#45 Leaders with Babies – Allyship, Microaggressions & How to be a Confident Public Speaker

Dr Funke Abimbola MBE, How to Be a Good Ally, Dealing With Microaggressions & Becoming an Expert Public Speaker

Dr Funke Abimbola MBE

Our guest this week is the inspirational Dr Funke Abimbola MBE, a multi-award winning lawyer, C-suite advisor, public speaker, TV contributor, diversity leader, as well as the Chief Executive Officer at the Austen Bronte Consultancy.

Dr Abimbola was one of the initial speakers at the 2018 Leaders Plus House of Commons launch event, where she spoke in front of 40 babies and 60 leaders sharing her experience of being a mum whilst at the same time being a General Counsel, the most senior lawyer in a law firm.

She champions diversity at work and is very honest about race and her experience of being at the receiving end of unconscious bias, including how she challenges this without losing too much energy.

On this week’s podcast she shares her thoughts on:

  • dealing with microaggressions in the workplace and being unfairly judged by others
  • race: what white people don’t know about race, and how to be a good ally
  • how to engage people who may have stereotypes against you (e.g unconscious bias and always being mistaken for the secretary)
  • her own inspirational story of becoming a Ted Talker and expert public speaker

Dr Abimbola was incredibly honest during our chat and we really hope you enjoy this week’s conversation.

Follow Dr Abimbola on Twitter @champ1diversity and Leaders Plus @leaders_plus.

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This episode was recorded during the COVID-19 Lockdown.

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