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Communications Expert Speaks at Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College 
Book Tells Women How to Talk So Men Will Listen

Oakland, CA–January 15, 2010. It’s no secret, from the mailroom to the boardroom, men and women just don’t know how to communicate with each other in the workplace. Nevertheless, when careers and paychecks are on the line, clear communication between the opposite sexes is crucially important. Author and communications expert, Audrey Nelson, PhD, will offer strategies to crack the gender communication code February 9, at Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Gathering Hall.  

In a women's leadership event co-sponsored by the Lokey Graduate School of Business and the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco, Audrey Nelson will discuss her coauthored book, Code Switching: How to Talk So Men Will Listen. Dr. Nelson defines code switching as the ability to use your knowledge of two or more cultures or languages and switch between them, depending on the situation, to communicate. “Rather than telling women to be more like men—a recipe for failure—Code Switching offers a way of reaching across the aisle to open the lines of communication,” says Dr. Nelson. “It helps both women and men speak in common terms so work gets done, conflict gets resolved, and mutual understanding and respect prevail…in the workplace and beyond.”

Written as a travel guide to the male dominated workplace, the author explains how women can get male co-workers to take them more seriously by altering a few simple communication behaviors. Throughout its 20 chapters, she offers pointers on everything from how to avoid contradictions between verbal and non verbal communication, to why women should leave emotion out of the conversation and speak in sound bites. Dean of the Lokey Graduate School of Business, Nancy Thornborrow, says “Dr. Nelson’s techniques align with our efforts to engender collaboration between the sexes and supports our goal to create socially responsible leaders across all business sectors.”  

Audrey Nelson, PhD, is an internationally recognized communication consultant, seminar leader, and keynote speaker for a wide range of Fortune 50 companies and government agencies. Dr. Nelson's professional background includes 10 years teaching in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and 30 years as a consultant and trainer for a wide variety of government and Fortune 50 companies. Among them are Price Waterhouse, Cargill, AT&T, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Pentax, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds a BA, an MA, and a PhD in communication.

Copies of Dr. Nelson’s book, Code Switching: How to Talk So Men Will Listen will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation. Visit the Financial Women's Association website for more information and to purchase tickets.

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For more than 150 years, Mills College has been a leader in women’s education. Located in Oakland, California, Mills serves approximately 950 undergraduate women and 550 graduate women and men each year. The Mills MBA debuted in 2001 as the first program in the West designed to advance women in business. Our focused curriculum, flexible program features, and ideal location between San Francisco and Silicon Valley enable us to develop socially responsible business leaders with entrepreneurial vision. Visit us at www.mills.edu.

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Last Updated: 2/27/17