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Gender, Power, Race, Money: #MeToo and Philanthropy

Thursday, February 14, 2019 -
11:00am to 1:00pm PST
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
350 Twin Dolphin Drive | Redwood City, CA 94065
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For two years, the #MeToo Movement has dominated the news headlines as women who’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted continue to step forward to tell their stories. #MeToo momentum was quickly followed by the Time’s Up Movement for workplace equity for women and people of color.  

With power and equality in the news, philanthropies across the Bay Area have begun inward conversations about their organizations’ culture. Gender, power, race and money give us plenty to consider when it comes to barriers to good policies and best practices for creating safe cultures. As it turns out, lenient cultures are fertile ground for both harassment and bias – and so fixing the culture can lead to better outcomes for all.

This session explores research by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford and the new Stanford Women’s Leadership Lab on what makes inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive. We will focus on how the language we use has a big impact in the culture of our workplace. Language is a powerful tool. The word choices you make shape the culture in your organization. Sometimes we are intentional in our language use. However, often times our word choices fall back on ways of thinking that are rooted in systems of inequity. In these instances, stereotypes about gender, ethnicity and other characteristics may inadvertently influence the words we choose in ways that can advantage some or disadvantage others on your teams.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about the ways individuals inadvertently create and remedy gender inequality. 
  • Learn language that can aid you in becoming the best advocate for yourself, your peers and your teammates.


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of the Clayman Institute. Under her leadership, the Institute launched a corporate affiliates program, a learning community of corporations, government agencies and thought leaders working together for change. Lori speaks globally at organizations such as the European Central Bank, the Watermark Conference for Women and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

She publishes her work in outlets including the Harvard Business Review. She worked as a founding educational partner for the launch of and teaches executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her current project is a book bringing to life our foundational research: Everyday Wins. 

Lori brings 20 years of marketing strategy and business management experience from companies including Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay and PayPal and is a board member for the Women’s Foundation of California. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Peninsula Philanthropy Network

The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is a group of philanthropy professionals who are leveraging the collective power and influence of philanthropy on the peninsula. We create opportunities to learn together about issues facing our community and to develop relationships with people working towards social impact.