“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”― James Baldwin

The national outcry over sexual harassment is growing louder every day, but this is not a Hollywood problem or a Washington, DC problem - it is everywhere. As HR professionals, we are FAILING to protect our employees. The conversation about how to change our profession starts HERE.


Gretchen Carlson

Former Host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson
Acclaimed Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace. Named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2017, Carlson most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years. Prior to that, co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show “Fox and Friends” for more than seven years. A no-holds-barred political reporter and commentator, Carlson is known for her witty and astute insights on the political climate, news of the day, and the stories making headlines across the globe. She is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, 2017’s Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, and the 2015 memoir Getting Real. In January 2017, Carlson was tapped as a columnist for TIME’s online “Motto” newsletter, where her writing focuses on issues largely relating to women in the workforce as well as women’s empowerment issues.

Chai Feldblum

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Chai Feldblum has served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2010.  She was recently nominated to serve a third term on the EEOC, with a term ending in July 1, 2023.

During Commissioner Feldblum’s service on the Commission, she has focused on all the employment civil rights issues within the jurisdiction of the EEOC. She has focused in particular on the employment of people with disabilities, pregnancy accommodation, sexual orientation and transgender discrimination, harassment prevention, the structure and process of the federal sector complaint system and strategic planning for the Commission. She, along with Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, led the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and released a Co-Chairs Report in June 2016.

Carmen Hudson

Principal Consultant
Recruiting Toolbox, Inc.

Carmen Hudson wears several hats. She is currently Engagement Manager, Sourcing and Social Media Strategy for Recruiting Toolbox and Founder and CEO of Tweetajob, Inc. Carmen draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent.

Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and then implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments. She consults and trains companies to help them leverage high ROI solutions for big sourcing, social media, and technology implementation initiatives.

Laurie Ruettimann

Consultant and Author

Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned keynote speaker, writer and entrepreneur. She owns a consultancy that offers a wide array of services to HR departments and technology companies.

You may know Ruettimann as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR (retired), which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. You may have also read her book, I AM HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR.

Ruettimann has been published in a variety of places including , Business Insider, The Conference Board Review, CFO Magazine, Entrepreneur, Forbes, The New York Times, and, The Wall Street Journal,. She has keynoted, lectured and participated at business events around the world held by Harvard Business School, SXSW, Microsoft, Google, NBCUniversal, American Marketing Association, and many others. She is also recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.

She studied at Regent’s University London and holds a B.A. in Literature from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.

Emily Martin

General Counsel and VP for Workplace Justice
National Women’s Law Center

Emily Martin is General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center. She oversees the Center’s advocacy, policy, and education efforts to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for women at work and to achieve the workplace standards that allow all women to achieve and succeed, with a particular focus on the obstacles that confront women in low-wage jobs and women of color. She also provides in-house legal advice and representation to the Center. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she spearheaded litigation, policy, and public education initiatives to advance the rights of women and girls to fair treatment at work, at school, and in housing. She was a law clerk for Senior Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia and previously worked for the Center as a recipient of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. She has served as Vice President and President of the Fair Housing Justice Center, a non-profit organization in New York City. Ms. Martin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.

Frank Dobbin

Harvard University

Frank Dobbin is professor of sociology at Harvard.  He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  His Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton University Press, 2009), which won the Max Weber and Distinguished Scholarly Book Awards from the American Sociological Association, charts how corporate human resources professionals defined discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.  With Alexandra Kalev, he is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management, studying both the effects of corporate hiring, promotion diversity, and work-life policies on actual workforce diversity, and the effects of workforce diversity on corporate performance.  Dobbin has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Safra Center for Ethics.

Helene Wasserman

Co-Chair, Litigation and Trials Practice Group
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

Helene Wasserman has spent her entire career, since 1987, exclusively representing employers of all sizes and in all industries, with regard to their employment law needs.  A seasoned trial attorney, Helene has tried several sexual harassment cases.  Helene advises clients on day to day employment law needs, has conducted workplace investigations, and is regularly consulted with regard to all human resources issues.

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