My guest today is Rita Sever. Growing up the youngest of six kids in a low-income family, Rita often had the experience of feeling unseen and unheard. She became very focused on hearing and seeing others—as individuals and within the groups that we live and work in. This led her to recognize the uneven playing field that the world calls “equal.” This awareness has been part of her unified approach to human resources and organizational development for over twenty years.

Rita worked as a staff member for nine years at an AIDS organization and another nine years at a community action agency. In her consulting practice, she works with social justice organizations throughout the US. Rita has an MA in Organizational Psychology and is a professional coach.

Rita’s first book was Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Team. In her most recent book, Leading for Justice: supervision, Hr, and culture, with a special focus on social justice organizations and nonprofits, she encourages a unified approach to human resources. Rita approaches supervision as a primary leadership function. In addition, she sees the function of human resources and the culture of an organization as essential components of organizational effectiveness.

She works with individuals, teams, and entire organizations to help the organization to be in alignment internally as they work to achieve justice externally. Rita works as an affiliate consultant with RoadMap Consulting, a national group of consultants committed to strengthening organizations and advancing social justice.

Rita lives in Sonoma County, California, with her husband, Mark, and their dog Lacy. They visit Portland, Oregon, and Southern France as often as they can to see their family.
Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • The need for staff to be heard and be a part of decision-making.
  • The “kitchen in the living room syndrome” – when your small business has grown, your client services manager shouldn’t be running the IT department anymore!
  • Making HR into an advocate for the employees. It’s all in cultivating the right culture.
  • Inequity in the office. Seeing our differences is essential to the growth of an organization!
  • The six practices of effective leaders.


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