Andie speaks frequently to audiences about how to break through gender bias in the workplace. She draws on her and Al’s extensive professional and business experience and their combined perspective to provide audiences with realistic, detailed, and readily usable advice. She approaches gender bias and career success with a blend of compassion, candor, and practicality.

Al speaks to women and men on gender bias from a man’s perspective. He provides an unfamiliar voice on this topic. He is able to speak to women about what male colleagues expect from future leaders. He offers women creative ideas and useful techniques to present themselves in ways that will allow them to be seen as such talented, and ambitious leaders.

Andie and Al also speak together on topics addressed in their book.


Speaking Topics: Breaking Through Bias

Understanding Gender Stereotypes to Achieve Career Success

All too often today, a woman’s career success is at risk because of discriminatory gender stereotypes. This is particularly the case in career paths that have been traditionally male and remains true even in many of the most well-intentioned organizations. Breaking Through Bias makes clear that women don’t need to act more like men to succeed. They do, however, need to be attuned to gender stereotypes, anticipate the biases these stereotypes foster, and manage the impressions they make to avoid or overcome them. Andie and Al provide a frank assessment of the reality of gender bias in the workplace and offer a series of sensible, practical, and effective techniques to help women break through bias and achieve the career success they desire and deserve.

STEPS TO TAKE TO BE SEEN AS A LEADER

The stereotypes associated with leadership — strength, independence, competitiveness, and assertiveness — are also associated with men. Women, by contrast, are stereotypically viewed as gentle, warm, compassionate, and caring — positive qualities but not those often identified as those of a leader. The trick for a woman who wants to be seen as a leader is to show the qualities associated with leadership while not being perceived as unfeminine, cold, and unlikable. Andie and Al present a unique approach for women to put themselves forward as leaders. They most definitely do not believe that women in careers should try to act more like men. They do believe, however, that a woman can present herself as fully capable of effective leadership while being seen as warm, open to others ideas, capable of social sensitivity, and very likable. This session is highly interactive with role-playing exercises.

ADVOCATING FOR YOURSELF TO ADVANCE IN YOUR CAREER

Despite being told from an early age that a woman should be self-effacing and “lady like,” women in demanding careers must advocate for themselves if they are to achieve the compensation and advancement they want and deserve. In this talk, Andie and Al frankly confront the modesty/self-promotion dilemma and present a series of practical, workable, unique suggestions for how a woman can effectively advocate for herself without triggering adverse reactions by violating the modesty stereotype.

POSITIVE ATTITUDES FOR CAREER SUCCESS

Andie and Al make clear that it is not simply workplace policies that hold women back from career advancement but the existence of gender stereotypes and bias, even in the most well-intentioned organizations. In this talk, Andie and Al focus on how women can take control of gender biased work situations and be recognized as the competent, confident, and likable people they are. Based on years of experience helping women succeed in their careers and the latest social science research, Andie and Al identify four key attitudes women need to develop a positive presence in the workplace.

UNDERSTANDING GENDER COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES TO AVOID NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES

Women and men often communicate differently. This applies to verbal, nonverbal, and written communication. Andie’s and Al’s talks on gender communication differences focus on helping women recognize communication patterns they may follow that exacerbate negative consequences of gender stereotypes and biases. Using real life examples and the latest social science research, Andie and Al provide entertaining and practical advice to help women:

• “Understand” men’s communication nuances
• Better understand what is really going on when women and men interact at work and how those interactions all too often lead to such negative consequences for women
• Develop communication techniques that allow them to work effectively with men without triggering gender bias


Speaking Events

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  • WEBCAST: OVERCOMING AND ELIMINATING AGE BIAS AGAINST BOTH YOUNGER AND OLDER LAWYERS, WITH A DISCUSSION OF ABA MODEL RULE 8.4(G)

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  • GENDER DIVERSITY IMPROVES OUR BOTTOM LINES AND HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE MORE OF IT

  • GOLDMAN SACHS WOMEN’S NETWORK

  • Breaking Through Bias: Improving Cross-Gender Communication to Improve Our Work and Our Lives

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  • Celesq Webcast: Gender Bias in the Legal Profession


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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. Andie also did a video on the topic of gender bias for our Sr. VP of Human Resources to use in a series 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. A complete thumbs up from me!

