Where Do We Go from Here? Managing Gender Conflict in the #MeToo Era

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture
Gain a new way to analyze gender dynamics as they occur within your organization and specific actions for greater partnerships across genders.

Complex gender issues in the workplace are nothing new. However, over the past couple of years, these issues have again been thrust front and center in the public space, triggered by publicity surrounding the #MeToo movement, prominent examples of harassment and assault (e.g., Bill Cosby), and concerns about statements and actions by politicians. How do these situations—and the debate that they generate—impact people's attitudes and behaviors in our workplaces, and how do we address the challenge of discussing these issues in a constructive way? This session will address not only specific behaviors and actions but, even more importantly, will look at the systemic organizational and societal dynamics that have led to these situations occurring time and time again—from both the male AND female perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how research demonstrates entrenched, unconscious patterns in both men’s and women’s behavior.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the ways gender patterns occur in society and in our organizations.
  • Identify healthy ways to intervene with specific actions that people can use in their work or personal lives to create greater gender partnership.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Howard J. Ross

Howard J.

Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His latest  book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities, will be published in 2020.


Leslie Traub


Leslie Traub offers Udarta Consulting clients exceptional facilitation and training, inspiring and evidentiary instructional designs, meaningful organizational change, and transformative personal development. With more than 30 years of experience leading diversity, inclusion, and change management initiatives, Leslie creates sustainable systems of change that yield greater social belonging, organizational performance, and possibility.

As a Principal Consultant and former Partner with Cook Ross, Leslie has developed an international reputation for leading systems based change in shifting organizations’ lenses and practices on diverse talent, particularly for women. She has substantial experience leading engagements on gender inclusion, inclusive leadership, and mitigating bias in talent management and decision making, with many of her clients representing Fortune 100 companies.

Leslie has worked and lived in numerous cultures and countries, bringing her personal experience and sensibility to her work in cultural competence and cultural communication. Leslie spent the first 10 years of her career providing consulting services to national primary healthcare programs in West Africa and conducting operations research on service delivery and national program evaluations. Throughout her career, she has served as a guest lecturer at numerous U.S. academic institutions including Georgetown University, University of Southern California, and Johns Hopkins University.

Leslie is a Fellow in change management from Johns Hopkins University, holds a Master of Science in biostatistics and epidemiology from Tulane University, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Salon D (Third Floor)
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Ethical Practice
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Relationship Management
Intended Audience: 
Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
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