Updated: Nov 22
Its a month almost to the day that Ireland participated in Workplace Bullying Awareness Week with a panel of international authors, speakers and specialists in workplace bullying - psychological, harassment and violence.
It is so encouraging and enlightening to meet people who want to speak, support and offer qualified solutions to workplace bullying. Bullying is pernicious, destructive and in many cases fatal. It ruins health, lives, careers and impacts the ability to have a sense of autonomy in the workplace. Its difficult to imagine or believe that a person(s) in the workplace could cruelly undermine your Right to Safety. Targets are subject to a repetitive, intentional and strategic destructive attack and campaign of terror which is often invalidated by the organisation who has a duty of care to protect all employees; this invalidation retraumatises the target(s). One of the hallmarks of workplace abuse is the silence that allows the perpetrators/predators to continue their lethal line of abuse and target employees in the workplace, safe in the knowledge that the organisation will victim-blame and prevent the target(s) from speaking out while rewarding and promoting the bully(s). The following resources are the best relevant research evidence and are also based on the authors' values and experiences.
Please find author bios and links to information shared in the chat. Please also note when we link to
a book on Amazon, we are not promoting Amazon. Many prefer to support local bookshops; the link
is just to provide an image and title and publisher of book.
Professor Patricia Mannix McNamara (facilitator)
Professor Patricia Mannix McNamara is Head of School and Professor of Education at UL. She is an
academic, author, podcaster. She is committed to promoting positive work cultures through
research and policy development.
Dr. Nimah Hickey (facilitator)
Dr. Nimah Hickey is a University Teacher in Educational Leadership, and she teaches and researches
on leadership and in education. She is a successful podcaster and co-hosts the international podcast
Dr. Tony Humphreys
Dr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Author and National and
International Speaker. Tony began his career as a Clinical Psychologist in State Psychiatric
and Psychological Services in England and Ireland and since 1990 has been working in
private practice in Ireland. He works with individuals, couples, families, schools, local
communities and the business community. He has authored a wide range of books including
Creating Psychological Safety, which he will chat a little bit about today.
Book: Creating Psychological Safety: Amazon.co.uk: Humphreys, Dr Tony: 9781784529185: Books
Linda Crockett is the founder of an award-winning resource serving all Canadian employers
and employees since 2011. She has been a pioneer, activist, advocate, and trail blazer in
Canada, and today she is known as an international expert on the topic of workplace
psychological harassment. Linda is a trauma therapist specializing in addressing the human
experience of workplace harassment.
Podcast Interview: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/leadership-
Judy Carmody is a facilitator of learning, an author and a specialist in bullying prevention and intervention.
She develops and delivers Life Skills programmes which are based on her books and
encourage an Ethos of Personal Safety creating awareness of Intrapersonal, Interpersonal Safety and Wellbeing.
Judy is a recipient of the Books for Peace Award
2023 for her book Co-Bully No More.
Maryann Kerr is CEO and principal consultant with the Medalist Group. Maryann is a
governance, leadership and culture specialist and has worked in the social profit sector for
34 years and helped raise over $110M. She has led at the local, provincial, national, and
international level and is passionate about her family, feminism, and continuous learning.
She is author of Tarnished: Let’s rethink, reimagine and co-create a new social impact sector.
Dr. Jennifer Fraser
As an award-winning educator and innovative strategist, Dr. Fraser’s evidence-based
approach, grounded in brain science, informs, and protects leadership. Her intervention and
training prevent public crisis and proactively establish a healthy, happy, high-performing
environment. An environment that replaces bullying with equity, diversity, and inclusion. Having
experienced the broken system first-hand, Jennifer has developed a new framework for bringing
organizations into the 21st century with science-informed practices. Jennifer authored the book The
Bullied Brain: Heal your Scars and Restore your Health.
Thays Cristina completed her high school education in the USA and pursued a year of a
Bachelor's degree in Physics before graduating in Computer Science from ITA (Instituto
Tecnológico de Aeronáutica) in Brazil. She began her career as management trainee at
Citibank, followed by ING Bank and BankBoston. She then obtained an MBA from INSEAD in
France and subsequently worked at the World Bank and the International Finance
Corporation (IFC) in Washington D.C. She is the author of Snakes in Skirts: Surviving the
Dr. Jerry Carbo
Dr. Jerry Carbo is a Professor of Management at the Grove College of Business at
Shippensburg University. He teaches courses in Employment Law, Labor Relations, Business
and Society, HRM and Organizational Behaviour. Dr. Carbo’s research includes workplace
bullying and harassment, employee rights, socially sustainable business systems and union
reform and revitalization. He authored the book Understanding, Defining and Eliminating
Workplace Bullying: Assuring Dignity at Work.
Dr. Gloria A.Chance
Dr. Gloria Chance is a dynamic and innovate leader who believes in the "Spirit of Creativity"
as an everyday tool to enhance work environments and increase individual and team
performance. A creativity expert with advanced experience in leading and developing teams
to successfully deliver complex digital, organizational and people transformation and change
initiatives. Fascinated by how the imagination works, Gloria has developed many techniques
that help leaders and individuals expand, enhance and unleash a long-lost innate skill of the
human---the imagination. Gloria is the author of The Professional Woman: Leadership,
Courage and Confidence.
Dr. Jeff Riggenbach
Dr. Jeff Riggenbach is a 3 time best-selling author and speaker/trainer/coach with the John
Maxwell Team who has trained audiences in all 50 United States, The UK, Canada, Mexico,
Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has devoted the past 20 years to developing
advanced expertise in thinking and personality styles. Jeff is leader in the
personal/professional development space and provides keynote addresses, live in-house
workshops, and webinar-based online courses for corporate, clinical, educational, and faith-
based audiences worldwide. Jeff authored the book Disarming High-Conflict Personalities.
Book: Disarming High-Conflict Personalities: Dealing with the Eight Most Difficult People in Your Life
Before They Burn You Out: Amazon.co.uk: Riggenbach, Jeff: 9798430307233: Books
Dr. Leah P. Hollis
Dr. Leah P. Hollis is associate dean for access, equity, and inclusion in the Penn State College
of Education, national and international expert on workplace bullying. Leah has an extensive
career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty
posts. She has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology,
and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis is the author of Human Resource Perspectives on
Workplace Bullying in Higher Education: Understanding Vulnerable Employees’ Experiences.
Dr Dorothy Suskind
Dorothy Suskind is a writer, researcher, and an Assistant Professor in the Education and
Counseling Department at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. At Longwood, she
directs the Southside Virginia Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project and
teaches a variety of classes in literacy and a capstone course entitled Women as Disruptive
Change Agents in Their Community. Before coming to Longwood, she served as a Middle
School Principal, Action Research Coach for The Center for the Study of Boys, Assistant
Professor at the University of Mary Washington, and has taught multiple grades across the
JK-12 spectrum in both public and independent schools. She is the author of Workplace
Bullying: Finding your Way to Big-Tent Belonging.
Dawn Marie Westmoreland
Dawn Marie Westmoreland is a speaker, writer, and certified professional coach. She
believes that employees and employers should be empowered to have respectful and safe
work environments. Dawn is a highly skilled HR Manager consultant with over 30 years of
experience and she provides a “How To” system to reduce workplace bullying and
discrimination. Dawn is the author of the book Stand up to Workplace Bullying and