Jen Richer

Jen Richer

Jen Richer is the Midday Host and News Director for Washington’s WONK FM. She has been in the DC market for over a decade, most recently as the morning show co-host and executive producer on 94.7 Fresh FM, as well as a regular contributor on All News 99.1 WNEW, and the host of the CBS Radio community affairs program Fresh Perspectives. She has been a regular contributor for Washingtonian Magazine, as well as featured in The Washington Post Magazine, and Northern Virginia Magazine, and on the cover of Nova Dog Magazine for her work in the community. Jen started her radio career at the heritage news talk station WMAL in Washington DC as a digital reporter and new media manager, and in 2007 earned the Edward R Murrow Station of the Year award. She moved to the Washington D.C. area from San Diego in 2002, where she studied International Affairs, Art History, and International Media at The George Washington University’s Elliott School. When she’s not geeking out over NASA and STEM development, she is a full time rescue dog mom of two, Puppy Bruce and Mr. Grant and an advocate for animal rescue and adoptions. She is a military sister and a supporter of military families and first responders. Having lost her grandmother to Ovarian Cancer, she has become a champion for awareness of the disease and works closely with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, hosting their annual D.C. fundraisers. One of her greatest joys is traveling, and when she’s not visiting her family on the West Coast, she and her best friend Lindsey are cashing in airline miles as they fly their way to their goal of seeing all seven continents by 2023.


#WONKSInTheWild Dr. Burrous Leaves Dream Career To Launch CoachDiversity

Coach Diversity

I wanted to share a #WonkInTheWild I met who is changing the way organizations do business, from government, to small businesses, to community organizations, and beyond.

Dr. Towanna Burrous left a career in government and science when she realized, as she was moving up the management ladder, a universal need for inclusive, diverse staffs. She was able to unlock the potential of her teams and decided to launch the CoachDiversity Institute as a way to share her insight with other teams.

She says diversity and inclusion training “is one of those trending skills that a lot of leaders are adding to their abilities to connect more with people.”

The CoachDiversity Institute offers a range of training from certification programs to personalized team coaching. Burrous says one of the biggest misconceptions about training though it that people expect “that you’re going to have this lecture style of learning of a new skill.”

The program differs from most training programs is that it is experiential based. The student is asked to learn through process and work to break down the barriers they bring to the Institute in order to better understand their own prejudices before working to understand their potential staff and clients.

Burrous finds her judgment-free teaching process has been the key to unlocking success for her students and organizations. She says, “it’s the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done.”

For more information on The CoachDiversity Institute and Dr. Towanna Burrous here.


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