Renita Smith is the chief programs officer at Camber Outdoors where she sets the vision for the organization’s programming and content that supports their 300 partners composed of corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Smith looks beyond individual actions to “change the fundamental systems that support and reinforce behaviors, so that the change is enduring.” Her work to develop talent pipelines looks at every stage of the career journey from a healthy, inclusive company culture to the growth opportunities once someone gets hired.
Host Denisha Jenkins chats with Smith about her work fostering diverse talent pipelines and inclusive workplaces. Some highlights:
- The importance of building an inclusive workplace as ground zero when looking at pipeline development
- How meeting the needs of marginalized people in the industry starts with deep listening and learning about what those needs are
- Upcoming resources Camber is developing to help organizations measure progress
- That systemic inequities require systemic changes, and the interconnectedness of individuals and systems
About the series
Beginning in 2019, Outside Business Journal and LifeStraw partnered to share the stories and experiences of women in the outdoors, so we can work toward a more equitable future for the industry. We’d like to welcome you to the second season of Her Voice. Episodes will be dropping regularly as our host, Denisha Jenkins, chats with a variety of women.
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Denisha “Neena” Jenkins, an avid traveler, educator and entrepreneur, is an Equity and Inclusion Consultant based in Austin, Texas. With over 13+ years of experience, she specializes in intercultural competence, community engagement and leadership development.