“Growing up bicultural I think that’s something that is hard because you don’t know where you belong or fit in.” – Sofia Bork

Sofia Bork is an Engagement Readiness Consultant in the Treasury Solutions Department at Truist Bank. She is responsible for driving and leading communication strategies for both Truist teammates and clients. At the heart of her work, she fosters and builds authentic relationships with her stakeholders and ensures that all parties collaborate effectively. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as the Vice President for HYPE (Hispanic Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs).

Sofia joins us to talk about how allyship and mentorship can diversify your work environment. She shares some of her experiences being a non-visible minority, and her desire to be a larger advocate for her Hispanic community. Sofia talks about the work the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is doing to support local minority businesses through COVID. Sofia also shares her tips on looking for a mentor and why different perspectives from mentors are important.

“When we look at the basis of ‘Okay, who is opening small businesses?’ it’s a lot of women and it’s a lot of minority women as well, and just minorities in general. That’s their lifeblood.”– Sofia Bork

“The best advice I ever received from a mentor was choose mentors who are all different and choose people who don’t look like you, don’t have your same experiences, and don’t work in the same areas.”– Sofia Bork

“As humans we understand pain. We know what it’s like to be left out. We know what it’s like to be misunderstood because those are universal experiences that are part of being human.” – Sofia Bork

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • How allyship can help bridge intercultural competencies
  • What is an engagement readiness consultant and how Sofia connects with diverse communities
  • What to look for in a mentor
  • How mentorships can be mutually beneficial to both mentors and mentees
  • What Truist does to support their local communities
  • What the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce does through supporting local minority businesses
  • What are non-visible-minorities and how these groups can become advocates for visible minorities
  • Being comfortable in admitting what you don’t know
  • Ways to be more mindful when approaching topics of race and culture
  • How companies can be more authentic with outreach to the minority community
  • How intentional mentoring/succession planning can help bring more diversity to the C-Level Management

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