Allyship: Using Peer Networks and Social Learning to Build an Inclusive Workplace

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is a business imperative for most employers, Brandon Hall Group research shows. But many organizations struggle to embed the principles across the enterprise.

Building diverse workplaces and inclusive company cultures requires a combination of executive alignment and people development, starting with individual contributors.

Allyship — when people in an organization actively promote the culture of inclusion – can greatly accelerate creation of a DE&I culture. 

On Sept. 13, NovoEd and Brandon Hall Group offer a webinar that explores how HR and learning organizations can use allyship and collaborative learning technology to align employees around complex goals. The session will demonstrate how to build networks of allyship to develop people into the types of employees who can embody and enact a company’s vision and culture.

An ally is someone who is not a member of an underrepresented group but who takes action to support that group. Allies utilize their credibility to create a workplace where everyone can thrive. For example:

  • White male executives can be allies to women of color who want to reach the same position in their careers. 
  • Cisgender employees can be allies to colleagues from the LGBTQI+ community. 
  • People from privileged backgrounds can be allies to those who lack the same economic stability and opportunities. 

This webinar focuses on inclusive leadership and allyship programs as deployed at Visa, General Mills and Walgreens. These programs are examples of how to develop and deploy complex learning initiatives that change the effectiveness of people and transform cultures by creating internal alignment at scale.

Dr. Kristin Lee, Virtual Learning Manager at NextUpAmberly Santana, Senior Learning Experience Designer at NovoEd, and Claude Werder, Senior VP and Principal HCM Analyst for Brandon Hall Group, will provide insights and research to unlock the secrets for increasing allyship and cultivating inclusive leaders. Attendees will leave the webinar with:

  • Models and approaches to building inclusive leaders and allies
  • How to improve the impact of your DE&I initiatives
  • Best practices and decision-making strategies for balancing learning science, psychological safety, learner engagement strategies and your organization’s culture

Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 1 pm ET. If you aren’t sure you can make it, register anyway and we will provide a recording and the webinar slides to use when it suits you.

-Claude Werder, Senior VP and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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