207: How to tackle mansplaining in the workplace – with Dr. Kimberly DeSimone (PART ONE)

By November 23, 2021The Simplifiers Podcast

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Have you ever had to tackle mansplaining in the workplace? Yes, it’s a real thing. And yes, we’re going there today.

My special guest today is gender equity expert, Dr. Kimberly DeSimone and she’s simplifying how to tackle mansplaining in the workplace. It’s more than just a buzzword, it’s a challenge people face on the daily, especially nowadays. The good news is, there are simple ways to respond, rise above, and prevent it from happening again where you work. We break it all down, you might be quite surprised to learn why it happens when it does. Dr Kimberly also shares excellent advice on how to be a great ally when it happens to someone else next to you.

Here’s how. 


My special guest today is Dr. Kimberly DeSimone and she’s simplifying how to tackle mansplaining in the workplace.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • First things first, she defines the term ‘mansplaining’ and how it’s different from someone being condescending or just interrupting. She tells us a bit of the history behind this phenomenon, culturally, especially in American culture
  • Why some people discount mansplaining when it occurs and what a better response might be 
  • What the three things you can do to interrupt this bad behavior either when it happens to you or someone on your team
    • Acknowledgment
    • Amplification
    • Allyship
  • How to respond when mansplaining happens to you from a prospective client vs. your vendors/suppliers vs. your team members/subordinates
  • …and ultimately, she shared some clever strategies to help you be prepared and avoid getting flustered when it happens.

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Q: Are you ready to tackle mansplaining in the workplace? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and to help you tackle mansplaining in the workplace? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez

Podcast: Transcending the “invisible rules” that create barriers for women – Advancing Women Podcast

Resource: The 4 P’s Advancement Model™ to create positive change & impact – Dr. Kimberly DeSimone

Podcast: How to transform culture + smash the patriarchy, featuring Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to be a feminist, featuring Renee Powers – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Dr. Kimberly DeSimone

Dr. Kimberly DeSimone – She has a doctorate in Leadership and is a Gender Equity Expert, Award Winning Professor and Scholar, Executive Coach, Speaker, Author, and Creator and Host of the Advancing Women Podcast “Where ambitious women come together to challenge the status quo, advance their careers, and up-level their lives.” 

She has decades of experience working in the Fortune 500 and conducting evidence-based research on women navigating the leadership pipeline.

Where Dr. DeSimone hangs out online:

Website: advancingwomenpodcast.com

Instagram: @advancingwomenpodcast

Facebook: @advancingwomenpodcast

LinkedIn: @kimberly-desimone-phd-mba

Dr. DeSimone’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

Kimberly DeSimone

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