprise, reached out to me and invited me to be a guest on her podcast. We spoke and as they say the rest was history.
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About my guest Deanna Singh
Deanna Singh is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, and champion for marginalized communities. As the Founder/Chief Change Agent of Flying Elephant, Deanna consults with individuals and companies that are looking to make a positive difference in the world. She is known for giving clients the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change.
A social entrepreneur at her core, Deanna is always at the forefront of social change. She has established and operated multiple social innovations, including but not limited to the NYC office of LIFT which helps people find a way out of poverty for good, and Milwaukee’s Street Law Program, an interactive legal program that has taught over a thousand Milwaukee students basic legal knowledge.
Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also the author of three children’s books, I am a Boy of Color, I am a Girl of Color, Cloth Crown, a forthcoming Girl’s Guide with American Girl, and a business book, Purposeful Hustle.
In today’s show on Uplifting Impact
- What got Deanna into social action, social activism, and having a social enterprise mindset around her business. [02:42]
- How and why she created the Flying Elephant group. [03:58]
- What the term “uplifting impact” means and how it links to true allyship. [07:39]
- How her cultural background has influenced her leadership style [11:38]
- Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [19:03]
Quotes on Uplifting Impact
- One of the big things that I appreciate about both my Indian and African America cultures is this sense of joy.
- It’s important as people that we take the time to make sure that we see other people.
- One of the most important things that I do for my own mental health is that I always schedule really significant cuddling time.
- We have to give people the ability to have that platform to be able to have these conversations.
- I think in so many ways, that every component of my leadership style has been influenced by both of my cultures.
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