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Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques For Women To Succeed At Work

To succeed in their chosen careers, women don’t need to wait for more female friendly workplaces, and they don’t need to behave more like men. Andie and Al persuasively argue the disparity in women’s and men’s career achievements is principally due to the prevalence of biases against women that flow from traditional gender stereotypes. They present sensible and effective communication techniques to overcome these biases so women can advance in their careers as far and as fast as their talents and hard work will take them.

Women at work best business book of 2016 pick!

PW square imagePublishers Weekly Raves “Breaking Through Bias” “is a well-organized, well-thought-out call to action.”

Amazon Ranks “Breaking Through Bias” Among “Hot New Releases”

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Keynote Speaking

Andie and Al, together and individually, speak to audiences about how to break through both intentional and unintentional gender bias in the workplace. Their keynotes draw on their extensive professional and business experience and the benefit of their combined female and male perspectives to provide audiences with realistic, detailed, and readily usable advice. They approach the topic of gender and career success with a blend of compassion, candor, and practicality.

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Praise for Andie & Al

  • Paula Galbraith
    Paula Galbraith Managing Director, Hubbard Galbraith

    Andie is exceptionally engaging and very passionate about the subject of gender equality and increasing employment and advancement opportunities for women. I have heard other speakers on the topic, but Andie not only raises the issues, she breaks them down into cause, effect, and potential solutions. Audience members walk away with concrete objectives and practical action plans to help them move forward.

  • Dorri McWhorter
    Dorri McWhorter Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

    Andie’s voice stands out among other women’s leadership speakers because of her blend of compassion and practicality. She clearly understands the reality of gender bias and offers strategies all women can adopt to reach their career goals. Our group was never more engaged and walked away with many actionable tips.

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    Kathleen Callahan Executive Director, Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance

    Andie’s presentation about workplace bias offered new, practical, and effective advice. I felt we were having a personal conversation. I believe everyone else felt the same. I will use what I learned when I next talk about my compensation and career path. She is so generous with her knowledge and time, supporting women at all stages of their careers.

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    Leslie Richards-Yellen President Elect of the National Association of Women Lawyers

    Andie has had great career success, but always remembers the barriers that so many women face. She never seems to tire or falter in her efforts to help other women advance. Her talks offer guidance that is caring and useful; equally inspiring to a new up-and-comer as to a woman who feels stuck or off track. And her kindness extends beyond race or ethnicity.

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    Hon. Jessica A. O’Brien President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

    Al is an articulate and engaging advocate for women’s career advancement. He speaks frankly and insightfully about gender bias and how women can avoid or overcome its discriminatory effects. As a man with a highly successful career, Al brings enormous credibility and a unique perspective to a subject too of​ten​ discussed only by women with other women.

  • Metropolitan Capital
    “As a successful lawyer who, for years, has worked to level the playing field and advocate for gender equality, Andie provided practical communication techniques for women to navigate through gender bias and succeed in the workplace and elsewhere.” Isabel Harner, Metropolitan Capital Bank

    Metropolitan Capital“Andie Kramer was featured at Metropolitan Capital’s quarterly Women’s Empower Hour event on September 21. As a successful lawyer who, for years, has worked to level the playing field and advocate for gender equality, Andie provided practical communication techniques for women to navigate through gender bias and succeed in the workplace and elsewhere. Reflecting many of the messages in her newest book, guests were gifted with their own copies as well. Metropolitan Capital was honored to host Andie and provide clients and friends of the Bank with tools for success.” — Isabel Harner, Metropolitan Capital

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    Cheryl Procter-Rogers PR strategist and executive coach, A Step Ahead PR Consulting and Coaching

    Andie and Al have created the perfect primer to navigate through the treacherous waters of gender bias. This is not a book you read and donate to your neighborhood library! You’ll want to keep it handy for its many insights and apply them to the countless scenarios that emerge throughout your personal and professional life. This is the book I wish I had more than 35 years ago when I launched my career in public relations.

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    Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD Chief Diversity Officer of American Medical Women’s Association; chair of Mentors, Advisors and Peers Committee, Women in Bio (Chicago); associate professor, Departments of Neurological Sciences and Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

    The medical profession is no more free of gender bias than all other professions that make up our economy. From the early stages of training to achieving the attending physician status, bias exists at every level. Thus, I am enthusiastically recommending that women medical students, residents, and fellow colleagues read and re-read Breaking Through Bias.

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    Lee Richard Tschanz vice president North America, Sales, Services, and Solutions, Rockwell Automation

    Breaking Through Bias serves as a wake-up call for senior business leaders. The book explores common gender stereotypes and discusses the discriminatory bias that results. Based on my own work on culture change over the past five years, I am convinced that bias in the workplace is real. Things aren’t equal. I can’t allow myself to be satisfied with an environment where female employees have to expend energy combatting bias, so culture change is necessary – but it is slow work. This book offers insights and practical approaches to help women manage the environment as it exists. It is essential reading for modern businesspeople of either gender.

