Nancy Hoque

A glimpse at Lean In at Berkeley Haas

By Eileen Jacob

We've previously introduced you to Nancy Hoque, a student in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program with a passion for gender equity. She has extended that passion to launching Lean In circles at various organizations, including at Berkeley Haas.

This past year, Nancy led a session with fellow evening and weekend MBA student Tess Peppers. Joining in were Haas Director of Diversity and Inclusion Élida Bautista, Dean Rich Lyons, Haas Lecturer and film producer Adam Leipzig, and students from the full-time and part-time MBA programs.

The group discussed making diversity actionable through allyship and, says Nancy, shared "an incredible hour full of candid conversations, powerful stories, and plenty of 'A-ha!' moments."

Among these were five approaches to making diversity actionable through allyship:

  1. Allyship isn't only about speaking for others; sometimes it's about knowing when it's your job to take up less space.
  2. Naming your intention can strengthen it. One example? the Manbassadors connected to Women in Leadership at Berkeley Haas.
  3. Remember that power is not so much given as taken. That means a moment of genuine presence can shift the power dynamic.
  4. Focus when working in intersectional causes can enhance impact, as with the Gender Equity Initiative at Berkeley Haas.
  5. It's important to recognize when you have a podium—and can be a voice for those that do not.

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Posted on April 11, 2018
Eileen Jacob
Eileen was Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals from 2017-2019. She enjoyed meeting prospective students and helping them explore the benefits of an MBA, and hopes these blog posts provide valuable insight into the Berkeley MBA experience.