I like to poke fun at my mom when she’s upset about something and says, “I just don’t understand…” I usually laugh and interrupt with, “Yes, you do.” At 79 years of age, as well traveled and hard working as my mom is, there isn’t much she hasn’t seen or experienced, and too much of … Continue reading Sadly, There Are Predators Everywhere
Okay, so if one of your employees calls you out publicly – using your Twitter account no less – for being, what was it exactly? Ah: “the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with”, there’s a few ways you can handle it. You can take the high road a la … Continue reading How to Check Out for Mental Health Issues If You’re a British MP in a Social Media/Sexual Harassment Scandal
I create a lot of content in my work. That content is used for different media, platforms and purposes, whether they’re written, spoken or visual. However, no matter what form that content ultimately takes, it’s successful reception usually comes down to two things: how I deliver a message and who I’m delivering it to, or, … Continue reading How Does Your Company Handle Reports of Employee Harassment?
As the news and media cycles continue to air new and ever more disturbing stories about sexual harassment in the workplace, I’ve wondered what the backlash would be like. See, right now, the perpetrators are being quiet. They’re watching as some of the big dogs in their respective industries are being dethroned and discarded. They’re … Continue reading Backlash Against #MeToo? Yeah, It’s Coming
Remember that movie The Purge? I think it may have even had a sequel or two. The general premise is that for a certain period of hours every year, it’s legal to kill people. I never actually watched the movie, so I don’t know what the rationale was behind this extraordinary law, but I think … Continue reading Matt Lauer and the Purge of Female Talent
So Kevin Spacey has been roasting on the bonfire of public opinion this week. His career has been in freefall since the first allegations of abuse with an underage boy came to light. His popular show House of Cards has been shelved, and director Ridley Scott has decreed the soon-to-be-released film “All the Money in … Continue reading Do All Female Lives Matter?
For the past few years I’ve kicked around possible answers to a very personal question: What’s worse, being black or being a woman? The answer? Being a woman. Race is not a small issue by any means. But since most white people aren’t secretly white nationalists, you can win them over even if they have … Continue reading What’s Worse, Being Black or Being a Woman?
Logically, you know certain things happen, racism, sexism, those sorts of things. You know they’re out there. But over time – and over exposure – you become desensitized to them. They may even stop being a daily pain point. Maybe your circumstances change, and you’re lucky enough to remove yourself from constant evidence of their … Continue reading Silicon Valley, You Are Officially On Notice
In December 2016, Harvard Business Review ran a fabulous article by David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson titled, “Men Can Improve How They Mentor Women. Here’s How.” I loved it. It was straight forward, honest, and stuffed with scientific data and analysis that promotes one fabulous conclusion: More men should mentor women, and if … Continue reading Sometimes Women Cry at Work. Get Over It