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    Dr. Arin Reeves author of One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies for Women (And Most Men) and The Next IQ: The Next Generation of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders

    Andie has worked tirelessly on the advancement of women in workplaces for so many years, and the wisdom and insights from that work are elegantly captured in this book!  Breaking Through Bias is a great resource for women navigating the realities of workplace gender bias and the men who want to make their workplaces work better for everyone! Andie and Al’s advice is practical without asking women to be something other than who they are, which is why it will also be effective for those who utilize it.

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    Jeffrey E. Stone chairman, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    Andie and Al have written an exceptional book – and an important one.  It reflects decades of experience in thinking about how to overcome gender bias, and is chock-full of practical and accessible strategies for surmounting the challenges that women – and men – face.  It should be read and studied by anyone seeking to win in the worldwide battle for talent.

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    Laurel G. Bellows managing principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C. and past president, American Bar Association

    Barriers to gender equality persist. This groundbreaking book encourages talented women to persevere on the road to achieving the success they seek. This book should be mandatory reading for women both at the onset of their careers and on the path to the top of their profession.

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    Carol Frohlinger president, Negotiating Women, Inc.

    Andie and Al tackle the all-important subject of gender-correlated communication styles in the workplace from a fresh perspective. Combining their own real-life experiences (as a woman and as a man) with solid research, Breaking Through Bias is a highly readable book. Offering both practical advice for women and essential knowledge to the men who want to support them, this is a book to read and to share with others.

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    Julie Howard chairman & CEO at Navigant Consulting, Inc.

    It is exciting to see the ideas that Andie has been using for so long to personally mentor women now being made available on a broad scale in this terrific book. A great read for any woman who wants to take control of her career and be seen as the smart, capable woman she is.

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    Deborah Gillis president & CEO, Catalyst

    Change cannot come fast enough in the pursuit of gender equality in the workplace. In Breaking Through Bias, Andie and Al provide strategies that allow women—and men—to create their own change by teaching us to communicate in a way that overcomes biases and stereotypes. This information is invaluable for all professionals looking to accelerate within inclusive workplaces around the globe.

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    Jan Schakowsky congresswoman, 9th District of Illinois

    Women are more qualified, educated, and prepared for leadership roles in every field—business, law, politics, and technology—than ever before. Yet, well into the 21st century, we still encounter the old barriers of prejudice and gender bias. Breaking Through Bias provides women with hugely impactful tools that can be put to use right now to confront gender issues and, yes, partner with enlightened men to promote our advancement.

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    Hon. Jessica A. O’Brien President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

    Breaking Through Bias teaches women strategies they can use to counteract the negative effect of gender biases, while showing men what actions they can take to help advance their women colleagues. This book deserves widespread attention!

  • Bethany Harris
    Bethany Harris of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois reviews Breaking Through Bias Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

    Bethany Harris writes for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ 2016 Winter Edition, “There are methods for overcoming workplace biases against women, working mothers, and women leaders. In my experience, they’re worth learning and implementing. Step One: read Andie and Al’s book. They’ll take it from there.”​

  • Andie Kramer “was excellent.” Attendee at LawLine event

    LawLine Course attendee: Andie Kramer “was excellent.”

  • “This is by far my favorite course.” Attendee at LawLine CLE event

    Attendee states, “This is by far my favorite course” in response to Andie Kramer’s CLE presentation.

  • “A truly excellent program” – Angelica M. Cesario Program Attorney, Lawline.com

    Andie’s speaking engagement at LawLine created “a truly excellent program.” — Angelica M. Cesario

  • “Kramer and Harris present practical, timely, effective, and original advice as to how women can communicate…” Broadway World

    Broadway World writes, “Kramer and Harris present practical, timely, effective, and original advice as to how women can communicate… By writing together, Kramer and Harris also are able to offer on these critical issues the unique dual perspective of a successful woman and a successful man. While their advice is specifically addressed to talented, ambitious women, it is also aimed at men — particularly men in senior leadership positions who are in a position to help.”

  • “Every professional woman needs to read” Kate Ahern, Founder, Women Lawyers News

    “Andie Kramer, and her husband, Al Harris, just wrote the book that every professional woman needs to read.”

    –Kate Ahern, Founder, Women Lawyers News

  • Andie and Al “convey the wisdom of years of experience and piles of research in a practical, matter-of-fact way…” Kate Ahern, Super Lawyers Rising Star and local Forty Under 40 recipient, writing for National Association of Women Lawyers

    In Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, Andie and Al efficiently convey the wisdom of years of experience and piles of research in a practical, matter-of-fact way, including examples and actionable takeaways. They challenge basic assumptions and traps for the unwary that can harm a woman’s career. Rather than simply sharing experiences or offering isolated tips, this book can profoundly change the way a woman views herself, her professional environment and her career.

