Does gender affect your ability to see others professional capabilities?
Leyla Acaroglu of Design Disrupt asked herself this very question:
“Is my gender affecting other people’s opinions of me and my professional capabilities?”
The AIGA Women Lead committee has teamed up with Leyla, a designer and sociologist, to create the Gender Equity Toolkit, a tool for busting through one of the leading causes of disparate access to leadership positions in the design field: implicit gender-related bias.
Gender Equity Toolkit
Here is how you can become part of the solution:
#1. Learn: Watch the three short instructional videos to hear insights garnered through user-centered workshops on implicit bias and professional development.
#2. Participate: Download the PDF to make your own kit and play as part of your team building activities. Each game is designed as a method to create equity in the workplace through low-pressure, empathy-building exercises that include:
• Connected conversations: Help groups bond and gain powerful insights into one another by seeking shared values as points of connection.
• Empathy building: Overcome stereotypes by gaining understanding and insight that allows for a shared feeling or experience.
• Scenario testing: Build the mental muscle to tackle complex career hurdles, such as asking for a raise or negotiating a salary deal.
#3. Grow: Put your insights to use with real-life practice in your office.