Personal Stories: The Path of Perseverance

Myra Nawabi, a female refugee from a royal family in Afghanistan shares her story of fleeing her country to America as a young child in search of a brighter, bigger future only to find herself quitting on her dream of becoming an astronaut due to negative influences and sexist comments before eventually creating a successful career at Lockheed Martin Space Systems where she is now Senior Project Engineer & Program Manager for Advanced Technology Center.  She is also Founder of the largest and most active LeanIn Circle in the US (Palo Alto).  She credits much of her success due to her experience with a male ally or mentor.

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Personal Stories: Hearing Impairment, Microagressions and More

In Pt. 3 of Personal Stories of Inequity, the panel continues as Joe Vasquez, Co-Director at Runway Incubator shares his stories and lessons of struggle with microaggressions as a hearing impaired Latino in the mainstream and corporate world.  He discusses the importance of the variety of accessible gateways of expression, including art, and how they allowed him to fully reveal his perspectives to others. Through his experiences, Joe has developed a passion for helping entrepreneurs and corporations to innovate more support, love, and value in the workplace.  Despite his hearing impairment, Joe has also learned how to be a male ally.

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Personal Stories: Feelings, Safety and Covering

Today in Personal Stories: Feelings, Safety and Covering, Noni Allwood, a Latin corporate executive specializing in optimization strategies for diverse talent and strategic business operations shares that she was "covering" or concealing who she was due to fear of not being accepted when she started her career here in the states.  She then goes on to tell an inspiring story of an ally who supported her in advancing her career. 

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Ray Arata#metoo, #storypower
Personal Stories: Awareness and Intersectional Perspectives

The #MeToo movement and stories has inspired people to share stories of and has brought new awareness to just how rampant sexual assault is.  Research shows that hearing how someone is impacted by sensitive issues or something we aren’t aware of or understand is powerful in helping those seemingly unaffected or those who aren’t aware of the issues at hand become aware, compassionate, empathetic and/or use their privilege to help make positive change.  It is in this spirit that we invited 4 individuals to share their stories of inequity and/or lack of inclusion at the Better Man Conference last month.

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Ray Arata#metoo, #storypower
Advancing Women Of Color: Can You Do More?

In Advancing Women Of Color, Can You Do More?  Rayona Sharpnack, Founder of The Institute For Women's Leadership indicates that for women of color it is "10 x harder" to advance in the corporate world than it is for white women.  33% of the officers at Genentech are women. Julius Prior, Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at Genentech addresses a number of topics in relation to advancing women of color including what the benefits of advancing women of color are, plans for advancing women of color, and what challenges they or other companies might face in advancing women of color.  As you watch the video or read the transcript below, we invite you to consider if you or your company should be doing more to help advance women of color.

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Allyship and Every Man's Connection To A Woman in Pt. 3 of Allies In Action

This week in Pt. 3 of "Allies In Action",  Rachana asks our male allies and leaders in the business world about how having a natural relationship with a woman in their life has reinforced and strengthened their positions as allies and at what degree they open up their personal experiences to their fellow CEO's, co-workers or peers.  They discuss bringing heart and stories in to male ally efforts as well.

Today's post concludes the "Allies In Action" that took place at the Better Man Conference 2017 - Engaging Men As Allies where Rachana Bhide of Bloomberg and Founder of The Corner Of The Court Project was joined by Jon Murphy, Sr. Dir. of Sales Operations at Blue Shield and Co-Founder of the Manning Up for Gender Inclusion Program along with Jim Wunderman,  President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a CEO lead public policy and advocacy.

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Study: 74% Of Men Afraid To Get Involved In Gender Equality-Pt. 2 Allies In Action

Last week we began sharing a transcript and video of a series entitled, "Allies In Action".  This week in part 2, a recent Catalyst study on how to engage men shows 74% of men interviewed having real fears of getting involved in gender equality.  In part 2 of "Allies in Action", Rachana Bhide of Bloomberg and Founder of The Corner Of The Court Project cites the top 3 fears from that study and asks corporate male leader allies if they should be taken in to account when recruiting male allies.   But first she asks them to comment on their own experience as related to the question, "What are some of the things that men then do as allies to carry forward so it's not a once-and-done?"   

This discussion took place at the Better Man Conference 2017 - Engaging Men As Allies where Rachana was joined by John Murphy, Sr. Dir. of Sales Operations at Blue Shield and Co-Founder of the Manning Up for Gender Inclusion Program along with Jim Wunderman,  President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a CEO lead public policy and advocacy organization.

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Gender Equality - How These Men Advance It At Work -Allies In Action Pt. 1

In this week's blog, Sr. Dir. of Sales Operations, John Murphy at Blue Shield of California and Jim Wunderman,  President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a CEO lead public policy and advocacy organization begin sharing how they advance gender equality at work.  Jim was also recently named one of the top 100 movers and shakers in California politics, Co-Founder of the Manning Up for Gender Inclusion Program.

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Mentoring Women: How, When and Where

This week Dr. David Smith, Naval Academy Professor and author discusses Mentoring Women:  How, When and Where in Pt. 4 of Allies and Mentors: How and Why You Should Develop an Inclusive Approach.  He tells stories of both failed and successful attempts of men offering to mentor women plus gives tips on how, when and where to mentor women.

