As an Advocate, you are tuned in to how differently people experience the workplace. You see that the systems in place, while good-intentioned, can advantage some groups and disadvantage others.
Your broader awareness of systemic inequity, combined with your sense of fair play, means that you know the workplace needs to adapt in order to fully leverage a more diverse and global workforce - for moral and ethical reasons as well as for the business.
What differentiates Advocates from other groups is your combined understanding of the business case for inclusion and a personal connection (we call this the “head and heart”). There are plenty of reports demonstrating the business imperative for D&I, but the deeper connection - frustration with personal experiences and/or empathy for others - is what motivates you.
Advocates feel compelled toward action and you know that means you will have to engage in difficult conversations. Some of us are ready to step up and dive in to change the system. Others of us find ourselves shying away from uncomfortable dialogues although we are ready to make smaller, incremental change. Taking action needs to align to your own authentic style.