Today I’m speaking with Rashada Harry. Rashada is the Co Founder of social enterprise Your Future Your Ambition, She has been recognised as a Rising Star in Technology by We are the City and a Future Leader by EMPower. Rashada works for Vodafone and previously worked at Cisco.
Rashada has an enthusiastic and contagious passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, she was able to explore this as part of her work in an employee resource group; she really ran with the idea in order to establish an innovative social enterprise in her spare time. This is why I wanted to get her on the show.
In todays show we discuss several things including
- Your Future Your Ambition, why it is important and necessary
- The responsibility employee resource groups have to their communities and organisations
- Social Awareness and why it matters to organisations and much much more
Here’s some of the wisdom that Rashada shared:
Visible Role Models matter to aspiring young talent
Rashada acknowledges that increased diversity in the workplace means an increase in the potential role models for all individuals. However Rashada insists that for aspiring young talent, the importance of seeing visible role models that look like them cannot be understated:
“What you see is what you can be”
The importance of helping others
Sharing knowledge and opportunities is important to Rashada and she explains how she is personally motivated to do so from her work with employee resource groups within organisations to her work with Your Future Your Ambition outside of the workplace. Rashada shares one of her personal mantras that demonstrates her values regarding supporting others:
“I have two hands, one to help myself and one to help someone else”
Our individual potential for legacy
Rashada believes in lasting change and explains how as individuals we have the potential to create our own legacies through our activities in our personal life as well as in the workplace. Rashada explains that our actions may influence others without our knowledge.
“You’re the legacy that helps that next person and you never know who you’re inspiring”
SHOW SUMMARY SLIDES
THE KEY TAKEAWAY
Things don’t stop and start with you
Here are some selected links to for the resources and reports I discuss in the episode.
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