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Personal Stories: The Path of Perseverance

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.

Personal Stories: Hearing Impairment, Microagressions and More

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.

Personal Stories: Feelings, Safety and Covering

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. 

Personal Stories: Awareness and Intersectional Perspectives

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.

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

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.

Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture

Problem, Opportunities And Solutions For Gender Equality In Corporate Culture

In this talk, Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co Founder of Gender Leadership Group covers the problem, the opportunities, and the solutions he sees in the corporate culture as related to gender equality and partnership.  He shares interesting statistics, that even men are uncomfortable with existing masculinity in the corporate culture, what gender equality has in it for men, his experience and fresh perspectives as a millennial male ally.

Jan Hutchins welcomes Dale to the stage at the Better Man Conference 2017 for his talk entitled Systemic Solutions for Corporate Culture Change.

Pt. 2 Conquering Blame, Valuing Differences as an Inclusionary Leader

Pt. 2 Conquering Blame, Valuing Differences as an Inclusionary Leader

On last week's blog we shared a talk on Conquering Blame by Ed Gurowitz, Co Founder of the Gender Leadership Group.  He discussed the victim-persecutor-rescuer dynamic and how it does not allow for inclusion or appreciation of differences.  This week, we continue the series by sharing alternatives actions in support of inclusionary leadership.

Conquering Blame, Valuing Differences plus Personal Stories of Inequity Concludes

Conquering Blame, Valuing Differences plus Personal Stories of Inequity Concludes

"We are hardwired as human beings to be victims because we are hardwired to scan our environment for threats, for something that’s going to happen to us.  If you look at it in terms of inclusion, inclusionary leadership requires a relationship that allows for inclusion, and that allows for appreciation of differences.  The Karpman Triangle does not allow for inclusion or appreciation of differences, because here differences are simply proof that there is something wrong."  Ed Gurowitz, Co Founder of the Gender Leadership Group 

Today we share a talk by Ed entitled, Conquering Blame which took place at the Better Man Conference 2017.  He discusses the victim-persecutor-rescuer dynamic and the alternative in support of inclusionary leadership.

From "I Quit" To Success In Pt. 4 Of Personal Stories Of Inequity

From "I Quit" To Success In Pt. 4 Of Personal Stories Of Inequity

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.

Being Hearing Impaired, Microagressions and more In Pt. 3 of Personal Stories of Inequity

Being Hearing Impaired, Microagressions and more In Pt. 3 of Personal Stories of Inequity


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.

From "Covering" to Feeling "Safe" in Pt 2. Personal Stories of Inequity

From "Covering" to Feeling "Safe" in Pt 2. Personal Stories of Inequity

In Pt. 2 of Personal Stories of Inequity, 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. 

Personal Stories of Inequity

Personal Stories of Inequity

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.