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Julie Sowash and Torin Ellis are serious about destroying the lame, losing and punitive Diversity and Inclusion narrative. A weekly podcast of talking truth, exploring the uncomfortable, and often ignored. Chasing solution and never hiding from behind lip service. They won’t always get it right, but they will always bring it real. Grab a latte and rock with Crazy and the King - ya heard! #crazyandtheking More on Torin and Julie: Julie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis

Latest Episodes

Not Impressed: Progress Implodes - Companies Shrug

EJulie and Torin get deep on the impact of the COVID-19 impact on women, especially single moms and women of color. The impact is unfathomable. The fix should be coming from the companies we work for every day. We can fix this. We just have to choose to do so. Keep pushing! We cannot be idle. Welcome Gusto! Julie and Torin welcome our first pod sponsor: Gusto! Get three months free exclusively for Crazy and the King listeners. Visit www.gusto.com/catk We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Red Thread Research https://redthreadresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/RedThreadResearch_Leveling-the-Field_infographic_FINAL.pdf McKinsey Report: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/covid-19-and-gender-equality-countering-the-regressive-effects# Goldman Sachs: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/economy/schools-reopening-economy-jobs/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3Wsn9WmM5b9x-OZDOhGWBFz9bE1ViMe8PbWxCblnswuLCkspeoxK0Tk14 Fortune: https://fortune.com/2020/08/03/covid-19-working-moms-gender-equality-backslide/?fbclid=IwAR0U2_DvO1XO7-zZsRMA-5MyBCjfagy6d8aY3R5hkCDugy76_Iaypm1QM08 Name Drops: DIRC20: Wanna a free ticket to the DIRC - Listen to the podcast to learn how! https://www.dirc.info/home. Julie's beautiful college bound daughters. Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image byedsavi30fromPixabay

48 MIN1 d ago
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Not Impressed: Progress Implodes - Companies Shrug

TX Bar Fail, Nike Reboot, and the ADA Turns 30

ETorin and Julie wonder why BLM is a political statement instead of a statement of our humanity. Shame on TX Bar President. Apologize not accepted! Nike reboots internal diversity with a new Diversity Leader. Congrats Kelly Leonard! Just Do It. Then we celebrate the ADA, some awesome news from Google on search, and a reminder of how far we have to go. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TX Bar: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Meeting_Agendas_and_Minutes&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=50837 Nike Diversity Reboot: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-28/nike-s-first-diversity-chief-steps-...

40 MIN1 w ago
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TX Bar Fail, Nike Reboot, and the ADA Turns 30

Mediocre White Dudes.

EJulie and Torin take a some time to catch up on some news and update some of our more recent stories. Unwoke.HR - Apparently, an actual job board with actual people working to undo all of the progress we have made to create greater equity. Still waiting on the cowardly lions behind the site to come out and give Crazy and the King an interview. Don't hold your breath. Then, Tucker Carlson's Vacation, Facebook's Diversity, Ubisoft....and the end of extended unemployment. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: UnWoke.HR: vice.com/en_us/article/n7wdyx/unwoke-hr-job-listing-platform-hacked?fbclid=IwAR20dw5lqEb3hgGu_KWyXFUt0Fqb2w...

43 MIN2 w ago
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Mediocre White Dudes.

Unwoke.HR and Tucker's Dirty Little Secret

EJulie and Torin take a lighter note exploring racism disguised as white fragility. Unwoke.HR - Best troll ever, honeypot, or worst niche job board in the history of job boards? Only time will tell, but if the folks hiding behind the white curtain would come out and chat they could let us know. Doubtful, we know. Next, Tucker Carlson fires head writer for writing anonymously exactly what he would write for the Tucker's opening monologue. We don't need you to tell us who you are, we already know. A special thank you from the Hickson family for your support and encouragement after last week's episode TRIGGER WARNING and our bonus episode with a 1x1 interview with Melissa. A lot of you have reached out asking how to support the family. Here is a link to the go fund me below. We will keep you up to date on the progress of this incredibly important story. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/...

36 MIN3 w ago
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Unwoke.HR and Tucker's Dirty Little Secret

BONUS EPISODE: Melissa Hickson, Champion and Wife of Michael Hickson.

