Sexual harassment is the biggest business issue facing women in our industry today...

Sexual harassment keeps women out of leadership positions and power, prevents gender equality from ever happening and also prevents women from reaching out and accessing the power to become the leaders who actively welcome diversity and inclusion. Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society as long as sexual harassment and assault persists.

There are many organizations that are working to protect women in the workplace. By speaking out you are not only protecting yourself, you are helping others find their voice to speak out.

Recommended steps for protecting yourself and dealing with sexual harassment and/or assault in the workplace:

  1. Review your employee handbook and familiarize yourself with any policies your employer may have in place regarding this issue.  Use these policies both to educate yourself on your company’s approach, and as guidelines for your own behavior.
  2. If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you should tell the harasser in clear language that the behaviors or advances are unwanted and unwelcome and must stop.  In some instances, the person may not realize the behavior is inappropriate, and a simple communication may be an effective way to stop it.
  3. If you are not comfortable addressing the harasser, or the behavior does not stop, report your concern to your manager, any other company manager or official, or your human resources department and file a written report to document the behavior.
**If you are physically assaulted, please contact Local Emergency Law Enforcement**

There are many organizations that are working to protect women in the workplace. By speaking out you are not only protecting yourself, you are helping others find their voice to speak out.

For general information and resources regarding sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, you can visit the following:

United States

Australia

European Union

United Kingdom

Japan

Other International

For Companies & Organizations: Bias Educators and Speakers

  • Jennefer Witter
    Jennefer is an active speaker on unconscious bias, with presentations at, among others Bel Brands, The PR Council, The Durst Corporation, and TedX. She is a signed speaker with the Never Stop Learning Experience.
    View TedX address here. View appearance on WJLA TV here.
  • Cindy Gallop
    View Cindy's 15-minute talk on How To End Racism NOW In The Corporate World here.
  • Catherine Connors
    Catherine does talks and training on unconscious gender bias. She is a trained social scientist whose academic field focused on gender bias and has worked with, led workshops for, and given talks on the subject to Disney, ESPN, Nike, and many others. She addresses these topics both from the standpoint of unconscious gender bias in the workplace as well as unconscious gender bias in addressing/engaging customers and audiences.
  • Christina Blacken
    Christina Blacken does powerful work weaving unconscious bias training into narrative/communication work.
  • Ashish Kaushal, founder of Consciously Unbiased. Email the head of content, holly@consciouslyunbiased.com, to chat more about whether Ashish is a great fit for what you need.
  • Marianne Cooper is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality. Dr. Cooper was the lead researcher for Sheryl Sandberg’s NYT best-seller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and has been an author on all of the Lean In & McKinsey Women in the Workplace reports. Dr. Cooper is an expert on gender, women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion, financial insecurity, and economic inequality. Her book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, examines how families are coping in an insecure age. A LinkedIn influencer, she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and Politico among others. She is a frequent public speaker, most recently at TEDx, the NYT New Rules Summit, Fortune MPW Next Gen, Adobe, Sony, and more. Dr. Cooper received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Culture Cipher
  • Joelle Emerson of Paradigm

Are you a speaker who specializes in unconscious bias? Email us to add your name to the list.

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