    In Breaking Through Bias, Andie and Al call attention to gender issues and foster awareness of gender inequity. Awareness is incredibly powerful and prompts a different view of – and action toward – daily interactions and situations that can otherwise materially harm women. Importantly, they teach efficiently so the reader can remember lessons learned and build awareness of a significant volume of gender issues. Breaking Through Bias covers key topics such as communication, impression management, hidden bias, navigating bias and unequal standards, confidence and career advancement. However, the book’s real value goes beyond the careful curation of important topics. Andie and Al use examples to guide the reader through interpreting and responding to situations commonly faced by professional women. In addition, Al shares a male perspective on issues not often addressed by men. Breaking Through Bias offers practical, concrete advice that can be immediately implemented and turned into real results and noticeable change.

    Read more at the National Association of Women Lawyers website.

  • “Practical, concrete advice that can be immediately implemented and turned into real results…” Kate Ahern, Founder, Women Lawyers News

    “The book’s real value goes beyond the careful curation of important topics. … Breaking Through Bias offers practical, concrete advice that can be immediately implemented and turned into real results and noticeable change.” — Kate Ahern, Founder, Women Lawyers News

  • Lee Caraher
    “I’ll be sending it to all my clients.” Lee Caraher, CEO, Double Forte

    “We will all be better off for applying what Publishers Weekly calls their ‘well-thought-out call to action.’ I’ll be sending it to all my clients.”

    –Lee Caraher, CEO, Double Forte

  • Gail Golden
    Breaking Through Bias “offers specific suggestions for how women can survive and thrive in the workplace.” Gail Golden, Psychologist, Business Owner, and Consultant, Gail Golden Consulting

    Breaking Through Bias “offers specific suggestions for how women can survive and thrive in the workplace.”

  • “I was lucky enough to hear Andie share more advice and experience a few weeks ago.” Gail Golden, Psychologist, Business Owner, and Consultant, Gail Golden Consulting

    “I was lucky enough to hear [Andie] share more advice and experience a few weeks ago… Kramer calls out the challenge women face to balance being ‘communal’ — warm, considerate, approachable — with being ‘agentic’ — powerful, strong, effective — and then offers specific behavioral advice for handling common experiences like being interrupted, not being introduced as part of a team, or having your idea appropriated by a male colleague.”

    — Gail Golden, Psychologist, Business Owner, and Consultant, Gail Golden Consulting

  • Kramer and Harris lay out four essential attitudes for success Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

    “Rather than dwelling on needed workplace changes, [Kramer and Harris] present clear, practical, effective techniques women can use today to succeed in their careers despite gender bias.” They lay out “four essential attitudes for success: grit, a positive perspective on your abilities, a coping sense of humor and a confident attitude about your power and potential.”

    — Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

  • Susan Smith Blakely
    “A super assist in advancing your talents and your careers.” Susan Smith Blakely, Author of Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law

    In Breaking Through Bias, Andie and Al “make all of their research and findings available to you as a super assist in advancing your talents and your careers.”

    — Susan Smith Blakely, Author of Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law

  • Pat Buhler
    “We needed this book.” — Dr. Patricia Buhler Dr. Patricia Buhler / Author, consultant, mentor / Faculty at Goldey Beacom College

    “I finished reading your book late last night and could not resist reaching out again. I literally could not put it down.  Your book is right on target!  While reading, I kept saying yes, yes, yes!  It’s been quite some time since a book has had this impression on me. The use of a balanced perspective (with your husband as co-author) was particularly effective. And I loved the story boxes. Relating these gave readers a chance to really identify with the points that you were making. Perhaps most important was the candid approach to confirm that our organizations will not be changing processes overnight, but that there are techniques we can all use today to better navigate the existing waters while we lobby for change.

    We needed this book. Thank you so much for writing this and getting an important message out.”
    — Dr. Patricia Buhler, author, consultant, mentor, and faculty at Goldey Beacom College
  • We enthusiastically endorse Andie Kramer as a speaker. She is highly relatable and funny. A complete thumbs up from me! Mary Pat Farrell, VP Sales Strategy and Development, Rockwell Automation

    “My company plays in the manufacturing and automation sectors, which are very male dominant. We have twice hired Andie Kramer at Rockwell Automation to speak and/or do workshops for our WiFi group (Women in the Field from our Sales and Services organization) and I attended an IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Conference at which she spoke. Andie also did a video on the topic of gender bias for our SR. VP of Human Resources to use in a series she called “Getting Real,” addressing various aspects of Inclusion.

