Here's the full description of Howard's session:
The research shows that working as a woman in a male dominated workplace has its challenges. Human Resources has morphed into a compliance role precluding it from being a source of guidance to employees when they run into an issue that they cannot resolve by themselves. An Organizational Ombuds provides employees with the confidentiality to help them sort through the issues in an objective manner while providing guidance in navigating the corporate structure. It shores up that missing corporate link in providing a supportive environment that can improve retention.He is speaking on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:00 am. (SWE12 Conf. Info; Session Info; via Debra Kimberling's Blog.)
Related posts: Society of Women Engineers Magazine Article on Ombuds; NASA Magazine Highlights Role of Ombuds; Texas A&M Engineering Appoints Faculty Ombuds.