Today's guest is a global visionary in the realm of organizational strategy and culture, transformational leadership, global inclusion, and strategic storytelling.

He is the Chief Visionary Officer of Pneumos LLC, a management consulting and coaching firm with a global footprint. He's on a mission to reshape how organizations approach equity, diversity, and inclusion.

With a career spanning over two decades, he is an expert in fostering cultures of belonging and innovation. He co-founded the metaPrinciple™ Institute, empowering practitioners worldwide to facilitate equity work. He's also the co-creator of the groundbreaking Global Inclusion Praxis Model, driving transformative change within systems. He is a professor at IESEG in Paris and teaches storytelling and story listening.

Whether it's dialogue, LGBTQ+ inclusion, or addressing unconscious bias, he is at the forefront of driving change. He is the author of “The Souls of Queer Folk: How Understanding LGBTQ+ Culture Can Transform Your Leadership Practice.”

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Joel A. Brown!

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Join us for an insightful conversation with Dr. Joel A. Brown as he shares his unique journey from a diverse background to entrepreneurship, all while redefining leadership and inclusion.

In this episode, we discuss:

⚖️ Leadership as Transformation: Dr. Joel A. Brown defines leadership as the skill to positively transform one's environment, highlighting its capacity to create meaningful change.

⚖️ Diverse Background and Identity: Growing up in Milwaukee as a black and queer individual, Dr. Brown's experiences were influenced by the rich diversity of the city, which also made him a unique presence among various cliques and communities.

⚖️ Career Path Exploration: His journey from aspiring to be an anesthesiologist, inspired by his mom, to attending law school and eventually venturing into entrepreneurship and organizational development reflects the importance of following one's passions and creating environments where people can thrive.

⚖️ Queer Culture and Leadership: Dr. Brown's book, “The Souls of Queer Folk,” delves into the innate qualities of queer culture that align with effective leadership qualities, emphasizing the value of authenticity and diversity in leadership.

Unlock the transformative power of leadership with Dr. Joel A. Brown – because leadership isn't about fitting in, it's about standing out!


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Who is Robbie Samuels?

🟧 I'm an event design consultant and executive Zoom producer, with a passion for creating engaging and unforgettable experiences. With two decades of experience in the meetings and events industry, I have honed my skills in designing and executing events that leave a lasting impression.

🟧 I have published three books to share my expertise. Collectively they have received over 650 Amazon reviews and reached #1 Best Seller in 29 paid categories in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

“Break Out of Boredom: Low-Tech Solutions for Highly Engaging Zoom Events” has received widespread acclaim. I am thrilled to help presenters and facilitators bring energy and excitement to their virtual events, and I am constantly seeking new ways to innovate and improve.

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🟧 I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with others, and I regularly speak at industry events and offer consulting services to help organizations and speakers achieve success in their own virtual or in-person events. If you're looking for creative solutions and expert guidance for your next event, I would be honored to work with you. Let's make your event one to remember!

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I've been featured in NPR, Forbes, Fast Company, HBR, Lifehacker, and Inc. as a networking expert and expert in virtual event design.

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