#MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward

#MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett


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Economist and award-winning author Sylvia Ann Hewlett blends vivid stories with powerful new data in assessing the impact of the #MeToo movement in corporate America and provides concrete action to help executives and companies create more inclusive and safe work environments for women, people of color, and LGBTQ employees.

While the #MeToo movement has exposed the enormous harm done by sexual misconduct in the workplace, the movement’s full promise has not been fulfilled, Sylvia Ann Hewlett argues. Showcasing new data on the incidence of sexual harassment and assault at work, she reveals how the movement has focused almost exclusively on white women and failed to support other vulnerable groups who are also targets of abuse. Black men, gay men and women, and Latinas experience particularly high rates of sexual harassment and assault.

In addition to exploring the movement’s limitations, Hewlett examines the collateral damage inflicted by #MeToo. She looks at hits to the bottom line (lawsuits and settlements, tarnished brands, and stock devaluations) and hits to the talent pipeline. In particular she shows how male leaders, fearful of gossip and legal action, are increasingly skittish about sponsoring young women, no matter how high performing they are. This makes it much more likely that women will stall out mid-career and will deprive companies of diversity in the C-Suite and “gender smarts” around decision-making tables. Digging deep into examples that range from Fox News, Nike, and Google to CBS, Michigan State University, and the Catholic Church, Hewlett lays bare the financial losses associated with sexual misconduct scandals. No wonder corporate chief risk officers newly have #MeToo in their line of sight!

A third of this book is devoted to solutions and Hewlett offers a three-pronged strategy, combining legal remedies with individual and corporate action steps that can be used to protect employees and businesses they work for. Drawing from companies as different as IBM and IPG she discusses “experiments at the edge” as well as more evolved initiatives that can help any corporation create a more equitable and safer environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062899194
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 647,312
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 #MeToo: Where We're Coming from-and Going 1

What The Numbers Tell Us

Chapter 2 Measuring and Mapping 23

Chapter 3 Women as Predators 39

Chapter 4 Men as Prey 55

Chapter 5 Crossing Lines of Race and Sexual Orientation 73

Chapter 6 Hits to the Bottom Line 91

What To Do

Chapter 7 Legal Remedies 117

Chapter 8 Individual Action Steps 135

Chapter 9 Company Action Steps 157

Afterword 191

Author's Note 194

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 197

Index 221

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