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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 249: Allyship and Unlearning Silence With Author Elaine Lin Hering

Elaine Lin Hering explores the ways that individuals and organizations unintentionally silence marginalized voices, and how to change course, on this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast.

Author Elaine Lin Hering (she/her) joined us in the WE23 Diverse Podcast Studio to dive into what allyship truly means and its relationship to learned silence.

Interviewed by Larry Guthrie (he/him), director of content strategy at SWE, Lin Hering explores the ways that individuals and organizations unintentionally silence marginalized voices and how to change course.

She also offers ways to support your teams in speaking up, insights on how to unlearn silence within yourself, and experiments to help you use your voice to advocate for yourself and others.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts or on your favorite podcast platform.

Speaker: Elaine Lin Hering, Author

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Elaine Lin Hering a facilitator, author, and speaker. She works with organizations and individuals to build skills in communication, collaboration, and conflict management.

She has worked on six continents and facilitated executive education at Harvard, Dartmouth, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. She is the former Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law

She has worked with coal miners at BHP Billiton, micro-finance organizers in East Africa, mental health professionals in China, and senior leadership at the US Department of Commerce. Her clients include American Express, Chevron, Google, Nike, Novartis, PayPal, Pixar, and the Red Cross. She is the author of the forthcoming book Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully (Penguin, 2024).

Host: Larry Guthrie, Director of Content Strategy, SWE

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Larry Guthrie is the Director of Content Strategy for the Society of Women Engineers. He has over 20 years of experience in all areas strategic marketing and communications, both in the corporate and association settings.

Guthrie is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating omnichannel content publishing strategies that align with SWE’s audiences and stakeholders. Before joining SWE, he was the director of communications at CCIM Institute, where he developed and oversaw the overall marketing, communications, content, and media strategies for the association.

Guthrie holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Old Dominion University. He has also spoken at numerous events across the country, including ASAE’s Marketing, Membership & Communications national conference, Association Forum’s Forum Forward national conference, the National Apartment Association national conference, and’s SURGE national conference.


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