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Allies and Mentors: How and Why You Should Develop an Inclusive Approach

Strong mentorships and sponsorships are particularly instrumental in the retention and promotion of women and traditionally marginalized groups.  Evidence shows that women face more barriers in securing mentors or sponsors than men or may reap a narrower range of career and psychological benefits when they have a mentor or a sponsor.  When men demonstrate awareness, commitment and gender humility, they start help to create a more inclusive workplace.  To tell us more about this, the Associate Professor of Sociology at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of Athena Rising, How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, Dr. David Smith.

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Create A Sense Of Belonging In Pt. 7 Of Problem, Opportunities and Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

In Pt. 7 Of Problems, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture which took place at the Better Man Conference 2017, we wrap up our panel discussion with corporate leaders entitled, The Inclusion Roadmap: Where to Start Engaging Men in the Workplace.  While answering questions from the audience, the leaders articulate a common thread that suggests everyone has gifts to bring to the table and by creating a sense of belonging, creativity and innovation, a positive impact on the bottom line is likely.  

The corporate panel includes Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy, Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer,  Nadia Chargualaf, Telstra VP of HR for U.S. Operations, Mike Dillon, Chief Diversity Officer at PwC and his hosted by Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co Founder of Inclusionary Leadership Group (formally known as Gender Leadership Group). 

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Upper Management Being Receptive Is Key  In Pt. 6 Of Problem, Opportunities and Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

In Pt. 6 Of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture, a panel of corporate leaders at Better Man Conference 2017 shares answers to questions from the audience such as:

  • "Do you think a Chief Diversity Officer that is just a middle aged white guy, would he make it as a Chief Diversity Officer?"
  • "How are your employees pushing you as companies to take a stand on some of these social issues?"

Answers to the second question above indicate a theme of receptivity by upper management in helping to advance gender equality in corporate culture.  I'd go as far as to say it's key in unlocking more gender equality in the workplace.  For the full context and answers to the questions above, read below or watch the video as Co Founder of Inclusionary Leadership Group, Dale Thomas Vaughn, continues to moderate the panel featuring corporate leaders, Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy, Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer,  Nadia Chargualaf, Telstra VP of HR for U.S. Operations and Mike Dillon, Chief Diversity Officer at PwC.

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"Where should inclusionary leaders start?" in Pt. 5 Of Problem, Opportunities and Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

Tools, tactics, and team dynamics continue to be shared this week as we explore the question, "If you were to speak to a room full of leaders, and potential leaders or the next generation of leaders, what would you tell them to go and start doing today?  What is the thing you would get deeper knowledge about?  What is the thing you would invest your time in?  If you were starting today as a leader in this space, where would you put yourself?" 

Co Founder of Inclusionary Leadership Group, Dale Thomas Vaughn, host of The Inclusion Roadmap: Where to Start Engaging Men in the Workplace Pt. 5 of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture at the Better Man Conference 2017 asks the question above of corporate leaders, Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy, Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer,  Nadia Chargualaf, Telstra VP of HR for U.S. Operations and Mike Dillon, Chief Diversity Officer at PwC. 

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Where The Rubber Meets The Road in Pt. 4 Of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

Tools, tactics, and team dynamics for the rubber to meet the road are discussed this week as the panel discussion, The Inclusion Roadmap: Where to Start Engaging Men in the Workplace.-Pt. 4 of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture continues with Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy, Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer,  Nadia Chargualaf, Telstra Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. Operations. Mike Dillon from PwC, Chief Diversity Officer and hosted by Co Founder of Inclusionary Leadership Group, Dale Thomas Vaughn.  The business case, a top down approach, the utilization of metrics and more are discussed.

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Where To Engage Men In The Workplace Continues - Pt. 3 Of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

We have been sharing a series that includes Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co Founder of Inclusionary Leadership Group describing gender equality problems, opportunities, and solutions as related to corporate culture. In our last blog, he began a panel discussion entitled The Inclusion Roadmap: Where to Start Engaging Men in the Workplace.  He welcomed Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy.  This week continues with Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer (see thumbnail picture on video to the right), Nadia Chargualaf, Telstra Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. Operations and Mike Dillon from PwC, Chief Diversity Officer as they share their experiences and work as allies in the inclusionary leadership movement.  The series will then continue next week with the panel discussing the tools, tactics, and teams that are moving forward within their companies and what's working for them.

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Where To Engage Men In The Workplace - Pt. 2 of Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corp. Culture

In last week's blog, Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co Founder of Gender Leadership Group described gender equality problems and opportunities as related to corporate culture.  This week he covers the solutions and then begins a panel discussion entitled The Inclusion Roadmap: Where to Start Engaging Men in the Workplace.  He welcomes Dr. Ronald Copeland from Kaiser Permanente, MD Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of National Diversity Inclusions, Strategy and Policy, and Lesley Slaton Brown from HP Inc., Chief Diversity Officer.  The series then continues with Nadia Chargulaf, Telstra Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. Operations and Mike Dillon from PwC, who’s the Chief Diversity Officer.

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Ray Arata#metoo, #storypower