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#MeToo – Easing tensions at work

[Image Credit: Kimberly Weiner]

Many industries are figuring out how to best deal with the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. The fallouts have been eye opening and paralyzing at the same time. Now what? How do we move forward and manage gender politics in the workplace? On one hand companies are putting more focus on structural and policy changes to ensure inclusivity, diversity and equality. On the other hand, many employees don’t know what to do while they wait for clarity to trickle down to their level.

For our May 2nd event, we want to tease out common issues and provide an open space to talk about current tensions that have arisen from #MeToo. The end goal is to begin to understand how people can work comfortably and openly with each other – easing the tension we all currently face. Our diverse panel will aim to provide a practical and actionable day-to-day perspective rather than focusing on policy changes.

This is an important discussion and is open to every gender. So when you book your spot through Eventbrite, consider securing a second spot and bring a friend of another gender to join the conversation. It’s a difficult one, but the more people involved, the more we will benefit from awareness and understanding.

To get things started, we are inviting you to email your question for our panel to



Amy Vernon – VP, Community at Rivetz CorpAmy is a digital Swiss Army Knife. She started her career working at The Miami Herald, where she was a member of the staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. Since then, she’s worked with media companies, social analytics platforms, apps, and the American Museum of Natural History. She co-founded a predictive analytics platform for news publishers and was the top female submitter of all time on when that meant something.

Aurélie Harp – Founder, Director of The Womanity Project. Aurélie is a French-American producer, filmmaker and performing coach. She is the Founder and Director of The Womanity Project. Aurélie studied sciences politics, film noir and marketing at Sciences-Po Paris while also being trained as an actor. She worked for almost a decade in advertising in Paris and New York. Her passion for films and theater led her to acting, writing and directing. In 2016, she created “The Womanity Project”, a multi-media platform using film, improv & social media to advance gender and race equality. In 2016, she produced over 40 podcasts aired on Radio Free Brooklyn and she launched the first season of “The Womanity NY Stories” series on facebook/instagram in September 2017.

Kinney Edwards – ECD at Tribal Worldwide. Kinney is an award-winning creative that believes regardless of the medium, creative work must have an emotional truth that resonates with the audience to be effective. He also believes that a good idea needs to be both simple and crafted beyond expectations to become great. Currently Executive Creative Director at Tribal Worldwide, he has led creative teams on high-profile brands including 3 Musketeers, IAMS, National Football League, Advil, Wounded Warrior Project, Nickelodeon, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Diageo, Philips, UNICEF and Neutrogena. Kinney has taught portfolio classes at Miami Ad School, and has guest lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He’s both won and judged at the industry’s top award shows, including being listed amongst Adweek’s Creative 100 in 2015. Kinney is also a frequent op-ed contributor to various digital advertising media outlets, and is a consistently featured panelist across industry events including Advertising Week.

Mirande Valbrune – Employment Attorney. Mirande is an employment lawyer with a passion for performing strategic, value added Employee Relations work. She has over 15 years of experience, with a majority of those spent in senior leadership roles making pro-active, preventive in-house contributions, including sexual harassment trainings, policy and investigations work. Mirande holds degrees from two Ivy League institutions that are renowned for their Employment Law programs and has worked for two prominent management side Labor and Employment law firms. Mirande is admitted to the New York bar and has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She has been featured in many publications, including Forbes and NBC News to share her employment law expertise on a range of topics and news items. In her highly engaging debut business book, #MeToo: A Practical Guide to Navigating Today’s Cultural Workplace Revolution, Mirande harnesses her knowledge and expertise to highlight the events that catalyzed the #MeToo movement and to provide practical guidance and tools that can be used to handle a variety of workplace scenarios inspired by real #MeToo stories. The case studies provided in this book can serve to help employees, employers, and those “afraid of getting it wrong” to handle more effectively instances and allegations of sexual abuse or harassment that may arise at work.

Lori Muszynski (moderator) – Global Inclusion & Diversity Lead at Fjord. Lori leads global inclusion and diversity for Fjord, one of the world’s largest design consultancies spanning 28 studios in 22 countries. Leveraging her background in user-centered design management, operations and talent development, Lori drives strategic, action-oriented programs to craft a culture of inclusion that allows all employees to flourish and the advantages of their diversity to be realized. In addition, Lori is the Principal Director of the Fjord for Accenture account team, guiding Fjord designers to solve the biggest challenges for one of Fjord’s largest clients, Accenture. Based in New York, Lori spends a lot of time in Chicago where she was born and raised, practicing her favorite hobby, attempting to take still photos of her two energetic nephews.


Welcome drinks / 6:30pm-7:00pm

Intro & Panel Discussion / 7:00pm-8:00pm

More drinks and networking / 8:00pm-8:30pm



…to FJORD for offering up their space to host this important event and leading this conversation. Also thanks to Natalia Radywyl, Senior Design Researcher at Fjord, for all of her efforts in helping to plan and execute this event in partnership with us.



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