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GBWF Lunch | Fri, March 23 | Beyond #MeToo: Reckoning with Workplace Sexual…

March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Burlington City Hall

| Free

Sexual harassment and abuse charges against powerful personalities has created a kind of public reckoning. Our shared voices in the media and the #MeToo movement are driving change, yet pushing back against the behavior patterns of sexual harassment, so common in workplaces across the country, is not easy. Social mores and norms are deeply embedded in all of us. When is it safe to speak up? What happens if we do say something? Who do we turn to if we decide to speak up? How might the passage of new laws in Vermont change the climate?

Join us as our panel looks at sexual harassment in the workplace. We’ll talk about workplace options: human resources, employee assistance programs—how these parts of our workplace can help and what the limitations might be. We’ll have an overview of the current bill in the Vermont legislature, what it is trying to do and what it might mean. We’ll talk about strategies to take care of yourself when you experience harassment at work, how we can start to be more proactive and how we might respond if we are harassed. Come and listen to the experiences of others; there will be time after the panel for discussion.


Alexandra H. Clauss, Esq. is an attorney and Shareholder at Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC. Her practice is devoted to counseling employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws and best practices. She is widely known for her expertise in sexual harassment and discrimination issues, and is often called upon to audit a company’s practices and policies on workplace harassment and to conduct sexual harassment trainings.

Lola Houston of Live A True Life loves helping others untangle the complexities of love and life. As a coach, she guides individuals and couples through challenges, helping them find an open heart with mindful, playful compassion. She helps organizations navigate the ups and downs of interpersonal dynamics and vanquish the dragons of misbehavior, restoring a sense of safety and respect to an organizational culture.

Lisa Senecal is a co-founder of The Maren Group. She specializes in strategic planning, communications, investigations, and best practices for risk mitigation to guide individual and private sector clients who are grappling with sexual harassment and assault. She writes and speaks on issues of equality, opportunity, and safety for women in a range of media, from NPR Morning Edition and PBS News Hour to The Daily Beast and USA Today. In July 2017, Lisa was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Women by Governor Phil Scott.

Bring a lunch, listen, learn, share, and network with women in our community. The program closes at 1:15pm with time for participants’ announcements (job openings, services available, upcoming events…). The space is available until 1:30pm for informal networking.

Please register to save your seat at the table (no need to print out a ticket, though!).

BY DONATION. For our events to be accessible and affordable for all women, we rely on your contributions! We ask for a $5-$15 sliding scale donation at the door—credit card, cash or check (payable to Greater Burlington Women’s Forum). To make your contribution online, please click DONATE.

Special thanks to the legal firm of PRIMMER PIPER EGGLESTON & CRAMER PC, our Founding Business Supporter; DUNKIEL SAUNDERS, Community Supporter; MERCY CONNECTIONS, our Fiscal Agent, providing fiscal oversight and tax-exempt status; and to MAYOR MIRO WEINBERGER, our Event Host Sponsor.


Burlington City Hall
149 Church Street
Burlington, VT United States
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