BONUS EPISODE: After hearing the story of Michael Hickson on TRIGGER WARNING, our latest episode, we are releasing the full interview with Michael's wife and champion, Melissa Hickson. Melissa cared for her husband and five children after his disabling episode, but as a strong Black woman, we see the reaction of the medical professionals, guardians, and media as she advocates for Michael. She experiences tremendous loss and is then victimized again by those who should have been supporting her. Not only did Michael Hickson deserve better, but Melissa Hickson deserved better, too. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TRIGGER WARNING: https://link.chtbl.com/MichaelHickson Hickson Family GoFundMe:https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson...

31 MIN3 w ago
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BONUS EPISODE: Melissa Hickson, Champion and Wife of Michael Hickson.

Trigger Warning: Michael Hickson

EJulie and Torin are mad as Hell. Why? Michael Hickson, a Black Disabled father of five dies after being refused treatmentfor coronavirus at St. David's in Austin, TX. This is a MUST LISTEN story about the effects of ableism and racism in our healthcare system. Joined by the wife of Michael Hickson and members of ADAPT of Texas we take a deep dive into the death of Michael Hickson. Who decides the quality of YOUR life? https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Hickson Family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund YouTube Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq-_gtjnzZg ADAPT of TX: http://adaptoftexas.org/ Statement from St. David's: https://stdavids.com/about/newsroom/statement-on-the-death-of-michael-hickso...

65 MINJUL 10
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Trigger Warning: Michael Hickson

Damned If You Do? Damned If You Don't?

EThis week, Torin and Julie explore recent reviews of the "kafkatrap" of Robin DeAngelo's White Fragility and Carmel, Indiana'sRev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church calling Black Lives Matter organizers "maggots and parasites."White Suburban Women in Indiana, it is time to soldier up or shut up. A brief mention of Adidas' literal and figurative "Karen" and a set up for next week's show where we take a deep dive into the murder of Michael Hickson of Austin, Texas.Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Dr. Yazeed:https://thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/white-people-stop-reading-white-fragility/ Logical Liberal:https://thelogicalliberal.com/2020/06/13/white-fragility/ Rothrock:https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/carmel/2020/06/30/ca...

34 MINJUL 3
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Damned If You Do? Damned If You Don't?

Goldman Sachs Diversity & Trump's H1B Visa Freeze

EThis week, Julie and Torin talk Goldman Sachs diversity play - Torin is optimistic, Julie is skeptical, but either way how can D/I experts leverage this new player to create change? Also, this week, the Trump Administration puts a "temporary" halt on H1B (and others) visas...How can companies build a sustainable pipeline of talent for the long-term and increase diversity. It is time to stop thinking short term, people!Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: Goldman Sachs:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/goldman-sachs-strategist-if-we-dont-address-systematic-racism-economy-and-markets-will-get-bad-163521848.html Visa:https://fortune.com/2020/06/23/trump-h1b-visa-executive-order-india/ Resources: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-to-end-the-effective-use-of-diversity-equity-and-inc...

32 MINJUN 26
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Goldman Sachs Diversity & Trump's H1B Visa Freeze

Juneteenth and LGBTQ HISTORY

EThis week, Torin and Julie celebrate living during a historical, game changing moment in LGBTQ civil rights. We also realize Julie's university education in history could use an upgrade. #BLM #Juneteenth #WhiteWashedHistory Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-lgbtq-rights-movement-wins-its-biggest-supreme-court-victory https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article243578507.html Resources: https://www.hellajuneteenth.com/Cred:Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image byyogesh morefromPixabay

38 MINJUN 18
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Juneteenth and LGBTQ HISTORY

Managing Accommodations: Sheryl Ellis Interview

EIn our lastest episode, Torin and Julie welcomes Sheryl Ellis, author of Making It Work: Managing your Health Condition through Workplace ADA Accommodation.PREPARE YOURSELF FOR CRAZY AND THE KING!!!Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Work-Condition-Workplace-Accommodations/dp/1733503005Cred:Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image:Sheryl Ellis

