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The #MeToo movement has exposed the enormous harm done by sexual misconduct in the workplace. But according to economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the movement’s full promise has not been fulfilled. Showcasing new data on the incidence of sexual harassment and assault at work, Hewlett reveals how the movement has focused almost exclusively on white women and failed to support Black men, gay men and women, Latinas, and other vulnerable groups who are also targets of abuse.
Hewlett arrives at Town Hall for a conversation with Kennedy Ihezie, a thought leader on race, ethnic identity, and intersectionality. Drawing from her new book #MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward, Hewlett invites us to take an unblinking look at the movement’s limitations and the collateral damage inflicted by #MeToo. With examples including CBS, Nike, and Google, Hewlett and Ihezie lay bare the financial losses and hits to the bottom line associated with sexual misconduct scandals. Together they show how male leaders, fearful of gossip and legal action, are increasingly skittish about sponsoring young women, making it much more likely that women will stall out mid-career and will deprive companies of diversity and essential perspective. Hewlett offers legal remedies as well as blueprints for individual and corporate action that could protect employees and the businesses they work for. Join Hewlett and Ihezie and explore the social and economic consequences of the #MeToo movement—and learn steps to help any corporation create a safer and more equitable environment.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation, a Manhattan-based think tank where she chairs a task force of eighty-two multinational companies focused on fully realizing the new streams of labor in the global marketplace. Her book Forget a Mentor: Find a Sponsor was named one of the ten best business books of 2013 and won the Axiom Book Award.
Thought leader and author. Formerly a Vice President at the prestigious NYC Think Tank, the Center for Talent Innovation where he led an initiative on Black Talent, Ihezie has held executive positions in Africa and Corporate America.”
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