We are so excited to have an amazing line-up of prominent leaders and trailblazers speaking at our 2019 Annual Conference Inspire. Innovate. Ignite! on Thursday, November 7 in Washington, DC. We will be introducing these dynamic and engaging speakers during the next couple of months here on our blog. We asked our speakers to answer a few questions about themselves, their approach to their career, and their lives.
This week’s “Getting To Know Our Conference Speakers” post highlights Lily Zheng, D&I Consultant and Co-Author, Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace. Lily will share Lessons in Inclusion as part of our new “Meet The Influencers” program at the conference. You don’t want to miss it!
Diversity & Flexibility Alliance: What was the most meaningful piece of leadership advice you have received? Who has had the most influence on your career?
DFA: How do you recharge?
LZ: I schedule in time with my chosen family–a handful of people from outside my professional life who I trust will care for me no matter what and who I can let my guard down around. It’s incredibly good for me to have people around whom I not only don’t want to, but can’t, talk about work.
LZ: When I’m with chosen family, wherever they happen to be.
DFA: What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
LZ: That I don’t have to be a perfect activist to be a good one.
DFA: How do you pay it forward?
DFA: What can we be doing to create more inclusive organizations?
- work with middle managers to articulate how diversity & inclusion factors into their team’s/project’s goals;
- create gender-inclusive bathrooms, locker rooms, and other spaces;
- hire and collaborate with members of marginalized groups on any project (and it should be most of them) in which they’re stakeholders;
- give your Chief Diversity Officer a damn budget.
DFA: How has flexibility impacted your life?
LZ: It’s one of the most important aspects of the life I live. As a consultant, I’ve worked to build my own life that allows me to have the impact in the world that I want while nourishing the parts of me that keep me going. I wouldn’t be able to do any of that without the flexibility I’ve made a core need.
DFA: What book is on your nightstand?
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