For many women of color, multiple levels of intersectionality impact their experiences in the workplace. During Fair360’s 2023 Women of Color and Their Allies (WOCA) event held on September 21, panelists discussed how organizations can support a variety of identities and ensure support for women of color.
Working Against Biases
Fostering inclusion and belonging is crucial for a woman of color to thrive. As a female from South America, Eliana Nunez, VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The Cigna Group (No. 14 on the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list), experienced firsthand how biases can impact one’s success.
“Early in my career, I realized that being a foreigner brought with it biases in the workplace. Those biases actually created situations where I felt isolated, devalued. There were comments made,” Nunez said. “My passion has always come through as who I’ve been. And that passion also started becoming a derailer.”