Beyond Allies: Building a network of support
One of the most common things we hear at NEW, particularly from men, is that they just don’t know where to begin supporting women – or how to really make a tangible difference. Beyond Allies was designed with those individuals in mind, and the program is open to anyone, regardless of gender!
There’s always more to learn about allyship, and the conversation is changing all the time. What we do know is how key allies are to Advancing All Women. Allies can become sponsors and mentors, and create change in policy and culture that have vast ripple effects on the lives of working women.
Friend of NEW and Beyond Allies Facilitator Tom Foley has noted that “Research reveals that men often struggle to recognize gender discrimination and harassment in real time. While 77 percent of men report doing ‘everything they can’ to support gender equality at work, only 41 percent of women agree… Men often remain on the sidelines rather than being true advocates and allies. Situational awareness is key, and demands training and preparedness.”
NEW piloted Beyond Allies in 2020 and early 2021 with 276 men and women of all seniority levels and across many organizations. To say it ‘hit the spot’ for participants is an understatement! One VP-level participant told us that it “Gave [them] as a veteran leader the inspiration to coach and develop the next generation.” An HR Partner stated that “the content and small group discussions were valuable in gaining insight into how I can effectively be an ally …it also gave me great perspective on how my male colleagues could be thinking about allyship and how I can support them.”
Participants consistently mentioned how immediately actionable program content was – that they could take what they learned into the workplace and start making tangible change immediately! One manager stated that, immediately following the program, it “already has helped give me the language for a pay equity issue and [I am] looking forward to helping others in the future.”
Beyond Allies 2021
We were thrilled by the response to the program pilot, and now I’m pleased to say that our first public session is open for registration! There are just 375 spots available, and registration will close on Sept. 16, so we encourage you to register early for this powerful experience. Learn more about the program and register at newonline.org/beyondallies.