May 3, 2023

Team Dynamics, Alfonso Wenker, Trina Olson

In this episode, you’ll gain an understanding of how bias commonly plays out in the hiring process, and how organizations can better recruit and retain a powerful, diverse workforce that expands opportunity across lines of race and gender.

Our guests are Alfonso T. Wenker and Trina C. Olson, co-leaders of the consultancy Team Dynamics and co-authors of the Hiring Revolution: A Guide to Disrupt Racism + Sexism in Hiring. In this conversation, they share powerful, practical approaches to the hiring process – from preparation through salary negotiation. They also share a plethora of resources that they make available at no cost to the field. Listeners gain ideas for interrupting bias and embedding equity in employment processes, including:

  • Preparation for hiring
  • Recruitment and search
  • The hiring process itself
  • Paying, supporting, and managing employees in today’s nonprofit environment

Alfonso and Trina bring extensive experience in nonprofits and philanthropy. Through their work at Team Dynamics, they’ve gained deep knowledge of how organizations and companies can address diversity and equity in the recruitment, hiring, and retention processes.


Guest Bios:

Trina C. Olson, Co-Founder + CEO of Team Dynamics

Trina Olson is the next guiding voice in the conversation about the future of work and equitable work culture. CEO and Co-founder of Team Dynamics, Trina believes going to work in America can feel fundamentally different—if and only if—we deal with the impacts of racism and sexism.

After the murder of George Floyd, Trina crafted a curriculum for white leaders, including the staff of Senator Bernie Sanders, to process and plan (without burdening POC colleagues). For the past 25 years Trina has held key leadership roles around the country, in New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Los Angeles; a two-time executive director, she has lobbied the White House, raised millions of dollars, and effectively mobilized for major progressive policy and culture change.

Trina has authored numerous pieces on race and gender issues, including “Seeking Safe Haven: LGBTQ People and the American Immigration Experience” (as coauthor). She’s a cohost on the BEHAVE podcast and a highly sought-after workplace equity advisor.

Alfonso Tomás Wenker, Co-Founder + President of Team Dynamics

Alfonso Wenker is a lauded movement and thought leader driven to convene, connect, and coach top executives to better align values with practice. President and Co-founder of Team Dynamics, Alfonso is focused on organizing teams to co-create new paradigms for how people can work and lead. During the historic campaign for the freedom to marry, Alfonso was recruited and served as the Deputy Finance Director for Minnesotans United for All Families.

As a third generation Mexican American, queer, Christian man living in Minneapolis, Alfonso consistently gathers and responds to communities calling for racial justice and gender liberation. Before Team Dynamics, Alfonso spent more than a decade in the field of philanthropy where he worked tirelessly to advance racial and LGBTQ justice while creating new opportunities for People of Color to break into and lead in the field.

Alfonso’s work has been recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Minnesota Nonprofit Catalytic Leader, and St. Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Anti-Racism Awardee.

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