    I love Andie’s presentation of the facts (on which she has done extensive research) surrounding gender bias as well as her suggestions for how to navigate in the world that results. It never comes from a place of victimization – just good pragmatic, thoughtful discussion and suggestions. She is very highly relatable and funny too! A complete thumbs up from me!”

    — Mary Pat Farrell, VP Sales Strategy and Development, Rockwell Automation

  • Breaking Through Bias is a practical and important book for women navigating through the labyrinth of conscious and unconscious discrimination. Soundview

    “Hopefully, there will be a time when workplace biases against women have finally disappeared. Until that time, however, Breaking Through Bias is a practical and important book for women navigating through the labyrinth of conscious and unconscious discrimination.” — Soundview Executive Book Summaries

  • “Your book is full of fascinating information and your presentation was accessible, funny, and informative.” Partner, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd.

    “Your book is full of fascinating information and your presentation was accessible, funny, and informative.” — Juliet Berger-White, Partner, Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd.

  • House of Marbury
    House of Marbury calls Breaking Through Bias “A Fresh Take on Career Advancement” House of Marbury

    House of Marbury“One of the key takeaways from Breaking Through Bias is that women should not put their career aspirations on hold as they wait for their workplaces to become more gender-neutral. Women can act for themselves to assure that pervasive gender biases do not hold them back… Breaking Through Bias offers a fresh take on career advancement. Andie and Al are committed to helping women get ahead, without stereotypes and biases holding us back, regardless of what we choose to do with our lives. The resources, tools, and practical techniques they present are why we’re so excited for you to get your hands on their book.”

    House of Marbury Review of Breaking Through Bias

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    “Your book and philosophy are going to be incorporated in our culture.” Kathy Adkins, President, The CREW Corporation

    “After 25 years in the very male dominated construction industry (I founded and own an electrical contracting and validation company) I have learned (albeit the hard way) to do exactly what you propose – incorporate a little of both styles into my communication habits… Your book and philosophy are going to be incorporated into our culture as soon as I can make it happen! Thank you!” — Kathy Adkins, President, The CREW Corporationkr

  • Booklist Review says “Though it is targeted to women, men who are interested in helping achieve workplace equity have much to gain by reading this guide, as it may open their eyes and give them some tools for challenging bias.” Nanette Donohue, Booklist Review

    “Attorneys Kramer and Harris draw on their extensive experience in this thoughtful guide to workplace communication. No time is spent debating whether gender bias exists in the workplace; the authors cite the relevant statistics and proceed into their discussion of gender stereotypes and how to combat them. Central to their technique is the expectation that women behave in a manner that is communal, seeking consensus and acceptance; and men behave in a manner that is agentic, seeking success and promotion—but when a woman behaves that way, she’s derided as self-serving or aggressive. … Though it is targeted to women, men who are interested in helping achieve workplace equity have much to gain by reading this guide, as it may open their eyes and give them some tools for challenging bias. In addition to providing intelligent guidance, it reminds us all that we have a long way to go when it comes to achieving gender equality in the workplace.” — Nanette Donohue, for Booklist Review

  • Legal Talk Network interviews Andie Kramer about how to counter bias and find success Sandy Gallant-Jones, Host, American Bar Association Law Student Division / Legal Talk Network

    Sandy Gallant Jones“Andrea recalls the life experiences and occupational observations that motivated her and her husband to write their new book and expresses how important it is that women find ways to succeed in the workplace. She provides her tips to help women purposefully counter bias in the office and breaks down the four attributes, like cultivating the right attitude for success and maintaining high self awareness, for attuned gender communication. Andrea gives examples of how men in the workplace can also improve their communication with their female colleagues and closes the interview with her most important advice for women who have recently graduated from law school as they start their careers.” Sandy Gallant-Jones, Host, American Bar Association Law Student Division / Legal Talk Network.

  • “This is a very leaning forward, unique message.” Staff member, The Boeing Company

    “My main take away: women have to change their thinking and get more flexible in their communications styles and approaches. I don’t think it is very new, but it was very well articulated by Andie. What I really liked about their duo presentation: that men have a role and by extension organizations have roles in the process. Raising awareness of that and making men understand how they can change things would be great, I believe. This is a very leaning forward, unique message.”

    Staff member, The Boeing Company

  • “Thanks for sharing your wisdom & insight in such a compelling, engaging and informative way. This is such important work.” Rachelle Smith, Principal and Founder, Positive Creative Infusion Consulting, LLC

    Rachelle Smith“Andie & Al – thanks for sharing your wisdom & insight in such a compelling, engaging and informative way. This is such important work. I will be sharing your insights with members of my personal network. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    — Rachelle Smith, Principal and Founder, Positive Creative Infusion Consulting, LLC