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    September Meeting: Blurred Lines: How to Reduce Legal Exposure by Navigating the Changing Boundaries of Gender

    Date: September 26, 2018, 5:00pm
    Workforce Center of Will County - 2400 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet
    Free for GWHRA members; $15 non-members
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    Blurred Lines: How to Reduce Legal Exposure by Navigating the Changing Boundaries of Gender

    Our definition and expectations of gender are expanding. The boundaries of acceptable workplace behavior are changing. Does your team know the new “rules”? A comment or a touch may be perceived as innocent by one - but as harassment by another. An offhanded remark towards a transgender or non-binary associate may lead to costly harassment complaints.

    This talk was created to address the concerns of all sides of the #MeToo movement. Bernadette will address LGBTQ inclusivity, unconscious bias, and demystify common assumptions and shifting boundaries in the workplace. She delivers humorous, relatable messages with tangible action steps.

    Learning Objectives:
    Objective 1: Strategies for maintaining professional boundaries to minimize the risk of blurred lines leading to harassment accusations

    Objective 2: Learn about the diversity of gender, including best practices in interacting with transgender and non-binary associates

    Objective 3: How to recover from accidentally offending someone and how to speak up if you witness it

    Objective 4: The ARC Method℠ of communication, used to gain clarity in any situation

    Short Speaker Bio:

    Bernadette is CEO of Equality Institute, a firm dedicated to consulting with businesses on issues of harassment and diversity and inclusion. She speaks on these topics to audiences of CEOs, associations, leadership teams and more. Bernadette is an award-winning author of three books, and her upcoming book Unassuming Assumptions, will be released Fall 2018. She holds a BS and an MBA and her expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and National Public Radio, among others.