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Ally invites UVU students to become inclusive leaders

November 04, 2021 – Wearing Wolverine green, Ally invites UVU business students to become inclusive and collaborative leaders. She reminds students that executives who seek diversity create more engaged workers and profitable organizations.

“Organizations that drive diversity, equity and inclusion enjoy a boom in innovation. Collaboration and employee engagement also combine to deliver a distinct competitive and fiscal advantage” Ally said.

Students in attendance got a taste of Ally’s inherent skills of inclusion with her selection of slides and even her clothing choice, that encouraged school spirit. One of the students in attendance, McKenzie Goodnow really appreciated Ally’s inherent skills to model inclusivity.

“I loved her professional green suit and the streak of green in her hair. Without being distracting, her appearance reflected that she prepared for her audience and was proud to be here at UVU…I specifically love how she mentioned…that she did this to celebrate us. She was practicing what she was preaching on how to be inclusive” said Goodnow.

The importance of inclusivity, is something Ally knows well. She spent 25 years working on executive teams in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. She presented data that reinforced the need for diversity on executive teams and discussed the economic boom in inovation diverse companies enjoy.

“Companies in the top quartile of gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to experience above-average profitability than peer companies in the fourth quartile. The findings are even more compelling for ethnic and cultural diversity — companies in the top 25% outperformed those in the bottom quarter by 36% in terms of profitability,” she said.

Ally also emphasized that companies need to create cultures that celebrate differences, identify barriers to advancement and foster dialogue. She also argued that corporate policies need to include equitable recruitment, training, and compensation. And leaders need to create new mindsets and lead by example – to become culturally agile leaders. “Leadership is an attribute, not a job title” Ally said.

Tom Macdonald, Assistant Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, invited Ally to address students in the business department.

Ally’s experience working with people from all backgrounds make her a culturally agile and inclusive leader. The kind of leader we need in Washington D.C., to put a stop to the divisiveness that plagues our Nation!

To watch the full presentation, click HERE.