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October 2017 Newsletter

Who is Audrey?

Audrey LIVE!

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

Reverse Mentoring: It Works Both Ways!

Reverse mentoring, also called reciprocal mentoring, is an outstanding example of how to create visibility of up-and-coming female leaders to top executives, as well as expose female leaders to the most strategic work at the company.

  • method is informal or informal

  • it helps break down some of the unconscious bias

  • creates visibility for female talent whom the male leaders might not otherwise interact with

  • IBM currently pairs top leaders (often male) with female mentors who have been identified as future leaders. The mentor/mentee meets regularly, each learning from the other.

  • If I don’t see it, I can’t be it! There are fewer role models and mentors for women leaders. UC Davis published a study that examined the 400 largest companies in California. This study showed that only 9.7 percent of board room seats or top paying executive positions were held by women.

  • As a recent study reported, Fortune 500 companies with three or more women on the Board outperform other companies with 53 percent more returns on equities, 42 percent more return on sales and 66% more return invested capital.
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Audrey will be presenting:
Please Don’t GO! The Top 5 Strategies for Organizations to Attract and Keep Women in Leadership Positions

For the Society of Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and Diversity PDG

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm
6340 S. Fiddlers Green Circle Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Register: Mile High SHRM 303 465-3522.
Non members $35.00

Audrey presented He Speaks, She Speaks to a Linguistics class at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Leadership Beyond Borders, an international internet radio show that broadcasts from Prague, will host Audrey on the topic of what it takes to drive long term success and leadership. LBB is about the impact of globalization on organizations and its implications for leadership: for more information.

Audrey's Blog

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Audrey’s blog?

He is the Boss, She is Bossy:
The Role of the Media


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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: 3,432

30 Days: 16,218

90 Days: 49,921

All Time: 866,303

Audrey's Travels!
Audrey Nelson PhD Audrey presented He Speaks, She Speaks to the Woman’s Summit for Smart Meetings at the Ritz Carlton, Denver. Click the below links to view

When a woman asks a question

The Concept of Androgyny

What People are saying about Audrey

I’ve had the incredible opportunity to participate in two different sessions led by Audrey, the first event being a session hosted by the Leadership Initiative at the Denver Convention Center. This inspired our company’s women’s network to host a half-day workshop focused on He Speaks, She Speaks: What Different Things They Say for women in leadership. Audrey’s presentations are colored with great examples, and she is phenomenal at interacting with the audience in both keynote and workshop settings. She doesn’t just scratch the surface of communications concepts, but really dives in, imparting a wealth of knowledge and strategies in a short time. Even in an anomalous corporate culture, the topics Audrey covers are incredibly relevant. I love that I walked away with actionable steps and tips to improve my communication style and I’m confident that I will become a better influencer after participating in Audrey’s Women in Leadership workshop.  

–Beatrix K.

Thank you for the wonderful start to the week – I enjoyed the morning session and your keynote on Monday!  One of my best friends (and dearest colleagues) has often called me out on over-apologizing, but it wasn’t until I heard it in the video you played that it truly hit home.  I thought to myself, “is that REALLY what I sound like?”  Since then, I have caught myself apologizing a few times where a simple “excuse me” was appropriate – and this morning, I actually caught myself before I said anything and course-corrected in the moment.  Victory!  (Or at least one small step in the right direction!)


(employees from a leading investment services firm with more total assets than any publicly traded investment services firm in the U.S. 30.04 Trillion in client assests).

IMS Philadelphia A Women’s Guide to Leadership

  • This course is great. Very engaging and informative.
  • Very insightful and empowering. Full of good references and I am enjoying the examples and anecdotes.
  • Great! Giving me a lot to think about. Excellent.
  • Very interactive. Kept my attention the entire time!

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

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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