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

  • “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.

  • “Andie provided practical communication techniques for women to navigate through gender bias and succeed in the workplace and elsewhere.” Isabel Harner, Metropolitan Capital Bank

    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

  • “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 Corporation

  • Sandy Gallant Jones
    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

    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.

  • Rachelle Smith
    “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

    “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

  • “Andie’s presentation made a powerful impression.” Anita Jenke, Executive Director, Career Transitions Center of Chicago

    Andie’s presentation to clients of the Career Transitions Center of Chicago, primarily women over 40 years, made a powerful impression. She spoke about bias women encounter in the workplace, but more importantly how to manage the sometimes unintended impressions they make, especially body language. Breaking Through Bias is based on years of research and experience and is relevant for women at all stages of their careers. CTC purchased three copies of the book for its library to ensure that our future clients would be able to read this powerful book. — Anita Jenke, Executive Director of Career Transitions Center of Chicago

  • “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

  • “This is the best course I’ve listened to!” “Amazing!” “Excellent program. It should be mandatory viewing for all senior management.” Lawline Webcast Attendees

    “This is the best course I’ve listened to!” “Amazing!” “Excellent program. It should be mandatory viewing for all senior management.” — Lawline Webcast Attendees

    94/100 rating with 1174 completions

    https://www.lawline.com/course/steps-to-eliminate-bias-in-the-legal-profession

  • “Andie and Al gave convincing arguments — backed by statistical research — that highlights the quantifiable tendencies that define communications between women and men.” Shera Minor, attendee at Women’s Forum

    I had the pleasure of hearing Andie and her husband, Al, discuss their book, Breaking Through Bias, and how to apply their book to succeed in life. Andie and Al gave convincing arguments — backed by statistical research — that highlights the quantifiable tendencies that define communications between women and men. They were powerful speakers, and their book is great. In addition, Andie’s ability to connect to her listeners to offer suggestions and solve real life conflicts from her own personal experience as a successful woman was both encouraging and validating. I would love to hear them speak again.

    -Shera Minor, Attendee at Women’s Forum

  • I named my baby after your workshop and book! Colleen Carignan Asada / Associate Director of Disputes, Forensics & Legal Technology, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

    Andie and Al, it was so nice to see you again at the recent Navigant Consulting event. As always, you both are inspirational and motivational. Thank you. I have sent along a picture of Baby Keiden (pronounced Kay-den), which in Japanese translates to mean sunshine (my husband is Japanese). The name was inspired by your workshop “Avery’s Journey” and your book Breaking Through Bias. After participating in Avery’s Journey, I took away the idea of going with a gender neutral name for our baby as a way to combat gender bias in our gender-biased workplaces. See what impact you have on people!

  • “Great examples and stories. Very approachable and down to earth. 5 out of 5 stars.” Women’s Forum Attendee

    I enjoyed the styles of Andrea and Alton. While they both have different strengths, they compliment each other. Great examples and stories. Very approachable and down to earth. 5 out of 5 stars.

  • “Andie was well versed and extremely qualified. It was great to hear Al’s perspective and support.” Women’s Forum Attendee

    Andie was well versed and extremely qualified. It was great to hear Al’s perspective and support. 5 out of 5 stars… Unfortunately, the topic of gender bias is still relevant.

    — Women’s Forum Attendee

  • “An exceptionally fine, engrossing, top-notch program that scores a touchdown.” — Lawline audience member

    “An exceptionally fine, engrossing, top-notch program that scores a touchdown.”

    — Participant in Lawline Webcast, Hiles, WI

  • “I loved this presentation. So informative and important.” — Lawline audience member Lawline Webcast Attendee

    “I loved this presentation. So informative and important.”

  • “Wowie! Great presentation! Articulated meaningfully and wholly accessible. Thank you.” Lawline Webcast Attendee

    “Wowie! Great presentation! Articulated meaningfully and wholly accessible. Thank you.” – Webcast attendee

  • “Excellent. This should be a mandatory course for all CLE requirements nationwide.” Lawline Webcast Attendee

    “Excellent. This should be a mandatory course for all CLE requirements nationwide.” — Webcast attendee

CONTACT ANDIE & AL

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