34 MINJUN 15
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Managing Accommodations: Sheryl Ellis Interview

Latest Episodes

Not Impressed: Progress Implodes - Companies Shrug

EJulie and Torin get deep on the impact of the COVID-19 impact on women, especially single moms and women of color. The impact is unfathomable. The fix should be coming from the companies we work for every day. We can fix this. We just have to choose to do so. Keep pushing! We cannot be idle. Welcome Gusto! Julie and Torin welcome our first pod sponsor: Gusto! Get three months free exclusively for Crazy and the King listeners. Visit www.gusto.com/catk We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Red Thread Research https://redthreadresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/RedThreadResearch_Leveling-the-Field_infographic_FINAL.pdf McKinsey Report: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/covid-19-and-gender-equality-countering-the-regressive-effects# Goldman Sachs: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/economy/schools-reopening-economy-jobs/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3Wsn9WmM5b9x-OZDOhGWBFz9bE1ViMe8PbWxCblnswuLCkspeoxK0Tk14 Fortune: https://fortune.com/2020/08/03/covid-19-working-moms-gender-equality-backslide/?fbclid=IwAR0U2_DvO1XO7-zZsRMA-5MyBCjfagy6d8aY3R5hkCDugy76_Iaypm1QM08 Name Drops: DIRC20: Wanna a free ticket to the DIRC - Listen to the podcast to learn how! https://www.dirc.info/home. Julie's beautiful college bound daughters. Cred: Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image byedsavi30fromPixabay

48 MIN1 d ago
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Not Impressed: Progress Implodes - Companies Shrug

TX Bar Fail, Nike Reboot, and the ADA Turns 30

ETorin and Julie wonder why BLM is a political statement instead of a statement of our humanity. Shame on TX Bar President. Apologize not accepted! Nike reboots internal diversity with a new Diversity Leader. Congrats Kelly Leonard! Just Do It. Then we celebrate the ADA, some awesome news from Google on search, and a reminder of how far we have to go. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TX Bar: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Meeting_Agendas_and_Minutes&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=50837 Nike Diversity Reboot: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-28/nike-s-first-diversity-chief-steps-...

40 MIN1 w ago
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TX Bar Fail, Nike Reboot, and the ADA Turns 30

Mediocre White Dudes.

EJulie and Torin take a some time to catch up on some news and update some of our more recent stories. Unwoke.HR - Apparently, an actual job board with actual people working to undo all of the progress we have made to create greater equity. Still waiting on the cowardly lions behind the site to come out and give Crazy and the King an interview. Don't hold your breath. Then, Tucker Carlson's Vacation, Facebook's Diversity, Ubisoft....and the end of extended unemployment. We continue to support the Hickson Family. Thank you all who have donated to support Melissa and the kids! https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: UnWoke.HR: vice.com/en_us/article/n7wdyx/unwoke-hr-job-listing-platform-hacked?fbclid=IwAR20dw5lqEb3hgGu_KWyXFUt0Fqb2w...

43 MIN2 w ago
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Mediocre White Dudes.

Unwoke.HR and Tucker's Dirty Little Secret

EJulie and Torin take a lighter note exploring racism disguised as white fragility. Unwoke.HR - Best troll ever, honeypot, or worst niche job board in the history of job boards? Only time will tell, but if the folks hiding behind the white curtain would come out and chat they could let us know. Doubtful, we know. Next, Tucker Carlson fires head writer for writing anonymously exactly what he would write for the Tucker's opening monologue. We don't need you to tell us who you are, we already know. A special thank you from the Hickson family for your support and encouragement after last week's episode TRIGGER WARNING and our bonus episode with a 1x1 interview with Melissa. A lot of you have reached out asking how to support the family. Here is a link to the go fund me below. We will keep you up to date on the progress of this incredibly important story. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/...

36 MIN3 w ago
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Unwoke.HR and Tucker's Dirty Little Secret

BONUS EPISODE: Melissa Hickson, Champion and Wife of Michael Hickson.

