WHITE with Sara Blanchard and Misasha Graham: Hosts of Dear White Women

How do we stay open in the midst of uncomfortable conversations? That’s exactly what my conversation with Sara Blanchard and Misasha Graham explores. As hosts of their own podcast, Dear White Women, they’re used to exploring the ins and outs of race and social justice. We explore moving beyond the WHITE dominant narrative and what that looks like in our daily lives. This episode covers: 

  • Staying open in uncomfortable conversations
  • How to avoid defensiveness (invitation/provocation is key)
  • Calling out casual racism
  • Being ok making mistakes + the power of “sorry”
  • Acknowledging the power we have to create change in our immediate circle

Sara Blanchard helps communities build connections through conscious conversations, which she does as a podcaster, facilitator, TEDx speaker, writer, and consultant. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and having helped to teach positive psychology at Harvard, Sara speaks the language of traditional accomplishment, but for over 10 years, Sara has also pursued the science and techniques of well-being as a life coach, mother, and author of Flex Mom. In addition to emceeing events like the World Happiness Summit and facilitating meaningful panel discussions about race, Sara co-founded and co-hosts, with Misasha, award-winning Dear White Women, a social justice podcast that highlights the humanity in the history, race, and happiness of the United States.

Misasha Graham has spent her life attempting to bridge gaps, both professionally and personally, and foster understanding among groups of people. Misasha is an accomplished attorney, specializing in intellectual property law and cross-border work with Asia, with over ten years spent at several international law firms honing these skills. She is currently a Special Counsel at a Bay Area law firm, having stepped away from BigLaw to focus more on being present at home. Misasha is also passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion in the practice of law as well as in her communities. Besides having ten years’ experience as a barre and Megaformer fitness instructor, she is the proud mom of two very active young boys.

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