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High Gear Bulletin


Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

High Gear Editor:  Guy Smiley

Meeting SummarY

The meeting started at 12:16.
Joe Galligan led 28 participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jay Miller stepped up for a pinch-hit and did the invocation—leading off with a rollicking "Go Bears!" as a nod to his alma mater and our speaker.
Guest of the Club
Dr. Kellie McElhaney, Professor & Founder of the Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership at Berkeley Haas and our speaker
Due to our speaker's time constraints, announcements and Newscast+ were not held until the end of the meeting.
Donna Colson prefaced her introduction with a note that August marks 100 years of Women's Suffrage in the United States. Fritz Brauner also noted that it was National Dog Day.
Donna then introduced her friend and colleague, Dr. Kellie McElhaney. 
Kellie McElhaney, Ph. D. is on the Berkeley Haas faculty as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL). Kellie helped develop the equity fluent leadership concept and teaches it across the country and around the world. McElhaney consults and presents keynotes for Global 1000 companies and organizations all over the world on her areas of expertise. In 2003, Kellie founded the Center for Responsible Business, solidifying corporate responsibility as a core competency and competitive advantage for the Haas School. In addition to teaching and consulting, Kellie conducts research in the area of equal pay, conscious inclusion, equity fluent leadership, and value-creating strategies of diversity and inclusion. Kellie wrote a book entitled "Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand" and has a TED Talk.
Kellie began by telling us about her father, who was a football player and coach. Her father was also one of the original authors of Title IX. With regard to Title IX, she said that quota is a tough word because men don't want quotas and women don't want to be a quota. According to Kellie, Title IX is a quota that works.
She told a story about a discussion she heard between her father and her two daughters, which also had an impact on her and her work. The girls had just watched a movie about Jackie Robinson. They said that he was the first Black baseball player. Kellie's father replied that Jackie Robinson was not the first Black baseball player. Rather, he was the first Black baseball player that white people let play professionally.
Kellie then introduced us to EGAL, the focus of which is to educate equity fluent leaders to ignite and accelerate change. It's meant to create a leadership construct that includes an individual's lived experiences and backgrounds. The goal was not to develop leaders who understand diversity, but instead, develop equity leaders. Diversity is counting heads. Inclusion is making those heads count. Or, said another way, diversity is being invited to the party, while inclusion is being asked to dance.
With regards to equality, Kellie said that many people believe we have a level playing field, but the reality is it’s not. Equity tries to level the playing field.
She went on to talk about equality as it relates to women—"myth, reality, or somewhere in the 'tween."
Kellie said women are reaching higher levels of equality, especially white women. But we still have room to improve. This year, women reached an all-time high as the number of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. 7.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs were women, zero of which were Black women. Three Black men were CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Women's earnings also lagged compared to men.
Kellie pointed to the volume of women entrants into the management funnel and said that the broken rung of the ladder is at the beginning. She said that to increase the number of women in leadership roles, more need to get into the management pipeline. There needs to be a concerted effort to help women, especially women of color, get past the management threshold.
According to Kellie, the biggest barrier is implicit bias. If an existing role is held by a man, it's more likely to be filled by a man moving forward as that's the archetype for the position. She outlined five steps companies can take to fix this.
  1. Set a goal for getting more women into first-level management
  2. Require diverse slates for hiring and promotion
  3. Put evaluators through unconscious bias training
  4. Establish clear evaluation criteria
  5. Put more women in line for the step up to manager
One important thing when addressing bias is semantics. Kellie was asked to lead a "mandatory implicit bias training." She noted that everything about that description was wrong:
  • Mandatory—no one likes to be told they have to do something
  • Implicit bias—makes people feel like there is something wrong with them
  • Training—everyone hates workplace trainings
In terms of talking to people about implicit bias and equality, Kellie said that uses allegory and always tells it in a positive way. She gave the example of Blockbuster having a board of directors all over 60, who turned down a pitch by Netflix. They couldn't see why anyone would want something different than what Blockbuster was offering. 
Overall, hiring and promotion should be inclusive and exclude personal biases. Kellie said that when she hears, "not a good fit," she interprets that as code-speak for bias. Fit is bias. To get around this, it is necessary to establish the actual criteria for a job description. She said that sameness is a risk when it comes to hiring and promoting.
