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Episode 182 | April 10, 2023

Closing the Power Skill Gap

Noa Ries and Kim Havens

Founders of Kahilla

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Welcome to Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. Today, I have two amazing women joining me that are doing extraordinary work. My guests are Noa Ries and Kim Havens. They are Founders of Kahilla, which is an innovative digital platform to scale access to personal and professional development for underrepresented minorities in the corporate world. They had a vision in 2018, to transform the culture of the corporate world and see more equity in positions of senior leadership. Through their curated content and ongoing engagement, Kahilla helps members become more confident, informed, and emboldens them to make their own choices, whatever they may be. The spirit of empowerment, inclusivity, and accountability forms their core values, and every aspect of Kahilla, including their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy, and charitable commitments. Noa and Kim are going to share with us everything you need to know about Kahilla, a company built by these amazing women.

Noa shares her story of starting her career in advertising and being an entrepreneur. Kim shares her story commercial real estate development. They tell us how they met through their children and decided after a meeting over guacamole and chips to form Kahilla. They have some incredible clients they work with in Fortune 500, as well as smaller organizations in commercial real estate, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. We also hear about their memberships, as well as the new men’s program they are launching in April. Kim and Noa explain three ways they coach a woman who needs to have a difficult conversation: one-to-many, peer-to-peer, and crowdsourcing. They tell us what their biggest barriers were when they started the company just 4 years ago. They share their reason behind their recent decision to expand to minority men. Kahilla has a program for people called the Step Up Reach Down Gifting Program, and Kim gives us the details. There’s some great advice on what you can do to create a more inclusive environment in the workplace, as well as some advice for the facilitator of a meeting to make sure everyone’s included. Kahilla has individual memberships now available that are very affordable, and you get all the benefits of executive coaching, curated content, and community. We end with Noa and Kim sharing the most difficult type of conversations they’ve had and advice on how to navigate through those conversations. If you enjoyed this podcast, please hit the subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

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