Building Allyships Program

Have you been frustrated in the past, feeling like you couldn’t get your foot in the door for greater opportunity?

Have you recognized that we as a society, and/or your company, need to do better diversifying opportunity and being more inclusive, yet the results don’t match your intention?

Well then, are you ready to be a part of the solution for building equality in business?

If you are, then you’ll be excited to be a part of the Building Allyships Program.

What is an Ally?

An ally supports and advocates for marginalized groups. Those who practice allyship reject discrimination and take action to eliminate the marginalization of others.

About the program

This program brings together women of color entrepreneurs with companies, organizations, and people who are in the position to assist in removing barriers to success while also increasing diversity within their own organization, resulting in a more successful business.

This program will consist of two separate groups – women of color entrepreneurs and influential decision-makers in local business – both run by professional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) experts and entrepreneurs. The program will bring together both groups for co-facilitated creation of actionable, ongoing allyships with shared understanding, creative problem-solving, networking and partnership.

Commit to being a part of the solution. Commit to leveling-up how your and our businesses operate.

Fill out the form below to request more information and you’ll be on the path to a stronger, more successful business.

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    When are the sessions?

    We are lining up a phenomenal 6-week program divided into two summer sessions:

    • Session I: June 9, 2021 – July 14, 2021  
    • Session II: July 21, 2021 – August 25, 2021

    Both sessions can accept a maximum of 25 participants and will run Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 PM and will primarily be held virtually. If possible, 1-2 sessions will be run using a hybrid format. Accepted applicants will be notified by June 1st.

    What are you expecting of me if I participate?

    • As a woman of color entrepreneur
      • Own an existing business
      • Open to new challenges and opportunities
      • Willingness to step outside your comfort zone in order to further your business
      • Sign a confidentiality and commitment form
    • As an influencer/decision maker (men and women)
      • Commitment to the program, process, and participants
      • Willing to share your connections and create networking opportunities
      • In the short-term (within 30 following the program): Leveraging your social capital
      • Our goals for the long-term (within 12 months following the program): The new social capital will lead to providing opportunities for contracts or financing

    How do I apply?

    Select the applicable link below and complete the application. It will take no more than 20 minutes and is due Friday, May 28th by 5:00 PM. 


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    Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah

    Women of Color Entrepreneurs Group Facilitator

    Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, is a servant leader with over 17 years of experience and has held a variety of positions in higher education spanning the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, curriculum design, retention, and leadership development. She is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TMJ Consulting, LLC, a national firm that provides customized strategies and innovative solutions for higher education institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Tara is also an advocate for education, change maker, and award-winning author with publications in the Journal of College Admissions, Journal of Race and Policy, NACADA Publications, Palgrave, and Southwest Journal of Cultures. As co-author of, Is College a Lousy Investment?: Negotiating the Hidden Cost of Higher Education, she challenges individuals to think about college as an ‘investment’ from a multi-faceted perspective that assists them in living their life’s purpose. Dr. Tara holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in American Studies specializing in Global Gender Studies (formerly Women’s Studies) and Advanced Teaching for Leading & Diversity Certificate from the University at Buffalo.

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    John Davis

    Decision Maker/Influencer Group Facilitator

    John Davis has 18+ years of professional experience in executing small & large projects for major American & International corporations. John brings technical problem-solving expertise, as well as 13+ years of consultancy experience for a wide-range of clients in a variety of industries, public & private. John has extensive experience engaging employees, partnering with human resource departments, and participating in corporate recruiting, as well as teaming with CEOs, executive management, professional societies, and non-profits in the development and adoption of current, relative diversity and inclusion practices & programs, within an organization through external activities, or internal tactics. John brings thought-leadership that is collaborative, team-oriented, and organized.

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