Tasha Gaskins, Director of Care II & DE&I Council Advisor at Wellthy 

Ask the Expert: Striving for Meaningful Change with Empathy and Compassion

Articles Jun 30, 2024

Through our work with hundreds of clients, The Diversity Movement has connected with thousands of fascinating people who are creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces and communities. For this “Ask the Expert” series, we invite leaders to talk about their DEI journey, lessons they’ve learned, and what inspires them every day.

Tasha Gaskins, Director of Care II & DE&I Council Advisor at Wellthy 

Tasha Gaskins is an experienced professional known for her leadership prowess and dedication to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. With a strong background in Healthcare, Tasha thrives as a people leader, driving innovation and collaboration. Passionate about creating inclusive work environments, she champions DEI efforts, striving to empower teams and drive meaningful change.  

Before we dive into our discussion, our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share the story of how you came to your current role? 

Helping others has been a staple of my entire career. This commitment to empathy and empowerment of families and individuals led me to the Social Work field, where I’ve worked for decades with a primary focus on families and mental health. Nine years ago, I joined Wellthy — when the company was in its infancy. Since then, I’ve worked across many levels at the company: on the frontlines supporting families who are navigating care journeys, in team-building and culture-building roles that have shaped Wellthy’s DNA, and in senior manager roles where I help lead an incredible group of nearly 200 care experts who work each and every day to help individuals and families on care journeys. 

Three years ago, we completed an independent organizational assessment to support us as we created and defined our vision and mission when it comes to DEI. At Wellthy, one of our core principles is that care is fundamentally human. Human connectedness and community are central components in supporting family caregivers; deeply tied to that is a firm belief that connection and community cannot happen without intentionality and authentic support for DEI.  

I have been involved with Wellthy’s DE&I Council for three years now, and along with my Director of Care role, I also hold the title of DE&I Council Advisor. In this role, I support strategizing and progressing our DEI initiatives, as well as continuing to build robust connections and community across our organization. 

How are you working to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in your community? 

As Wellthy’s DE&I Council Advisor, my role is to partner with stakeholders around the company to drive strategic initiatives that guarantee equitable and inclusive practices are embedded within every layer of Wellthy — and that DEI work and priorities aren’t siloed or separated from our core operations and business. I am intentional about offering and building psychological safety and connection across our teams and always open myself up to be a safe space for others by showing up and taking action. I am transparent myself, and I foster a culture at Wellthy that prioritizes and celebrates transparency — calling people out when situations arise and making sure everyone feels empowered to speak their voice. I am an advocate for those who are underrepresented, marginalized, and treated unfairly — and place a concerted effort in fighting for what is right, what is fair, and what is equitable. All people should have the ability to live a life that is authentic to themselves. 

Can you describe a personal experience that fuels your passion? 

My commitment to community, connection, equity, and helping others runs back as far as I can remember — I’m a social worker through and through. One memory I can recall: When I was 12 years old, maybe in sixth or seventh grade, I wrote a newspaper article on why I didn’t agree with another writer’s viewpoints on race. Being a champion for equality and for what is right has naturally always been at the center of who I am — from my early childhood and throughout school, all the way through college and every level of my professional career. 

Can you tell us about a DEI win that you are proud of? It doesn’t have to be big, just meaningful for you. 

I’ll share a recent win, as 2024 has been a pivotal year for us in Wellthy’s DE&I Council. 

We came together as a council to focus on being even more strategic and thoughtful, and using internal and member feedback to drive smarter and more impactful initiatives. That’s led to a couple of wins already that I’m extremely proud of: 

  • Creating departmental auditing tools to make sure as an organization we are engaging in fair and equitable practices across the board; 
  • Updating our platform to guarantee that families who use Wellthy — our members — are able to add their pronouns along with their gender. 

We now have a consistent cadence with communications and awareness months — along with important days and celebrations from our DE&I Council and Affinity Groups. This has helped increase engagement, awareness, and education — and build connection across the organization. 

Character is so important today in our professional and personal lives. Which character trait do you think has been most helpful in your journey? Can you please share a story or example of that trait in action? 

I would say compassion has been a trait that has always been present in all facets of my life and journey. Prior to my current role, I worked in mental health for a number of years with a focus on children, adolescents, and families. I worked with youth who were navigating the juvenile justice system. While people wrote so many of those kids off, I quickly recognized that what most of them wanted and needed was simply for someone to listen, understand their perspective, and consistently be there for them. To this day, I always say they were some of the best kids I ever worked with.  

What does inclusive leadership mean to you? 

To me, inclusive leadership is being a leader for all. Your leadership should be personalized to meet the individual’s needs, but also grounded in ensuring you are treating everyone with respect and with fairness. It’s understanding that other people’s views may vary from your own based on their beliefs and experiences. It’s also having a level of curiosity and thoughtfulness in your interactions. 

What strategies do you use to maintain your personal well-being and/or professional resilience? 

  • Engage in continuous learning since this space is ever evolving 
  • Focus on having a strategic and growth mindset 
  • Recognize my strengths and areas of challenge (being self-aware) 
  • Stay organized and have clear priorities  
  • Intentionally work to have a healthy work/life balance  
  • Participate in consistent self-care both physically and mentally 

How can people follow you online or connect with you? 

I would love to connect and network with others; reach out to me on LinkedIn.  

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