An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Managing #MeToo: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Presenters: Jeanne Martinson and Rita Gardiner (Moderator)

Date:  18 April 2019

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How can you reduce workplace harassment and increase cross gender mentoring relationships?

Over the past two years, the topic of harassment and sexual harassment in particular has become an increasing concern for leaders – not only in regard to their own personal behavior but also regarding the overall reputation of their organization as a harassment-free and woman-friendly workplace. A call to action for university presidents and professors, as well as corporate executives and supervisors, the #MeToo movement has had good and bad outcomes at the level of the organization itself and society in general. Some of the good outcomes include a heightened awareness of gender and power issues, clearer policies and procedures, and attention to workplace culture. On the flip side, the bad and ugly may include increased social media outings of both victims and accused harassers and a decrease in the willingness of leaders to mentor across gender lines. This webinar will focus on the above issues in general and specifically on recent research regarding mentoring willingness and harassment concerns. Specific strategies to reduce workplace harassment and increase cross gender mentoring relationships will be examined.

Speaker Information

Jeanne Martinson is a diversity strategist, professional speaker, trainer, and author who has worked internationally and throughout Canada. A strategist in workplace diversity, Jeanne’s goal is to assist leaders in understanding diversity issues so they may attract, retain, and engage their ideal workforce. Managing Partner of her own firm, Jeanne delivers workshops and keynote addresses to government, associations, and the private sector, inspiring thousands with her humor, insight, and real-world examples. A bestselling Canadian author, her books include Managing #MeToo – Balancing Employee Protection and Corporate BrandFrom Away: Immigration to Effective Workplace IntegrationGeneration Y and the New Work EthicLeadership Lessons From Downton Abbey; and Tossing the Tiara: Keys To Creating Powerful Women Leaders. Jeanne completed her Master of Arts degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and she also holds a Certificate in Organisational Behaviour from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland).

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