How to Start an Affinity Group at Work, According to Real People Who Did It

Mike Tickle found out he was dyslexic when he was in university. So naturally, when he entered the career space he wondered if there were others in the same position as him and how he could adapt to working while being dyslexic.

What did he do? He found a group of like-minded people answering this exact question. He became involved in the British Dyslexia Association, and eventually began helping to implement dyslexia support groups in his office and others.

Across the pond, Gina Calder was focusing her energies on a different group: women. Calder worked her way up in the healthcare industry (not known for its large numbers of women in leadership) with the help and support of her network. She realized that while “I benefited immensely from that experience, I was kind of building that mentor network myself—learning directly from those mentors how to do things and how not to do things—and really wanted the opportunity to provide that kind of guidance and support and coaching to other people, especially women and women of color and young women,” she says.

I was kind of building that mentor network myself—learning directly from those mentors how to do things and how not to do things—and really wanted the opportunity to provide that kind of guidance and support and coaching to other people, especially women and women of color and young women.

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