Baton Rouge/New Orleans Local Group

Join LMA New Orleans\Baton Rouge for our February Program: 
Lagniappe: Understanding Gender-Based Communication

The Baton Rouge/New Orleans Local Group is pleased to present a special lagniappe session in February for our members and friends. Join us for a little something extra this month as Susan Freeman of Freeman Means Business shares “Understanding Gender-Based Communication,” a presentation and open discussion where input and questions are welcome and encouraged. Men and women face difficult gender communication disparities when discussing new ideas, seeking team input on a project, attempting humor, and exchanging compliments and complaints. Attendees will learn about various communication styles on how to adapt your style to others to achieve your goals, remain aware of differing verbal and non-verbal communication styles, and combat gender biases that result from our own gender stereotypes. We’ll also discuss unconscious bias, indifference, and groupthink as they relate to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and how to establish a D&I initiative in your organization.  
Key Take-Aways:
  • Firms that are diverse and inclusive perform better than firms that are not.
  • Diversity requires including women and men of different ages and races.
  • Inclusivity calls for complete integration of all employees into all company operations and activities.
  • Many US firms find it difficult to become diverse and inclusive.
  • This springs primarily from the subconscious bias of executives and employees.
  • Reasons include groupthink and retrogressive attitudes.
  • Women and minorities benefit from having people who coach them on “political navigation” and skills development.
  • To change the workplace, focus on staff behavior, not corporate culture.
  • Recruit and hire a chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO).
  • The CEO and CDIO should jointly provide the board the strongest possible business case for a diversity and inclusivity (D&I) initiative. 
  • Once approved, set clear D&I goals for your firm, with target dates for each D&I objective.

February 19, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 PM
12:00 - 12:30 Registration and Networking
12:30 - 1:30 Presentation

Forman, Watkins & Krutz LLP
201 St Charles Ave Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70170

Members: Free 
Prospective Members: $10

Questions? Contact Brett Napier,


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Our Speaker

Susan Freeman.JPGSusan C. Freeman

CEO & Chief Client Happiness Officer

Susan’s goal is to help women in business communicate effectively with the world -- and to help men communicate effectively with women in business!

Drawing on her experiences as a sales executive in the financial services industry, her business development and leadership training in the legal industry, and her graduate-level studies in Communication, she has co-founded “Women’s Business Connection” in Massachusetts and “Girl Power” with over 6,000 followers. She also teaches “Girls in Politics,” a program created to introduce girls to politics, policy, and the branches of government. Susan is currently enrolled in Cornell University’s “Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship.” Her enthusiasm for the benefits of building meaningful relationships has made her a great connector and as such, she has over 15,000 followers on social media. With an ENFJ personality type, she excels at building relationships and teaching others to do the same. She helps professionals communicate effectively in order to develop new business and trains professionals to use client-centric insights to assess needs and identify solutions that meet strategic goals.

Thank you to our Meeting Host:

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