Inaugural Men's Track on tap for Eastern Iowa Conference

Mar 23, 2015

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On April 22 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) will host its inaugural Men’s Track Program at the Eastern Iowa Conference. More than 200 men will join IWLC to learn about gender intelligence from one of the world’s foremost experts in the field, Barbara Annis.

The Men’s Track Program is designed for men looking to learn more about gender intelligence and how to use that knowledge to have a positive impact in the workplace. The Men’s Track conference is a half-day event from 8:00 a.m. – Noon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Complex, featuring a keynote speaker, CEO panel, facilitated discussion and “ballpark” lunch. The cost to attend is $250.

Gender intelligence is the ability to comprehend the distinguishing characteristics of malesand females beyond that of physical and cultural, to include their attitudinal and behavioraldistinctiveness. It is a consciousness that values gender difference in conduct,rationalizations, and actions and, as a result, enables gender-aware individuals to engageconfidently and effectively with members of the opposite gender in social and workplacesettings.

Corridor area businessmen are excited about the prospect of learning more about creating an inclusive work environment. The Men’s Track Program will “help convey and get the message out that IWLC is not just for women and that men can learn a lot from the content and networking that these events have,” says Todd Barker, a financial advisor with the Seifert Trovas Group at Merrill Lynch in Cedar Rapids. “I know that I have learned a great deal [from IWLC] about issues that women face in the workplace and outside the workplace and have met some incredible women, not to mention some great presenters,” says Mr. Barker.

The inaugural Men’s Track Program particularly energizes IWLC Board Member Maureen Kler Osako, vice president of Informatics, Inc. “We recognize that women’s leadership is a global business issue that needs to be addressed systemically across the enterprise and include the involvement of both women and men at all levels of leadership,” says Ms. Kler Osako.

“Everyone benefits when men and women work together to advance their organization’s talent agenda and competitive advantage by attracting, hiring, developing, retaining, sponsoring and promoting women in every industry sector,” says IWLC CEO Diane Ramsey. “We are very excited about our first Men’s Track, which promises to be a dynamic session focusing on research about engaging men in the charge of advancing the women’s leadership agenda.”

For more information about the 2015 IWLC Eastern Iowa Conference, visitwww.IWLCLeads.org/EasternIowa.  


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