Where Do We Go from Here? Managing Gender Conflict in the #MeToo Era

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Concurrent Session
Where Do We Go from Here? Managing Gender Conflict in the #MeToo Era
10/29/2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM |
Salon D (Third Floor)
Track: Virtual

1.50 SHRM PDCs
| Competencies: Communication, Ethical Practice, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Relationship Management
| Intended Audience: Intermediate (Fostering I&D)
Workplace Application:
Gain a new way to analyze gender dynamics as they occur within your organization and specific actions for greater partnerships across genders. 

Complex gender issues in the workplace are nothing new. However, over the past couple of years, these issues have again been thrust front and center in the public space, triggered by publicity surrounding the #MeToo movement, prominent examples of harassment and assault (e.g., Bill Cosby), and concerns about statements and actions by politicians. How do these situations—and the debate that they generate—impact people's attitudes and behaviors in our workplaces, and how do we address the challenge of discussing these issues in a constructive way? This session will address not only specific behaviors and actions but, even more importantly, will look at the systemic organizational and societal dynamics that have led to these situations occurring time and time again—from both the male AND female perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how research demonstrates entrenched, unconscious patterns in both men’s and women’s behavior.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ways gender patterns occur in society and in our organizations.
  • Identify healthy ways to intervene with specific actions that people can use in their work or personal lives to create greater gender partnership.
Howard J. Ross Photo
Howard J. Ross, partner, Udarta Consulting
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Leslie Traub, founder, Udarta Consulting