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
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 metrotransit.org for routes and schedules.