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Dr. Darla Shaw: From Cult Survivor to Champion of Diversity and Inclusion

In a recent episode of the Label Free Podcast, host Deanna Radulescu sat down with Dr. Darla Shaw, the CEO and co-founder of Talent Masters. Dr. Darla shared her incredible journey from being raised in a white nationalist cult to becoming a leading advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the workplace.

A Childhood in a Cult

Dr. Darla opened up about her upbringing in a Christian Identity cult, where she was taught hateful beliefs about race and religion from a young age. Despite the indoctrination, she always felt a sense of difference and yearned for normalcy. Her experiences in school and interactions with diverse individuals challenged the toxic beliefs she was raised with.

Breaking Away and Building a Purpose

As Dr. Darla grew older, she began to question the teachings of the cult and eventually broke away in her late teens and early 20s. Meeting her supportive husband played a significant role in her journey to freedom. The guilt and shame she felt for ever believing in the hateful ideology of the cult fueled her passion to make a positive impact in the world.

Talent Masters: A Mission for Inclusivity

Dr. Darla's company, Talent Masters, focuses on more than just recruiting; they prioritize finding the right fit based on work styles and values. They also help companies hire without prejudice and bias, promoting a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Dr. Darla and her diverse executive team lead by example, embodying the values of diversity and unity.

Spreading the Message of Unity

Through speaking engagements, community initiatives, and charitable contributions, Dr. Darla continues to spread her message of unity and understanding. She encourages individuals to question their beliefs, seek diverse perspectives, and break free from echo chambers to foster a more inclusive society.

Connect with Dr. Darla Shaw

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Darla

"Question what you've been taught. Don't be afraid to always look at what you were told and verify. Verify for third parties. If you're on one side of the political spectrum, go check out what the other side is saying and do so with an open mind."

Dr. Darla Shaw's journey from cult survivor to diversity and inclusion advocate is a powerful testament to the transformative power of empathy, understanding, and unity. Her work with Talent Masters serves as a beacon of hope for building inclusive communities and breaking down barriers in the workplace and beyond.


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