Going Beyond Compliance: Understanding Gender Difference in the Workplace

Understand societal and biological differences in gender and how to address them in the workplace.


2020 Date: TBD


8:00am - 12:00pm

Registration fee includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

This class is part of the Communication Certificate Program and the Leadership Certificate Program.


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About the Program

Despite nearly 40 years of affirmative action laws, codes of conduct, and diversity and sexual harassment training, few companies address the underlying societal structures that impede gender balance and diversity in the workplace. This course seeks to create a deeper understanding of gender difference to create an environment where men and women work productively, building an economic business case for gender diversity in the workplace. This course looks at the societal and biological differences between men and women that determine how we make decisions, solve problems, manage emotions, work in teams, and how we view the world. Ignoring gender diversity can actually inhibit the potential, and the bottom line, of any business.


  • Gain awareness of the history of gender difference in society
  • Exploring biological differences
  • Gain insight into how men and women process tasks
  • Understand transgender and gender non binary team members
  • Developing a work environment that encourages difference


  • Create a culture of diversity to foster and lure top talent
  • Go beyond sexual harassment compliance and understand why
  • Develop a language of understanding
  • Tap into the top potential of every person in your workforce



Rebecca Johannsen

Dr. Rebecca Johannsen specializes in creating active learning environments, based on techniques used in the theatre, to create opportunities to not only learn the latest in organisational theory, but to put it into practice. She has been working in the fields of emotional intelligence, collaboration, and creativity, as well as working as a public speaking coach, for nearly 10 years.  She holds a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of California Irvine. She has worked with organizations ranging from the fields of Biotech and Communications, to Government, Retail, Military, Education, and Advertising, among others. She is one of the highest rated instructors at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management's Centre for Executive Education, where she works with business leaders on emotional intelligence, resilience, communication, and collaboration. She has taught at New York University, Fordham University, the University of California Irvine, California State University Northridge, and Mercy College. She is also a successful playwright, director, actor, and producer. For more information about the programs Dr. Johannsen offers, visit www.rebeccajohannsen.com.

*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.

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