53 min

Strategies For Supporting Black Leadership In The Workplace Leading With Empathy & Allyship

    • Business

In Episode 72 (recorded live), Tonita Webb, CEO at Verity Credit Union, and William A. Adams, Technical Advisor at Microsoft & Technologist, join us to discuss the systemic barriers and biases that Black leaders experience in the workplace, the importance of self-care and addressing healing, and how we can build workplace culture where Black leaders can thrive.

About Tonita Webb (she/her)
Tonita Webb was named the CEO of Verity Credit Union in early 2021, the first woman and first Black American CEO in the organization’s history. Tonita brings a strong vision for harnessing financial tools with a passion for DEI to enhance the lives of underserved communities.
As an Air Force veteran, MBA, & mother of four, Tonita leads by example and gives herself to her community work. She currently serves on boards for non-profits & social enterprises. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and is a frequent public speaker.
As important as her credentials are, Tonita learned empathy & compassion being raised by her single mother in low-income housing projects. Her mother’s work ethic has inspired her to lead.

About William A. Adams (he/him)
William A. Adams is an award-winning D&I innovator, engineering trailblazer, & philanthropist. He was named the first Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott.
As co-founder of the LEAP apprenticeship program – Microsoft’s D&I Program of the Year in 2020 – he helped launch the training of more than 26 cohorts around the world.
Early in his 30-year career, William was one of the first Black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Today, in addition to his role at Microsoft, William is the philanthropic founder of The Event, a collaborative, community-based hackathon. When he’s not tinkering with code, the husband and father of three builds cabinets, knits, & rides a motorcycle.

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To learn more and join us for monthly live events, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources from this episode.

Connect With Tonita
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/tonitagwebb/ 
Twitter twitter.com/toniCULife

Connect With William
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/thewilliamaadams
Twitter twitter.com/LeapToTech

Connect With Us
YouTube: youtube.com/@empovia
Twitter: twitter.com/empoviaco
Facebook: facebook.com/empovia
Instagram: instagram.com/empovia/
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/empovia/

This episode is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, a member-owned financial institution that is powered by a people-before-profit philosophy. Learn more at https://www.firsttechfed.com


[Image description: LEA promo with photos of Tonita Webb, a Black woman with brown hair and a gray knit top; William A. Adams, an African American man with short gray hair, thin-framed glasses, and a white shirt; and host Melinda, a White woman with red hair, glasses, & an orange shirt holding a white mug behind a laptop
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In Episode 72 (recorded live), Tonita Webb, CEO at Verity Credit Union, and William A. Adams, Technical Advisor at Microsoft & Technologist, join us to discuss the systemic barriers and biases that Black leaders experience in the workplace, the importance of self-care and addressing healing, and how we can build workplace culture where Black leaders can thrive.

About Tonita Webb (she/her)
Tonita Webb was named the CEO of Verity Credit Union in early 2021, the first woman and first Black American CEO in the organization’s history. Tonita brings a strong vision for harnessing financial tools with a passion for DEI to enhance the lives of underserved communities.
As an Air Force veteran, MBA, & mother of four, Tonita leads by example and gives herself to her community work. She currently serves on boards for non-profits & social enterprises. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and is a frequent public speaker.
As important as her credentials are, Tonita learned empathy & compassion being raised by her single mother in low-income housing projects. Her mother’s work ethic has inspired her to lead.

About William A. Adams (he/him)
William A. Adams is an award-winning D&I innovator, engineering trailblazer, & philanthropist. He was named the first Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott.
As co-founder of the LEAP apprenticeship program – Microsoft’s D&I Program of the Year in 2020 – he helped launch the training of more than 26 cohorts around the world.
Early in his 30-year career, William was one of the first Black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Today, in addition to his role at Microsoft, William is the philanthropic founder of The Event, a collaborative, community-based hackathon. When he’s not tinkering with code, the husband and father of three builds cabinets, knits, & rides a motorcycle.

Subscribe to our podcast and like this episode!
To learn more and join us for monthly live events, visit https://ally.cc. There, you’ll also find educational resources from this episode.

Connect With Tonita
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/tonitagwebb/ 
Twitter twitter.com/toniCULife

Connect With William
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/thewilliamaadams
Twitter twitter.com/LeapToTech

Connect With Us
YouTube: youtube.com/@empovia
Twitter: twitter.com/empoviaco
Facebook: facebook.com/empovia
Instagram: instagram.com/empovia/
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/empovia/

This episode is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, a member-owned financial institution that is powered by a people-before-profit philosophy. Learn more at https://www.firsttechfed.com


[Image description: LEA promo with photos of Tonita Webb, a Black woman with brown hair and a gray knit top; William A. Adams, an African American man with short gray hair, thin-framed glasses, and a white shirt; and host Melinda, a White woman with red hair, glasses, & an orange shirt holding a white mug behind a laptop
Support the show

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