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.