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9200310 Creating Safe Spaces: A New Look at Addressing Sexual Harassment in Hawaii
March 10, 2020 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Is sexual harassment happening within your organization and you don’t even know about it?  According to a recent statewide survey commissioned by the Safe Spaces & Workplaces initiative, nearly half of the respondents – 48.6% - have experienced workplace sexual harassment in Hawaii, while only 17.8% reported it to Human Resources.

These sobering results tell us that no employer is immune from sexual harassment.  In a post #MeToo world, employers can no longer ignore this critical issue, and must take a new look at their approach in order to be effective.  Is your harassment training just aimed at avoiding legal liability – or are you maximizing your training effectiveness by teaching employees how to foster a respectful work environment?  If an employee comes forward to report an incident, do you know what to do?  What can you do as an employer to make sure your employees feel safe in coming forward?

Join us for this interactive panel discussion to gain fresh insights into fostering a harassment-free workplace, handling a workplace complaint, and resources available to support an employer in this effort.  Learn from experts and company leaders who have dealt with harassment situations firsthand and gain practical tips and ideas to better equip your organization to tackle this difficult issue effectively and proactively.

About our Speakers:
Rachael Wong, DrPH, is the Founder & Strategic Advisor of One Shared Future (OSF) which imagines a positive future for Hawai‘i and brings people together to collectively create that future.  She is also the co-founder of the Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative (SSWP), an OSF-Child & Family Service partnership to collectively end workplace sexual harassment in Hawai‘i.  Rachael has dedicated her career to improving quality of life for others through nonprofit leadership roles at the Healthcare Association of Hawai‘i, Kōkua Mau (state hospice & palliative care organization), the Hawaiʻi Consortium for Integrative Care; and as former director of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public health from UH-Mānoa, and a Doctorate in Public Health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beth Whitehead serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for American Savings Bank.  In her role, Beth champions ASB’s employee experience with the goal of creating a great place to work.  Prior to joining ASB in 2008, Beth served as deputy general counsel of First Horizon National Corporation, and general counsel at National Commerce Financial.  Beth graduated with honors from both the University of Mississippi and from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. An active member of the community, Beth is a current board member for the Hawaii Theatre Center (chair), Child & Family Service, and Girl Scouts of Hawaii. In 2016 she was appointed by Governor David Ige to the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Banking and Finance at University of North Carolina School of Law.

Naomi Sutton, CEAP, LSW, is the Director of WorkLife Hawaii, a division of Child and Family Service, and the first full-service employee assistance program (EAP) established in the state of Hawaii.  WorkLife Hawaii currently serves over 90 public and private sector employers, covering 1 in 8 employees in Hawaii.  Like Child and Family Service, WorkLife Hawaii is a founding champion in the Safe Spaces & Workplaces initiative.

Naomi is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW).  Over the past 25 years, she has provided counseling for those who have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment, individualized coaching and retraining of harassers, management consultation for employers faced with sexual harassment issues, and customized, interactive sexual harassment training for employees and management.

R. Makana Risser Chai, JD, is the Founder of Respectful WorkSpaces.  She has presented more than 1,000 trainings on sexual harassment, unconscious bias, managing within the law, diversity and inclusion to everyone from CEOs to entry-level employees. Author of the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits, she received her JD from Berkeley Law, had her own law firm in Silicon Valley, and is an attorney in Hawai‘i.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hawaii Employers Council ~ Kahili Room

Registration Fee:
Members – $60.00
Non-Members: $85.00
Neighbor Island Members:  $45.00

Click here to download the registration form to pay by check.  Please mail check and registration to the attention of Liane Okimoto.  Payment must accompany the registration form to be processed.

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Hawaii Employers Council
2682 Waiwai Loop
Honolulu, HI 96819
Contact Phone: 8084408815

Contact Name: Liane Okimoto

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