- Being an ally is very simple – it is using your position of privilege to create an opportunity for somebody else.
- Privilege doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard, it is just something we have because of the social groups we belong to.
- You can have a ripple effect in your own company. Pick a couple of things and just get started, others will pick up those behaviors and act in a different way as well.
“The first step to being a real ally is understanding that someone else’s situation may be different from yours, and you can’t discount it just because you’ve never experienced it yourself.” — Karen Catlin
About Karen Catlin, Author of “Better Allies”: After spending 25 years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears. Today, Karen is a leadership coach and an acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. She is the author of three books: “Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces,” “The Better Allies™ Approach to Hiring,” and “Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.”
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