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A Seat at the Table


A Seat at the Table is a podcast from the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance. It offers a unique view of Cultural Intelligence and its importance to the workplace. With a goal of understanding the cultural differences and the uniqueness within multicultural communities, each episode takes the listener through first-hand experiences with topics such as:

  • Anti-Racism Behavior for Business
  • An Industry Call to Action for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Black Leadership Perspectives

Each episode ends with practical, actionable advice on how you can communicate effectively with people from multicultural backgrounds.

A Seat at the Table is hosted by Gerald “Gerry” A. Fernandez, the founder and President of the MFHA, an educational non-profit organization that makes the business case for developing cultural intelligence in the workplace. Gerry has been recognized for his decades of work in educating and advocating for the business benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion in the foodservice & hospitality industry. Gerry was honored in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2018 Power List among “the definitive list of industry leaders who are not only setting trends today but also shaping them for tomorrow.”

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Summary:

People with multicultural backgrounds make up the majority of the food service industry, yet few have a voice in the boardroom. A Seat at the Table is a podcast dedicated to highlighting the importance of cultural intelligence in the workplace.

Every episode, we’ll dive into topics such as anti-racism behaviors for businesses, why diversity and inclusion matters, and Black leadership perspectives. A Seat at the Table always ends with practical, actionable advice on how you can communicate effectively with people from multicultural backgrounds.

An inclusive business is a profitable business so join us and take your seat at the table.

 

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Cultural Intelligence And Why We Need To Understand It


Speaker:

Dr. Sandra Upton

Summary:

Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, is the capability to function in multicultural situations. People with high CQ are effective leaders, good decision makers, and have a high degree of creativity. It takes commitment, training, and dedication to acquire this skill – not just one class on unconscious bias. Dr. Sandra Upton is the VP of Educational Initiatives at the Cultural Intelligence Center and joins us on A Seat at the Table to discuss CQ and how it can help your business’ bottom line. Listen for her insights on training, policy, and hiring.

 

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The views expressed in this podcast are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, National Restaurant Association, and its affiliates. The Association does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or suitability of any information offered, and the listener is encouraged to do their own research, and where appropriate, obtain the advice or guidance of legal counsel or the input of other experts with respect to their practices and/or applicable laws.