Episode 34
Brand Story Podcast

Representation Matters

featuring Mita Mallick

Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta and Co-Host of Brown Table Talk

Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact at Carta and Co-Host of Brown Table Talk, talks about diversity, inclusion, and advocacy in the workplace with our president, Steve Gilman.

Think about a time you may have felt like an outsider and ask yourself why. Was it because you didn’t see anyone you could relate to? As a lifelong storyteller, Mita Mallick grew up recognizing the lack of relatable representation in society and has worked to change that. She’s led some of the most iconic brands to embrace diversity and better representation in both the workplace and in their products and services. Her career as a marketer, storyteller, and D.E.I. champion has been spent fighting to ensure people like her are included, because in her words, “diversity of thought doesn’t happen without diversity of representation”.

In this episode, you’ll hear from Mita about the importance of representation in both mainstream media and the workplace. She shares tips on how to be a supportive ally, what it means to lead with kindness, and why your employees should be your first consumers instead of your forgotten consumers.

About the Guest

Mita Mallick

Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta and Co-Host of Brown Table Talk

Mita has been a storyteller for over 15 years and has led iconic brands like Aveeno®, AVON Color Cosmetics, ChapStick®, Vaseline®, Suave®, and Dove in embracing diversity. Her articles on diversity, equity, and inclusion have appeared in top publications such as Entrepreneur, Adweek, and Harvard Business Review. She is currently the co-host of the Brown Table Talk podcast with Dee C. Marshall, where they share their insights and tips for women of color in the workplace, and is the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Impact at Carta.

Quickfire Q&A

What's a piece of advice that you've been given that really stuck with you?

There are three things you need to consider about your career and what you want to do in life. What are you passionate about? What are you really good at? And what do other people think you’re really good at? I never had really thought about the intersection of those three things.

If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?

Do it afraid. I spent too much of my time caring about what people thought and afraid to take risks.

About The Host

Steve Gilman

As the President of Gravity Group, Steve is passionate about helping brands reach their goals through honest, creative marketing and powerful brand stories.