Workplace Integrity: The Tone Starts at the Top

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 1:45 pm
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As media organizations work to combat sexual harassment and discrimination, employees want to know their leaders are truly committed to the hard work of change.

In this live broadcast, the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project provides expert advice for leaders at all levels.

  • Why laying down the law isn’t enough
  • How new approaches to training are making a difference
  • What it takes to be recognized as a true ally
  • PLUS – Specific strategies that are creating change in top media organizations

Program Agenda


9 a.m.

Leadership Secrets: Laying Down the Law Is Just the Start

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Chai Feldblum, partner, Morgan Lewis
As a commissioner at the EEOC, Chai Feldblum helped lead the EEOC’s Select Task Force on Study of Harassment in the Workplace. As one of the country’s leading experts on the legal and cultural issues driving problems and solutions in workplaces, she now applies those research findings into real-world advice and action.

Do You Qualify as an Ally?

10:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership, Loyola University Chicago
Just as you’re not a leader unless employees choose to follow you, you’re not an ally to traditionally underrepresented employees unless you’ve earned that distinction. How do you qualify as trusted allies? Jill Geisler shares what the Power Shift Project has learned – with practical tips you can put to use immediately.

Strategy-Sharing/Fresh Approaches

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
With the help of conversation leaders from the Power Shift Project, we’ll share how new approaches to workplace challenges can make positive change.

Jill Geisler leads the conversation with:

  • Brent Jones, assistant managing editor, training and outreach, The Wall Street Journal
  • Loren Mayor, president of operations, NPR
  • Traci Schweikert, vice president of human resources, Politico
  • Sue Ramsett, vice president & general manager , KWQC-TV, Quad Cities of Illinois & Iowa
  • Mizell Stewart III, senior director, talent, partnerships and news strategy, Gannett and the USA TODAY Network

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project is an industry-wide initiative to improve the quality and future of journalism by creating safer, more equal and diverse media organizations. The “Workplace Integrity” curriculum is designed to eliminate sexual harassment, discrimination and incivility and to create opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it.

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