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Allyship in The Workplace: A Fireside Chat with Jason Bordoff and Karen Catlin

Past Event

November 16, 2023

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm est

Knowing how to be a better ally in the workplace is unfamiliar territory for many of us. The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA’s Women in Energy initiative invites you to a discussion about allyship. Join us for a fireside chat with Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, and Karen Catlin, author of Better Allies and Belonging in Healthcare, who will discuss the challenges employees who are members of underrepresented groups face in the workplace and how to take action as an ally.

What is it to be an ally in the workplace? How can people in power use allyship to support underrepresented communities? Anyone interested in learning practical tips for how to be an ally in the workplace is encouraged to attend.

Jason Bordoff is the Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he is a Professor of Professional Practice. He is also on the faculty of the Columbia Climate School, where he is Co-Founding Dean Emeritus. He previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the Staff of the National Security Council. Prior to that appointment, he held senior policy positions on the White House’s National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality. Earlier in his career, he was a scholar at the Brookings Institution, served in the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration, and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Bordoff holds a JD from Harvard University, an MLitt from Oxford University, and a BA from Brown University.

Karen Catlin After spending twenty-five years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears. Today, Karen is a highly acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. She is the author of four books: Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces; Belonging in Healthcare; The Better Allies Approach to Hiring; and Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking.

This event will be hosted in person in New York City.

Advance registration is required. This event will be hosted in person and capacity is limited. We ask that you register only if you can attend this event in its entirety. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

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