How I Got Hired

101. Lisa Bowman: Fighting Back Harrassment

November 15, 2022
How I Got Hired
101. Lisa Bowman: Fighting Back Harrassment
Show Notes

Today’s conversation will be with a very very courageous woman: Lisa Bowman. Lisa has held Executive level marketing roles at UPS and was most recently the global CMO for The United Way, the international network of over 1,800 local nonprofit fundraising affiliates. 
Why do I call Lisa brave? Lisa experienced harassment at her job, spoke up, made some people uncomfortable, and was eventually flat out fired as retaliation for speaking up.  Listen to this excerpt:

“I am a big believer that experiences mean nothing if you don’t learn from them. When this experience chose me, it offered me the opportunity to learn and educate others on the hard reality: if you don’t speak up for yourself, sadly, nobody will do it for you. With the continuing increase in stories of workplace harassment, along with the by now predictable failures of so many organizations to respond appropriately, it’s understandable that employees end up feeling helpless and more likely to give up rather than stand up and fight, believing that self-preservation and silence in an effort to protect their careers are the smartest courses of action.”

One of the reasons for having Lisa on the show is that she’s going through her journey, as we speak. This isn’t a ‘now that all the bad stuff is behind you, let’s talk’ type of interview. And we live in this twisted world where the person who does the wrong thing, walks away completely unscathed, and the one who is violated, is punished. This is a conversation that is very much needed.

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