#16: How do I correct sexist language without scaring my report?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I’m a white man in a leadership position at a tech company. My team is unusually diverse and we talk about diversity fairly often. A few months back one of the men on my team used the phrase ‘girls’ when describing young women (in their early twenties) who work as professionalContinue reading “#16: How do I correct sexist language without scaring my report?”

#15: What term should I use when talking about people who have disabilities?

This week’s question is an amalgam of several different questions: Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), Can you tell me once and for all what the proper term is to use when talking about people who have disabilities? I see “people with disabilities,” “disabled people,” and “differently abled” most often. Whatever I pick, half the time someoneContinue reading “#15: What term should I use when talking about people who have disabilities?”

#13: Can I do anything about my rude, sexist, racist boss?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a white, university-educated woman and I recently started a new job based in Europe. The issue is my boss, who is a rude, sexist, racist white man. He is much older than me and is viewed in our industry as a merely strong-headed, kinda grumpy guy who achieved aContinue reading “#13: Can I do anything about my rude, sexist, racist boss?”

#6: What do I do about oppressive speech from clients?

Dear Ally (Skills Teacher), I am a white man who is a low-rung-on-the-ladder employee at a small technology company that is a vendor for several moderately sized banking companies. When on conference calls our clients, I often hear their clients making oppressive comments. My boss (and owner of the company) is a woman of colorContinue reading “#6: What do I do about oppressive speech from clients?”