For the next five weeks, your host, Angela Kennecke, will be bringing you conversations that she had with different speakers and authors at the Bereaved Parents USA Conference in St. Louis in July. She recorded podcasts with women who have dealt with their own grief and have transformed it into helping others cope.
We are kicking off this series with Diane Bergeron and coping with grief. One of her identical twins died shortly after birth, and this loss changed the trajectory of her life and that of her entire family. As a Ph.D. researcher, she is now focusing on how businesses and organizations can support bereaved employees.
A social psychologist with over fifteen years of experience, Dr. Diane Bergeron is a Senior Research Scientist at Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). At CCL, Diane conducts research and provides thought leadership in the areas of gender diversity, helping behaviors, leader listening behaviors, psychological safety, employee voice and bereavement in the workplace. Diane’s research has won awards and has been published in leading academic journals. In her former life, she was a professor in the business school at a research university. Diane also worked in a consulting firm in New York City and spent two years volunteering in the Dominican Republic. She has been a repeat guest on the Sound of Ideas (NPR affiliate), a keynote speaker, and a panelist at the prestigious City Club of Cleveland on the topic of gender equity in the workplace. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.