In April I gave a workshop on preventing harassment to a group of scientists working on policy issues in Washington, DC. During the middle of a discussion on workplace behaviors, a man raised his hand to ask, what of the structural reforms? How can we expect to see real change?
Are you a regular listener to Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast? I can’t recommend it enough. In a recent episode, they host a discussion about whether women apologize more than men in the workplace, the minimizing language women use at the office and advice on how to break the habit. But - they don’t leave it there. They have a discussion guide and a link to the podcast, which you can find here. Grab your take out, find a conference room and debrief with your colleagues. It’ll be worth it.
Since January I’ve facilitated more than three dozen workshops on respectful workplaces — workshops aimed at changing behavior, resetting norms and recalibrating expectations in the workplace about all forms of harassment. One thing I’ve noticed is that participants want facts, and they want solutions. People want to understand why harassment happens and what they can do to make it stop. Read More.
On May 21, the Tory Burch Foundation announced the 50 early-stage women entrepreneurs selected for the fourth-annual Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program.
The entrepreneurs participate in a year-long fellowship, receive access to the Foundation’s online peer-to-peer network, and a $5,000 grant for business education. In June, the Fellows will spend four days at the Tory Burch offices for workshops and mentoring with business leaders from Google, Spotify, Whole Foods and more.
You can read Audrey Roofeh’s fellowship profile here.
Who does the laundry? Who takes off work for kids’ sick days? You might ask why I'd post something so personal on a business website blog. The reason is this: work that happens in the home is still work. And we'd never leave a project to be managed without articulating roles and expectations, right?
I recently wrote about these questions, just in time for Mothers’s Day: What’s the Opposite of A Honey-Do List?
Speaking up as a bystander to workplace harassment is a powerful tool for change, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some responses from recent workshop participants (I particularly love the "um." It's authentic.)
The LA Times is reporting that the national accreditation panel for medical education has made a final decision to revoke USC medical school’s fellowship in cardiovascular disease, a jointly run program with LA County. With the loss of accreditation, the fellowship will shut down. According to the Times, “[t]he panel did not publicly state the reasons for the action. But it comes a year after revelations that a medical resident had accused a fellow in the program of sexual assault and alleged officials didn’t take her case seriously.”
Additionally, the accrediting body “also took the rare step of imposing immediate probation on the fellowship’s sponsoring institutions, USC and the L.A. County-USC Medical Center, concluding they ‘failed to demonstrate substantial compliance’ with unspecified requirements.” Read more here:
Inclusion goes a long way towards healing, and we’re seeing that happen right now after the terrorist attack that killed 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. Only one percent of New Zealand’s population of nearly 5 million people identify as Muslim, but a remarkable effort by the individuals and institutions leading the country is underway to demonstrate the power of inclusion.
Newspapers have printed front-page greetings in Arabic, and details on Muslim burial practices and religious rituals. The national television and radio broadcasted the Muslim call to prayer, and leaders and news hosts have led with greetings of as-salaam alaykum.
And then there’s the haka. I didn't know that New Zealanders generally learn haka, traditional, ceremonial Maori dance, even if they don’t have a personal Maori heritage, or that it would be appropriate as part of healing and remembrance for victims of last week's mass shooting. But that seems to be just what’s happening; in addition, the New Zealand Maori Council called for a nationwide haka to be performed today to commemorate one week since the massacre. This powerful, inclusive response to a massacre is worth paying attention to.
Proskauer released a survey of businesses on responses in the #MeToo era, and a few things stick out to me. First, live (and quality) training for your workforce gets a real bang for the buck. Second, I'm disappointed to see how few businesses are using bystander intervention in their trainings. Your workshops need to be about culture, not about the law. Learn more about the report and get a copy here.
In guidance announced today, the New York City Commission on Human Rights makes it clear: bias against natural black hair is a form of race discrimination. Employers need to review their appearance requirements and their workplace culture. I wrote a summary of the new guidance, which you can find here.