person at a time, one
act at a time, one
word at a time.
Through the power of allyship, each of us can create an equitable, innovative workplace where everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive.
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How To Be An Ally
How can you help someone else to thrive? How can you interrupt the biases, microaggressions, and inequities that prevent others from excelling? How can you build an innovative workplace fueled by equity, diversity, and belonging?
In her practical and timely new book HOW TO BE AN ALLY: Actions You Can Take for a Stronger, Happier Workplace, diversity and inclusion expert and CEO of Empovia Melinda Briana Epler offers a playbook for much-needed change in the workplace—change to ensure everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive.
1 Learn, unlearn, and relearn. Learn to recognize historical harm and its intergenerational impact, unlearn biases from history and cultural marginalization, and relearn from new perspectives.
2 Do no harm—understand and correct our biases. Work to change your behaviors and actions to avoid unintentional harm.
3 Recognize and overcome microaggressions. Develop your awareness and empathy skills to identify and eliminate these toxic behaviors.
4 Advocate for people. Step up and advocate in small, everyday ways that can make big differences in people’s lives.
5 Stand up for what’s right. Intervene to stop microaggressions and support people who have been harmed.
6 Lead the change. When you’re ready, take action to lead change in your work, on your team(s), and in your workplace.
7 Transform your organization, industry, and society. Address biases and inequities in your company and in the broader world.
The key to true diversity, equity, and inclusion is allyship. Uniquely insightful and deeply needed, HOW TO BE AN ALLY humanizes diversity and inclusion and facilitates greater empathy and understanding between people of all identities. Through the power of allyship, we can all correct imbalances in opportunity and create a better workplace for ourselves and our colleagues.
“How to Be an Ally invites you to pull up a chair, examine your approach to life, and actively build a better world for everyone.” —NATALIA VILLALOBOS, Google’s “Feminist in Residence”
“Wanting to be an ally doesn’t mean that you’re an ally. If you want to understand what allyship can feel like and look like at work, How to Be an Ally is a concise guide that shows you how to move from awareness to action.” —DAISY AUGER-DOMÍNGUEZ, Chief People Officer, VICE Media Group
“Melinda is a thought leader in the space of diversity and inclusion. . . . She cares deeply about underrepresented people, and also has the ability to turn this into real action that changes lives.”
—DR. IAN MCDONALD, Worldwide Lead, Tech Engagement Team, Microsoft for Startups
“Melinda Briana Epler is one of the most inclusive and thoughtful leaders I have ever encountered. . . . Anyone reading this illuminating and instructional book will find themselves on their own journey from apathy to full-on advocacy by its end.” —RACHEL WILLIAMS, Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, X – The Moonshot Factory
“If we have learned anything in the past year, it was the urgent need for allies in all facets of life. I’ve had the honor of working and partnering with Melinda over the years and she has modeled what it means to be an active ally. This book brings together what she has learned into powerful action-oriented frameworks.” —TIFFANY YU, CEO & Founder, Diversability
“Melinda’s dedication to creating safer, more inclusive organizations has had a profound impact on the tech industry. I’m grateful she’s taken the time to share her learnings so that individuals and companies across industries can begin their own journeys in action.” —KATELIN HOLLOWAY, Founding Partner, Seven Seven Six
“Melinda’s book is an accessible must-read! She provides thought-provoking historical context and, crucially, offers up many tangible ways to combine understanding and empathy in concrete actions that will make for a better workplace—as well as simply making us better people.” —ADAM QUINTON, Board Member and Treasurer, Holy Cross Energy
“The term ‘thought-leader’ is tossed out casually, however that is exactly what Melinda Briana Epler epitomizes. She is a leader who through her work, gently but forcefully, guides all of us to reexamine long-standing beliefs on meritocracy and then to take incremental, meaningful, and daily actions to build truly inclusive workplaces.”
—J. KELLY HOEY, investor and author, Build Your Dream Network
For a limited time only, everyone who orders the hardcover edition of “How To Become An Ally” will receive a BONUS gift:
Masterclass of How to Be an Ally in the Remote Workplace.
– Melinda Briana Epler