How to Be an Ally: 23 Resources That Can Help

Caroline Forsey
Caroline Forsey


Inclusivity is a critical component for long-term employee retention, and even company growth.


For instance, a Catalyst report, Inclusive Leadership: The View From Six Countries, found the more included employees felt, the more innovative they reported being in their jobs, and the more they went "above and beyond" to achieve team goals. If you want each of your employees to invest time and energy into their work, you need to invest resources to ensure they feel included and valued.Download Now: Free Company Culture Code TemplateTo achieve inclusivity at your workplace, it's crucial you encourage allyship across the organization to foster a sense of belonging for everyone.

Being an ally means working to develop empathy towards another group's challenges or issues -- and, ultimately, creating a culture in which that group feels valued.

Here, we've cultivated a list of resources to help you gain awareness on different perspectives, and ultimately become a more effective ally. While our list is by no means all-inclusive, it's a good starting point for broadening your own views of the world, your unique privilege, and how you can help others feel included.

12 Resources to Read

  1. How To Challenge Ourselves to Grow As Allies by Corey Ponder
  2. Learning To Cope With Clinical Depression Has Made Me A Better Manager by Libby Maurer
  3. Why LGBT Employees Need Workplace Allies by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
  4. How to be an Ally in the Office by Natalie Stevens
  5. The Complexity of Identity: "Who Am I?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  6. Diversity in Tech: The Unspoken Empathy Gap by Jules Walter
  7. Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits by Jonathan Sposato
  8. Ageism, Diversity’s Forgotten Cousin by Christopher Platts
  9. Why Diversity Matters by Vivian Hunt, Dennis Layton, and Sara Prince
  10. For Women and Minorities to Get Ahead, Managers Must Assign Work Fairly by Joan C. Williams and Marina Multhaup
  11. All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds? By Leah Donnella
  12. Blind Since Birth, Writing Code at Amazon Since 2013 by Neal Karlinsky and Jordan Stead

6 Resources to Watch

  1. The Urgency of Intersectionality by Kimberlé Crenshaw at TEDWomen
  2. The Surprising Solution to Workplace Diversity by Arwa Mahdawi at TEDx Talks
  3. The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie at TEDGlobal
  4. The Paradox of Diversity by Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley at TEDx Talks
  5. Implicit Bias -- How It Effects Us and How We Push Through by Melanie Funchess at TEDx Talks
  6. Are You Biased? I Am by Kristen Pressner at TEDx Talks

5 Resources to Listen To

  1. Intersectionality Matters by Nephtali Navarro
  2. Out at Work by Nancy, with Tobin Low and Kathy Tu
  3. Code Switch by NPR
  4. Women at Work by HBR
  5. Tech Inclusion by Change Catalyst

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