Visibility and What it Means

In today’s episode of the Diverse Minds podcast, I’m joined by Louise Goux-Wirth to talk about visibility.

Louise shares her insights about visibility and being seen at work. We talk about the positive impact of being visible and how it can help your career trajectory. When and how to make yourself more visible, and why it’s important to do so.

Louise also talks about when to keep your head down if you’re underrepresented in the workplace, so you don’t feel unsafe.  

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About my guest

Louise is an equality specialist in higher education. She works to increase engagement for staff and students through enhancing a sense of community and connection. Her core passions are discussions around race, LGBT+ inclusion, mental health and theories of intersectionality.

Her proudest achievement last year was running the Kigali Marathon and raising £1000 for Imbuto. A foundation of the First Lady of Rwanda to support their programmes in education, health and youth empowerment. 

This led to incredible opportunities for performing at the V&A Museum, London City Hall and Google HQ. Louise wears her passion and values firmly on her sleeve through various charity engagements, public speaking and being visible within her community.

She recently spoke at the This Can Happen Conference as part of a panel on faith, diversity and mental health. Louise shared her experience of racism in the workplace and how organisations can effectively support their Black staff.

She describes herself as unapologetically ambitious, which is a trait that has pushed her through various challenges and obstacles throughout her life. 

She uses her social media platform to talk candidly about her experience with adoption and lived experience of mental health to create an open and authentic dialogue. Her aspiration is to become a leading CEO in the charity sector combining her passion for equality, amplifying diverse voices and creating sustainable social change. 

In today’s show, we talk about visibility:

  • About Louise and the work she does.  [02:51]
  • What visibility means to her [12.34] 
  • Different ways of being visible. [13:39]
  • What can workplaces do to enable all staff to be seen and heard. [21:04]
  • Her advice to anyone who wants to be more visible but feels scared. [26:01]
  • How Louise looks after her mental health. [28:43]

Quotes:

  • As I got more involved with the LGBT society, I realised there was so much more to the LGBT community beyond nightclubs. And that’s when my activism really started. 
  • It’s really important that we’re not just physically visible but also verbally visible.
  • It has to feel safe for you, and there is no obligation to be visible. 
  • I think organisations need to make sure that they empower and enable underrepresented groups to be their best selves.
  • I would start off being visible within your safe spaces.
  • There’s something really powerful about the diversity of ways that people are visible.

Connect with my guest

  • Follow Louise Ndibwirende Goux-Wirth on Twitter
  • Connect with Louise Ndibwirende Goux-Wirth on LinkedIn 

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