Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik and JR Tomlinson

“For all the talk about the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, there is still little practical information available to help a woman beat back sexual harassment— until now. PLAY NICE is chock full of smart, strategic advice to help anyone suffering from toxic behavior in the workplace. When you finish this book, you will realize that equal rights for women are not some far-off ideal but a reality that soon can be achieved.” — Skip Hollandsworth, Executive Editor, Texas Monthly

The media has been saturated with stories and cases of sexual harassment in countless workplaces. Bringing this issue to light has not only sparked awareness but created social justice movements such as Time's Up and #MeToo. Yet despite the ubiquity of the subject, identifying and dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace is often complicated for both victims and bystanders. In PLAY NICE: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace, authors Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik and JR Tomlinson give elementary rules to help men and women identify, stop, and avoid workplace sexual harassment.

“Our goal for this book is to help women — and men — deal with sexual harassment in the workplace when it occurs, to stop the behavior in its tracks, and to help women draw a line of professionalism and respect when it comes to bad behavior,” says Kimichik.

PLAY NICE uses real experiences from the authors — who both worked in male-dominated industries for over 30 years — other personal accounts, and shocking statistics to examine the causes and history of sexual harassment and provide solutions that will lead to a respectful work environment. Kimichik and Tomlinson clearly establish the difference between acceptable and inappropriate work behavior, thereby empowering workers to create healthy boundaries and be dependable allies for their colleagues.

“The book is meant to be a resource and guide for all working adults in order to create changes in workplace environments that will lead to positivity and prosperity among businesses and their employees,” says Tomlinson.

Kimichik and Tomlinson use “playground rules” to discern inappropriate behavior in the sandbox, which represents the close quarters where women and men work together. The playground represents the working environment of the company or business.
“Our goal with these terms is to have readers take a step back and imagine themselves where they first interacted with other girls and boys. Whether it was a playground or a schoolyard, the reader was likely required to obey rules of conduct or behavior while at play. Following these rules likely made play in the sandbox safer and promoted a healthier and successful playground,” says Kimichik.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS of The Sandbox Series

Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik, JD: Born and raised in Germany, Brigitte earned her Abitur in December 1980 in Hamburg, Germany, and came to the US thereafter to study. She earned her BBA in 1983 from the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. She received her JD in 1986 from the SMU Dedman School of Law. After more than thirty years as a commercial real-estate finance attorney, Brigitte retired in 2015. She and her husband, David, live in Dallas. They are very proud of their two strong and intelligent daughters, Nicole and Samantha.

JR Tomlinson earned her BBA in finance and investments from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She began her career as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch. In a career spanning 30 years, she has worked with Murray Properties, Public Storage, Jackson & Cooksey, Inc., and others. Her expertise in the strategic alignment of corporate real estate has seen her manage numerous multimillion-dollar transactions for clients throughout North America. JR is currently a managing director with Newmark Knight Frank. She and her husband, Rob Hargis, live in Dallas.

Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00PM
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