Gender bias, often unconscious in nature, remains a significant barrier to women’s career advancement. It can also be difficult to recognize and avert. This session gives men and women a common vocabulary for identifying, mitigating, and overcoming unconscious gender bias in the workplace. Through a mix of research, stories, and practical solutions, participants learn new ways to interact more effectively with each other and contribute to a more inclusive, respectful work culture. Networking time is built into the agenda and food and beverages will be served.
About Our Speaker
Selena Rezvani, Be Leaderly
Selena Rezvani is VP of Consulting and Research at Be Leaderly and a recognized consultant, speaker and author on women and leadership. A knowledgeable human capital consultant, Selena uses workplace culture assessments to help corporate clients be more inclusive and welcoming to women. She’s also the author of two leadership books targeted at professional women – Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—and Stand Up—for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders (Praeger, 2009).
Selena’s mission is to help high-potential women reach the top echelons of leadership, a goal she achieves through by working with senior leaders to position an inclusive workplace as a competitive business advantage. Her experience and success in the women and leadership arena makes Rezvani a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. She has been quoted, interviewed and profiled by the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC, and NBC. She was a regular commentator on NPR’s syndicated The 51% Perspective and wrote an award-winning column on women and leadership for The Washington Post. Outside of her consulting programs, Selena promotes her message through presentations to corporate audiences, at universities and associations, and at many conferences, including Microsoft, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, J&J, Comcast, Apple, LinkedIn, TEDx, and many others.
Prior to joining Be Leaderly, Selena served as a Lead within Deloitte’s Greenhouse Experience team, where she taught teams how to foster better diversity and collective intelligence. Selena also led the assessments practice at Washington, DC-based Management Concepts, where she administered and coached clients on personality, leadership, and aptitude measures. Selena has led numerous workplace culture research campaigns and studies on women in the C- suite, stretch assignments, millennials, managers and negotiating habits, which were covered by international media.
Prior to her 3 years at Management Concepts, Selena worked as a senior member of the consulting team at the Great Place to Work® Institute, the firm best known for ranking Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work® in America list. While at the Institute, Selena consulted widely on issues of organizational change and workforce development, working with Fortune 1,000 and non-profit organizations internationally and across many industries including Monster.com, Novartis Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Inova Health System, and Brooks Brothers. Client services included focus group facilitation, employee opinion surveys, 360º assessments, leadership workshops, and customized survey assessments.
This Fall, Selena will launch two online courses for women with LinkedIn Learning. She has B.S. and Master of Social Work degrees from New York University, and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Selena lives in Philadelphia with her husband Geoff and 6-year old boy/girl twins.