How men can be true allies to women at work

In this week's podcast episode Susan Popoola and I discuss how men can be true allies to women at work across all cultures and backgrounds. Continue Reading How men can be true allies to women at work

Welcome to the 133rd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. March is all about recognition. With a focus on supporting women, raising women up and remembering the women that have been forgotten. So, today we’re going to be talking about how men can be true allies to women at work. Going beyond and across all cultural backgrounds. To join me in doing this is human value optimisation specialist Susan Popoola.

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About my guest Susan Popoola

Susan has a first degree in political science. In addition, she’s achieved diplomas and personnel management and the art of systems thinking.

She has a postgraduate diploma in human resources with a specialism in organisational consultancy and a master’s in human resources, strategy and change. She is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the CIPC and a member of the Milton Keynes branch, the British Chamber of Commerce.

She’s also a common purpose graduate, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Windsor Castle Society of Leadership Fellow. Susan has experience of working on projects from the private-public and voluntary sectors, including era WorleyParsons, Department of help London Fire Service and the Royal Festival Hall.

She has a focus on HR strategy and change, talent management, performance management, succession planning, diversity and inclusion. She’s previously worked as a youth worker and a business ambassador for youth enterprise. Susan was in fact a founding board member and committee chair on a school board for 10 years.

She also conducts work within education and runs programmes for young adults. Susan uses her skills and capabilities to leverage the value of people in the world of work society that we live in. And through the education and integration of the younger generation. Susan refers to this as human value optimization.

In today’s show on how men can be true allies to women at work

  • About Susan Popoola and what she does. [02:44]
  • How she became a human value optimisation specialist. [04:53]
  • What the term allyship means to her. [08:57]
  • Some ways men can really be true allies to women. [09:56]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [24:40]

Quotes on how men can be true allies to women at work

  • Growing up, I was taught, everyone has value, something to offer.
  • Allyship to me means men caring about women, recognising that they have a place and thinking about ways to support them.
  • Men need to understand how typically, women think differently from them due to socialisation.
  • I know who I am and what I do. I’m very purpose-driven. So that means I’m less likely to be distracted by people and what’s going on around on me.
  • We’re all on a journey and it makes sense to have a better understanding of where people are and to journey together from the point that they are at.

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