How to Combat “Bro Culture”

How to Combat "Bro Culture"

Read the transcript from Dylan Green regarding how to combat “Bro Culture”.

Catherine: So one thing that I’ve experienced in my career, being in sales and recruitment most of my life, is a bro culture. Do you join it? Do you combat it? Do you ignore it? What do you do?

Jen: I think it’s a little bit of a combination of things. I don’t think you take any one tool to that problem. I think that there’s a little bit of getting in there, and camaraderie, and being a part of, you know. If it means going and understanding what’s going on with the Baltimore Ravens, if you don’t follow sports, just to be able to engage in the conversation, I think that’s a good thing. But if it’s behavior that really goes against inclusion, if it’s disrespectful, I think you’ve to combat it. I think you’ve have to  stand up for what you believe in. 

Most importantly, I think you’ve have to get people who deliver ally behavior, and stop that in their tracks. I think it’s really hard when the one woman in the group has to stand up for herself and combat that.I think you’ve got to get allies around the table who are gonna be a part of that as well. And it’s some of those things like mansplaining. Then the conversation moves on and then someone says it later. We’ve had that happen and a lot of the time it’s an accident. Maybe it’s not always an accident. But I think bringing awareness to that, and we have a lot of really wonderful behaviors that we’ve built in our leadership team, and some of my peers, that they really will stand up and say, “Yes, I think that was a good point that Jen actually made a few minutes ago.”