Growing with Purpose Podcast: "From the Block to the Boardroom" with Khalilah "KO" Olokunola
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On this episode of the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Khalilah Olokunola, Chief People Officer at Tru Colors, a for-profit start up brewery owned & operated by active gang members with a social mission to unify and decrease gang violence across the country.
Driven by her past experiences and her innate servant leadership, KO has forged an impressive career path and today, she is Chief People Officer for TRU Colors Brewing, where she is the force that shapes its company culture and works tirelessly to cultivate both personal and professional growth for their team members.
In this conversation, hear how KO uses an in-depth, eight-week onboarding program to train cohorts of gang members and second-chance hires in the life, social, business and beer skills they'll need to be successful. Plus, Paul and KO discuss the importance of beliefs in leadership development and how we can challenge others — and ourselves — to build more just, equitable and inclusive communities.
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Tune in to KO's story here or listen below.
[2:08] Hiring 100 Gang Members & Second-Chance Hires
[6:05] How to Transition from the Block to the Boardroom
[9:57] The Healing Power of a Holistic HR Approach
[13:08] Challenging Beliefs About Ourselves and Others
[32:20] When it Comes to Inclusion, Silence Is Still a Conversation