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1:10 PM | Talking (and Listening) Constructively

Featuring: Celeste Headlee, journalist, radio host, and author, We Need to Talk

In our workplaces and in our world, civil discourse is losing ground at a time when we need it most. Great conversations have the power to diffuse conflict, strengthen relationships, and build understanding across differences. As a radio host, Celeste Headlee has interviewed thousands of people from all sides of the equation, giving her a unique perspective on talking–and listening–constructively. She shares the art and science behind effective communication, sharing her practical lessons for improving your skills and broadening your view of what makes a productive conversation.

2:00 PM | 52 Ways to Fight Bias

Featuring: Rachel Thomas, president and co-founder, Lean In

Bias—whether deliberate or unconscious—is a powerful force, and it’s holding women and underrepresented groups back in the workplace every day. It shapes how we view women’s and men’s roles and abilities—and how we treat women who strive to achieve and advance in the workplace. Get a sneak peek into Lean In’s new program that will pair a series of videos with an easy, card-based activity to bring people together to have real conversations about what to do when specific examples of bias pop up.

2:15 PM | Networking Break

2:35 PM | Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World

Moderated by Rachel Thomas, president and co-founder, Lean In
Featuring:
Amy Gallo, author, HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict: Navigating Conflict to Build Strong Relationships at Work
W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

The #MeToo movement has led us to a watershed moment. Cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. A recent study by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey showed that twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with, socializing with, and mentoring women. This is a pivotal moment for gender partnership. Come hear this panel of leading experts for a forward-looking conversation about how to dispel fear, build trust, and develop workplace cultures that works for everyone.

3:15 PM | Networking Break

3:45 PM | How to Be Allies Without Fear: Lessons on Trust, Communication and Tangible Steps to Move Forward Together

Featuring:
David Smith, Ph.D, associate professor of Sociology in the Department of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College, former Navy pilot and co-author, Athena Rising
Brad Johnson, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, professor of psychology in the Department of
Leadership, Ethics, and Law, United States Naval Academy, faculty associate, Johns Hopkins University and co-author, Athena Rising

Research has shown that diverse teams drive innovation and bottom line success. Yet greater workplace diversity also presents the immense challenge of finding common ground across differences. This powerful and interactive workshop will explore how we can move forward together. Offering actionable strategies you can immediately implement on your own and with your team, it will show how to be an effective ally, improve communication, manage conflict, and build inclusive cultures where employees feel respected and valued.

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