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Healthcare Leadership Dinner Series

August 4, 2020, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
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Healthcare Leadership Dinner Series:
W. Brad Johnson, PhD

Happy Hollow Club
1701 S. 105th St.
Omaha, NE 68124

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Join us as W. Brad Johnson, PhD, shares his lecture: Athena Rising, Male Allies and the Power of Inclusive Mentorship.

Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions and more. Too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the gender equality equation. Such efforts reinforce the perception that these are "women's issues" and that men – often occupying crucial leadership roles in most organizations – don't need to be involved. Based on his books Athena Rising and Good Guys, W. Brad Johnson makes the business case for male engagement in gender equality, including why it is good for both men and women. After exploring some of the challenges to cross-gender professional relationships, he uses social science research and organizational best practices to provide the “how to” for men, women and organizational leaders who want to be intentional and inclusive mentors across gender, leveraging mentorship to create a more diverse workforce.


At the conclusion of the lecture, participants should be able to:

  • Describe some of the benefits – for men, women and organizations – of full gender equality at work
  • Identify at least five strategies men can use to more effectively mentor high-potential women
  • Articulate several best practices or “ally actions” to advocate for systemic change to workplace culture

Meet the Speaker

Brad Johnson

W. Brad Johnson is professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps, Dr. Johnson served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor where he was the division head for psychology. He is a recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award, and he has received distinguished mentor awards from the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 13 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, and counseling. His most recent books include: Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, The Elements of Mentoring (3rd edition), On Being a Mentor (2nd edition), and the forthcoming, Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace.

The Healthcare Leadership Dinner Series is a quarterly series of events designed to equip physicians and healthcare executives as leaders and foster networking and connection in our local healthcare community.


5:30 p.m.
Registration and Networking

6 p.m.

6:15 p.m.
How and Why Men Should Mentor Women in the Workplace

W. Brad Johnson, PhD

7:30 p.m.


Register online by August 1.

  • Student Registration: $29
  • Early bird registration by July 5: $49, with price increase to $59 thereafter.
  • Table (8 tops) early bird registration by July 4: $350, with price increase to $425 thereafter.


Sponsored by Foster Group, American National Bank and Creighton University Heider College of Business.

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