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DEI in Action Panel: The Role of Allyship
June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
We want to introduce our new Event Series: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Topics!
Vast inequities exist among different groups that we come into contact with everyday. These inequities can divide people based on income, education, healthcare access, food security, home ownership, and more. Similar divides exist over issues of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, native language, and disabilities.
As part of our ongoing focus to bring together those of different backgrounds in our community, we want to hold events for those looking to educate themselves more on specific issues of diversity, equity, or inclusion and create an environment for speakers of underrepresented groups to have a voice.
Our first event to kick off this new series will be our DEI in Action Panel, made up of individuals passionate about DEI topics and implementation.
We’ve all heard the term “ally,” used to describe someone who is not directly impacted by oppression but who takes action to stand up for marginalized groups. There can allyship needs in our groups of friends, in the workplace and even at home.
When inequity occurs in our workplace environment, it can have a disproportionate impact. When work becomes a source of frustration or challenge because of systemic inequity, it can affect an individual’s life outside of work hours, too. The inequity does not get addressed. Using allyship as a diversity and inclusion tool in the workplace challenges this system and uses majority or leadership voices to amplify all voices.
Inclusivity can be fostered by allyship because it creates a culture where workers and people are less likely to feel isolated and on the margins. Instead of pushing the conversation to one-time actions such as the occasional hire, allyship encourages all individuals at a company to ask themselves about their blind spots and what they can do to elevate voices. It gives everyone a role to play in improving an environment.
Jennifer Broadus is delighted in her role as the Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager for the King County Information Technology Department. She has been serving King County for 15 years and was a former army military veteran before that. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, Jennifer was a native of the Washington, D.C. area and has traveled extensively around the world. When she is not being a professional disruptor she spends time in her community in various leadership and training capacities. She thrives on creative energy, social activism, martial arts, and fun.
Keelcy Perez Woolley is a seasoned global mobility and immigration professional specializing in developing and enhancing mobility programs to attract and retain top talent globally. Her dedication lies in championing inclusive and diverse initiatives that foster a culture of inclusion and diversity. As the leader of the Meta Latin employee resource group for the Seattle region, she actively nurtures community connections. Based in Seattle, Keelcy finds joy in running, dancing, and making meaningful contributions to her community.
Susan Seah, Founder and CEO of The Koa Club, Susan has been a believer of living life boldly and is always undertaking new challenges to learn and grow. She grew up in Singapore, was on the Singapore National Junior Team for bowling while in high school, and at the age of 17, came to the United States to attend college. She went on to law school after attaining her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree and was one of the youngest persons to graduate from her law school class at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a corporate lawyer at some of the largest law firms in Chicago and Ohio, and then became Associate General Counsel and General Counsel for private and public traded technology companies. In 2009, she started her own law practice with a law partner and now acts as outside General Counsel for various technology firms. Susan has been featured in the December 2019 Seattle Business Magazine as a “Daring Woman”. She was also interviewed and included as a feature in the Fall 2020 America’s Women Magazine for their inaugural Seattle Edition. In March 2021, Susan’s story about her passion for empowerment of women was highlighted by the Singapore Global Network on International Women’s Day.
Who Can Attend & Fee
Public Event – Open to all members and non-members of The Koa Club
Location/ Date & Time
Online via Zoom only:
*****Zoom link will be provided in the RSVP confirmation email*******
Date: Monday, June 12, 2023
Time: 12pm – 1:00pmPT/2pm-3pmCT/3pm-4pmET
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