Women Of The Channel Panelists Discuss Workplace Harassment: We All Have 'An Integrity Chip ... You Have To Leave It In'

Speaking at the Women of the Channel East event, a panel of executives say that even though the conversation around harrassment is uncomfortable it can be a turning point in driving change.

Channel managers – both men and women – need to continue driving conversations about gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace, stressed a panel of executives at the Women of The Channel East conference, being held this week in New York City.

Speaking at the event, which is hosted by The Channel Company, the panelists said the first step in finding a solution for harassment in the workplace is to actually address it.

 “We all need to be held accountable [for having a conversation], even though the conversation is uncomfortable,” said Jennifer McDonald, senior director of partner marketing at Fortinet.

[Related: WOTC: With Gender Discrimination In The Spotlight, The Channel Has Critical Duty To Inspire Next Generation of Women In Tech]

Tricia Atchison, vice president of global partner marketing at CA Technologies, said the channel needs to play a role in making sure the next generation of men is more aware of gender equality.

Atchison said that the #MeToo social media campaign, where women used the hashtag to denounce sexual assault and reveal their own experiences with harassment, opened her eyes to how widespread......


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