The Institute for Contemporary Leadership(ICL) hosted Sally Helgesen, renowned thought leader on women in leadership and co-author of Women Rise (written with Marshall Goldsmith, out April 10). The event, sponsored by Epstein Becker & Green, was held at Time Warner Inc. and was part of the Contemporary Leadership Talk Series. Helgesen discussed the historical arc of women in leadership, the implications of the adoption of many so-called “female” characteristics into our societal understanding of what strong leadership looks like, the impact of the #metoo dynamic and the progress still needed. Following her talk Helgesen was joined by a panel, moderated by ICL’s Beth Gullette, that included Subha Barry, Senior VP & Managing Director of Working Mother Media and forerunner in developing women leaders and Diversity & Inclusion as well as Contemporary Leadership Advisor Senior Consultant Scott Slipy, former CHRO at Jabil and senior HR executive at Cisco, Microsoft, and United Health Group. Attendees included senior leaders from companies such as Google, MetLife, BBC, Alvarez & Marsal, Capco, Morgan Stanley, CBS, Estee Lauder and Time Warner Inc.
Disrupting Leaders For Growth and Impact at this #metoo Moment
CHROs and other senior HR leaders gathered at the NYC Harvard Club for breakfast and a robust discussion of the impact of the #metoo movement in companies. Diversity and Inclusion thought leader, Jennifer Brown, spoke on the critical need for leaders to bring their full authentic selves to work, and to share their own identity stories. Sharing who you are, i.e., your complex social identities, is what gives others in your organization the confidence to do the same, and sends a message that diversity is to be celebrated.
CHROs and senior HR Leaders from companies such as Oppenheimer Funds, BNY Mellon, JP Morgan Chase, Lord Abbett, Bonobos, iHeartmedia, Buzzfeed, BBC, and Novartis, shared insights on how their industries are reacting to the movement to call out sexual harassment and bias in the workplace. Michael Thompson, an employment law expert from Epstein Becker Green, shared insights on the increased legal considerations stemming from both a further decreased tolerance for harassment and bias, as well as tax implications from the recent changes in the tax code.
There was strong agreement that leaders needed to dial up there self-awareness, empathy, complexity of thinking, courage and sense of purpose in order to meet the challenges and opportunities that this sort of external disruption is having in organizations.
The Institute hosted CHROs and other senior HR executives at Gramercy Tavern, in New York City, to discuss the challenges their company leaders are facing with the rate and intensity of disruption. David Peterson, the Institute’s Executive Director, as well as Director of Google’s Center of Expertise on Leadership, provided in the moment examples of what it means to be disrupted and have to adapt. Companies represented included Johnson & Johnson, Oppenheimer Funds, WPP, PRA Group, THL, Google, and United Health Group.