Despite the recent rise in high-profile cases of sexual harassment, the issue is far from being resolved. Penalties and mandated trainings have had little effect. Ingrained behaviors in many company cultures have prohibited women from getting into positions of leadership, and created an environment that many find intolerable. There needs to be a seismic shift in the way that sexual harassment is handled. In this panel discussion, HR and technology leaders discuss a 4-step remedy: 1) Creating an open network for authentic 2-way dialogue, so that people can safely share their views, 2) Offering better education across the board, 3) Convincing leadership to own the issue, and 4) Creating a culture of mutual respect, trust, and transparency, in which there is zero tolerance for harassment.
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