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May 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

Unconscious Bias: There is an App for That!

There are many apps and software platforms that are available now to circumvent unconscious bias. Here are several:

Textio: This app scans job postings and identifies phrases that could repel women. Textio’s founder says that words can exhibit a subtle masculine bias. She calls language that is “turned all the way up” as an example. Some of the phrases include hard-driving and crush it. The software suggests more gender neutral language.

Gap-Jumpers: This unique program hides resumes and other identifying information, including the gender of the applicant. This app is based on a renowned study from 2000 when U.S. orchestras allowed musicians to audition behind a screen that hid their gender. Malcom Gladwell talks about this research in his New York Time’s bestseller, Blink. There has been a long term sexist bias concerning what genders could play certain instruments. Bottom line, when people are assessed on their ability, women are much more likely to make the cut.

Blendoor: This app has been described as “Tinder for recruiting.” This app allows candidates and recruiters to check each other out; candidates can check out how an organization fairs in diversity, retention and number of women at the top. Recruiters can see a person’s skills, education, work history but not race, age or gender.

Unitive: The underlying philosophy of this app is that small changes can have a big effect. It guides managers through the hiring process and helps them find ways to prevent them from acting on bias. Names and gender are masked during the resume evaluation process.

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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:

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30 Days: 18,588

90 Days: 53,280

All Time: 777,231

Audrey's Travels!
Audrey will be attending Women in America: Work and Life Well-Lived Report This daylong seminar is based on 50 years of Gallup analytics and research. Some of the topics to be discussed are what makes work worthwhile for women, how to be exceptional when competing for the best talent and recommendations for attracting, engaging and retaining women.


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

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

Sound Bites

sound bitesCode Switching: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Styles

Does it ever seem that men are speaking in code and you're on the outside?
Do they shut you down or ignore you when you speak? Perhaps you're speaking in
code, too—a different code. Men and women DO have unique communication styles that don't always mesh well....

What People are saying about Audrey

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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