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Speaker Series: Feminism, the Quest for Empathy

Career Conversations

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30 PM UTC


About this event


Pant-suit? Check. Suit-dress? Never heard of it. Ladies loafers? Check. Men's high-heels? Never heard of it. Empathy might be the great equalizer, but how can our respective genders walk in the "other man's shoes?" Can we all agree on the first challenge?

Anna Fishbeyn shares a twisting story of an eight-year-old boy, ostensibly set up to share a seat at the Whitehouse. Her speech details the typical milestones as an unstoppable Ivy League intellectual man, only to be thwarted by one detail and a pair of societal pressures in parallel.

In Fishbeyn's keynote, she defines Movement 360, a term coined and inspired by her film Galaxy 360: A Woman's Playground. Behind the scenes of Fishbeyn's film was an extension of the experiment and swapping of gender roles to further imbue a sense of empathy for our gender counterparts.

Fishbeyn's instinct to build empathy through habit rather than force is inspired by the science of brain plasticity. But because she designed this experiment to stray away from the "Let's Laugh About It" sentiment, it doesn't mean that her speech lacks humor. Imagine a room full of entrepreneurs, execs, entertainment leaders, and c-suite occupants changing shoes, literally and figuratively. 

Learner Objectives:

  • Feminism: Where Are We Today?

  • Beauty: The Perpetual Downfall
  • Consider This: Empathy, Brain Plasticity, Redefining Beauty Standards 

Event Details:

Tuesday, May 9
3:30p - 4:30p ET / 12:30p - 1:30p PT

Class Cost: Free
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