Let’s talk about gender.
I’m often asked for quick, easy tips for leading an effective staff meeting discussions regarding gender, engaging men as allies and other women’s leadership topics. In a recent edition of Gender Conversation QuickStarters, my monthly newsletter with topics and tips for starting difficult yet powerful conversations at work (not on the list? sign-up today!) we provided our readers with a “staff meeting in a box.” The response was overwhelming so I’m sharing the information here since it is a business imperative that we have these discussions and engage allies and advocates to resolve workplace inequities and create ultimately create inclusive workplaces for all employees.
Ready to start the conversation? Simply have your team watch these videos, ask the questions and let the discussion unfold.
It’s really that easy!
The main objective of this exercise is to start a conversation. The dialogue may be unexpected and at times challenging, but the exchange is important to uncover obstacles to advancing the women’s leadership imperative at your company.
Free “Staff Meeting in a Box”:
The above videos, #EvolvetheDefinition of “masculine” and Leading Lady Parts, illustrate how both men and women can be “put in a box” regarding who they are “supposed” to be and how they are “supposed” to act. We know that gender differences and biases exist, but they are rarely openly acknowledged and evaluated for their impact on the business.
- How can you use these films to talk about the different experiences men and women are having in your organization?
- How could addressing hidden gender biases impact your ability to achieve gender equity in your workforce?
- How is eliminating gender bias discussed at your company with regard to: 1) job interviews/talent acquisition, 2) succession planning and 3) performance management?
Thank you for starting the conversations. Let me know how it goes!
Jeffery Tobias Halter is the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. Founder of theFather of Daughter Initiative, creator of the Gender Conversation QuickStarters Newsletter and the Male Advocacy Profile, Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola company and is the author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men and Selling to Men, Selling to Women.