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Speak Up and Take Action: How to Practice Meaningful Allyship

Every person has more to them than meets the eye. They are complex human beings with various social identities, access, and lived experiences. Our starting points are different, and this shows both in our personal and professional lives. This diversity of background is one of our greatest strengths as it positions each of us to be an ally to others.

When we act in ways that foster belonging, the benefits of our diverse backgrounds and lived experiences can manifest. Being an ally is one way that we can have a meaningful impact on those around us. In this PurposeCast, Vic Strecher and Greg Braylock, Chief DE&I Officer at ProMedica will deep dive into allyship in the workplace: What is our role and responsibility to others? How can we recognize instances where we have privilege and power and use that to change the trajectory of the moment? How can we actively promote and advance a culture of inclusion through intentional, positive, and conscious efforts that uplift those who may be oppressed or marginalized?

Join us for a conversation exploring allyship and belonging and how you can use your voice to elevate others in the unique ways each of us has.

Key takeaways from this PurposeCast:

  • Define allyship and understand its importance in reaping the benefits of our diversity
  • The common areas where privilege and power may show up and how to use your voice and actions to disrupt barriers
  • How to leverage your purpose to practice meaningful and authentic allyship

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.


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Greg Braylock, Jr

Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, ProMedica

Greg Braylock, Jr. is the vice president and chief diversity, equity, & inclusion officer for ProMedica. In this role, Braylock leads the organization’s work to build a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity, and creates equity in the workplace, healthcare, and community. He has been with ProMedica since 2013, most recently serving as vice president of metro acute care operations.

Braylock earned a master’s degree in business administration and management from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo. Braylock was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of Rising Stars: 50 Health Care Leaders under 40 in 2016.


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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.

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