We're all in this together: How to be an ally in creating an inclusive work environment

location_city Washington schedule Oct 15th 10:00 - 10:45 AM EDT place Ballroom C people 17 Interested

Are you someone who values everyone's contributions in your work environment? Have you ever struggled with how to be an ally for a peer? Do you sometime feel like your perspective is undervalued or underrepresented?

Industry research highlights teams achieve better outcomes when they are diverse and inclusive. This workshop will share what we see happening in the industry, and help participants develop learning strategies and leverages tools that they can bring back into their local environment. Attend this session and you’ll leave with the skills to grow as an ally and ways to foster a more inclusive culture within your organization.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Intro: Industry data -- what themes are emerging and why does it matter?

Exploration:What does it mean to be an ally?

Realizing unconscious biases. We will focus on the following areas:

  • Identifying unconscious biases and how to define specific strategies to move past them.
  • Activity: We will introduce a few scenarios that we have experienced in the workplace and the group will practice non-confrontational ways to move past the biases. Reference: Medium

Moving from empathizer to ally: what can I do differently?

  • Activity: Practice ally actions and how you may apply in your local environment.

Learning Outcome

  • An understanding of what it means to be an ally
  • Specific actions you can take to shift from empathizer to ally
  • An understanding of common unconscious biases in the workspace and ways to challenge those assumptions
  • Techniques and approaches to increase collaboration
  • Approaches to support an all-inclusive culture leveraging specific tools & examples

Target Audience

Anyone who wants to learn more about creating inclusive teams or organizations.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Familiarize yourself with the following articles (Not required but suggested):

How do I ally?: Being an Ally to women in Technology

Being an Active Ally

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