Gender bias and inequality in the workplace is not a new problem. Despite its longstanding presence, this problem continues to linger, impacting the professional growth and opportunities of women worldwide. Only 12% of paid executive officers in publicly held companies are women. Andrea Kramer and Alton Harris join Kevin to discuss their approach to addressing this problem. They argue that traditional anti-bias training programs are ineffective. You can’t tell someone, don’t do that. Instead, they suggest eliminating exclusionary behaviors and biases from organizational policies and practices. They also debunk five gender myths, including the idea that women lack ambition, are less self-confident, and cannot handle risks and leadership roles.

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00:00 Introduction
04:41 Statistics of gender inequality
07:19 Reasons for the persistence of gender inequality
10:27 Suggestions for improving the effectiveness of training programs
12:59 Introduction of the five gender myths
18:16 Overview of the four parts of the PATH program
25:59 Impact of the pandemic on gender inequality
32:58 Book recommendations
36:20 Closing

Meet Andrea and Alton

  • Their Story: Andrea S. Kramer (Andie) and Alton B. Harris (Al) are distinguished attorneys, married to each other and co-authors of Beyond Bias: The PATH to End Gender Inequality at Work. For decades, Andie and Al have tackled gender bias in the workplace through speaking, workshops, articles, blog posts, podcasts, one-on-one counseling, and engagements with national and international business and professional organizations. They have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Crain's, and many other publications. They provide practical techniques that women, men, and organizations can use to prevent the gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them from slowing down or derailing women's careers

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