It’s on Us: How Leader Intervention Shapes Workplace Culture and Drives Inclusion

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
People model their behavior on their leaders – ensuring leaders can effectively intervene in situations with potential harassment, ethics or safety implications reduces risk and improves culture.

Much has been written about the need to train our employees in bystander intervention, equipping them with the skills to speak up and take action if they see harassment, safety or ethics violations at work. HR and other organizational leaders are also witnesses to these culture failures, but often feel ill-equipped to speak up, particularly when the perpetrator is one of their colleagues, superiors or clients. In this session, we explore how HR and company leaders play a unique and critical role in shaping our workplace culture and stopping workplace misconduct, how bystander intervention skills are a fundamental leadership competency, and how leaders can overcome personal barriers and biases that may inhibit them from speaking up when they see pending harm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of data about attitudes, misperceptions, and barriers related to bystander intervention from empirical research and surveys from nationally-implemented harassment and discrimination prevention programs.
  • Understand how leaders can mitigate the effect of their personal biases and other impediments to being an effective ally, and help stop concerning behavior at work.
  • Learn actionable steps for developing the leadership competency of bystander intervention for ourselves and the leaders with whom we work.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Elizabeth Bille, JD, SHRM-SCP


Elizabeth Bille is an employment law attorney and currently serves as the subject matter expert on the prevention of harassment and discrimination in the workplace for EVERFI. Prior to joining EVERFI, Elizabeth was general counsel and chief ethics officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); served as a legal and policy advisor to the Vice Chair of the EEOC; and counseled employers at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Elizabeth's work has been cited by several news outlets such as National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Jesse Bridges


Jesse Raney Bridges is the Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at EVERFI. She provides subject matter expertise to shape inclusive and equitable workplaces, higher education institutions and K12 schools. Jesse’s approach blends a strategic focus on organizational policy, practice and culture, with empowering individuals through behavior based skill building to create sustainable change. Her background in counseling, behavioral science, storytelling and practical DEI experience informs her work. Jesse has successfully architected the role of the DEI Strategist in 3 separate organizations. Jesse’s work can be found in outlets including and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Session Type: 
Mega Session
Ethical Practice
Leadership & Navigation
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