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Political Activism in the Workplace | #VillanovaHRTea

Have you ever considered if there is a place for employees' political activism in the workplace? After summer protests around racial equity and social justice in 2020, many organizations heard from employees that they wanted a space for these types of conversations. Many felt the organization itself also had an imperative to be involved in those conversations. So, what does that mean for organizations going forward? That is just want we will discuss on the newest episode of #VillanovaHRtea available now on iTunes and Google Podcasts! In this episode, Kyle Ali, Talent Development Lead and Former Global Head of the Black Googlers' Network, will will help us tackle these questions and so much more around DEI and his work at Google.


"Google's leadership made a very smart choice (last summer) when it came to how they wanted to engage the Black Googlers' Network. They decided to position us as experts, position us as advisors, but they did not position us as the people who had to go execute the strategy. Instead, they tapped on folks from the project management office and people from across the business which distributed and shared the responsibility. It also did not put an extra burden on members to now solve a problem which they were experiencing directly. This is hugely important. The Employee Resource Group becomes an affinity space, it becomes a crisis management office, and now it becomes a strategic arm for the business."

--Kyle Ali


After you listen to the episode, connect with Kyle and check out some of the work that Google is doing related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Connect with Kyle Ali on LinkedIn.

  • Learn more about the work Google is doing to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

  • Check out the Google Equity Talks. Google regularly interviews some of the world’s most powerful voices on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, with the goal of translating the energy of the dialogue into lasting, meaningful change.

  • View the 2020 Google Diversity Report to see the steps Google is taking to "strengthen the diverse communities both within and outside Google." (Melonie Parker)


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