About

The status-quo when it comes to work, power, creativity, and inclusive relationships are crusty and broken, but the silver-lining of seeing the flaws in our systems is that we have the power and opportunity to build something exciting and new. Sway Them in Color explores acts of personal and professional courage and the leadership lessons gained from unconventional leaders who have gone against the status-quo to share new ideas and creations. From sex educators, tech entrepreneurs and performers, to spiritual advisors and corporate executives, each episode provides hilarious and enlightening universal lessons on some of the deeper questions of life and the leadership lessons anyone from any background can relate to and learn from. Created and hosted by Christina Blacken, Founder and Chief Narrative Strategist of TheNewQuo.com, a leadership and equity consultancy helping leaders use behavioral science based narrative strategies to disrupt bias, build better relationships, and communicate new ideas with deeper connection and influence to achieve status-quo breaking equity goals.

  • Transitioning Gender and Radical Self-Acceptance
    In this episode me and my guest Aurora Higgs have such a rich conversation that beginning with Aurora’s experiences and insights as a transgender individual, activist, and performer. Aurora is an activist and advocate, appointed to Virginia's...
  • Caring for Yourself When Caregiving for Those You Love
    his episode is all about loss. Trigger warning we talk about death, covid, and overcoming with my guest Ada Chen, who is the founder of Chuan’s Promise, a sustainable natural skincare line. Her mission is to make the world a better place...
  • The Courage to Work With Family
    In this episode my guest Nike Anani and I speak about her journey of leaving a cushy corporate job in London to move back to Lagos, Nigeria to work in her family business. Nike is an international award-winning entrepreneur, succession...
  • Dear White People
    In this episode my guests Misasha Suzuki Graham and Sara Blanchard are founders of an amazing podcast titled Dear White Women. Misasha is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, a practicing litigator for over 15 years, who is...
  • Finding your authentic self
    In this episode we explore authenticity in all its varieties and understandings. Sherri is a leader, Speaker, and Author who lives to help others see their own authentic gifts and then teach them to use it to level up their lives and their businesses....
  • You're More Powerful Than You Think
    In this episode we explore when my guest Janet Alexandersson created 40 frameworks on topics like justice, conflict, power, which she thought would take years but was able to achieve this goal in just created in 4 months. She holds a master of laws...
  • Changing our relationship to religion
    In this episode my guest is Umbreen Bhatti who decided to stop wearing a hijab after it was a central part of her identity for a significant portion of her life. We discuss this journey and process of reframing her commitment to faith in her personal...
  • Redefining the crusty definitions of success that don’t work
    In this episode my guest is Julissa Contreras, and after being laid off from WeWork in May 2020 she decided to file a police report about a sexual assault experience she had unconsciously buried in an attempt to stay focused on her career. This...
  • How to become a chief evangelist officer for your ideas
    In this episode we explore when my guest Nancy Soni sought out a hypnotherapist to help her reprogram deep-seated beliefs from childhood that created mental blocks to building her professional brand. Nancy is the CEO/Co-Founder of PathMatch, the first...
  • Creating safe relationships in an unsafe culture
    In this episode we explore my guest Monisha Bajaj’s experiences with running relationship and sexual violence prevention programs that go against some of conservative cultural norms in Thailand where her organization is based. If you’ve wanted to...
  • Overcoming Burnout with Spiritual Psychology
    In this episode we explore when my guest quit her full-time job after suffering from severe burnout. Not only did she quit she also then did went against the grain of how she was raised to study spiritual psychology. Trish Boes is a leadership coach...
  • Courage in the face of sexual harassment
    In this episode we explore when my guest Deepali Vyas experienced sexual harassment while working for a recruiting firm in her early career and when she left the firm and started her own business, her former company sued her for a non-compete. If...
  • When your white colleague uses the N word
    In this episode we explore when my guest while working in architecture and urban planning, wrestled with the perception of being a black woman with an attitude, navigated the protection of white fragility, and ultimately was faced with the most...
  • Walking Away From 2 million Dollars
    My guest on the Sway Them in Color Podcast today exemplifies walking the talk, as we explore when he took an act of courage by walking away from a 2 million dollars venture capital offer because it wasn't in alignment with his values. Davion Ziere,...
  • What Failure Teaches Us
    In this episode of Sway Them in Color I speak with my homie Ron Johnson. Ron Johnson is a curator of entrepreneurial experiences. His business empowers individuals to prepare for success through uncertainty by investing in themselves and generating...
  • What I Love About Being Black
    Sway Them In Color - Episode 22
  • Building What You Can't See
    Sway Them in Color Episode 20
  • Why We Need Values Driven Business
    Sway Them In Color
  • Why Symphony is a Better Term Than Diversity for Creating a Better World
    Sway Them In Color Episode 19
  • Being Your Authentic Self is a Courageous Act of Rebellion
    Sway Them In Color Episode 18