I am a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a consultant and trainer who assists organizations in developing systemic action plans to build positive corporate cultures. My firm, Civility Partners, offers consulting and training in the areas of workplace bullying, diversity, intercultural communication, hostile work environments, and interpersonal communication skills. I believe that solving the problem of harassment and workplace bullying requires company-wide education in respectful and positive behavior – a step beyond training on what not to do as CA AB 1825 requires, for example – along with performance management processes and other such comprehensive action items.
I started Civility Partners in 2008, and I have had the pleasure of serving such clients as the third largest energy company in the world, the American Red Cross, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the FBI, Goodwill Industries San Diego County, Long Beach Port Authority, University of California, California State University, Weber State University, O’Connor Hospital, Solano Irrigation District, and a variety of other educational institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private businesses in a variety of industries.
I have also served as a subject matter expert on workplace bullying in a court case against Wal-Mart, and in another case against the Dallas Fire Department. I have also written several letters on behalf of individuals who filed for workers’ compensation claims, as well as who filed complaints with the EEOC.
In 2010, I was a paper referee for the International Journal of Workplace Health Management’s, special issue on workplace bullying. From 2011 to 2014 I served as a panelist for eBossWatch’s annual 100 Worst Bosses list, which is essentially a publicity tactic that creates awareness of the persistent problem of harassment and the extent of horrific behavior still in the workplace.
In 2014, I connected with CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez who was working to pass AB 2053, which would require AB 1825 sexual harassment trainers to discuss the prevention of abusive conduct. At Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s request, I provided her with slides to pass around the Assembly in order to demonstrate what AB 1825 sexual harassment trainers would need to include in their training. AB 2053 passed with flying colors. I also connected with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) in 2014, and was asked to provide my template healthy workplace policy for their use in developing their model anti-workplace bullying policy for Tennessee employers. I am also a founding member of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a non-profit that seeks to end workplace bullying.
I have presented my research and training programs both nationally and internationally, including in Canada, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. I have made several appearances on news stations around the country, including FOX, NBC, and ABC, and have been cited in such media outlets as MSNBC, Entrepreneur, Psychology Today, Huffington Post and USA Today. I have published articles in a wide variety of trade magazines, and am co-author of the book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-A** Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, with a foreword by Ken Blanchard, who called it, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.”
Please email me for my CV if you are interested.