This episode of “The Dr. Dionne Show” features a vibrant discussion about the unique skills and values that veterans and athletes have in common that make them “low risk hires” and invaluable workplace pillars. Panelists include Lex Brown, a former athlete and veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom turned entrepreneur; Sam Douglas, a former standout basketball player turned corporate executive and basketball coach; and Sean Rainey, who is a boys basketball coach, former athlete, and retired police detective with the New York City Police Department. Learn why “bias” is not necessarily a bad thing when deciding to hire a veteran or athlete, especially when filling a leadership position.
Sean Rainey & Sam Douglas/Just Skills of Atlanta
The mission at Just Skills of Atlanta is to develop youth to their best potential for both on and off the court, and to prepare them with the skills and mindset of better basketball players. Just Skills is more than letting participants play. They are about skill development. They have a five-fold set of objectives that they set to meet with every participant that is associated with the organization: Conditioning, Instruction, Practice, Mindset, and Life Lessons. Last but not least, they encourage all to enjoy the game!
Lex Brown/Solutions By Lex
Solutions By Lex provides word-class writing and consulting services in the following areas of expertise: career enhancement, business development, organizational change, process improvement, startups, technology, military veteran issues, and project management.
HOST: Dr. Dionne Wright Poulton
Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC, an HR and leadership consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, Poulton Consulting Group has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the U.S. and Canada including many in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry; K-12 schools and higher education; and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.
Dr. Wright Poulton is author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, TX where she was a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.
In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “a woman to watch.” She has presented social commentary in print media in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, as well as on numerous radio shows including CBS Radio stations in Atlanta, GA and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. “The Dr Dionne Show” debuted in 2016 on Business RadioX with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership, and behavior in the workplace and beyond.
Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Snellville, GA.
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