Business and Organizational Work
Over the span of about two months, EmpowerMT worked with the Department of Natural Resource Conservation to provide a five session training series on empowering women’s leadership in the workplace. The series was separated by gender for the first four sessions and culminated in both groups joining together to share highlights and set goals for moving forward on the issue. This series was such a special opportunity to delve deeper into the issues of sexism and women’s inequality in the workplace. What made it even cooler was working with the men of the DNRC to develop male allyship skills to better support the women.
Heidi and Claire had the pleasure of working with the women of the group. The group learned about the systemic patterns of sexism, reflected on personal experiences of sexism in and out of the workplace, considered the ways in which leadership qualities are gendered, and practiced sills to interrupt sexism in the workplace. Claire particularly enjoyed this chance to apply her Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degree! Everyone looked forward to the Friday sessions and relationships grew stronger throughout the weeks.
Jamar and Jesse lead the men’s group which also proved to be a valuable experience for everyone involved. The sessions with the men centered on learning about impacts of sexism, male privilege, the harms of toxic masculinity, reflections on interactions with female coworkers, and skills to be allies to women and interrupt sexism in and out of the workplace.It truly felt like a honor to facilitate these discussions and important growth opportunities within the DNRC. While work towards women’s equality will never be done, this was a progressive and admirable step for the DNRC to take with us. We hope to work together more in the future to empower each other!