Work Redux | CHARISMA
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Machine Shop | 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
September 25, 2018
Work Redux brings together hundreds of women spanning diverse backgrounds to reimagine the future of the workplace. Join Pollen’s Work Redux community for a discussion about how women, men, and non-binary folks exhibit and benefit from charisma differently.
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When it comes to characteristics that set apart top leaders (whether political, corporate, social, celebrity, etc.), there’s often a magical, elusive trait behind their meteoric rise: charisma. Just don’t Google image search that word if you’re a non-binary person or a woman and don’t want to get a little depressed.



In the lexicon of leadership, there are many words to describe the traits we value and admire in those who lead. Unfortunately, not all of those words apply equally across genders. Men are rewarded for being bold, boisterous, and visible — for being charismatic. But what are the consequences for women and non-binary leaders who exhibit these same traits in the workplace? Is not being charismatic preventing us from holding top leadership positions? From getting us elected to public office?

At Work Redux | Charisma, we’ll explore the narrow band in which women and non-binary leaders are allowed to operate. We’ll hear from leaders often described as charismatic and from others who abandoned the male-centric ideal for qualities they’ve made uniquely their own. And most importantly, we’ll begin crafting a new lexicon of leadership that is more inclusive, accessible, and rewards traits beyond the heteropatriarchy canon of success.


Jessica Barrett, Executive Director, Machine Shop

Randy Dandy, performer  

Irene Fernando, candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner – District 2 

Norma Garcés, Executive Director at El Colegio Charter School

Asma Mohammed, Advocacy Director, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment 

Erin Murphy, State Representative District 64A and MN gubernatorial candidate

Jana Shortal, Kare 11 reporter & co-anchor of Breaking the News 

About Work Redux

As part of Pollen’s mission to invest in human connection, Work Redux is an event series (and now also a network of leaders) that inspires questions, sparks discussion, and drives action to challenge cultural assumptions behind the current, dominant work culture. Together we will better understand how we can design and change the future of work.


7:30 – 8:15 AM – Registration, breakfast + networking

8:15 – 8:30 AM – Welcome + Performance by Randy Dandy

8:30 – 10:30 AM – Program

Special Thanks

Work Redux | WORTH is presented by U.S. Bankwith support from the Bush FoundationThanks to the Machine Shop for their partnership.

Additional Details

Ticket price includes breakfast. There is a public parking ramp at 101 SE 2nd Ave, a block and half from the venue, as well as metered parking on surrounding streets. Machine Shop is also accessible via public transit. Check for routes and schedules.

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    Jessica Barrett
    Machine Shop
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    Irene Fernando
    Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2 Candidate
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    Asma Mohammed
    Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE)
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    Erin Murphy
    State Representative District 64A and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate
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    Jana Shortal
    Kare 11
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    Randy Dandy