Stand Up For StandingFirm -  2016 Awards Luncheon. Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh
Registration and Networking: 11AM ‐ 12PM
Lunch and Program: 12 ‐ 2PM

2016 Employer Award

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In recognition of their superior integration of business practices addressing partner violence, the 2016 Employer Award will be presented to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2016 Champion Award

Richard Citrin, PhD, MBA

In recognition of his unsurpassed commitment to the STANDING FIRM mission, the 2016 Champion Award will be presented to Richard Citrin, PhD, MBA, President of Citrin Consulting, and Chair of the STANDING FIRM Advisory Board.

2016 Keynote Speaker

keynote speaker, Erika Gilchrist

Our keynote speaker, Erika Gilchrist, will share her experience with partner violence as a young employed adult. She will engage the audience in thoughtful consideration of how and why you might take action in your workplaces to recognize and assist those who struggle with partner violence.

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These are not easy events to pull off. You and the team did an admirable job. The speakers were enthralling, the awardees deserving, and even the logistics of fitting a meal service in a tight timeframe and limited spacing were flawless.

I have not stopped thinking about the picture-perfect event you produced last week. Congratulations on an expertly planned and executed program that was enjoyable from the first to the last minute. The venue, the flow of the program, each speaker's compact and important messages, the videos, the lunch, the awards, everything - just right!

The luncheon this afternoon was amazing! It was awesome to see the entire William Penn ballroom packed to the brim and Joshua Safran was an incredible keynote speaker.

I have been to A LOT of programs, and I cannot remember another one where the audience was silent and riveted from beginning to end.

Partner violence happens at home, but it walks through the door of your workplace.
STANDING FIRM offers employers what they need to address partner violence as a workplace issue.
  • One quarter of workplace violence events in the U.S. each year are related to partner violence.
  • More than ONE in FIVE full-time employed adults have been victims of partner violence and 64% of them indicated their work performance was significantly impacted.
  • 48% of abusers surveyed report difficulty concentrating on work.
Click on the boxes below to learn about what employers should do.
  • Recognize

    RECOGNIZE that partner violence is a business issue that affects productivity and security.

  • Respond

    RESPOND appropriately from a menu of action steps to address the effects of partner violence.

  • Refer

    Know how to REFER to existing community resources for services that the employer does not have the expertise or ability to provide.

Why the term "Partner Violence"?

We use the term "partner violence" in the business setting to describe what others call "domestic violence." We believe the term partner violence addresses the strong bias in the workplace that "that problem" only happens at home and is not relevant to employers.

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Take the first step toward addressing the hidden safety and productivity costs related to partner violence in your workforce.

What does joining mean?

By joining, an employer signifies that partner violence is a serious organizational concern.

Members are encouraged to take one or more of the many action steps that are available via STANDING FIRM.

Who else belongs to STANDING FIRM?

Check out the ever-growing list of employers who have joined STANDING FIRM and are taking a stand on partner violence in their workplaces. See MEMBERS.

Find out what STANDING FIRM members are saying about us.

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