Kai Deveraux Lawson is Producer & Co-Host at Mixed Company.
Kai uses her life-long passion for culture and 8 years of experience in advertising to tell honest stories that shed light on the need for Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. Her experience led her to launch the culturally focused platforms, Mixed Company Podcast and her blog, Mylifeofkai.com. On these platforms, she shares her first hand experiences in life, travel and career, from the perspective of a millennial woman of color.
What’s your go-to fun fact during ice breakers?
I run an annual bar crawl across all 5 boroughs of New York City.
Which moment set you the career path you’re on today?
When I was laid off. In that final conversation with the HR director and my supervisor, I was told “they” wanted to build a team around the man who was bullying me. There were a lot of things that happened leading up to it, but in THAT moment, I realized how unfair workplace environments really are, and how they weren’t conducive to the growth of young professionals who don’t have cultural context of this industry. From that day forward, I vowed to never be THAT kind of leader and to share my story.
What’s your favorite industry jargon? Least favorite?
I LOVE discussing Culture, I hate when we use Business Decision as a reason to not do something.
What’s the one thing you’d want to improve in your industry?
I want the industry to reconnect with their human side. In order to be our most creative and savvy, we need to understand nuance and context of people and their communities. That’s how we build relationships, trust and loyalty with our customers.
Who’s your career crush?
If the story of your career was a book, what would the title be?
How I Kept It True to the Game for Flyy Girls who Didn’t Want No Scrubs in The 99s & 00s.