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Talent & Organization Effectiveness Interest Group - Breaking Through Gender Bias
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*FREE To HRMAC members*

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration & Networking; 8:30 -10:00 AM Program
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Conway Park 1905 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

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Breaking Through Gender Bias: Practical Techniques for Preventing Gender Discrimination in Your Organization.

Sexual harassment and assault is one end of a continuum of interconnected behaviors ranging from gender bias, to incivility, to legally actionable harassment. Harassment is far more likely to occur in organizations that tolerate gender bias than it is in organizations that value and promote diversity and inclusion. The same is true for organizations with prevalent incivility. As a result, a truly effective comprehensive anti-harassment program must encompass all forms (conscious and unconscious) of gender disparagement and discrimination.

Join Andie Kramer and Al Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed At Work and the Harvard Business Review Article, “How Do Your Workers Feel About Harassment? Ask Them,” in this provocative, and interactive workshop. Andie and Al will discuss ways to build an anti-bias and anti-harassment culture that your employees will find engaging, informative, and effective. They will provide case studies to engage you in solutions to common gender bias issue. They will then present practical techniques to address and manage the #MeToo Movement within your organization, and will help you be prepared to respond to potential backlash to it.



· Identifying gender bias and ways to overcome it.

· Making your organization more welcoming to all employees, without regard to gender.

· Understanding the spectrum of inappropriate sexual behavior and why tolerance of gender bias can lead to sexual harassment.

· Obtaining critical information to manage #MeToo in your workplace.

· Understanding why yesterday’s policies and procedures leave your organization exposed.

· Understanding how putting women and men together to solve problems is more effective than focusing on gender attitudes.



Andrea S. Kramer, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Andrea has mentored thousands of women and written hundreds of articles and blog posts on implicit bias, effective communication techniques, sexual harassment, diversity, and inclusion. She is co-author of the American Bar Association’s guide, “What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation” and co-author of “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work.” She co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) and currently serves as the organization’s board chair. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.

Alton B. Harris, Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP

Alton was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Ungaretti & Harris, now part of Nixon Peabody LLP. At Ungaretti & Harris, Al served at various times as managing partner, executive and compensation committee member, and head of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Al has served as mentor, coach, and counselor to many businesswomen and persons of color. Al is co-author of the book, “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work.” He has written hundreds of articles and blog posts on diversity and inclusion.


Copies of Breaking Through Bias will be available for purchase at the workshop.



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This program is pending approval for 2.0 credit hours toward PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 2.0 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.