If someone makes a sexist comment do you know how you’re going to respond? What if it is a superior? What if it is on a sales call? What about with a coworker? Oftentimes we are willing to sacrifice our own comfortability for someone else’s. The flip side of that can be a reactive response that leaves us unhappy with how we have handled the situation. Either way, we likely end up in a ruminating session with thoughts of what we would have done differently.
Rather than waiting for the moment of offense to be reactive or silent, I will teach practiced phrases of how to respond when someone crosses a boundary that you don’t want crossed in a professional setting.
Karenina Bullock is the VP of Partnerships & Business Development for HTS Builders, a local construction company. Anyone who knows her would describe her as passionate. Working in male dominated industries has given her insight into what she and other women face in the workforce, especially in regards to sexism. Wanting to know more about how to use effective communication skills in hard conversations became a focus. She is fully immersed in the subjects of boundary setting, neuroscience, and communication
WE LIFT is a UVU Entrepreneurship Institute program to increase the number and success of women entrepreneurs through a women-in-business ecosystem that becomes a gathering place where women can lift themselves, their families, their businesses, their communities, and their society. We collaborate with other organizations that support women entrepreneurs, develop funding sources to achieve long-term sustainability, include students in developing and implementing our progression, and involve, recognize, and support all women in the Utah entrepreneurship community.