With #MeToo, WorkHuman 2018 Takes on New Sense of Urgency


By Laurie Ruettimann

Did you know the #MeToo movement is more than 12 years old? Tarana Burke changed the world when she used the phrase “me too” back in 2006 to help women who had survived sexual violence.

Since that time, conversations have evolved. Real change is happening all over the world. Journalists have written about abuse of power in Hollywood, major corporations, and restaurants. Countries like South Korea and France are cracking down on sexual harassment. And even romance writers are changing their plotlines to reflect our evolving understanding of power.

Now that we’re here, there is no going back. But where are we? And what does the future of work look like when harassment is still very hard to prove, and few cases ever get reported to an employer?

There Are Real Answers

WorkHuman is hosting a first-of-its-kind #MeToo panel to showcase the activists and thinkers who changed the world in 2017. On stage together for the first time, you’ll see Tarana Burke — the creator of the #MeToo Movement — with Ashley Judd and Ronan Farrow. The panel is moderated by Adam Grant, host of the WorkLife podcast.

You can’t recognize and reward exceptional people if you have a broken culture. During the conference, we’ve created a Drive-In theater where you can have a seat, relax, and hear practical advice and receive critical takeaways on how to de-risk your company and create an inclusive environment from legal thinkers such as Helene Wasserman and Maya Raghu.

I’m excited to announce that I will be joined on stage by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, anchor of NPR‘s Sunday weekend edition. We will talk about the #MeToo stories she’s been covering on the radio. I’m particularly interested in whether or not #MeToo is a defining cultural moment, what types of solutions are being implemented in the workforce, and who’s being left out of the conversation.

Globoforce knows the work of a human resources leader is never done. That’s why Carmen Hudson and I will also be on stage during WorkHuman to talk about useful ways to address #MeToo and #TimesUp in your everyday HR and recruiting practice.

Come to WorkHuman

A poll reveals that a majority of Americans feel like the #MeToo movement has helped to address gender inequality. I think the verdict is still out at work. It’s up to HR to make a difference.

I know it’s tough to reconcile the letter of the law – and our responsibility as HR risk managers – with our human need to protect the underdog at work. That’s why I’m excited to report that WorkHuman is committed to eliminating workplace harassment by doubling down on your professional development opportunities.

Join us at WorkHuman for the historic #MeToo panel on April 2-5 in Austin, Texas. Stay for the takeaways at our Drive-In theater lineup. And leave feeling inspired and energized by Salma Hayek Pinault.

Not bad for an HR conference!

Laurie Ruettimann is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer, and entrepreneur.