Gender Equity@Work

A professional development suite

The Women’s Center’s series “Gender Equity at Work” is a professional development suite that 1.) builds participants’ critical eye for recognizing how gender norms and expectations show up in the workplace and why it matters; and 2.) develops participants’ skills to better advocate for themselves and others in ways that support women and promote gender equity at work.

Series Offerings

  • Recognizing & Interrupting Harmful Gender Norms

    We each shape our workplace culture with everyday interactions and accepted practices, many of them related to gender norms.  Objectives:

    • Build awareness about workplace norms
    • Explore how gendered expectations can create workplace norms
    • Develop tools and strategies for interrupting norms to create greater gender equity in your workplace
  • Recognizing and Interrupting Harmful Gender Norms: for Managers

    Tailored for managers, this version of Recognizing & Interrupting Harmful Gender Norms includes strategies for team and 1:1 work as well as action planning for culture change.

  • Practicing Boundaries for Self-Advocacy and Allyship

    Boundaries can be a valuable tool for self-advocacy and cultivating an inclusive workplace culture. In this session, you will:

    • Gain awareness about boundaries as well as how norms around different facets of identity can shape experiences practicing boundaries in the workplace
    • Build understanding about where your strengths and challenges are around practicing your boundaries in the workplace
    • Develop a plan for improving your practice around at least one boundary challenge 
    • Identify at least one way you can use boundaries to deepen your allyship practice in the workplace


  • Rethinking "Work/Life Balance" for Wellbeing

    In this session, we will:

    • Dig into the term work/life balance and its different meanings
    • Consider significance of work/life in the complex matrix of the individual/organization/national policies
    • Explore how workplace practices and culture can be harmful or helpful to promoting work/life wellbeing and gender equity
    • Develop tools for building sustainable practices that support work/life wellbeing


  • Challenging Imposter Phenomenon


    • Gain understanding about imposter phenomenon
    • Gain awareness of how different facets of identity can shape experiences of imposter phenomenon in the workplace
    • Gain exposure to tools to reduce imposter phenomenon
    • Identify personal imposter phenomenon “hot buttons”
    • Develop personal strategy for tackling imposter phenomenon


  • Beyond Dress for Success: Gender & Professional Presentation
    • Gain understanding of “professional” as a social construct and how it can have different impact on different identities
    • Build awareness of your workplace professional culture
    • Puzzle through questions you have about gender and professional presentation
    • Develop tools for creating a more inclusive workplace around “professional” culture


  • Gender Equity@Work: Reflection & Practice

    Come together with others who have completed at least 1 workshop in this series to reflect on what you’ve been doing differently since the workshop(s) and what you’ve been noticing. During this time together you’ll:

    • deepen learning through repeat exposure
    • practice skills
    • revise/write your action plan


These offerings are designed for Wake Forest faculty, staff, and graduate students. They can be modified to meet the needs of your department. If you’re interested in bringing one of these offerings to your team, email

Gender Equity@Work is not a sequential series; there are no prerequisites.

For the latest schedule and to register for a Gender Equity@Work offering, visit the Professional Development Center.