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June 2015 Newsletter

Who is Audrey?

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Audrey Nelson PhD. is an international trainer, key-note speaker, consultant and author who works with organizations to increase their productivity and profitability through winning communication strategies.

You can reach Audrey at
or at 303.448.1800 O -  303-448-1801 F - 303.448.1802 C

Smart Talk

Does the Diversity Component Impact the Bottom Line?

In an article by Danica Kirka, More Women in Charge Means Bigger Profits, she suggest the case for diversity is compelling for the bottom line and increased profits. One case study she identifies is Sodexo with 419,000 employees in 80 countries. A companywide study in 2014 found that units with equal numbers of women and men in management roles delivered more profits more consistently than those dominated by men. The evidence is growing that gender equity is not just politically correct, but good business. Additionally, companies with more balanced leadership do a better job recruiting and retaining talented workers, reducing the costs of talent replacement. In the past, organizations were somewhat nonchalant about retaining top female talent when she started. Now organizations want to know what programs work.

A survey of 130 large companies conducted by McKinsey in 2012 revealed that while women made up 37% of the total workforce, they comprised 22% middle managers, 14% of senior managers and vice presidents, 9% percent of executive committee members and 2% CEOs. In short, the prospects for promotion for women fall off at every step of the career ladder.

Countries like France, Germany, Norway and Spain have sought to mandate progress by imposing quotas for women on boards. Norway has the highest percentage of women on boards-35%. The US and Australia tied for 10th ranking in the world at 19%. Isn't it time the United States become the leader in equal representation of women in leadership positions?

From my work in both the public and private sector, the average workplace remains locked in a post-war factory mentality. Making the workplace "female friendly" (some now refer to it as "family friendly") has been an endless goal for the last couple of decades. Structured hours coupled with a requirement to be in the office or if you are in Silicon Valley working for Apple, Google and other tech companies, being available for pizza and beer work groups at midnight keep working women, especially mothers out of the loop. Certainly, the Internet has been liberating as well as flex time and "mommy tracks" to partner.

Board quotas alone will not close the gender gap. And it's not just about the hours. Women continue to struggle with entrenched male dominated culture at executive levels. Ask yourself, does your organization have a pipeline of women? The challenge is to hire, train and promote talented women to create that pipeline of qualified female candidates when they need to fill senior roles.
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Audrey's Travels

Audrey Nelson - Colorado Mines

Audrey recently presented Smart Talk:
Women and Credibility to Newmont Mining, one of the world's largest gold producers.

Audrey presented Victors without Victims to a group at Seagate Technology.

Society of Human Resource Management State Conference
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Keystone Resort

Audrey's program,
What Organizations Need to Know About Women Leaning In: Women and Leadership
was competitively selected for SHRM-CO conference.
More information and register:

leadershiAudrey will be traveling to six countries presenting her new topic Women in Leadership: Communication, Credibility and Power

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Audrey 's Blog

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Have you checked out Audrey’s blog?

Crossing the Boundaries

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Did You Know Audrey began her training career with the largest seminar company in the US?

Twenty eight years ago Audrey was making dinner and received a call at home from Fred Pryor, the founder of Fred Pryor Seminars. He had sent out "talent scouts" to various conferences for the purpose of recruiting speakers and Audrey was discovered when she was a speaker for a Denver women's conference. Fred hired Audrey to design, train other speakers and present two women's seminars. One was titled, "Taking Charge." Today Fred Pryor is the largest public seminar company in the US.

Sound Bites

sound bitesGo Home and Put on Some Clothes: Has Casual Friday Gone Over the Top?

Look at how people are dressed at work. Does it seem as if "casual Friday" has gone over the top? Does your organization have a dress code with specific guidelines? Women are especially in need of workable guidelines. Workplace dress code is so ambiguous now it is easy to make

What People are saying about Audrey

Hi Dr. Nelson,

Thank you for your time yesterday.  We already have received very good feedback about the presentation. 

Sonia Marrero
Seagate Technology

 Houston -A Woman's Guide to Leadership

  • Could have been 2 days!  Would like to hear more on areas she had to skim over due to time constraints, would also allow more time for group activities which were very good
  • Exceptional trainer and speaker, very relatable
  • She was great
  • Please have Audrey do a program on conflict resolution
  • Very motivating, and informative
  • Great seminar, very interactive
  • Very Informative for self- evaluation and motivation
  • Content was great, delivered very well, Met some great women
  • This was a great program I would recommend to others
  • A course I can apply at work tomorrow
  • Great examples and great content

Hi Audrey
“I’m looking forward to using some of your suggestions in the future as I deal with difficult employees.  The group interaction was outstanding.”
Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

Dee Dee Dunstan, MAI
Regional Appraisal Manager

Audrey - thank you for a wonderful presentation on Smart Talk: Credibility, Power, and Communication. Your message really transcends gender, race etc…
I appreciate your professional delivery, presentation, and the opportunity for class room discussion. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time

!A. M. Gavrisheff, PE
Deputy Director Forest Service
Technology and Development Centers


It was a pleasure to host you in “da burgh”. Your scores were 6.78 on your effectiveness as a speaker and 6.52 for the value of the content. (on a 7 point scale) Below is what i wrote on the IMS evaluation site.
"Audrey is very professional, demonstrates a thorough knowledge on the topic, and most of all really engages everyone in the room. If I had to pick a comment to push it would be that a number of people wanted the seminar to last two days.”                                                  

Mark Spear
The Institute for Management Studies - Pittsburgh

Audrey's Books

The Gender Communication Handbook –
Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women


The Gender Communication Handbook is for anyone who works with the opposite sex. If you are a part of a management team, in HR, or develop corporate training, this book is a comprehensive guide filled with smart advice, extensive research, self-assessments, and compelling true-to-life case studies. More

Code Switching –
How to Talk so Men will Listen

Code Switching

Code Switching  is a hands-on tool for everyday use at the office. It is a practical resource with how-to steps to help businesswomen conquer the communication nuances between men and women in the workplace. This book explores the gender impact on business talk. - More

You Don’t Say – Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes


You Don't Say is the first book to explore the misunderstandings that often arise between the sexes due to nonverbal communication — and to show readers how to say what they mean and get what they want. More than words, it's nonverbal cues that have the power to improve — or impair — our interactions with the opposite sex at home and in the workplace.

"Audrey's Top 4 CD Communication Hits"


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