A Black Executive Perspective on Race in Corporate America

In this episode of “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People,” Simma sits down with Tony Franklin, also known as Tony Tidbit, the Vice President of Advertising, Sales, and Client Partnerships at DirecTV. Tony shares his personal experiences as a Black executive in corporate America and discusses the importance of open and honest conversations about race.

Simma and Tony discuss the challenges faced by people of color in corporate America, including the pressure to assimilate and the fear of being labeled as “too aggressive.” Tony shares a personal story about trying to fit in by dressing and speaking like his white colleagues, only to realize that being himself was the key to his success.

They also delve into the issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Tony highlights the resistance some organizations have towards implementing DEI initiatives, often due to unfounded fears of losing something. He emphasizes the need for companies to diversify their ranks and create a safe environment for all employees to thrive.

The conversation touches on the importance of building emotional connections and breaking down barriers between people of different races. Tony shares his own experience of starting an open conversation on race at work, where employees could share their perspectives and learn from one another. He emphasizes the power of active listening and creating a safe space for dialogue.

Throughout the episode, Tony and Simma stress the need for individuals to take action and speak up about racial issues. They encourage listeners to step out of their comfort zones, engage in conversations about race, and challenge their own unconscious biases. By doing so, they believe that real change can happen in both corporate America and society as a whole.

Check out another great podcast on race hosted by my friend and colleague “Tony Franklin aka Tony Tidbit,” A Black Executive Perspective

To listen to more episodes of “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People,” visit www.raceconvo.com. And don’t forget to share the show with others who are interested in having open and honest conversations about race.


Takeaways from this episode:

·         Be yourself and embrace your unique talents and personality in the workplace.

·         Managers play a crucial role in creating an inclusive environment and empowering their employees.

·         Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are essential for the success of organizations.

·         Building emotional connections and engaging in open conversations about race can break down barriers and foster understanding.

·         Individuals should take action by speaking up, challenging unconscious biases, and actively listening to others.



Tony Franklin (Tony Tidbit) Bio

Tony currently serves as Vice President of Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships at
DIRECTV, where he brings a wealth of experience to the role, boasting over 27 years in
the media industry.

Motivated by the events surrounding George Floyd, Tony initiated a workplace series
titled “An Open Conversation on Race” This initiative provides a safe environment for open and honest discussions, aiming to raise awareness and educate individuals on
various aspects of race, particularly within the context of Corporate America.

Tony is the founder and host (Tony Tidbit) of “A Black Executive Perspective
Podcast.” A podcast that sheds light on intersectionality, systemic racism, and other
challenging issues shrouding the experiences of Black professionals in America’s
corporate environment. Beyond his professional endeavors, Tony channels his passion
for motivation into Tony’s Tidbits, a daily inspirational email reaching thousands of
recipients nationwide.

Outside of work, Tony prioritizes quality time with his family. He is happily married to his
wife Gayle and is the proud father of three beautiful daughters: Samada, Mikaela, and

Connect with Tony


Facebook: @tonytidbetbep

YouTube: @tonytidbitbep

Instagram: @tony_tidbit


Host Bio

Simma Lieberman, The Inclusionist helps leaders create inclusive cultures. She is a consultant, speaker and facilitator. Simma is the creator and host of the podcast, “Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People.”

Contact Simma@SimmaLieberman.com to get more information, book her for your next DEIB  event, help you become a more inclusive leader, or facilitate dialogues across differences.

Go to www.simmalieberman.com and www.raceconvo.com for more information

Simma is a member of and inspired by the global organization IAC (Inclusion Allies Coalition) 


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