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DEI Council lunch & learn March 29: ‘What I learned from my #MeToo journey’


Image of Lauri Hennessey with webinar title The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, in partnership with Humanities Washington, is proud to present the next session in the DEI speaker series. “What I Learned from My #MeToo Journey” will be presented via Zoom webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. This event is open to the public. Registration is required.

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As long as there have been men in positions of political power, there have been young women working for them who face harassment in the workplace. While we know sexual harassment happens in many industries and professions, there seems to be a preponderance of such stories around elected officials. And in the days and weeks that follow a new story breaking, part of the narrative often includes victim blaming, both by the elected officials and their supporters.

Looking back 30 years after working for Senator Bob Packwood from Oregon, Lauri Hennessey recounts what she learned in the halls of the nation’s capital and asks why there are still so many stories about politicians and the women who work for them.

About the speaker

Lauri Hennessey (she/her) has over 30 years of experience in communications, politics, and nonprofits. She is the CEO of the League of Education Voters and board member for the state chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is married with three grown children.

Hennessey lives in Vashon.