Session: Making Allyship Actionable; We can All be Allies
In order to effective change to occur in the tech industry, to correct the representation disparity, the ‘value of diversity has to be part of every single persons’ impact at work. It is important for everyone’s career to include “And”. “And” be an ally, “and” speak up to get other’s voice heard at the table, “and” make choices that further inclusion for yourself and others. In this talk, Hernan will share his career journey, looking back over the amazing and powerful women that have shaped his life, and how he is using his position now to share that same support for future women in leadership. As a Latino, in the tech space, Hernan is uniquely positioned to frame his allyship as both a giver and receiver. He will share his tips on how to be an effective ally, ensuring you think about the representation in meetings, paying attention to reflecting the communities you serve, asking vulnerable questions, being vocal in support of others, and receiving feedback as an ally. This talk is for everyone empowered to shake the disparity in their industry or field. We can all be allies and we can all do more to empower each other.
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Bio: Hernan Asorey
Hernán Asorey joined Microsoft in November of 2020 as the Corporate Vice President and Chief Data Officer for Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business division and Commercial Software Engineering organization. Hernán also leads the applied Machine Learning team in engaging with many of the top Microsoft customers around the world and he guides the organization in leading-edge data science initiatives and strategy.
Hernán lives in the Seattle area with his husband, Joan, and their pup, Gala. He has lived in five countries throughout his life, is an architecture and design enthusiast, a master sommelier, loves music, art, travel, and being a lifelong learner.