"When women are present, great things happen." ~ Jonathan Sposato
Last month I was speaking at an event for University of Oregon Alumni in Seattle. At the end, as I was packing up my stuff to go, a man in the crowd approached me with an idea. "You have to know Jonathan Sposato," he said.
Jonathan is the author of "Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits," and within one month I'd navigated my connections to get introduced to Jonathan.
Jonathan is a man on a mission to put more women in leadership. As the chairman and co-founder of Geekwire, PicMonkey and WeCount.org he's recently promised all of his future investments to female-founded companies -- something I can truly get behind.
He is one of the few men I know brave enough to enter the conversation on women in leadership in such a powerful way. (BTW: I invited him to speak at the Superwoman Summit!)
Jonathan's work (and conversations with other men) have inspired me to take on a topic I think is super important, but that I've never spoken formally about -- improving gender relations in the office.
I've been pondering these questions for some time and I'm ready to test-drive my answers:
- In what ways can men and women improve their behavior in the workplace to create a better culture of acceptance and understanding?
- How do we build professional relationships across gender lines in a "Me Too" world?
- How do we set new standards for gender relations in the office?
This is why next month's free online training is going to be on this topic (also I'm facilitating a presentation/conversation about this topic in May at the HR UnCubed Conference in NYC).
If you also think this topic is interesting, I hope you'll join me April 20 at 12pm PST for one hour while I present my ideas, get feedback and answer your questions. RSVP here.
In the meantime, I have some questions about gender relations in the office I'd love your help with. Please take a moment and fill out this survey. (I see good karma and cute puppies in your future for doing this!)
While I firmly believe that the Me Too Movement has changed things for the better, I feel like we're in uncharted territory. As a result, we must be willing to ask hard questions and seek new answers if we intend to move beyond the current problems with women and men at work.
Thanks for joining me on this ride.