Here's just a small sampling of the appearances and areas of expertise from our team.

What is Gender Partnership?

Traditional diversity approaches have focused on equity (actions and treatment of others) and equality (equal rights, treatment, etc.). Partnership goes beyond equity and equality to create powerful synergies by leveraging the differing competencies of men and women.

What is Healthy Masculinities?

Although this is a subjective cultural term, these are the general pillars we employ:

  1. Respect and empathy for others (this covers gender, sexuality, race, age, general “otherness”)
  2. Peaceful communication, interaction, and relationships with others
  3. Commitment to some form of consistent self-awareness and self-mastery
  4. Acceptance of the responsibility of leadership and teamwork

Why is “Masculinities” plural?

This simply acknowledges that there are multiple definitions of “what it means to be masculine” and therefore it frees us up to culturally redefine masculinity for a modern era.


Dale Thomas Vaughn speaks at the Women In Tech International Summit - 2017

Women in Tech

Dale Thomas Vaughn spoke for the second year in a row at the WITI summit in Silicon Valley. 

Dale recently spoke on the main stage at the WITI Summit about Gender Equality in Large Organizations, How To Be a Behavioral Change Agent in the Workplace, and The Next Generation of Gender Partnership. See the video below.


Dale Thomas Vaughn Featured in Austin Business Journal

HR experts grapple with making diversity training click for white men

Diversity and inclusion are two of the most prominent topics in corporate human resources nowadays. HR executives from around the country are in Austin this week discussing those hot-button issues and more at a conference hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management. More than 700 people were registered for the Oct. 25-27 event at the JW Marriott Austin, according to an organization spokeswoman.

One of the conference's speakers, Dale Thomas Vaughn, is scheduled to deliver a speech Thursday titled "Male Millennials: Allies or Obstacles in Gender Equality?" Vaughn is an international speaker, author and co-founder of the Gender Leadership Group. He answered some of my questions by email recently about some of the most pressing issues in HR.

Is there validity to the point in the Journal article that diversity training led by white men can help other white men grasp those concepts?

So much of power is being in the room. Often it’s the work of powerful white men who stand up and speak up to their peers about inclusion. Most men want to be on the “right side” of equality but they don’t recognize the ways they can unconsciously hinder or help. With a room of peers, we can actually have the tough conversations without shame or blame, and it empowers men to accept their responsibility in equality. Men can leverage their privilege to open doors for others.

At the risk of spoiling your presentation, do male millennials help or harm diversity and inclusion training?

We are at a pivotal moment in history. Millennials are the first native gender-neutral generation. The men with privilege have the most leverage to guarantee gender equality and they are also the biggest potential impediment if they are not engaged.

Read the full story here.


Ray Arata Named a HeForShe Male Champion For Change by UN Women San Francisco

The HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration was held at the beautiful WeWork office space in San Francisco on April 14th. Five incredible men were honored as changemakers in the gender equality sphere.

It’s not often that you see men standing up for the empowerment of women. Denying traditional masculinity in favor of gender equality is uncomfortable for many people, particularly men and boys who have been raised with the typical “Man up!” or “Boys don’t cry” sentiments that promote physical strength and emotional distance as the epitome of manhood. The men who were honored noted that one of the biggest challenges they’ve faced is overcoming other men’s discomfort in accepting that uplifting women and promoting equal rights does not mean they are weak or feminine. Even if it did, the fact that “weak” and “feminine” are terms so interconnected– that being a woman is inherently bad– is the problem our society is facing.

John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls, spoke in depth about the role that media and toy companies play in shaping children’s perception of gender roles. His goal is to cross the gender line– to show boys that there is “nothing shameful in a man doing a role that is normally filled by a woman… Putting yourself in a woman’s shoes does not make you less of a man, it makes you more of a person.”

Other honorees included Brian O’Connor of Futures Without Violence, Ray Arata of the Gender Leadership Group, Casey Bates, Deputy District Attorney of Alameda County, and David Batstone, Founder of Not For Sale.

More about this story here.


Dale Thomas vaughn featured on Canada.com

Men need life mentors too

You may think men are obsessed with Star Wars because of the epic battle scenes. But in truth, we guys still dream of meeting a little green Yoda who can bring out our full potential, like making spaceships move with our minds.

Joking aside, January is national mentorship month. Much of the media focus is understandably on helping at-risk youth make better life decisions, along with an important conversation on empowering women to climb the career ladder. But we wonder, what about life mentors for men?

There are very few university courses that focus on how to be a good husband or father, how to balance work and family life, or how to approach mid-life crises without quitting our jobs to travel the world. And few of us have the benefit of being in a book club where more than literary wisdom is exchanged.

“Every single man deals with self-doubt at some point in his life,” says Dale Thomas Vaughn, president of the Global Center for Healthy Masculinities in California. In a recent conversation he told us, “this fear keeps us stagnant and isolated” unless we find someone who believes in us and motivates us to move forward. “Even the toughest guys I know are relieved to have someone safe to go to for advice and a pep talk,” adds Vaughn.

More at Canada.com



Global Women's Leadership Summit

"Three Generations of Gender-Conscious Men"

The Global Women's Leadership Summit brings together the women's leadership community - globally recognised women (and men) who are truly pioneering progress and understand what it takes to break through the barriers to growth.


Business Matters with Chip Adams

Ed Gurowitz on Gender Partnership

In this interview with Chip Adams, Dr. Ed Gurowitz discusses unconscious bias, sexism, and how to affect a company's bottom line with gender partnership. 

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“This is the legacy that I want to leave and the impact my partners want to have... we want a world where people are treated fairly.”
— Dr. Ed Gurowitz

TEDxSMU

How Great Men Think Alike

Dale Thomas Vaughn speaks about the crisis of masculinity, the 3 ways great men think alike and the one big barrier to greatness that all men must face.


Huff Post Live

How Masculinity Can Help Promote Gender Equality

Dale Thomas Vaughn speaks about the International Conference of Masculinities in New York City.

Click here to watch entire Video Interview.

The first International Conference on Masculinities convenes in New York with the aim to engage men and boys for gender equality. We are joined by conference participants to discuss what masculinity looks like today and what's next for the movement.


The Art of Charm Podcast

Healthy Masculinity

Actions + goals = authentic power.

“My biggest fear is to look back on a mediocre life and wonder what went wrong.”
- Dale Thomas Vaughn

What is healthy masculinity? On this show we talk a lot about what isn’t healthy, behavior like the alpha male syndrome or the opposite: acting like a doormat. But what does it mean be a healthy male? According to our guest for episode 352 it means being a good guy with an authentic purpose, and also helping other good guys do good things.

Dale Thomas Vaughn would know, he runs the Global Center for Healthy Masculinities and is the editor of leadership at The Good Men Project. Today we discuss healthy masculinity and its partner in crime, goal-setting. Listen in to hear how these are related, and so much more on episode 352 of The Art of Charm.


MariaShriver.com

5 Reasons Why 6-Week Goals Are Better

 

The shininess of the new calendar will wane once we get closer to February… and all of those feelings of positive momentum can wear off as well if you’re not still motivated this time next month.

Most people don’t even write down their resolutions anywhere meaningful, so looking back on 12 months in late December always feels hollow. In my experience with coaching professionals on goal-setting, the best way to shift your habits is to set out consecutive 6-8 week projects that feel motivating. Basically at the beginning and end of each quarter, you’ll set project goals and then measure them respectively.

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