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Allyship Series Part 1: As an Individual

Thursday, September 10, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am
Zoom (registration required to receive session link)

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We all can be allies.

You're invited to the first of two live Zoom calls for an interactive experience that will explore allyship. Learn what this often-used term means, why it is critical to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations, and which tools to use to help you be an ally in common work situations.

The second session in the series will focus on being a systematic ally -- meaning how to develop, champion, and implement effective workplace strategies to improve workforce diversity and an equitable and inclusive working environment. Event date and registration details coming soon. 

Event flow:

  • Welcome and intros
  • Overview of session objectives
  • Interactive presentation and conversation around how you can be an ally, and why allyship is critical to creating diverse and inclusive organizations
  • Session wrap-up

About the speakers:

Allison Coppel, MBA '06 also holds a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Nice, and a Bachelors in International Relations from Emory University. In the mining industry, she has worked at BHP, Antamina, Teck, Anglo American, and now is with Newmont as the Director of Value Assurance, which conducts technical reviews of investment proposals, following five years as the Global Director of Social Responsibility. She also is Co-Chair of Newmont’s Women & Allies Business Resource Group, an employee-led group to improve gender diversity and create an inclusive work environment. Prior to mining, she consulted for international development organizations such as the World Bank. She has lived and worked in the US, Mali, France, Spain, Guatemala, Chile, and Peru, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and some Portuguese. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Simone Hill, MA/MBA '14 is a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategist with experience spanning across private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. She currently leads the execution of DEI initiatives at Omidyar Network and manages the organization’s new portfolio of grants focused on Pluralism. Simone is passionate about helping organizations create scalable practices that foster open, reflective, and inclusive cultures. She previously led the recruiting and developing of diverse talent at Upstart, and created and implemented the DEI strategy for the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Admissions team. Simone earned her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University and a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut. 

Sabah Mirza, MBA '99 is a brand and strategic communications specialist who helps leaders and organizations articulate ideas clearly and authentically, to win the hearts and minds of their constituents. Sabah’s previous work as a product engineer at Ford, strategy consultant at Accenture, VP of marketing at PlanetPro, and advocate for marginalized communities, inspired her to found GoRise Consulting. She has chaired DEI committees at two Bay Area schools and recently initiated Allies99, an allyship and racial justice initiative, in collaboration with eight Stanford classmates. Sabah earned her MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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