When you’re an ally and can encourage others to come together as one it can create a positive and powerful work environment for everyone to thrive in. Being an ally is pertinent to encompassing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture where different types of people are celebrated, and disadvantages are not only identified but tackled. At Pond Lehocky Giordano, we believe allyship encompasses being a champion, a confidant, and an advocate.
Be a champion
- Ask question about specific topics you don’t know about to employees with subject matter expertise.
- Advocate for more women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups.
- If you know some one from an underrepresent group who’d be a good fit for an open position, recommend them (after asking first).
Be a confidant
- Listen and ask question when someone is describing an experience you may not have had.
- Believe others’ experiences and maintain an open-door policy.
Be an advocate
- Ask if someone from an underrepresented group would want to collaborate on a proposal or project.
- Offer to introduce colleagues from underrepresented groups to influential people within your network.