Your journey to true allyship | Talisa Lavarry | TEDxSeattleWomen

In this 2021 TEDxSeattleWomen talk, Talisa Lavarry explains how true allyship is opening doors for the marginalized that they cannot open for themselves. She outlines three key tactics for us to employ on our journey to allyship and gives examples for how these play out in real life.

Talisa leaves us with an appeal to use her advice to create a personalized allyship plan and journey, and reminds us that the things many of us take for granted may be the very thing that changes, or even saves, the life of someone who is marginalized.

7:50 Definition of true allyship
8:21 Three key points to consider on your journey to allyship

More to explore:

Learn more about Talisa’s book and anti-racism coaching

Check out Talisa’s Allyship journal

Watch this 2020 TEDxSeattle talk by Dr. Caprice Hollins, “What white people can do to move race conversations forward”: Talisa “Tali” Lavarry is the founder of Yum Yum Morale, a DEI Consultancy that focuses on the retention and advancement of diverse hires. Organizations large and small look to her, to bridge the gap between their leadership team and marginalized hires.

She is also the Best-Selling Author of Confessions from Your Token Black Colleague, an educational book; part memoir, part blueprint for change, that was featured in Adam Grant’s Fall Must Read List 2020.

In addition, Tali is a Keynote Speaker, Anti-Racism Coach, and a proud member of Washington State University’s Foster School of Business Alumni.

Tali serves as a designated Equity Coach & Consultant for JustLead WA and has been featured in Forbes, NYMag & CNBC to name a few. She is also a proud contributor of “Ask an Expert” by Harvard Business Review. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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