Cultivating Allyship & Building a Coalition of the Willing

June 17, 2022

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Cleary Gottlieb hosted a virtual conversation, “Cultivating Allyship & Building a Coalition of the Willing,” with Wajahat Ali, acclaimed author, TED speaker, and The Daily Beast columnist.

Wajahat imagines a world remade: people united by shared values. In this session, Ali encouraged participants to harness their differences as a uniting force. He guided them in creating a “Multicultural Coalition of the Willing,” which is a sort of Justice League where people can unite over commonalities and celebrate their unique identities. He also discussed what it means to inspire, be a champion for real change, and to continually invest in hope for the future, together.

Author, TED speaker, award-winning playwright, and Peabody-nominated producer, Wajahat uses his platform to fight tirelessly for social change and uses his experiences of triumph over hardship as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of life’s impossible situations. From his experiences of Islamophobia growing up as a Muslim Pakistani-American to his two-year-old daughter’s liver cancer diagnosis, Wajahat is living proof that when we share our authentic stories, we build the America we wish to live in.

Cleary is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The firm regularly hosts important cultural events and guest speakers whose presentations afford opportunities to broaden awareness, heighten the level of discussion, and establish a culture of inclusion at the firm. To learn more about Cleary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, click here.