about natalie sanders, founder & lead consultant
I have spent my entire career helping businesses resolve workplace issues. When I began practicing law in 1995, one of my first cases involved a claim of sexual harassment. Since that first case, I have defended companies in a variety of employment discrimination and harassment matters. I also have worked in diligent partnership with employers (both for-profit and non-profit) to prevent harassment and discrimination. I have worked with employers of all sizes in a broad array of industries, developing policies and best practices, providing prevention training, coaching supervisors and managers through complaints, and helping human resource professionals navigate the myriad of employment laws and regulations. I have worked on such issues as a partner in a highly respected law firm and as in-house counsel/operations manager of a leading regional provider of technology and data management services to county governments.
I founded Professional Business Cultures in 2018 because I want to make a difference in America's workplaces. My experiences have shown me that what we have traditionally provided as anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training has been ineffective. The rash of #MeToo headlines confirms it. Research studies confirm it. We need something more. The 2016 Report from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace recommended the addition of "civility and bystander intervention training." I advocate that we incorporate all of this under the umbrella of professionalism. By doing so, we can move towards work environments where everyone feels valued and respected, where professionalism is achieved. While my passion is to end harassment and discrimination by focusing on increasing professionalism in our workplaces, there are other reasons for doing it as well. Study after study shows that employees who feel they are part of a meaningful workplace culture are more productive and loyal. Organizations that prioritize culture and model daily commitment to it face less employee turnover and attract the best talent.
If you would like more information about my education (hint--I'm a Duke basketball fan), employment history, and community service passions, check me out on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-pbcultures/