Leveraging Male Allies to Champion Gender Inclusion and Equity

Speaker: Brad Johnson, Ph.D., U.S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University


Friday, October 22, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT 

Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall “H”

Offers 0.10 CEUs / 1.0 PDH

For a good reason, men have been called the missing ingredient in achieving gender equity in the workplace. The business case for full gender balance is irrefutable. Still, men are reluctant to mentor, sponsor, or even show up as strong friends and collaborators with women at work for a host of reasons. Based on his research for the books, Athena Rising and Good Guys, the author will show how gender equality and strong cross-gender collaboration are good for both men and women. Covering male psychology and the elements of gender partnership, this session will set the bar high in terms of how men should show up as allies with women in the workplace and how both men and women can benefit from cross-gender mentorships, and ways women can call out allyship from men.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  1. Describe five key elements of cross-gender allyship
  2. Articulate some of the obstacles to better gender partnership at work
  3. Explain several strategies for leveraging workplace relationships with men.
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Brad Johnson

About the Speaker

Brad Johnson, Ph.D., is professor of psychology in the department of leadership, ethics and law at the United States Naval Academy, and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications, including 14 books in mentoring, professional ethics, and gender inclusion. Recent books include Good Guys: How Men Can Become Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (both with David Smith), and the Elements of Mentoring 3rd Ed. (with Charles Ridley).