Queen [or King] of Allyship
Allyship with Women and Parents in the Workplace
In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Harold about being an ally to our co-workers with less privilege. Harold highlights his experience as an investor seeking out women-led businesses, his intentionality regarding supporting unique and diverse perspectives, as well as engaging with the unfamiliar. Harold encourages us to leverage our influence and power to propel women and parents forward in their professional endeavors. From hiring diverse talent to being the first “yes” one needs for successful entrepreneurship, Harold calls to both men and women -- your allyship holds more power than you would believe. Use it unapologetically, as if it was the best bottle of ketchup you’ve ever encountered (if you know, you know).
Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
Co-host: Harold Hughes
Harold Hughes is the founder & CEO of Bandwagon – a venture-backed identity infrastructure company that helps its customers transparently manage, aggregate, and store valuable consumer identity data. A man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Harold is actively involved in his community participating on the Board of Directors for Rebuild Upstate and Visit Greenville. He serves as a board member for Women@Austin, a non-profit that focuses on the advancement of women entrepreneurs as they grow their companies. Harold is an active angel investor, investing in women, people of color, and Black founder-led companies. Harold Hughes is a “Triple Tiger” graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors degrees in both Economics and Political Science, before pursuing a graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):
- Why this matters 2:30
- The evolution of allyship 6:55
- Intentional language 8:40
- The male role 13:00
- Some fatherly advice 19:20
- Future generations 23:15
- Femme fact: Women in the Armed Forces 28:35
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