Developing Diversity and Inclusion with Allyson Zimmermann of Catalyst
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While diversity and inclusion may be hot topics in today’s workspace, Allyson  Zimmermann and the team at Catalyst have been advocating for better policies around race, gender, ethnicity, and other categories for decades. 

We at Siemens Energy have had the opportunity to work with Allyson, and it was a pleasure to have her on the show.  She explains why the key to any real conversation about diversity and inclusion is a willingness to truly listen (without interrupting!). Once you’ve listened, you also have to be brave enough to question your beliefs to see if they hold up against the experience and testimony of others.

In this episode, Allyson also discusses:

  • Having the courage to call out situations without shaming others
  • Aligning company values into a new way of thinking
  • Creating a framework for differences to be celebrated
  • The invisibility of privilege to those who have it

She also talks about “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.” We will all make mistakes as we try to be more inclusive and it’s simply a case of being patient with that and continuing to move forward.

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