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June 2017 Newsletter

Who is Audrey?

Audrey's Blog

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

Audrey is co-chair of the Diversity and Employee Relations PDG for Mile High SHRM.

SHRMSHRM is a preeminent and globally recognized HR professional society whose leadership, perspective, resources and expertise are sought and utilized to address the most pressing, current and emerging human resource management issues. Mile High SHRM is a Mega Chapter with a 1,000 membership.

Smart Talk

What Do Women Want from Work? Part 1

Recently, I attended a seminar presented by Gallup, Women: Work and Life Well-Lived. Also, the New York Times had an article, What Women Get from Work. The Gallup seminar was based on analytics from three decades of Gallup research. Here are some key points about talent management and the importance of women in the workplace that every organization will want to consider:

  • 73.5 million Women are in the workforce today.
  • 48% of female employees say they are watching the job market for new opportunities.
  • 5 million jobs are available in the U.S  and women are leaving the workforce in troubling numbers.
  • 35% of females employee are engaged compared to 29% of men being engaged
  • Also, consider that more women are graduating from college with a 4 year degree and have higher GPAs compared to men.

The question becomes: How do organizations attract, engage and retain a gender-diverse workforce? Additionally, a gender-diverse workforce makes financial sense. Data reveals that gender- diverse businesses have better financial outcomes than those dominated by one gender.
There are many moving parts to solve this complex diversity problem. In the next several newsletters, I will identify all the considerations for an inclusive workforce- not necessarily in order of importance.
Here is one that is an age old work-life balance HR issue, flexibility! Women demand flexibility. 60% of female job seekers say a job that allows them greater work-life balance and better personal well-being is “very important” to them. 46% say Flextime is the most important benefit that a company can offer its workers. As we all know, women brought these issues to the forefront decades ago. We use to call it a “female friendly” policy; now we call it a “family friendly” policy.

A second flexibility factor is the ability to work off–site part time.
Bottom line, when organizations lack flexible work cultures and have out dated policies, they risk attracting and retaining women.

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Audrey’s blog?

Should Women Start a Good
Ol Girls Club?

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WOW! Did you know Audrey is the gender communication blogger for Psychology Today? Check out her monthly blog postings. Take a look at her statistics:

7 Days: 3,565

30 Days: 16,558

90 Days: 53,863

All Time: 797,615

Audrey's Travels!

Audrey Nelson
Audrey presented He Speaks, She Speaks to the Woman’s Summit for Smart Meetings at the Ritz Carlton, Denver.



Audrey delivered the Victors without Victims keynote for the Business Managers and Owners Council for the American Retirement Association in Chicago.



Audrey presented A Women’s Guide to Leadership
to the Women Dermatologic Society Leadership Forum

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?

What People are saying about Audrey

We loved Audrey and didn't get enough of her! We'd love to book her for 2018 :)
Nancy Pullen
Meeting Planner
Smart Meetings

Thank you so much for making our smart meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Denver such a huge success! You added so much value-hope to see you again.

Warmest regards,
Marin Bright
Founder CEO
Smart Meetings

Hi Audrey
A Senior Leader at Vantiv heard you speak at an event and loved you! She really enjoyed your presentation and breakout session and recommended you for our Signature Event.

Renee Howard CF-APMP
RFP Project Manager

It sure was GREAT meeting you today!  Your talk was very inspirational to me.  Thanks also for the chat while walking to your car – I definitely will be working on catching my “Man” ways of communicating. 
Please add me you your monthly email.
Looking forward to attending any additional speaking engagements of yours here at WWF!

James (Jamie) Dettmann, P.E.
Sr Engineering Manager

A Women’s Guide to Leadership

  • Actionable items and reference material to keep on learning. Great pace and variety of learning material.
  • What I liked best-video clips, energy of class and her humor.
  • I loved the course and the mix of personal stories/experiences/videos.
  • Audrey’s personality created a comfortable environment.
  • I liked her style, subject matter and the one/2 word phrases that will help me remember what to practice.
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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