White women in the USA have disproportionately benefited from affirmative action and corporate diversity programs. Corporate women’s employee groups have seen record participation from white women, #TimesUp predominantly features white women, and Tarana Burke’s #metoo movement gained traction only after it was amplified (and nearly miscredited) by white actress Alyssa Milano. This same population championing gender equality seems to have forgotten people of color.
This panel will be an interactive discussion about what it means to be an ally from a historically marginalized group. These senior leaders will unpack who continues to benefit from diversity programs, how white women are unconsciously failing people of color, and tactical ways they can show up as allies for other communities.
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