Episode 6: How Belonging – or Not Belonging – Affects Resiliency

Host: Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Guests: Massiel Eversley, MJ, BSN, RN, NE-BC, and Normella Walker, MA

“A genuine invitation can actually change someone’s life.” – Massiel Eversley

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong?

Normella Walker, MA, and Massiel Eversley, MJ, BSN, RN, NE-BC, join Maddy for a discussion about how feeling excluded can damage resiliency and well-being and negatively affect your work. They share examples, experiences and recommendations to help us be more intentional in our efforts to foster a culture of inclusion that benefits staff and patients alike.

Show Notes

About Our Guests

Massiel Eversley, MJ, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Massiel EversleyMassiel is a regional nursing director for Brigham Ambulatory Services, overseeing primary care at six practices, as well as the primary care float pool.

She began her nursing career 15 years ago at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she partnered with community and public health agencies to improve the health of vulnerable children. At the Brigham, she has contributed to the redesign of primary care and helped define the role of the nurse flow manager in the outpatient setting.

Massiel is a graduate of the Watson Caritas Coach Education Program and a certified professional coach in private practice with a focus on leadership and executive coaching. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in health law from Loyola University Chicago.

Massiel enjoys working with the community and has been an Advisory Board Member for the Madison Park High School Medical Assistant Program. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and is an active member in Brigham and Mass General Brigham committees in support of social and racial justice.

Normella Walker, MA

Normella WalkerNormella is the Brigham’s executive director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which supports the organization in increasing diversity at all levels, creating and sustaining a culture of respect and belonging, and identifying and eliminating inequities for patients and employees.

Normella has actively managed, facilitated and advised diverse groups for over 20 years. Previous roles include serving as manager of diversity programs and education at the Cleveland Clinic and principal of Intentional Organizational Excellence.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational performance and leadership and a master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in diversity management. She has also completed diversity coursework at the Cornell University School of International Labor Relations.

Episode Length: 28:57
Episode Air Date: April 28, 2021

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