WOCA 2022: How Women of Color Can Uplift One Another in the Workplace

In a dog-eat-dog workforce, one of the best things women of color can do for one another is support each other at work.

That was the main message during a session titled “How WOC Support One Another at Work” at DiversityInc’s 5th-annual Women of Color and Their Allies event.

Pilar Ramos, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary atTelevisaUnivision, Inc., said women of color can support one another by embracing the fact that “we’re representing a broader demographic, whether we like it or not.” 

Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President at Humana (No. 9 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022) said women of color also need to recognize the strengths of other women of color. At her company, she’s been able to do this through a network resource group for women of color called “Thriving Thursdays” that meets regularly.

“I’ve learned a lot about women of color in my organization who have skills and strengths I could deposit somewhere else if the opportunity comes up,” she said.

Dr. Olayiwola added that women of color can also support one another at work by not tearing each other down in meetings or any other workplace setting.

“Even if I don’t agree with you, I will never do that publicly,” she said. “Take it somewhere else. We’ll talk about it and disagree, but keep that safe space. Know that if you’re in the room, if I’m in the room, you are supported, you’re valued, you will be heard.” 

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