Ivory Tate

As Interviewed by Hunter Bagby, March 22, 2011
"I like to think that I am a part of making sure people are aware of what their rights are and... a part of making sure that the kinds of things I experienced when I was younger in the ‘70s and ‘80s aren’t a part of the time that we are living in today."
Ivory Tate

Introductory Profile: About Ivory Tate

I interviewed Ivory Tate about her childhood and early work experiences, and how they led her to her present role as vice president and chief diversity officer of Farm Credit Bank of Texas in Austin. Throughout the interview, the discussion seemed to lean toward causes of inequality and injustice. Throughout the interview, Ms. Tate would analyze what she said from ethical and equality points of view.

Ms. Tate is an African-American who grew up in many places, but mostly Chicago and Louisiana. She is middle-aged, average height and wears glasses. She has a one-of-a-kind personality, packed with excitement, and she always has a jolly smile.

Ms. Tate has seen it all -- she's been a state trooper, a disc jockey, a lawyer, and a bank vice president. She currently has 14 years of experience in her present field, human resources. As chief diversity officer, she sees social justice problems quite frequently.

Though I worried it might be a boring Q&A, it was much more natural-flowing and enlightening. The whole interview was very motivating. It seemed to introduce new dimensions that neither one of us may have previously thought about. For sure, it was a great experience for both of us in many ways, as she reminisced about the past and related it to the present.