54 minutes | Mar 24, 2021

Empowering Women Podcast S3: Cynthia Orduña, The Power of Allyship in Shaping Women’s History

Episode 5 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women PodcastGUEST:  Cynthia Orduña, Career Coach and DEI ConsultantBIO:  Career coach and talent development advisor with a background in recruiting, career development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has helped over 50 startup companies in L.A., S.F., N.Y., and Chicago recruit and retain talent, and has coached over 300 people in all stages of their career from entry to senior levels. She specializes in helping people enter the technology industry, build their business and create their personal brand. Her life mission is to amplify as many voices, cultures and backgrounds as she can by helping people develop themselves personally and professionally.CONNECT WITH CYNTHIALinkedIn Instagram (@cynnluu) YoutubeLINKSCynthia's WebsiteWomen's History MonthEmpowering Women WebsiteEmpowering Women Slack ChannelEmpowering Women 2021 Event InformationQUOTES“After having filled out the EEOC report for the company, I realized that I was the only Latina working in the organization in a non-janitorial capacity and 80% of their employees were white males.” (3:05)“I soon realized, that once again, the industry I found myself in (technical recruiting) didn’t look like me… I wanted to meet people who understood what I was going through and not feel so alone in the process.” (4:28)“I fought and I advocated to create more of a diverse pipeline. Get them to see people were qualified for these jobs even if they didn’t look like the perfect candidate.”“Allyship is about doing what you can to support and uplift voices from people in underrepresented groups (8:17)“Allyship can be very simple.  Taking the time to educate yourself on your privilege or the lack of opportunities other people have because of their identity. Making sure you are listening and accepting the perspectives of the people you’re trying to support versus playing devil’s advocate, acting like we’re in a debate club, or believing that you may have the solution.” (8:28)“Allyship isn’t necessarily about being praised or even being noticed for the work that you’re doing.” (8:59)“Allyship is about being comfortable being a supporting actor.  Oftentimes it is a more personal journey more than anything else.” (9:48)‘Are we actively listening and seeing our unconscious biases during these dynamics while they’re happening? (14:24)“Even as women we can end up judging each other and being detrimental to others’ careers.” (16:04)“Microaggressions are often very subtle, indirect or unintentional comments that can negatively target or affect other person.  It is a form of bias and discrimination.” (18:44)“Create an environment where people feel comfortable questioning them (hiring manager on hiring biases).” (27:21)“Tons of ways women can be at a disadvantage because of these unconscious biases. Another thing that happens to women in meetings is getting cut off very frequently.” (~28:30)“Similarity bias is where we tend to like and accept people who look like us, think like us, and remind us of ourselves.” (30:39)“Taking the initiative to getting to know everyone on your team equally.”“Empowering who you mentor to show up as their authentic self” (36:21)“Allyship is not an easy journey.”
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