schuyler, ally, allyship

PwC Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer Shannon Schuyler Talks Allyship

Allies do a lot of important things in a workplace. They listen, support and empower and can drastically change the way a company functions for all of its employees — in a good way.

Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose and inclusion officer at PwC (DiversityInc Hall of Fame) dug deep into what being an ally looks like, what they can and should do and what work still needs to be done during her TED Talk-style presentation during the virtual DiversityInc Top 50 event on May 5, 2020.

“We often talk about how far we’ve gone around gender. And we do so without recognizing the privilege that we have as white women to talk about [gender equality] because women of color have not seen the same advancement that we have,” Schuyler said.

Too often, white people try to be superheroes instead of simply being a part of the solution, Schuyler explained. When she first came to that realization, she felt ashamed but quickly turned it into inner developments to become a better ally.

Schuyler also shared some statistics that helped her realized how big the gap still is between men and women and between white women and nonwhite women:

  • There are fewer women in CEO positions at the Fortune 500 than there are men CEOs in the Fortune 500 with the first name James.
  • As of January 2020, there are no Black or Hispanic female CEOs in the S&P 500.
  • 59% of nonwhite women say they don’t even meet anyone within leadership positions in their company.

“Corporate America is biased,” Schuyler said. “It is not working for Black women or women of color, even more so than white women, and we need to acknowledge that … COVID-19 has put on an entirely different lens because we see it playing out every day. It is disturbing and dangerous to see the gap continue to grow. This pandemic has shown that those who were marginalized are even more marginalized.”

Schuyler went on to declare that allyship is using privilege and power to make equity and inclusion a part of everyone’s life. Schuyler also believes allyship is rooted in humility; in order to make a difference in the lives of marginalized people, allies have to become an instrument to change, which involves checking one’s privilege and giving up power.

“As white women, we have a choice to make. We can look at allyship as coaching, mentoring, bringing someone along or we can look at it as a way of tackling barriers,” Schuyler said. “We make sure we’re focused on using our power and privilege for somebody else.”

Latest News

Boeing Elects Lynne Doughtie to Board of Directors, Following Resignation of Director Caroline Kennedy

Originally published on boeing.mediaroom.com. The Boeing Company (No. 27 on 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) board of directors today announced that Lynne Doughtie has been elected to the board, replacing Caroline Kennedy who has resigned following three years of dedicated service. Doughtie, 58, retired from KPMG in 2020, after serving as U.S. Chairman and CEO…

Flint, Michigan water plant

Ex-Michigan Governor Charged for Racist Lead Poisoning of Flint Water Supply; COVID-19 Vaccines Not Increasing in Availability; Democrats Plan to Repeal Trump Rules; and More

Former Michigan Governor formally charged for poisoning thousands of predominantly Black Flint citizens with water containing lead. In 2014, when the city of Flint was forced by the state to begin taking its water supply from the Flint river rather than using water from nearby Detroit as it had for…

NYPD under suit

NYPD Sued for Years of Racial Abuse and Use of Excessive Force; Trump Administration Approves Discrimination Against LGBTQ individuals; and More

NYPD sued by Attorney General for years of racial abuse and use of excessive force. In what’s been called a “landmark lawsuit,” The New York Times has reported that New York state Attorney General Letitia James is suing the city of New York, the mayor and the NYPD’s leaders, alleging…

NBCUniversal News Group Launches NBCU Academy, Offering Training to Universities and Community Colleges

NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy, a new, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students through education, on-campus training and online programming. Originally published on corporate.comcast.com. The initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists,…

Kaiser

Kaiser Permanente: Committing $8.15M for Racial Equity

Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org. Grants to grassroots and nonprofit organizations will help address structural racism and practices that prevent communities of color from achieving good health and well-being. Kaiser Permanente (DiversityInc Hall of Fame), the nation’s largest integrated, nonprofit health system, has awarded $8.15 million to support dozens of nonprofit…

Toyota Research Institute and Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab Study How to Improve Automotive Safety

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. Inspired by the Skills of Professional Drift Drivers, Research Seeks to Combine the Technology of Vehicle Automation with Artificial Intelligence Algorithms What if every driver who ran into trouble had the instinctive reflexes of a professional race car driver and the calculated foresight of a supercomputer…

Tribal elder

Loss of Tribal Elders Due to COVID-19 Decimating Indigenous Populations; Colorado Revamps Common-Law Marriage Requirements, Making Them More Friendly for LGBTQ Couples; and More

Loss of tribal elders due to COVID-19 decimating Indigenous populations. The Muscogee, Navajo, Blackfeet Nation, White Mountain Apache and Choctaw tribes are among the many communities of Indigenous people suffering irreparable losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Times reporter Jack Healy has reported. Already impacted by infection rates…