Workplace summit addresses what's appropriate in light of #metoo movement

Hadas Kuznits
June 07, 2018 - 10:49 pm
Verna Myers

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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Conference for Women presented their inaugural Workplace Summit on Thursday at Villanova University. 

Laurie Dalton White, conference director, says this event came about at the request of their sponsors.

"What they've asked us to do is pull together programming to help them navigate the shifting landscape of kind of the 'me too, now what?'" Dalton White said. "There are a lot of people trying to figure out how it impacts them and how to navigate it."

She says what was tolerated in the past now is not.

"Women have found their voices, and they're finally saying, 'You know, that's not ok,'" Dalton White said.

Speaker Verna Myers talked about unconscious bias.

"Unconscious bias is real, but it's not an excuse," Myers said.

One attendee said she was interested in Myers' concept of seeing situations through a cultural lens "and her instruction to believe people, that they might have experiences that we can't understand because of our cultural lens."