Ever feel like a “diversity add” on a pitch?

If you’re a woman or minority, you’ve probably been added to a pitch team at the last minute.

Whether expressly stated, you know you’ve been brought in as the “diversity add.”

While you might be grateful for the opportunity, it’s difficult to stand out and shine when you’re given less time to prepare, not included in developing the initial strategy, or otherwise excluded from important discussions.

Then, assuming the work comes in the door, you might not get any credit or an opportunity to take a lead role on the matter.

It’s no fun feeling like you were used…

So, what do you do in these situations?

That’s what a Hustle & Flow listener asked and I know she’s not alone.

She shared her frustrations with being the diversity add and asked for advice on how to handle this type of situation.

It’s such an important topic so I’m sharing some practical tips on how to deal with this when it comes up as well as how to avoid it in the future.

Listen to this week’s episode HERE.

If you’ve not experienced this yourself, I’m sure you know someone who has. Be sure to forward this episode to them so they’ll be better prepared next time.

We have to look out for one another!

Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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