Advocates & Allies: Overcoming Workplace Gender-Based Harassment

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1800 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

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The “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements have elevated the national conversation and enhanced public visibility surrounding gender-based harassment issues in the workplace. It’s critical to think about how these issues manifest in our own city and what we can do to support our colleagues and friends.

As part of our programming mission, UWIB is hosting a panel of women leaders to discuss how the "Me too" and "Times up" movements impact gender-based harassment in the District's workplaces. The discussion will highlight the tools women can use to take the lead in these conversations, identify where the biggest areas of opportunity are, where to find existing avenues of support, and how to spot potential key indicators that can lead to downstream gender-based harassment. Our objective is to provide UWIB members with a better understanding of gender-based harassment and how to successfully be an ally to colleagues and friends in need of support.

Through a panel of leading voices in gender-based harassment in the workplace, this event will seek to answer the following:

  • How do panelists see “Me Too” and “Times Up” movements playing out the workplaces? What are the biggest areas/opportunities to tackle in business?

  • Who can start conversations about gender-based harassment? What tools do women need to take the lead on these conversations?

  • What are the risk-factors and upstream behaviors that can lead to downstream gender-based harassment?

  • What are the existing venues and support systems that can help women tackle issues of inequity and harassment in the workplace?


6:30 - 6:50: Arrival and Networking

6:50 - 7:00: Welcome and Introductions

7:00 - 7:40: Panel Discussion featuring speakers below

7:40 - 8:00: Audience Q&A

8:00 - 8:30: Wrap Up


M. Reese Everson

M. Reese Everson is an author, attorney and women's rights advocate. M. Reese Everson is a social entrepreneur who created B.A.B.E.S in the Workplace and authored "The BABES Guide: You Don't Have to Compromise", as an answer to the question, "how do we prepare our Beautiful, Ambitious, Brilliant, Excellent women striving for Success for the challenges they face in the workplace while keeping their dignity, morals, and values in tact."

She is an alumna of Michigan State University, with a B.A. in International Relations and DePaul University College of Law, with a J.D. and Certificate in International and Comparative Law. Ms. Everson has studied law in Madrid, Spain and Beijing, China and has a passion for financial literacy and food security. As a Hill Staffer she has worked on all facet of Judiciary issues, including voter rights and immigration and on financial services issues involving Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Dodd-Frank Act.

Lisa J. Banks, Partner, Katz, Marshal, & Banks

Consistently ranked a “Top Lawyer” by Washingtonian Magazine, Lisa Banks has successfully litigated employment discrimination and whistleblower protection cases at the trial court and appellate level for over 20 years. Ms. Banks is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where she concentrates her practice on claims related to employment discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX, whistleblower retaliation, SEC and CFTC whistleblower tips, and contractual employment disputes. Ms. Banks is an experienced advocate who has consistently achieved outstanding results on behalf of her clients either in court or through negotiated settlement.

The Best Lawyers in America© named Ms. Banks the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Washingtonian Magazine selected Ms. Banks as one of the 40 Best Attorneys under 40 in Washington, D.C., calling her “Washington’s hottest young employment lawyer.” Ms. Banks was also selected for inclusion in the 2009-2019 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America©,” and was named by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers as among the top five percent of attorneys in Washington, D.C. for 2009-2018. Martindale-Hubbell has rated Ms. Banks “AV Preeminent,” its highest possible peer review rating. Finally, Ms. Banks was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers' Class of 2017.

Ms. Banks regularly speaks on employment law, whistleblower, and litigation matters before the American Bar Association (ABA), the D.C. Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), where she has served as the organization’s Vice President. Ms. Banks is active in the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, where she currently serves as the Employee Co-Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee. She has also been active with the ABA as an Associate Editor to Lindemann, Grossman and Weirich, Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition, 2015 Cumulative Supplement; as a Litigation Track Coordinator for the 9th, 10th, and 11th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conferences; and as a Program Chair for the EEO Committee.

Ms. Banks was an attorney in the EEOC’s Office of General Counsel, Appellate Services Division, from 1997-2000. In 1999, Ms. Banks served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House. She clerked for the Honorable Gregory K. Scott, Colorado Supreme Court from 1996-1997, and the Honorable Daniel M. Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals, from 1995-1996. Ms. Banks received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1990, and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1995, where she served as an editor on the Denver University Law Review.

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