Building Trust And Unity Within Diversity with Drocella MugoreWara

Freedom Nation Podcast

12-12-2023 • 22 mins

Today we delve into the transformative world of building trust and unity within diversity with our guest, Drocella MugoreWara an expert in diversity and a true inspiration. Drocella shares her inspiring journey from being a refugee in Rwanda to becoming a member of parliament and later, the executive director of Bridge Refugee Services in the U.S. Now, Drocella is on a mission to make a difference in the corporate world. As the founder of Diversity Trust Builder, she helps organizations infuse diversity into their DNA, fostering trust and collaboration among teams.

Drocella provides insights into her Diversity in Action System framework, guiding companies on a journey of commitment and continuous improvement. She emphasizes the importance of going beyond job descriptions, recognizing and utilizing the diverse talents each team member brings. We applauds her commitment to bringing people together rather than creating divisions, and Drocella highlights the importance of safe spaces and linguistic diversity.

Don't miss this powerful episode, where Drocella's resilience and commitment shine through as she transforms corporate landscapes through diversity and trust-building. Tune in for valuable insights and inspiration!

About the Guest:

Drocella Mugorewera is the founder of Diversity Trust Builder, a Refugee Congress Board Member and an Honorary Delegate for Tennessee. Born in Rwanda, she was forced to leave as a refugee and came to Tennessee in 2009.

Drocella is a public speaker and an America’s Family Coach, and she serves as Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting refugees to become self-sufficient and productive and contributing members of our communities. She is also a Board Member of the East Tennessee Foundation and an active member of the Knoxville Association of Women Executives (KAWE) and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). She is a member of the Racial Equity Through Community (RETC) core group in her hometown.

In 2016, The Mercury newspaper listed Drocella as one of 10 women making a difference in Knoxville, and the May 2019 West Knoxville Lifestyle Magazine featured her as one of four “Go-Getters & Heavy Hitters You Should Know.” She has received champion for change and peacemaker awards from Church World Service and Oakridge Environmental Peace Alliance and is the 2020 honoree for the Danny Mayfield Champion of Change award by Community Shares.

In Africa, Drocella worked as a parliamentarian, a development consultant and the Secretary of Lands, Environment, Forestry, Water and Mines. She graduated from the University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine in 1991. She is also an alumna of Leadership Knoxville Class of 2018 and has a certificate from the Consortium for Social Enterprise for Effectiveness program from Haslam College of Business, as well as a certificate from Knox County Action Committee Community Leadership Class of 2014. In her free time, she enjoys mother nature, spending time with family and friends, reading books, traveling and being a grandmother. Singing and dancing also energize her.


Fast Five Questions

  1. If you woke up and your business was gone, you have $500, a laptop, a place to live, and food, what would you do first? "I would pause, pray, and then define what I am good at, and think about who has my money"
  2. What is the biggest mistake that you have made in business? "To embark on my speaking business without defining my vision, mission, and values"
  3. What is a book that you would recommend?"Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson"
  4. What is a tool that you use everyday that you would recommend?"UBS Unique Branded Solution"
  5. What is your definition of...

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