I’ve been focused on gender parity for years now. But one trend I’m digging of late is: the manbassador.
These are dudes who are in on the gender parity and generalized diversity discussion these days. Several top B schools (Wharton, Harvard, etc.) have started Manbassador chapters so men can get in on the conversations about gender parity and why diversity in boardrooms, C suites and everywhere in Corporate America is so important.
One of the boards I’m serving on right now is also focused on a panel addressing this exact topic this summer. And, if you’re man enough to join this movement, here are some ideas on how you can get in on the conversation – even if you can’t come to our Indy event in June on Manbassadorship:
1. Stop Talking…on all male panels. With one exception here – I’ll allow all the cool dudes out there to speak on all-male panels if the topic is how to get more gender parity and diversity in the workplace. There’s your one exception. You’re welcome.
3. Start your own Male Ally chapter – It takes a strong man to build women. Smart guys have done this – why not you?
4. Check your bias - I actually have bias strongly pro-woman. But at least I know that about myself, since I’ve taken several tests now about it. You should get a baseline on yourself.
And current manbassadors: you’re the real MVP. Thank you for realizing that women need a seat at the table too!