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Gender Equality Hero: Hattie Hill on 30+ Years Empowering Women

February 8, 2021

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She was the only woman in the room… Again.

In businesses across the country, this young Black consultant would shake hands with CEOs and look around the boardroom. Where were the women? Where were the people of color?

That’s when Hattie Hill, a pioneer of diversity and equity in global business and today’s MarieTV guest, decided to take personal responsibility to empower women and fight for gender equality.

As Hattie says, “You can’t advocate if you’re not in the room.” Not only was she in the room, but she made an entrance

Even if this is your first introduction to Hattie, I guarantee her career has impacted your life.

Hattie spent more than 30 years working with businesses across 70 countries to implement diversity, inclusion, and gender equity strategies. She’s worked with nonprofits, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies including IBM and Southwest Airlines, and has fundamentally shifted how modern organizations approach diversity.

Not to mention, Hattie’s been a world-changing CEO herself... twice.

She served as president and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and recently came out of retirement to head the T.D. Jakes Foundation, raising $100 million to boost economic growth in disadvantaged communities through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

This woman is a treasure. She’s got wisdom, power, strength, and soul — and is here to show us the important role we play in creating a more equitable world.

Watch now and learn:

  • The #1 hang-up that holds women back in business — and how to get past it.
  • 9 tell-tale signs you’re doing too much.
  • Why now is the BEST time to be an entrepreneur.
  • Fired up about equality? What it really means to be an advocate.
  • How to care about someone without carrying their burden.
  • 3 simple words to guide you when the going gets tough.

If you’re ready to learn how “diversity and inclusion” can be more than just a buzzword, this episode is a must-watch.

DIVE DEEPER: Learn how to achieve your impossible dreams with Dr. Tererai Trent plus 12 ways to make your work meaningful.

Once you’ve watched, take a deep breath. It’s time to turn your insight into action!

As Hattie says, “When you stop and ask yourself, ‘Where can I make a difference?’ — that moment is magic.”

Let’s make this a magic moment.

In the comments below, tell us: What’s one insight, idea, or aha from this episode you can put into action today?

Remember, nothing changes unless we do.

Even when it seems small, every step toward a more equitable future matters.

When you hit the inevitable roadblocks? Or feel overwhelmed by the progress yet to be made? Remember what Hattie’s mama always told her: 

“Just keep living.”


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