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Ep. 169 Leading with Pride: The Impact of MongoDB's Queer Collective

47 min • Published Jun 27, 2023
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Join Michael Lynn as he talks to Sean Carroll and Cian Walsh about the Queer Collective, MongoDB's affinity group for the LGBTQIA+ community and the importance of allyship and promoting inclusion in the workplace, specifically within the LGBTQIA+ community. They highlight the power of grassroots movements and the role of allies in driving positive change. The conversation touches upon key initiatives of the Queer Collective at MongoDB, including pride celebrations, educational events, and allyship training.


Sean shares personal experiences of how allyship has impacted his life, particularly in the context of the marriage equality referendum in Ireland and the fight for access to healthcare for women. He emphasizes that allyship is an ongoing action that involves supporting and uplifting others, challenging harmful behaviors, and continuously educating oneself about different communities.

Cian and Sean discuss the misconceptions around allyship, clarifying that it is more than just performative gestures or symbolic displays. True allyship requires self-reflection, education, and meaningful action to support marginalized communities. They also emphasize the financial and business benefits of fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


The conversation concludes with actionable steps for individuals who want to be allies, such as seeking education, amplifying marginalized voices, volunteering time or resources, and embracing the concept of intersectionality. They highlight the importance of creating an inclusive environment that recognizes and values individuals at the intersections of different identities.

Overall, this podcast episode provides valuable insights into allyship and how individuals can actively contribute to creating a more inclusive workplace for the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.

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