Sarah Beaulieu is a speaker, writer, trainer, and author of the book, Breaking the Silence Habit.
Today’s episode is with Sarah Beaulieu. Sarah is a nationally-sought after speaker and author who trains workplaces and advises leaders on skills-based sexual harassment prevention and response. Her work and expertise has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fox News,, and the Huffington post, to name a few. She’s been a featured speaker at TEDxBeacon Street and the Business Innovation Factory Summit. She has trained a wide variety of organizations ranging from start-ups to large corporations to fraternities to members of the Junior League. Sarah graduated from Brown University, majoring in women’s studies and religious studies and then went on to receive an M.B.A. at Boston College. She served for five years on the board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, one of the nation’s oldest rape crisis centers, where she started as a medical advocate and survivor speaker. In 2013, Beaulieu founded The Enliven Project, a campaign to generate a culture change in sexual violence and lift survivors to their full potential. The graphic she created and released through The Enliven Project called “Truth About False Accusation,” generated international discussion and debate, and has been re-blogged over 800,000 times. In 2017, Sarah founded The Uncomfortable Conversation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing conversations about sexual violence, especially for young men. The Uncomfortable Conversation has produced over 100 YouTube videos illustrating how men can support survivors, navigate consent, and address troubling ideas or behaviors among peers. Sarah’s book, which will be released early next year, called Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace, offers employees and managers a path forward to learn  and teach the skills required for safe and respectful workplaces for people of all genders.   In this conversation, Sarah and I discuss these practical steps for creating the ideal workplace environment. She shared with me a bit about the journey that has shaped her passion for generating this change. We discussed her perspective on “false accusations,” and why sexual assault training doesn’t work for many organizations. We take a stab at addressing the true root causes of sexual violence and mistreatment in our discussion about power and privilege.  We talked about the difference between “skills and rules” and why that’s so important to delineate. We also chat a bit about our experiences at our CrossFit gym, which is where Sarah and I originally met. I learned so, so much from this conversation and I have no doubt, regardless of the experiences and knowledge you may or may not have on this subject, you will learn something valuable as well.  To learn more about Sarah’s work or consulting, you can find her at and you can pre-order her book on amazon, which will be released in February. If you’re a survivor and need to take action, Sarah has referenced the National sexual assault hotline 1-800-656-4673 or as a resource that may be a helpful next step. 
Author, speaker and workplace trainer on sexual harassment, assault and violence prevention and response, Sarah Beaulieu joins Nikki to talk about the “uncomfortable” conversation around sexual assault, violence and the #MeToo workplace. Sarah shares experiences throughout her life that have shaped her path in doing this work and the obstacles and resistance she has faced. Sarah and Nikki discuss consent, bystander intervention, the importance of dialogue and conversation throughout the process of sexual awakening at all ages and the impact of the “silence habit” our culture has around the topic of sexual assault. Show notes:
Since #MeToo became a household term, a lot of people have been trying to make work a safer place for everyone. But organizational change is slow, and it’s not always easy for individual employees to respond to and prevent sexual harassment. Marianne Cooper shares some findings from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company’s “Women in the Workplace 2018” report. Then, we talk with Sarah Beaulieu about how to deal with inappropriate behavior in the office. Our HBR reading list: “It’s Not Always Clear What Constitutes Sexual Harassment. Use This Tool to Navigate the Gray Areas,” by Kathleen Kelley Reardon “Study: When Leaders Take Sexual Harassment Seriously, So Do Employees,” by Chloe Hart, Alison Dahl Crossley, and Shelley Correll “Why Sexual Harassment Persists and What Organizations Can Do to Stop It,” by Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg “How to Talk About Sexual Harassment with Your Coworkers,” by Amy Gallo Email us: Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network
Sarah Beaulieu, Founder of The Unformfortable Conversation, joined Dan to discuss navigating difficult conversations concerning sexual harrassment and sexual violence in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo campaign, and Rep. Teresa Tanzi's discussion of state house culture.
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