Career Conversations 30 - Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace
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Thursday, March 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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Helping to forge a gender equitable world will require support from everyone in the workplace. Gender -in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson say, “While organizations are looking to address the issues women face, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus on how women themselves should respond, reinforcing the perception that these are “women’s issues” and that men-often the most influential stakeholders in an organization-don’t need to be involved.”
Women, and women of color in particular, are at a persistent disadvantage in the workplace. Women deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. These inequities are even more egregious for Black women and other women of color. And while many organizations say they are working to address gender equity, too many gender initiatives focus on how women should act and respond, largely leaving men out of the equation. This is a mistake. In this session of Career Conversations, panelists David G. Smith, PhD, and W. Brad Johnson co-authors of the just released book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace will share current research evidence bearing on how men must engage to promote greater gender equity at work. The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as the systemic inequalities laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic, have forced people in positions of power—mostly white men who dominate leadership roles across many public and private institutions, spanning the healthcare industry—to realize that they must step up if there is any hope of using this moment to make organizations more diverse, equitable and inclusive. As Robin Toft, CEO and Founder of the Toft Group and author of WE CAN, The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement notes, diversity at the top is a competitive advantage. The panelists will offer tangible and actionable recommendations to organizational leaders on engaging men and building a self-sustaining culture of male allyship. Pam Gleason, Vice President, Community of We Can Rise™, Inc notes that men are not the enemy and understanding communication styles and the value of networking play a key role in supporting diverse workplaces. David and Brad will share best practices from their latest Harvard Business Review book, Good Guys, which shows how men can partner with colleagues to advance women’s leadership by breaking gender stereotypes, overcoming unconscious biases, developing talented women, and women of color, around them, and creating more equitable and productive work environments. Robin and Pam will share how women can align themselves with the goals of their organizations, ask for male allies to step up, and network with men to become sponsors and mentors.