Allyship Solo Talks

Equity, Empowerment, and Allyship: How Allyship Changed My Life

During the Summer of 2016, She/They first heard about the word “allyship.” Here is her/their story of change and the allies that changed her/their life for the better.

 

Paidamoyo-Janet Azehko

Paidamoyo-Janet Azehko
Creative Director at Project Erostribe

 


You Successfully Built a Diverse Team, Now What?

Companies are working hard to meet diversity goals. However, to truly drive impact, we must create and foster an inclusive environment where employees feel a sense of belonging and comfortability being their entire selves. Everyone plays a role in achieving inclusion; from the C-Suite to the managers. HP Inc. is tackling this head-on under Chief Diversity Officer Lesley Slaton Brown’s leadership, recognizing inclusion isn’t just monumental shifts, but small daily acts of respect. Lesley will draw from experience to share how we can implement change beyond diversity goals by committing to inclusion.

 

Lesley Slaton Brown

Lesley Slaton Brown
Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc.

 


Diversity and Inclusion: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Workplace

During this talk, Joey and Jerome will explore why it is important to hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) into the workplace. Additionally, they will discuss how you can be an ally to individuals with IDD in your office and provide tools to assist you.

 

Joey Williams

Joey Williams
Manager, Job Development at Best Buddies

 

Jerome Shelton
Courtesy Clerk at Safeway

 


Grow Your Own Grassroots Allyship Initiative

The growing dialogue around allyship inspired Karan Mehra to start a grassroots initiative at Bloomberg. Together, a core group of employees built an agenda to educate themselves, create informative content, and share it with a wider audience – while incorporating empathy and data to engage audiences and adding personal stories to humanize the discussion. Using audience feedback and in-house expertise of researchers like Rachana Bhide, the team has tailored its content to drive meaningful change across the company’s Engineering organization. Karan will share obstacles faced and lessons learned to inspire others to go and lead their own grassroots organizational change.

 

Karan Mehra

Karan Mehra
Software Engineer at Bloomberg

 


Allyship to Native Americans in Tech

Native Americans are sharply underrepresented at all stages of the tech talent pipeline. We’ll explore opportunities to learn more about and recruit Native Americans in tech through partnerships and capacity building.

 

Frieda McAlear

Frieda McAlear
Senior Research Associate at Kapor Center

 


Intergenerational Trauma & Allyship in Tech

How can we deepen our allyship as racial tensions continue to manifest in our social climate and eventually in our workplaces? This talk explores ways to sustain the complexity of the work that’s ever constant as we attempt to build a career and advance our missions.

 

Daisy Ozim

Daisy Ozim
CEO at Resilient Wellness