Kellie shared an interesting phenomenon about how men and women react to a list of job qualifications. When a job description as 16 qualifications, most men assume that they meet most of them and put their hat in the ring. Most women read the same list and opt-out. The problem is that with so many criteria, women see how many they assume they don't meet. The solution is to reduce the criteria to about five and make them very clear.
Kellie wrapped up with a quote from Maya Angelou: "I'm a feminist. I've been female for a long time. It'd be stupid not to be on my own side."  
She invited us to sign up for her newsletter—go to their website and click Mailing List at the bottom of the page.
Jim Shypertt gave the Sunshine Report, telling us that Denis Fama is fine. Cheryl told us that he had a problem with his porcine heart valve. She got him to the excellent Mills-Peninsula Hospital where he was quickly and expertly treated—tests, heart valve replacement, and on to speedy recovery in less than 24 hours. Jim also told us that Mike Harvey sold his San Francisco condo and has moved to Lincoln, where there are more good golf courses.
The Flockings continue—Cheryl Fama was our first, Jennifer Pence ordered one for this week, and we have two more on order from District Governor Mary Bates and Suzanne Juptner. Order your flocking today, AND please share this with friends—anyone can order a flocking. You can get more info and photos of our first two flockings below.
Nany Bush reminded us that this week's Friday Happy Hour will be hosted by John from the Buena Vista Café, who will teach us how to make Irish coffees and share stories. Zoom info and details below.
Our Car Talk series continues. Bob Doerr announced next week's Ferrari talk, hosted by Mike Heffernan. He said that at the first one, that he hosted featuring Mercedes, participants share a lot of fun stories—which would've guessed that Suzanne Juptner learned to drive stick in a 60's Mercedes 190SL. As a lead up to Car Talk Part 3 (American muscle cars, hosted by Charlie Rosebrook), Phil Siegle shared a video link with some car fun.
Charles Voltz reminded about Fun with Fountain Pens—coming September 22 @ 7pm, details below.
We were encouraged to join happy hours and our other social events as they're a great way to get to connect with friends and know one another better. Check our website for info about upcoming events.
Fritz Brauner sent a call out to collectors. He wants to know if you (or a Rotarian friend) are a collector and of what. Please drop him an email if you'd be willing to share. Email him at fritz@braunercompany.com.
Fritz Brauner wrapped up the meeting with a quick newscast. A few highlights are below.
In a riff on Bob's Car Talk recap, Fritz announced that Nash Rambler stories will be coming soon. Nancy Bush told us that she learned to drive in a Nash Rambler. Charles Voltz talked about sleeping in one. Jay Miller told us that he learned to drive his Nash Rambler in Palm springs. Mark Johnson said that he is down there for his birthday—it is super hot and miserable. Pierre asked why he was there.
Fritz also shared an article about former Burliingame Rotary member, Frank Hunt. He's 80 and not slowing down a bit.
We learned that Ellen DeGeneres’ grandmother started running 3 miles at 65. At 80, Ellen has no idea where she is.
Fritz mused that since we used to have lunch at Rotary, what do we do now. The "etiquette committee" says to mute yourself if you're eating lunch during a meeting. He wondered, how Jennifer Pence satisfies her cookie cravings, since she can't snag extra cookies at lunch. She explained that she now gets pre-made cookie dough from Safeway and makes giant cookies in a pie tin. Fritz feared that Jennifer would be starting a business called InstaCookie. Jim Shypertt proclaimed that Lunardi's has the best cookies.
Fritz announced that after fountain pens and Nash Ramblers, we'll have a cookie social.
Finally, since Trump pardoned Susan B. Anthony, we can safely carry our Susan B. Anthony dollar coins.
Emily thanked everyone for joining, and the meeting was adjourned with a ring of the bell at 1:17.
Meeting Recording Info
Access a recording of the meeting, including the pre-meeting banter here:
Passcode: uUy&bi5*
Irish Coffee Demo and Stories from the Buena Vista Café
Zoom Info
Meeting ID: 990 1464 4055
Passcode: 562840
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,99014644055#,,,,,,0#,,562840#
Phone: 669-900-6833 
Car Talk Series
Mike Heffernan—Vintage Sports Car racing—Tuesday, September 1 @7pm
Charlie Rosebrook—American muscle cars—Tuesday, September 8 @7pm
Alex Buljan—Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance—Tuesday, September 15 @7pm
Check our website for more info.
Fun with Fountain Pens
Think fountain pens disappeared in the 1950s, replaced by the ballpoint pen? Think again! Fountain pens are alive, well, and in use around the world. Wait, you've never given a thought to fountain pens? No problem! Join San Francisco Pen Posse member, our very own Charles Voltz, for Fountain Pen Fun.
Coming September 22 @ 7pm. Check our website for more info.
Home Flockings
The flocks have been flying! Below are photos of our first two flockings. Details about home flockings and order info on the website.
Blood Drive Info
Rotary D5150 and the S. San Francisco Sister Cities Association are sponsoring a blood drive—we are asking you to share this information with your individual Clubs, your friends, your neighbors, families, any and all organizations about this drive.  This is a great way to put our networking to use and to help during this critical time—when blood is short everywhere.
Vitalant (formerly Blood Bank of the Pacific) needs our help—and we can step up with Service Above Self.
WHEN:  September 10, 2020
WHERE: S. San Francisco Community Center 33 Arroyo Drive, S. San Francisco, 94080
HOURS: 10AM to 3PM
Blood donations by appointment only. Sign up here.
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