In episode four, the State of the Union helps us reflect on polarization, working as a group and taking a step toward coming together as a nation. Distinguished Guests Rachel Kjack and Vik Chopra share their reflections on trust, "othering" and the power of stories to bridge divides.
Rachel shares transformational stories about her work with Defy Ventures and Vik speaks openly about his life post-incarceration.
This Week's Guests
Vik Chopra (he/him)
Vik Chopra is the Co-Founder and Director of Production for Unincarcerated Productions. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and has worked in the media space for 15 years, including Corporate Development and Production Funding for KCTS 9, the local PBS station in Seattle, and KEXP 90.3, a nationally recognized NPR station. Vik also spent five years incarcerated in the Washington State Prison System where he transformed his life and is now celebrating over seven years of sobriety. He is currently spearheading several media projects chronicling the lives of the Unincarcerated as they return to civilian life after being behind bars, and is also actively involved in restorative justice and re-entry work. You find Vik on Linkedin and Instagram, and learn more about Unincarcerated Productions on Instagram.
Rachel Kjack (she/her)
Rachel is a Senior Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Consultant for Translator, Inc and holds a MA in Organizational Development from Bastyr University and a BA in Education and Social Justice from The Evergreen State College. She has authored over 60 courses on topics including equity and inclusion, social and emotional intelligence, developing a purpose-driven career, leadership, entrepreneurship and communication. She’s worked with companies from Google, Microsoft and Viacom to hundreds of startups and nonprofits doing social impact work across the globe. She is also the Chief Operations Officer and an Executive Producer of Unincarcerated Productions, with multiple media projects about the formerly incarcerated in production, as well as being a passionate advocate for prison reform and reentry work. You find Rachel on Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram.