In a world of filters, media spin, and soundbites, we are all in desperate need of authenticity. We hunger for human stories, raw personality, and unbiased truth. It’s those desires that have given way to a rise of influencers and organizations calling for everyone everywhere to “embrace who you are” and “be an advocate for change.”
At Dreamforce, we have the pleasure of listening to many noteworthy speakers talk about issues like this. Whatever platform they’ve been given — be it in business, nonprofit, or athletics — many of them choose to use it to represent their communities in new ways and ignite change in the larger world.
Yet, it’s important to remember you don’t have to be distinguished or famous to speak your truth and give a voice to communities that aren’t regularly represented.
Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad put it this way, “It's important to use our platforms to share these stories and these journeys that are not as unique as we all think … I share my story because I want — especially the youth out there — to know that you can have a similar story, a path of success.”
Muhammad was the first Muslim-American woman to earn an Olympic medal while wearing her hijab. At Dreamforce ‘19, she joined soccer star, World Cup Champion, and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe to share how they are standing up, speaking out, and representing their communities in meaningful ways.
Rapinoe and Muhammad each have a long history of using their platforms as star athletes to stand up for equality. On this episode of Blazing Trails, we revisit the conversation they shared with host Sue Suh, Chief People Officer at Time, at Dreamforce about being authentic and using your platform (whatever that may be) to support equality.