by Alexandra Dickinson
Originally published: February 27, 2017
Jeffery Tobias Halter is a white man who says he can teach women how to teach men about gender equality in the workplace.
I know, I’m also skeptical about a man standing up for women. Isn’t that just another way to reinforce the norm of male leadership? But I’m also a pragmatist. So if he’s advancing gender equity, I’m willing to listen. I'm interested in how the negotiation mindset of understanding your counterpart's point of view and creative problem solving can help you achieve your goals. To that end, I spoke with a man about women's advancement to hear what strategies he's using and whether they're working.
Halter is a corporate gender strategist and founder of ywomen.biz. He spent over a decade leading diversity and inclusion initiatives at The Coca-Cola Company, where he conducted diversity training, non-bias hiring and assessment and cultural competency training for over 600 leaders before striking out on his own. He now works with Forbes 400 companies on making the case for integrative women’s leadership strategies. “I choose to focus on women because it’s the most common denominator," he says. Plus, as the father of a daughter, he believes he has a responsibility to do this work.