BONUS EPISODE: After hearing the story of Michael Hickson on TRIGGER WARNING, our latest episode, we are releasing the full interview with Michael's wife and champion, Melissa Hickson. Melissa cared for her husband and five children after his disabling episode, but as a strong Black woman, we see the reaction of the medical professionals, guardians, and media as she advocates for Michael. She experiences tremendous loss and is then victimized again by those who should have been supporting her. Not only did Michael Hickson deserve better, but Melissa Hickson deserved better, too. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: TRIGGER WARNING: https://link.chtbl.com/MichaelHickson Hickson Family GoFundMe:https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson...

31 MIN3 w ago
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BONUS EPISODE: Melissa Hickson, Champion and Wife of Michael Hickson.

Trigger Warning: Michael Hickson

EJulie and Torin are mad as Hell. Why? Michael Hickson, a Black Disabled father of five dies after being refused treatmentfor coronavirus at St. David's in Austin, TX. This is a MUST LISTEN story about the effects of ableism and racism in our healthcare system. Joined by the wife of Michael Hickson and members of ADAPT of Texas we take a deep dive into the death of Michael Hickson. Who decides the quality of YOUR life? https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Hickson Family GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hickson-family-fund YouTube Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq-_gtjnzZg ADAPT of TX: http://adaptoftexas.org/ Statement from St. David's: https://stdavids.com/about/newsroom/statement-on-the-death-of-michael-hickso...

65 MINJUL 10
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Trigger Warning: Michael Hickson

Damned If You Do? Damned If You Don't?

EThis week, Torin and Julie explore recent reviews of the "kafkatrap" of Robin DeAngelo's White Fragility and Carmel, Indiana'sRev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church calling Black Lives Matter organizers "maggots and parasites."White Suburban Women in Indiana, it is time to soldier up or shut up. A brief mention of Adidas' literal and figurative "Karen" and a set up for next week's show where we take a deep dive into the murder of Michael Hickson of Austin, Texas.Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellis Show Links: Dr. Yazeed:https://thebeautybrainsandbusiness.com/white-people-stop-reading-white-fragility/ Logical Liberal:https://thelogicalliberal.com/2020/06/13/white-fragility/ Rothrock:https://www.indystar.com/story/news/local/hamilton-county/carmel/2020/06/30/ca...

34 MINJUL 3
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Damned If You Do? Damned If You Don't?

Goldman Sachs Diversity & Trump's H1B Visa Freeze

EThis week, Julie and Torin talk Goldman Sachs diversity play - Torin is optimistic, Julie is skeptical, but either way how can D/I experts leverage this new player to create change? Also, this week, the Trump Administration puts a "temporary" halt on H1B (and others) visas...How can companies build a sustainable pipeline of talent for the long-term and increase diversity. It is time to stop thinking short term, people!Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: Goldman Sachs:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/goldman-sachs-strategist-if-we-dont-address-systematic-racism-economy-and-markets-will-get-bad-163521848.html Visa:https://fortune.com/2020/06/23/trump-h1b-visa-executive-order-india/ Resources: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-to-end-the-effective-use-of-diversity-equity-and-inc...

32 MINJUN 26
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Goldman Sachs Diversity & Trump's H1B Visa Freeze

Juneteenth and LGBTQ HISTORY

EThis week, Torin and Julie celebrate living during a historical, game changing moment in LGBTQ civil rights. We also realize Julie's university education in history could use an upgrade. #BLM #Juneteenth #WhiteWashedHistory Prepare yourself for Crazy and the King! Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-lgbtq-rights-movement-wins-its-biggest-supreme-court-victory https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article243578507.html Resources: https://www.hellajuneteenth.com/Cred:Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image byyogesh morefromPixabay

38 MINJUN 18
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Juneteenth and LGBTQ HISTORY

Managing Accommodations: Sheryl Ellis Interview

EIn our lastest episode, Torin and Julie welcomes Sheryl Ellis, author of Making It Work: Managing your Health Condition through Workplace ADA Accommodation.PREPARE YOURSELF FOR CRAZY AND THE KING!!!Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CrazyAndTheKing More on Torin and Julie: Julie:https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliesowashdisabilitysolutions Torin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/torinellisShow Links: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Work-Condition-Workplace-Accommodations/dp/1733503005Cred:Production and Music by: Marcel "DjCellz" Boykin Image:Sheryl Ellis

34 MINJUN 15
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Managing Accommodations: Sheryl Ellis Interview
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