NutraWomen Wednesday: Regina Wallace-Jones of Mindbody
Wallace-Jones is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion within the wellness industry. She explained that being different was once not something she could talk about, but today companies like Mindbody are embracing individuality.
“We're all taking our cues from our Millennials and Xennials that are saying it's not okay to not talk about it. In fact, we should be talking about it and by talking about it, our work space is more safe. We invite more people to the table that want to participate in what we're doing. And we also do a much better job of matching what the market needs, because we've got many more people in our employee base that can connect with and understand empathetically and personally, what some of the experiences are that potentially are not thought about or not included when we are a less diverse employee base,” said Wallace-Jones. “You know, you walk out of your workplace in a certain way in your life and then you come to work and you try to strip all of that down so that we can all be the same. And I think the real mission now is to try to bring that whole self to work and by doing so, maybe create some points where we need to find better alignment, find deeper understanding. By doing that work, we challenge ourselves to perfect our understanding of the people around us in the world around us. And in so doing, perfect the products that we're bringing to the world to solve key problems in this arena.”
While Wallace-Jones credits much of her enlightenment to Millenials and Zennials that she works with in the office and through community work, she also has her own insights to share.
“One of the things that I say to Millennials and to those who are coming after is, your journey is your journey. The best comparison that you can ever make for yourself is to who you were yesterday. And if who you are today is better, keep going. And if who you are today is not better, course correct.”