Our Male Allies

If Black women are to advance in the workplace, they will need the assistance of their male allies—such as this outstanding group

By Jackie Krentzman

Black women recognize that they carry a burden of having to be twice as good as anyone else to get ahead. That understanding can instill a helpful sense of self-reliance, but it also can be pressure packed.
That’s why all of us, especially Black women, need allies. Workplace allies can play a multitude of roles: informal (or formal) mentor and sponsor, connector to leadership development opportunities, coach, or simply someone to bounce ideas off and commiserate with.
With men still largely dominating leadership positions, many Black women will be turning to a male as their ally. Here are five men who have thought long and deeply about how they and their company and organizations can best help support Black women in their leadership quest.

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