Weekly Virtual Office Hours - White Women, Power and Privilege, with Karen Fleshman, Esq.
While all women continue to fight for parity in and outside of work, white women have tremendous power and privilege in our society. Especially now, it’s crucial that we raise white women's awareness of their role in US history and the practices they can adopt today to relate across difference as equals, earn the trust of women of color, and help create workplaces and communities where everyone belongs.
In 2014, Karen Fleshman founded Racy Conversations to inspire an antiracist generation. Organizing and facilitating interracial sisterhood conversations and workplace workshops throughout the US, she focuses on providing education, resources and the tools needed for White women to do their part to end racism. This honest and open Q&A session will discuss how:/span>
- Systemic racism impacts intersectionality among all women - Black, Brown and other Women of Color and White women
- White women growing personally with addressing their own privilege, guilt and bias
- White women can grow personally to address their own privilege, guilt and bias and build relationships based in trust with all Women of Color
- Women can work together to transform workplaces and communities
Watermark's new Weekly Virtual Office Hours are an opportunity to ask your questions and get immediate answers, solutions and recommendations for the issues that you face. The 30-45-minute session is face-to-face, allowing you and others to connect with the expert thinkers, leaders and solution-driven people you want to meet. Bring a cup of coffee, tea, and a snack during this personal and real conversation.
About Karen Fleshman, Esq.
Karen Fleshman she/hers is a single soccer mom, mentor, activist, entrepreneur, attorney, author, educator, proud San Franciscan, and a role model for white women. She is the founder of Racy Conversations , a workshop facilitation company. Her first book White Women We Need to Talk: Doing Our Part to End Racism, will be published by Sounds True in 2021 and is available for preorder here. Hundreds of workplaces nationwide have benefitted from Racy Conversations workshops on: Overcoming Unconscious Bias, Ending Sexual Harassment, Addressing Microaggressions, Leading for Belonging, Building Interracial Sisterhood, Becoming an Ally, White Women, Privilege and Power: Gendered Racism at Work, 1619-2020. As a white woman, Karen experienced sexual harassment, wage gap, and glass ceiling from white men in the workplace, but she noticed the most harmful workplace behavior came from white women who viewed her as a threat to their proximity to white men in power. She worked for diverse organizations leading diverse teams, largely reporting to women of color, who were excellent mentors and role models. Emulating them she learned how to relate across difference as equals
and build relationships based in trust with women of color. Mentoring young adults of color launching corporate careers in tech, Karen came to understand the harm caused by tokenized hiring and racism pervasive in the workplace. She realized everything she had learned growing up about race and racism was harmful and inaccurate, she was part of the problem, and she needed to change.
Inspired by Mike Brown and her mentees, in 2014, Karen vowed to stop preparing young adults for the workplace and start preparing the workplace for young adults by sharing what she had learned. This was the genesis of Racy Conversations , Karen's passion projects are police accountability activism, building interracial sisterhood and raising antiracist children. She serves on the workgroups overseeing implementation of the US Department of Justice recommendations for ending bias at SFPD. She hosts interracial sisterhood events throughout the United States. Her 2018 video Dear White Women: No More Permit Patties received 7MM views. Alongside her Women’s March sisters, she was arrested five times disrupting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. She teaches other white moms how she talks with her kids about race.