A fresh voice leading conversations on social change, racism and health equity, Jodi-Ann centers intersectional perspectives of communities of color.

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You left your toxic workplace. Why does it feel so hard to move on?


“Burey warns that this workplace stress has real effects on the body: “Stressors related to our identity erodes us over time. … We are physically different as a result,” she said. “I don’t want people to think that stress is just something that you can have a day at the spa and just undo.”

It’s Time to Ditch Imposter Syndrome

KUOW NPR, April 2021

“The Seattle Freeze is really just describing an environment that is unwelcoming and standoffish. I think similarly with imposter syndrome, it’s a cute way to talk about what racism and sexism does to make us doubt ourselves. And so I think imposter syndrome, at least for me, feels a little bit more heightened here [in Seattle] because the communication style can be really difficult to kind to find yourself in and feel like you understand what’s happening around you.” – Jodi-Ann Burey

‘Failing up’: Why some climb the ladder despite mediocrity

BBC, March 2021

“Changing the workplace so that all employees can be recognised for their successes and supported through their failures is crucial to building a more meritocratic environment. This begins, says Burey, with acknowledging issues of racism that breed an environment in which women of colour are disproportionately labelled as not up to the task while when white men are allowed to fail as part of their development process. “That awareness could look like conversations, that awareness could look like metrics and tracking who has been moving up and who hasn’t been. And that awareness could immediately look like action, maybe changing the language or culture around failure.”

Challenging the idea of imposter syndrome

Good Morning Washington (ABC7), February 2021

In recent years, several women have opened up about struggling with imposter syndrome in their career — that feeling of fraud and unworthiness despite their talent and qualifications. Writer and speaker Jodi-Ann Burey says it’s time to retire the term and instead focus on systemic change. She explained why.

‘Reaching out’ to a Black friend about racism? Here’s what experts want you to know

TODAY, December 2020

“As a Black woman, Burey was having a hard enough time coping with the constant news of anti-Black violence, from Floyd to Breonna Taylor. And yet, under the pretense of “reaching out,” countless acquaintances — and some who barely qualified as such — implicitly demanded that Burey, 34, expend further emotional energy to reassure them. Jodi-Ann Burey

The Black Cancer Podcast Centers People of Color Because “Your Life and Trauma Matters”

POPSUGAR, October 2020

“It’s important to center Black and brown people and our stories in the cancer narrative because we don’t see it,” Burey told POPSUGAR. “And the more we don’t see it, the more people feel like we can’t be a part of those spaces, and that starts a whole cycle of isolation.” – Jodi-Ann Burey

Cancer in the Black Community

NBC Universal Dallas Fort Worth, November 2020

“I don’t live my life every day as an incident rate. As a statistic. As a mortality rate. And I think that particularly when we talk about people of color – Black folks specifically, how can we elevate our personhood?” – Jodi-Ann Burey

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Navigating Microaggressions in the Workplace

Good Morning Washington (ABC7), August 2020

With many offices closed these last few months, more women are taking a step back to examine the mistreatment they’ve experienced in the workplace. Unfortunately in some cases, the abuse continues in a virtual environment. Writer and speaker Jodi-Ann Burey discussed the impact of microagressions in the workplace and how to address the issue.

Online Workshops by Seattle Advocate Push Conversation about Racism Forward

King 5, May 2020

“What I found is that the more that I progress in my career, the more people wanted me to be quiet about racism and kind of play this role,” Burey said.  Tired of being quiet, she created webinars about anti-racism and workplace microaggressions, and the spots are selling out. “ – Jodi-Ann Burey

Are We Going to Be Okay? Travel Edition

KUOW | NPR, June 2020

What does traveling while Black look like during this time of pandemic and protest? What can we learn about exploration and flexibility from a disruptor with a disability? In this hour, KUOW’s Are We Going To Be OK? explores travel and resilience with equity advocate and cancer survivor Jodi-Ann Burey.

Live Recap of Sen. Kamala Harris’ First Visit to Seattle, WA

KING 5, September 2019

After introducing Senator Kamala Harris at her first public event in Seattle, WA, Jodi-Ann sits down with King 5 to talk about her message.

Prominent Black Women in Seattle Speak on Gender Pay Gap

KING 5, August 2019

Numbers show Black women are still being paid far less than men. In Seattle, a group of prominent black women came together to discuss how they can tackle the wage gap.

“Jodi-Ann is a rare, magical kind of public speaker who does two things at the same time: she introduces concepts, ideas, and frameworks in an engaging, relatable, and often hilarious way, while at the same time making her audience feel smart, special and included while they’re learning new things.

She has a warm generous presence as a speaker, and she’s eminently trustworthy. She doesn’t sugarcoat things and she grounds her conculsions in lived experience and hard data.”

— Jeannie Yandel, Special Projects Editor, KUOW NPR