Keeping ERG passion alive in the workplace, creating safe space for employees, and strategies to thrive in corporate environments with Vicki Ghaffarzardeh

In this episode, we talk to Vicki Ghaffarzardeh, a Regulatory Analyst with Valent U.S.A. With close to 10 years in ag chemical industry, she currently manages California registrations for both Valent U.S.A. and its sister company, Valent BioSciences. 

Vicki presently serves as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for VGC. She is also a founding member and current Chair of the disability and mental health Employee Resource Group, DiverseABILITY, which recently launched its inaugural mental health campaign for VGC employees.


In this episode, we cover:

  • How employee resource groups can create a safe space for employees and improve company culture
  • What Vicki has learned on the journey through integrating inclusion in the workplace and the impact it has had on her career growth
  • What employees can do to hold space for their coworkers, so everyone can feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and showing up as their authentic self
  • Strategies people can use to thrive in the workplace


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More about Thriving in Intersectionality Podcast:

Welcome to the “Thriving in Intersectionality” podcast. A podcast created to help you learn from professionals in the workplace who have multiple intersectional identities; from ethnic minorities, veterans transitioning into the workforce, individuals with disabilities, parents, and so many more. 

Hosted by Lola Adeyemo, who is the CEO of EQI Mindset and the founder of the nonprofit Immigrants in Corporate Inc, her mission is to work with organizations to build more inclusive workplaces.

This podcast was built to amplify the voices of leaders and immigrants in the corporate workplace and to give insights and guidance so people can move past their “barriers” and advance in their professional careers.

Through interviews and solo episodes, Lola will examine this global world of work. We hope that you can learn a thing or two from our guests, who have a range of experiences and stories to share. Join Lola as we meet new people who are successfully navigating the corporate space.

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