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Allyship: Advocating for Yourself and Others

  • Impact Hub Impact Hub Seattle 220 2nd Avenue South Seattle WA (map)

Allyship is more important than EVER! To make an impact in the world, we must advocate for ourselves and each other.

About this Event

In September, we will take a deep dive into what it actually means to advocate for ourselves and be an ally for others.

Come explore what it takes to be an ally, especially for underrepresented communities, and you will walk away from this event with meaningful steps you can take to improve equality in your personal and professional life.


9:00 am | Doors Open + Networking

9:30 am | Event Start + Welcome + Lean In Announcements

9:45 am | Be an Ally - Advocate for yourself and others

10:00 am | Panel

11:00 am | Breakout sessions (Workshops)

11:45 am | Commit to One Action

12:00 pm | CLOSE

We invite you to register and forward to your allies to RSVP! Note: Each attendee can reserve one ticket, so please ask your allies to RSVP separately.


Venus Rekow - Founder, Neutral Shifts

Founder of Neural Shifts, a consulting firm specialized in helping leaders drive culture change through a Diversity & Inclusion lens. Her passion is helping teams foster inclusive work spaces to drive innovation & performance. She is well known for her ability to assess organizational culture & translate research insights from Neuroscience & Behavioral economics to enable behavior change. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies & Non-profit organizations. Recently, she delivered a well received TEDx talk on “The Power of inclusion” at the University of Washington. Venus earned a Master’s degree from Seattle University in Organizational system dynamics and a B.S. in psychology from Boise State University. In addition, she completed coursework on Neuroscience and is a certified executive coach. She loves reading scientific articles and learning from her kids & husband.

Naomi Margolis - Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft

Naomi has been a member of the Lean In community since 2012. For more than 10 years she worked across Microsoft as an engineer, scaling and optimizing systems and services. As part of my Microsoft diversity and inclusion commitment and in line with my focus on scalability, Naomi launched MS Allies to connect existing efforts and resources and support new endeavors to help meet the demand for allyship, because demand for ally information far outweighed supply. She has interviewed over a hundred people and helped many groups launch their own ally programs. Naomi’s goal is to amplify the message of allyship exponentially, encouraging everyone to become an ally, starting with Microsoft and ideally spreading across the world.

Krishna Madhavan - Principal Group Manager, Microsoft Worldwide Learning Innovation Studio

Dr. Krishna Madhavan is Principal Group Manager and Co-lead of the Microsoft Worldwide Learning Innovation Studio. Prior to Microsoft, Krishna was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University with a primary focus on cyberlearning, learning and organizational analytics, and extreme scale data for learning. Krishna also served as Co-PI, Education Director, and Co-Lead for Analytics of the US National Science Foundation-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology ( which is actively used by over 1.5 million global researchers and learners annually.In January 2008, he was awarded the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for work on learner-centric, adaptive cyber-tools and cyber-environments. He was one of 49 faculty members selected as the nation’s top engineering educators and researchers by the US National Academy of Engineering to the Frontiers in Engineering Education symposium.

Kim Flanery-Rye - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Culture Advocate | Brand Strategist | Digital Marketer

Entrepreneurial in spirit, creatively minded and service at heart, Kimfer is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience with a diverse background in art, design, communication, training, digital marketing, brand strategy, executive leadership, design thinking and organizational development specifically focused on the IDEA: Inclusion = Diversity + Equity + Accessibility to build culture from the inside out. Kimfer believes a company’s culture is the heart and soul of the organization. Without a thoughtful and purposeful strategy to feed a culture that includes diversity, equity, and inclusion, it will take on a life of its own without your intent or approval.

Billy Price - Co-founder, BILLY Footwear

As a teenager and Seattle native, Billy Price suffered a spinal cord injury and became paralyzed from the chest down, losing the ability to move his fingers. Daily tasks became difficult, but using his creative mind and unyielding spirit, he never gave up. He continued on, facing life's challenges with tenacity and determination. Born out of a need, BILLY Footwear was founded on the principle of inclusion and perseverance. Along with co-founder Darin Donaldson, Billy strives to add value to the lives of others and make a measurable difference in the world, one foot at a time.