Book Title: It's Not You, It's the Workplace: Women's Conflict at Work and the Bias That Built It
Author Name: Andrea S. Kramer & Alton B. Harris
Book Synopsis: It's not you, It's the Workplace offers a fresh approach to understanding why women's relationships with other women at work are often fraught and when they are, have the potential to completely derail women's careers. It's a pervasive and complicated issue which, until now, has been falsely represented by books that paint women as inherently bitchy back-stabbers who cannot help but have challenging relationships with other women. As the authors prove, this is patently untrue! Immensely practical, the book features real-world advice and tactics to overcome and avoid workplace conflict, and most-importantly, build on the positive aspects of women to women relationships, developing stronger networks that foster women's career success and creating a more supportive and satisfying work environment.
Andie S. Kramer has vigorously worked to remove discriminatory barriers to women's career advancement for over 30 years. Despite her successful and demanding legal practice, Andie has helped literally thousands of women navigate both obvious and subtle gender-based obstacles to successful careers. Her keen insights into the nature and operation of gender bias, and her pragmatic techniques for avoiding or overcoming these obstacles have made her a nationally recognized authority on gender discrimination, gender communication, the nature and operation of stereotypes and biases, and practices and policies that will increase women's leadership opportunities.
Andie is the co-author, with her husband, Al Harris, of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (2016) and It's Not You It's the Workplace, Women's Conflicts at Work and the Bias that Built It (August 2019). She is also an author of the American Bar Association's guide "What You Need to Know About Negotiating Compensation."
Andie is a partner in an international law firm where she served on its Management Committee and its Compensation Committee. She was the first chair of its Gender Diversity Committee and takes great pride that her firm has been named one of the "10 Best Big Law Firms for Female Attorneys." Among her many recognitions, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal for her "demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries, and do big things." She received the Founders Award from the Chicago Bar Association, the Women with Vision Award from the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, the Inspiration Award from the Coalition of Women in Law Initiatives, and was named the 2014 Gender Diversity Private Practice Lawyer of the Year by ChambersUSA for her outstanding contributions to furthering the advancement of women in law.
Andie is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who conducts workshops around the country on conscious and unconscious bias and ways to overcome it in the workplace, gender communication techniques, and workplace relationships. She draws on her research, work advocating for women, and professional experiences to provide realistic, detailed, and readily usable advice. More about Andie, her writing, and her upcoming speaking engagements can be found at www.AndieandAl.com.
Alton B. Harris: Over the course of his legal career, Al Harris has grown increasingly concerned that gender bias is imposing barriers to women's career advancement. Al sees the cause of these obstacles to be the masculine norms, values, and expectations that dominate virtually all of our high-status, high-paying workplaces.
In an effort to help women overcome or avoid these barriers, Al has reached out and mentored and advised hundreds of women in many industries and professions. This work, coupled with his extensive research, astute observations, and pragmatic voice, have made Al a nationally recognized advocate for women career advancement.
In his many articles, workshops, and keynote addresses, as well as in publications in such venues as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company, Al focuses on the communication skills women need to navigate gender-biased workplaces. A frequent lecturer, Al offers creative ideas and useful techniques for women to assure they are taken seriously as talented leaders. Al also speaks to men about how they can help the women they work with advance to their full potential, and to organizations about what they need to do to achieve truly diverse and inclusive senior leadership teams.
Al is co-author with his wife, Andie Kramer, of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, which was named one of the best business books of 2016 by Women@Work and called by Publishers Weekly "a well-organized, well-thought-out call to action." He is also co-author with Andie of It's Not You, It's the Workplace: Women's Conflict at Work at the Bias that Built It (Nicholas Brealey, 2019), which Publishers Weekly called "a refreshing, well-timed rebuttal to a hackneyed old fiction that blames individual women for the institutional biases they face," and Porchlight Books (formerly 800-CEO-Read) named one of the 2019 "Books to Watch."
Publisher Name: Nicholas Brealey