GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class Of 2020

Tiffany Hudson

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“As I got older and started to understand what it meant to be a Black gay woman in this country, along with the experiences I’d had in corporate America prior to starting the business, it was very clear that this was the field I needed to be in,” says Tiffany Hudson, co-founder of the Nova Collective, a women and Black-owned business that helps other companies build inclusive cultures. Developing an interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion work as a child thanks to her parents — who were both involved with the programs at their respective companies — Hudson kept her passion alive into adulthood and through a corporate job. However, she quit that successful career to help create The Nova Collective, which delivers a number of different identity and learning programs, trainings, products, and consulting with an explicit focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through her work, Hudson makes it her mission to challenge corporate workplace norms and “business as usual” as a means to create cultural evolutions and center the experiences of folks who have often been marginalized. Ultimately, Hudson hopes to help companies and organizations create a more equitable workplace and environment by dismantling the systems of oppression that exist within many workplaces today. “To know that we are doing what we can to not only educate workforces around DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion] topics and issues, but also create behavioral change within workspaces, is what keeps me going every day,” says Hudson. “I want those folks who are experiencing pain, whether emotional or physical, to wake up one day and be happy about going to work.” —GP

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