Session 2: Seize the Courage to Address Gender Bias at Work

Does your organization have gender diversity at the top? Research shows measurably better results for organizations that do. Unconscious gender bias won’t get you there!


Do you feel that you and your co-workers value and use feminine as well as masculine approaches? Unconscious gender bias may be limiting your options!


Experts say the old predominantly masculine style of leadership is no longer effective with today’s workforce—younger, more female and more culturally diverse. With a balance of both masculine and feminine approaches, men and women gain a larger, more effective tool kit. Understanding both enables us to see how unconscious gender bias creates barriers for women -- and pushes us to redefine leadership. Understanding unconscious bias can be the first step in avoiding and removing obstacles for women reaching their potential.


In this session, you will learn how leveraging both masculine and feminine strengths can make a difference—in your personal effectiveness, the engagement of your teams, and for your organization’s bottom line. You will have the opportunity to engage both men and women in conversation about how gender bias looks and feels in the workplace and share ideas for confronting and reducing it.


Seize the courage!  Join us to disrupt gender bias at work! 


Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will:

  •  Be more knowledgeable about the current state of women in companies and organizations

  •  Understand the value and the qualities of both masculine and feminine styles

  • Recognize situations when gender bias is occurring and what they can do to interrupt it 

  • Increase comfort in having conversations with men and women about countering gender bias and promoting both masculine and feminine styles

Date:  March 7, 2017

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (continental breakfast served at 7:45 am)

Location: Nordstrom Flagship Store, Seattle

                  1617 6th Avenue

                  5th Floor, J.W. Nordstrom Meeting Room

Presenter: Caroline Turner, Principal of DifferenceWORKS

Caroline Turner, as principal of DifferenceWORKS, provides consulting and training to help leaders achieve better business results by being inclusive.  She is an expert on gender and generational differences in the workplace and author of Difference Works: Improving Retention, Productivity and Profitability through Inclusion. She is the former senior vice president, general counsel of Coors Brewing Company and its parent (now MillerCoors and MolsonCoors) and was a partner in the law firm Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver, CO. She holds a B.A. from Agnes Scott College, a M.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

NWDLS is Managed by:  The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI)


ISDI is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success.  


ISDI was founded in 2015 and assumed the management of the Northwest Diversity Learning Series in 2016, formerly managed by Archbright. Barbara Deane, the original NW Series co-founder, and Effenus Henderson, retired Chief Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser are the co-founders and directors of the Institute.  This is the 19th year of the NWDLS!


Upcoming Sessions in 2017:


(Please note: the order of topics and titles may shift slightly as we work with presenters.)


Session 3:  Seize the Courage to Deconstruct White Male Privilege. Tuesday, May 9

Session 4:  Seize the Courage to TRANSform Our Ideas of Gender Identities in the Workplace. Tuesday, June 20


Session 5:  Seize the Courage: Move from Assumptions to Understanding in A Multi-Generational Workplace. Tuesday, September 19

Session 6:  Seize the Courage to Respond to the Context of Racial Inequality. Monday, October 30