#TimesUp for HR
On Monday, January 1, 2018, approximately 300 women in Hollywood—executives, actors, agents, writers, directors, and producers announced the formation of #TimesUp, an effort to counter systemic sexual harassment not just in the entertainment industry, but also in industries across the country. It is an effort, significantly, that aims to combat workplace sexism at its foundations: through legal recourse and through improved representation in board rooms and beyond. In other words, it attempts to confront all issues impacting sex discrimination and inequalities in the workplace. This movement has created a seismic shift in acknowledging there is a problem for HR to confront that has a history and continues today.
Here are the objectives proposed by #TimesUp for what you can do and will be the focus of this 3-part program that is composed of (1) legal updates, (2) panel of 3 diverse women from top industries and an interactive session on Unconscious Bias: Observe Reflect and Act:
1. If a person who has been harassed tells you about it, believe them. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to talk about these things.
2. If you are a witness or bystander and see a harassing situation, you can help the person being harassed. You could actually intervene. You could confront the harasser. You could also help the person get out of the harassing situation. If you cannot do any of these things, you can still support the harassed person by corroborating and confirming the account of what happened.
3. If you are part of an organization, look at the workforce and the leadership (management, officers, board of directors). Does it reflect the market where you operate and the world we live in? If not, ask why not and do something to move it closer to that goal.
4. Acknowledge that talent is equally distributed, but work and career opportunities are not. Mentor someone from an underrepresented group in your industry. If you are in a position to do so, hire someone who can diversify the perspectives included in your organization; your team will be better and stronger for it.
Margaret Parnell Hogan
A shareholder in Littler Mendelson's Denver office, Margaret Parnell Hogan began her career in the firm's Chicago office. Margaret represents clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail and the oil and gas industry, in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state equivalents. Margaret focuses her litigation practice on:
• Discrimination class actions
• Harassment litigation
• Disability claims
• Employment discrimination claims
Beatrice is currently the Global Director, Inclusion and Diversity at Newmont Mining Corporation. Her role involves partnering with the Board of Directors, executives and each operating region globally to build an inclusive workplace where differences and similarities are respected, valued and leveraged to achieve Newmont’s purpose. Before moving to the US from Ghana, Beatrice led a team with accountability for Newmont’s Africa Region talent management, inclusion and diversity, global mobility, HR technology, talent acquisition, and facilities management. She is an environmental scientist by training and has worked within the technology and mining industries.
Susana Escalante, MA
Susana has 25+ years as an Executive Human Resources Director for Fortune 500 companies including HP, Seagate and most recently Raytheon Company. Raytheon is a well known leader in the Aerospace industry and has over 60,000 employees across the US and overseas. Susana was the Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the RTN Business - Space Airborne Systems (SAS) from 2008-2017. In that role, Susana, worked with the Executive Diversity Council developing and executing the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy which included goals to improve gender representation as well as promote gender awareness and equity. In addition, Susana oversaw regional chapters of Raytheon's Employee Resource Groups including the Raytheon Women's Network.
Emily serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at CoBank, headquartered in Greenwood Village. With more than $130 billion in assets, the bank delivers loans, leases and other financial services to agribusiness, rural infrastructure and Farm Credit customers in all 50 states. During her 15 year tenure at CoBank, Emily has had a variety of progressive responsibilities. In her current role, she provides support, direction and oversight to an exceptional dynamic HR team that creates value through employee welfare and benefit plans, total compensation strategies, employee relations, training and development programs, organizational development and consulting, payroll, HR systems, succession management, staffing strategies, professional and college recruitment, policies and procedures, work-life programs, HR compliance, and performance management. Emily earned her MBA while working full time, and has a BA from CU in Sociology and English, with a focus on women’s studies.
Audrey Nelson, PhD
Audrey is a keynote speaker, trainer and author with 3 degrees in Communication including a PhD and post doctorate work at Warnbrough College, Oxford, England in gender communication differences. For the last 30 years she has been regarded as one of the Nation's expert in gender communication and as an advocate for women. Audrey is the expert blogger in gender communication for Psychology Today. She is an author. Her first book, You Don’t Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes (Prentice Hall 2004) has been published in 6 languages. Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen (Alpha-Penguin) and The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women (Wiley & Sons) have received international acclaim. Audrey was one of the founding members of ORWAC, The Organization for Research on Women and Communication, an academic organization dedicated to research on women and communication.
11:45 AM - Registration Opens
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM – Networking and Membership 101
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM - Margaret Parnell Hogan: Legal implications
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM - Break
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Panel Presentation: What is Corporate America Doing about Gender Equity?
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM - Wrap Up Presentation and Facilitation: Unconscious Bias: Observe, Reflect and Act.
SHRM & HRCI Credits pending.