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
Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work
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. This keynote 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. Their practical and often entertaining advice helps women:
- Avoid or overcome discriminatory gender biases
- Present themselves as competent and confident leaders
- Promote themselves, their talents, and achievements without triggering stereotype backlash
- Strengthen and display the key attitudes necessary for career success
Assuring Your Organization is Harassment Free in the #MeToo Era
In the era of #MeToo, media’s and organizations’ focuses are too often exclusively on actionable sexual harassment and assault. Andie and Al present persuasive evidence that these behaviors are at one end of a continuum of interconnected behaviors beginning with inappropriate jokes and comments and extending through gender bias and incivility. Harassment and incivility are far more likely in organizations that tolerate gender bias than they are in organizations that value and promote diversity and inclusion. As a result, a truly effective and comprehensive anti-harassment program must encompass all forms (conscious and unconscious) of gender disparagement and discrimination. Participants leave equipped to:
- Understand the spectrum of inappropriate sexual behavior and why tolerance of gender bias can lead to sexual harassment and assault
- Obtain critical information about your organization to manage #MeToo in your workplace
- Develop a path towards creating a concrete and consistent response plan for each type of inappropriate behavior so your organization can be more welcoming to all employees, without regard to gender
- Understand why your organization’s current policies and procedures may leave it vulnerable
- Recognize the importance of women and men working together to advance your organization’s objectives
What Men and Organizations Can Do To Eliminate the Discriminatory Effects of Gender Bias
Men and organizations are often unaware of the discriminatory biases women face as they seek to advance in their careers. Andie and Al provide insightful and compelling techniques for correcting this situation, and they offer unique, practical, and effective steps that men and organizations can take with this knowledge to help women avoid or overcome these obstacles. Participants leave equipped to:
- Recognize the different forms of conscious and unconscious gender bias working against women’s efforts to advance to senior leadership positions
- Understand the sort of policies and practices that need to be adopted to reduce the discriminatory effects of gender bias
- Create an organizational culture that encourages and supports the efforts of all of its employees to advance as fast and as far as their talent, hard work, and ambition can take them.
Women Working With Women: Misperceptions of Hostility (and How to Fix It)
As they speak throughout the country, Andie and Al are frequently asked about the complicated dynamics of women’s working relationships with other women. Women, men, and organizations believe that there is something problematic, even dysfunctional, about these relationships. While men’s working relationships with other men are seen as the baseline for healthy same-sex business relationships, women’s relationships with other women are often seen as disruptive to their organizations and hurtful to their career advancement. From this keynote, women, men, and organizations walk away able to:
- Recognize the underlying reasons for real or perceived women-to-women conflict at work
- Use the pragmatic advice laid out by Andie and Al to overcome or avoid unproductive workplace conflict
- Build on the positive aspects of women to women relationships, developing stronger networks that foster women’s career success and creating a more supportive and satisfying work environment
Custom keynotes and workshops available upon request, including the topic of Age Bias. Talk to Andie and Al about earning continuing education credits.
- Fantastic seminar! Buying the book today! Lawline Webinar Attendee
“Fantastic seminar! Buying the book today!” — Lawline Webinar Attendee
- Great topic and presentation. Very useful written materials. Lawline Webinar Attendee
“Great topic and presentation. Very useful written materials.” — Lawline Webinar Attendee
- 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 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.
- 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 Gail Golden, Psychologist, 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.
- 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!
- 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 gender bias 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. Metropolitan Capital was honored to host Andie.
- 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
- 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 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. Legal Talk Network.
- Compelling, engaging and informative. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 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 copies of the book for its library to ensure that our future clients would be able to read this powerful book.
- 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
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- Convincing arguments — backed by statistical research — that highlights the quantifiable tendencies that define communications 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.
- 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
- Blown away! We loved the session. Sharon Krohn, PCC, Chair of Leadership & Professional Development, CREW Chicago
Andie and Al presented an amazing workshop to CREW (Commercial Real Estate Executive Women). I had already read their excellent book, Breaking Through Bias (in one sitting) and previously attended Andie’s workshops, so I was excited to see them speak together. Our group was blown away! We loved the session. Andie and Al are engaging, honest, clever, funny, insightful, welcoming, and practical. They provided lots of useful suggestions and takeaways.
- Engaging, humorous, and highly informative. Andie and Al are both polished speakers and very effectively play off one another. Ruth Goran, GlassCeiling.com
Andie and Al’s workshops are engaging, humorous, and highly informative. They are both polished public speakers and very effectively play off one another. Their advice is original and practical. We’re already planning to bring them back.
- They gave great examples, are very approachable, and down to earth. 5/5 stars Women’s Forum Attendee
I enjoyed the styles of Andrea and Alton. While they both have different strengths, they complement each other. They gave great examples, are very approachable, and down to earth. 5 out of 5 stars.
Women’s Forum Attendee
- I’ve had the pleasure of watching this power couple transform a room together and separately multiple times.
Andie’s and Al’s passion, knowledge, sense of humor, and practical solutions make their workshops invaluable. Attendees walk away with fresh ideas, a sense of empowerment, and realistic action plans. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this power couple transform a room together and separately multiple times. I always come away with new information and look forward to the next opportunity to hear them speak.