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EDI Launches Podcast, What Women Work

Infographic shows microphone, multiracial profiles, photo of podcast host Joy Postell. Title: What Women Work

A lively and informative podcast has people talking! What Women Want…at Work, hosted by Joy Postell, women’s employment portfolio strategist in the Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and chair of the women’s engagement committee (WEC), is a new initiative by EDI. 

Born out of the qualitative and quantitative data surrounding issues women face, WEC strategizes how to eliminate career growth barriers for women. The dialogue grew so rich with thought-provoking content, WEC shared their conversations with other women and allies.

The debut challenges how we think about issues, validate experiences and effect positive change.  The first episode aired on the EDI365 YouTube channel, “Women in IT,” was enthusiastically greeted. 

Guests included NLM director Dr. Patricia Brennan, and CIT communications director Sarah Moffat. Viewership responses ranged from “I never realized there was a connection between information technology careers and health research” to “the guests were so encouraging and knowledgeable.”

The second episode illuminated challenges like workplace microaggressions. Postell facilitates a discussion on this sensitive topic by offering tools to respond effectively to microaggressions and become an advocate for safe spaces. 

Participants included Rosalina Bray, extramural staff training officer, Clinical Electives Program; Dr. Erika Barr, director, Community College Programs & Summer Opportunities to Advance Research, Office of Intramural Training & Education; Kiana Atkins, principal strategist, Black employment portfolio, EDI; and Olive Jung, predoctoral postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award fellow at NCATS and MD-DPhil candidate in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. 

Podcast episodes can be found on EDI’s YouTube’s podcast playlist at

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