Why is There an Active Allyship Gap in the Workplace?

Jeena Cho recalls the many times she could have used an ally at work — too many for her to remember. 

One day after the Uvalde school shooting, the mindfulness coach and consultant said she was an emotional wreck. Cho, an Asian American, was overwhelmed with feelings of not being safe. The racially-charged shootings in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California. The second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by a policeman. It was all too much for her. 

Cho attended a meeting of predominantly white female lawyers discussing women’s health. When Cho brought up the recent shootings, she was met mostly with silence. After the meeting, Cho received private messages from two white women who said she was courageous for speaking out. 

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