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Walter G. Meyer: Living Life As A Diverse Adventure - Summer Break Stories With My Co-Author

Episode 50

About Walter G. Meyer: Walter is co-author of my book, Workplace Warrior: People Skills For The No-Bullshit Executive. He is a freelance writer who has written for dozens of magazines and newspapers including Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and many others on a wide variety of topics ranging from baseball and Will Rogers, to sea turtles and pawn shops. He has a degree from the School of Communications from Pennsylvania State University and he’s also the author of seven published books. He has appeared on local television and radio stations and has done many interviews in print to talk about his works. He worked for the Lambda Archives, which is a historical society and library for the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego and in that role he has spoken both around San Diego and around the country on issues relating to LGBTQ+, workplace equality, personal equality and more. His novel, Rounding Third, was published to rave reviews and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. He was a finalist for a San Diego book award and he got a lot of invitations to speak all around the country based on that as well. He also co-wrote The Respectful Leader by Gregg Ward. Finally, he’s got a new book in the works titled, “If You Weren’t Here, This Would Not be Happening, plogs from my life”.


In this episode, Jordan and Walter discuss:

  • Identity, equity and equality for LGBTQ+ in the workplace.

  • How to not die with regrets

  • Political correctness when it comes to gender diversity

  • “Tolerance” vs “Acceptance” of diverse groups

Key Takeaways

  • Many people who have died don’t know that it would be their last day, and so leave with the burden of regret. Today might just be a normal day, but if there’s someone you need to say “sorry” or “I love you” too, better say it now while you still can.

  • Diversity and equality in the workplace is becoming better and better for diverse groups. It still has a long way to go, but it’s going in the right direction in most spaces.

  • Accepting people’s preferred pronouns is a matter of respect for other human beings and their identity.

  • Diversity pretty much won World War II (examples in the podcast), and it wins a lot for companies that embrace it today. There’s a big difference between tolerance and acceptance, and people must start embracing diversity in order to win together.

“We should stop teaching ‘tolerance’ and start relishing the differences with people of color and people from other communities and accept those as bonuses.”— Walter G. Meyer

Get Walter Meyer’s newest book,If You Weren’t Here, This Wouldn’t Be Happening-Plogs From My Life at

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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