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Jeffery Tobias Halter to address allyship women’s leadership event

Source: Submitted by UW-Green Bay

Jeffery Tobias Halter to address allyship women’s leadership event

May 15, 2024 8:42 AM CDT

By: Lisa M. Hale

GREEN BAY, WI – (WGBW & WISS) – The Schreiber Institute for Women’s Leadership Celebrate 2024 event is Thursday and Friday at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  Keynote Speaker Jeffery Tobias Halter, President of YWomen, will discuss the importance of being an ally for all disenfranchised groups.

“Even though, men are still 80 percent of leadership, and, I think, they have the greatest opportunities to be allies – White women can actually be better allies for women of color. And women of color can be better allies for people in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Halter. “It’s really a lens of allyship that says, ‘This isn’t men and women. It’s really around multiple dimensions of diversity.”

Although many were raised by strong, independent women, sometimes, single mothers, Halter said millennial men are not the allies to women that one would expect.

“We would think that this would translate into the workplace, where we would see greater gender equity. And believe it or not, there has not been a single study that has born that out,” said Halter. “They have not demonstrated any behavior that is different than their fathers or their grandfathers when it comes to understanding and leveraging the strengths that women bring.” 

Halter says that lack of a change has made for a very slow advancement in gender equity.

“If we look at the advancement of women across all levels of organizations, it’s a snail’s place. I mean, it’s literally, maybe, a three percent growth rate over the last 20 years, which is abysmal,” said Halter.

In addition to Halter, there will be panel discussions featuring women leaders from Northeast Wisconsin about their experiences in building community & allies in the workplace and beyond. 

Press Release from UWGB 

The Secret to Corporate Growth and Organizational Profitability: Becoming an Ally

BY EDITORIAL STUDENT · MARCH 26, 2024

Schreiber Institute for Women’s Leadership invites women—and men—to discover the power of allyship in realizing organizational goals with two-day event.

Green Bay, Wis.—It’s easy to say you and your organization are committed to addressing the workplace gender equity gap that exists everywhere, including Northeast Wisconsin. Doing something about it takes intentionality and learning how to be an ally to those around you, according to Gender Strategist (and Wisconsin native) Jeffery Tobias Halter. Halter, a 30-year corporate leader, author, consultant and President of YWomen is the keynote speaker at the Schreiber Institute for Women’s Leadership Celebrate 2024 events on May 16 and 17, 2024 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“This year, the Institute is expanding its annual Celebrate event to two days and is being more intentional than ever in addressing the gender leadership gap,” says Institute Executive Director Pa Lee Moua. “We’re inviting men from the region to be in the room with their women colleagues to learn together about strategies to accelerate organizational growth, equity and profitability.”

Day one is an evening of connection, learning and inspiration: Celebrate 2024: Why Women, Why Now, on Thursday, May 16, 4-8 p.m. at The Weidner. Women from across the region and those who mentor and supervise them—including men—are encouraged to attend the event. For more info on our event and to hear a welcome from Jeffery click here.

According to Halter, male advocacy is one of the most important elements to driving long-term systemic change in organizations. His keynote Engaging All Allies: Moving from Awareness to Advocacy will be a call to action for transformational change towards more inclusive leadership and organizational success.

“During these events, attendees will connect with other amazing leaders at every continuum in the leadership pipeline,” says Moua. “Attendees leave feeling energized and supported as they continue their own leadership journey and the journey for those they lead.”

Cost for the evening is $50 per person. Members receive a 25% discount, and UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students attend for free. To learn more about the Celebrate 2024 event, please visit the website at http://www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/celebrate-2024/

Day two is a deeper dive into gender and cultural differences in the workplace, and how to make a plan to support attendees’ and their team members’ advancements: Creating Your Personal Success for Advancement Workshop on Friday, May 17 9-10:30 a.m. at The Weidner. In this workshop, Tobias will lead an interactive discussion and strategy session that will delve into the differences of how men and women define and value leadership competencies. If interested, please email the Schreiber Institute at institutewl@uwgb.edu.

About Jeffery Tobias Halter

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies designed to create a sense of urgency and drive competitive advantage.

Jeffery is the author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men, and his first book Selling to Men, Selling to Women. He has been a contributing writer to Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and his work has been profiled in Forbes, The Atlantic, US News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal. He introduced his Father of Daughter Initiative, 10 Simple Things Men Can Do To Support Women’s Leadership Advancement as an entry point for male allyship. He also created the Gender Advocacy Profile to help men and women assess where they are as gender advocates.

A two-time TEDx speaker, Jeffery’s clients include IBM, Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Deloitte, Caterpillar, United Technologies, Moet Hennessy, Gallo, Genentech, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for the Coca-Cola Company and brings more than 30 years of business experience to his work with clients and senior leadership teams.

About the Schreiber Institute for Women’s Leadership

The Institute was created in 2021, recognizing the region’s growing need for a pipeline of women leaders and the distinct challenges faced by professional women in the workplace. The Institute’s mission is to advance women both personally and professionally at all stages of their career by educating, inspiring and providing networking opportunities to create a strong and equitable workforce. Learn more at http:/www.uwgb.edu/womens-leadership/

About UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a school of resilient problem solvers who dare to reach higher with the power of education that ignites growth and answers the biggest challenges. Serving 10,300 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students as well as 67,500 continuing education learners annually, UW-Green Bay offers 200 academic degrees, programs, and certificates. With four campus locations in Northeast Wisconsin, the University’s access mission welcomes all students who want to learn, from every corner of the world. Championing bold thinking since opening its doors in 1965, it is a university on the rise — Wisconsin’s fastest growing UW. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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