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Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Khaleel Seecharan


Dr. Khaleel Seecharan talks with Scott about the difficulty many leaders have speaking about race and gender equality and inequality. DEI officers have work to do to help their leadership feel comfortable.

Quotes From This Episode

“People who lead diversity, equity, or inclusion offices can help their leadership feel comfortable with what’s going on and help design a strategy.”

“I’m a first-generation immigrant. I came to the United States as a child and grew up in the United States. And I talk a lot about hyphen identities…you make your own space, which is your hyphen, and then you have people meet you at your hyphen and stop trying to meet them in these categories your put in. So I find that to be a really interesting facet of myself that I’ve embraced.”

About Dr. Khaleel Seecharan

Dr. Khaleel Seecharan is co-founder and managing partner at DEI Ready, an organizational consulting firm offering an evidence-based and data-driven approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. His twenty-year career in higher education has involved leading and advising effective executive operations and integrated strategic planning and delivery. Among his notable achievements: helping launch a new medical school, helping launch a joint Harvard-Brigham public health research center, and overseeing the planning and development of an institutional strategic plan.

Khaleel earned a doctorate in higher education management with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s of public administration from Harvard University in addition to two degrees from Florida International University.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.