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Brad Johnson and David Smith Are Showing Men How to Mentor Women

When they were both professors at the US Naval Academy, Brad Johnson and David Smith had an “a-ha” moment over a beer. Dave’s research focuses on the intersection of gender and work while Brad is a scholar on mentorship, but both recognized a need for men to more actively help women advance professionally.

After hearing women’s description of being treated differently than men in the workplace, they saw an opportunity to collaborate and write a book: Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.

As Forté’s first male role models, Brad and Dave exemplify how a stronger alliance between men and women can help change the status quo.

  • Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy
  • David Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, United States Naval War College

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