Dealing with Microaggressions in the Workplace
Whats Working, What’s Needed
In 2022, not confronting microaggressions in the workplace is not a good look. No matter how inclusive a company may desire to be, microaggressions will undermine belonging and must be dealt with head-on. Kim Clark, DEI in Communications Speaker & Consultant, is the author of the upcoming book, The Conscious Communicator: The Fine Art of Not Saying Stupid Sh*t. In this talk she’ll explain what microaggressions are and the destructive impact they have, as well as how to call in those who commit them and take care of those who experience them.
Kim ClarkBridget Finkeldey
After stints running employee communications at PayPal, GoDaddy, and GitHub, releasing a documentary, and lecturing on media theory and production at San Jose State University, Kim is dedicated to teaching, consulting, and coaching people about being conscious in communications. As a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) communications consultant, she helps content creators and people managers understand that if we aren't conscious in our communications, we're probably causing harm. She's co-authoring the book, The Conscious Communicator: the fine art of not saying stupid sh*t (releasing summer 2022). Description: Identifying and Dealing with Microaggressions in the Workplace I have spent most of my career in straight male-dominated work environments and dealt with constant microaggressions. At first, I didn't realize how much they impacted my confidence and even access to projects and promotions. Eventually, I learned how to deal with them and as a DEI communications consultant, I've learned that no matter how inclusive a company may desire to be, microaggressions will undermine belonging and we have to learn how to deal with them head-on.
Meg AlexanderBridget Finkeldey
Meg Alexander joined the PowerToFly community as a job-seeker in 2014, eventually landing her first remote role working for PowerToFly's Delivery Team. Her professional experience includes roles as a Talent Advocate, Head of Purchasing for a window factory, audiobook publishing, & more than 5 years as a paralegal. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Indiana University (mint condition, never been used!), where she also earned a varsity letter for Women's Rowing. She loves DIY projects and will never say no to french fries. She lives in Toledo, OH with her husband Aaron, an engineering technician, and their dogs, Radar & Cake.