What the flip is allyship?
And what is an "allyship consultant"?
Well, I made it up but I say "allyship" not just diversity. As an allyship consultant that specializes in dialogue facilitation, I will create spaces for discussion and healing on matters of race and inequality for my clients.
I define allyship as a deep, robust, unapologetic, unearned friendship with different people groups. True friendship takes thoughtfulness, awareness, selflessness and customization. Therefore, if you learn to treat allyship as friendship it will be impossible for it to be performative or to just hang it up when it's uncomfortable. A real friend doesn't let their grandma talk about you when you leave the room!
To that end, my goal is that each participant comes out of the allyship immersion experience with (1) a clear sense of conviction, (2) tools to approach difficult situations with cultural awareness/racial sensitivity and (3) energy to be an active change-maker in the world.
THIS is what keeps people at organizations: knowing they're heard and seen. When you see each other, you anticipate each other's needs with real action and real policy changes. HR should know when its time to reach out. Execs should know when its time to issue a mental-health day.
I am a storyteller (see the about me page! ), so one thing I know for certain is that we all have a story about why we do what we do. Let's not lose our why in the midst of all the ways we are learning that our "how" isn't effective. Let me help. Let me help you re-write this story...your story, so that it may live on beyond us all.