Rory Gerberg is a trainer and consultant on workplace sexual harassment. She uses behavioral science and adaptive leadership to build organizations that prevent sexual harassment and respond effectively when it occurs. Her workplace trainings engage employees in meaningful discussions around grey areas. They offer employees and leaders concrete, actionable tips to employ in interactions on their teams. Rory also supports human resources leaders around top-down mechanisms to tackle harassment. She consults on organization policies and procedures, and advises on handling specific incidents. Rory's clients rage from small non-profits to mid-sized tech companies in today's headlines. She currently does client-facing work exclusively through her independent practice.
Rory doesn't see workplace MeToo as suprising–she see's it as a logical result of the systems that have brought us here today. She approaches the topic with nuance and compassion for all of employees' complex lived experiences. You can get a flavor of her approach in a ten minute talk at the ideas42 Behavioral Summit (2018). Her analysis brings eleven years addressing sexual violence as a trainer, consultant, policy analyst, and researcher across contexts.
As an Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard University, Rory developed an interactive training module on sexual harassment and assault and manual to guide facilitators. The interactive module trained participants with tools to better navigate situations of gender-based violence. She submitted written comments on campus sexual assault policies and programs to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and to the U.S. Department of Education for rulemaking on the Violence Against Women Act. She published Op-Eds in the Boston Globe and Harvard Kennedy School Review, and was featured in the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Her work on sexual harassment and assault was recognized with the 2015 Harvard’s Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women’s Advancement.
Prior to Harvard, Rory worked in Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. She consulted on the development and implementation of policies, programs, and practices that address sexual violence after conflict and promote gender equity.
To get in touch, contact Rory_Gerberg@hks15.harvard.edu