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Inclusion & Diversity Podcast Series – Episode 1: Juneteenth and the context of freedom

Discussing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace is a clear benefit to employee wellbeing and the focus of our new I&D Podcast Series.

In our first episode, join host, Mina Rabideaux, Manager for Inclusion and Diversity at Avanade, as she has an entertaining and earnest conversation with the employee group, INSPIRE, about Juneteenth, its significance, and what it means from a global perspective.

Keep up with all discussions with employee groups in forthcoming episodes of the I&D Podcast Series, where we celebrate, reflect on, and encourage dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

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Host

Mina Rabideauxf Bio 

Mina Rabideaux
Manager, Inclusion and Diversity

Mina is a global strategist and innovator who is skilled at bringing big ideas to life. Currently, she is transforming the global employee network or ERG program at Avanade, home to more than 20 active groups that promote an inclusive culture and provide a platform for employees to impact change on a large scale. She directs the strategy behind our EN ecosystem, works to raise the profile of their work and provide strategic support to their leadership. After beginning her career in consulting and analytics, she recently transitioned into DEI work as it better aligns with her passions and values.

Her cultural and personal background, being a Native American, Latina, and first generation college graduate and corporate professional, shapes her perspective as an inclusive leader. She strives to be an agent of change, and is especially passionate about giving back to organisations that promote educational equity and the advancement of women of color in tech. At Avanade she is a founding member and current national lead of our Hispanic ERG, Adelante. Outside of work she enjoys mentoring and speaking to students and early career audiences about professional development. Notably, she was named the ambassador of the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation for the second year in a row, where her main goal is to encourage more Latinx students to pursue careers in tech.

Featured guest

Jasmine Blackmon Bio 

Jasmine Blackmon
Sr. Consultant, Infra Project Management

Jasmine Blackmon was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She enjoys live music, extensive travel, and reading. She joined Avanade in October 2021 as a Sr. Consultant and is currently a member of the INSPIRE community.

Eunice Kyereme Bio 

Eunice Kyereme
Infra Consultant, Modern Workplace

Eunice is interested in the intersection of technology and people as she works with the mission of digitally transforming Avanade’s clients with the power of the Microsoft ecosystem. As a leader at Avanade, she serves as the Global Communications Lead for INSPIRE, the Black Employee Resource Network where she has supported implementing Avanade's vision of having an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Chanelle Schneider Bio 

Chanelle Schneider
Digital Marketing Senior Specialist, Solutions and Industry Marketing

Chanelle Schneider is a Digital Marketing Senior Specialist, writing content for Government and Public Services and supporting Advisory services. As Creative Lead for INSPIRE, Chanelle creates marketing collateral for events led by the employee group. She has worked with small-to-medium enterprises, global technology consulting firms, consumer packaged goods companies, entrepreneurs, and education consultancies. Chanelle joined Avanade in September 2021 after 7 years at Accenture in various marketing and technology roles.

Fredrick Douglas Williams Bio 

Fredrick Douglas Williams
Sr. Analyst, UX Design

Fredrick Douglas Williams is a UX Designer within the Experience Design Talent Community, where he assists customer engagements and creates UX/creative transformation deliverables for our clients. Additionally, as the Global PR Lead for Inspire, Frederick offers creative input to advance our company culture. Before Avanade, Frederick was a Digital Marketer lead at a Telecommunications company.

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