David Smith

2018 Session | Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo Era…Now What?

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. Anecdotes of men avoiding women have also started to proliferate. Some men wonder: Is it safe to take a closed-door meeting with, or mentor a woman? Some find themselves immobilized by fear. But we can do better. Join a panel of leading experts on gender partnership for a forward-looking conversation about how to constructively navigate the workplace in a post #MeToo world. Together we will explore how to dispel fear and mistrust to create a workplace that works for everyone. Read More

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Real Advice for Women Seeking Mentors and Allies

Portrait of David SmithIf your mentors all look like you, you have a mentor problem. Same goes if they all have similar backgrounds and work histories or if you have only one—or none.

“Your mentors should be a diverse network,” says David Smith, an expert on gender workplace issues and co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. “If they’re not, you’re missing out on key perspectives and information, and you’re probably not being challenged enough in your thinking.”

Of course, for women in male-dominated fields such as the military (Smith’s background), the problem isn’t having too many mentors who look like you (i.e., female). The problem is having a mentor, period. Read More

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