Scottish HR Leadership Group Masterclass: The Price of Shame with Monica Lewinsky


On Monday 8th March, the Scottish HR Leadership Group (in conjunction with Executive Search specialists FWB Park Brown) welcomed global social activist and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Monica Lewinsky to present to a virtual audience of over 400 as part of a series of HR focused and workplace behaviour masterclasses.

Entitled ‘The Price of Shame’, Monica spoke at length and candidly about her own experiences over the last 20 years following events that have defined her life as one of the first people to be publicly ‘shamed’ on the internet.  Monica spoke openly about coming to terms with a ‘new normal’, and her struggles in trying to find a new place in the world, which ultimately saw her live a life in the shadows for the best part of a decade up until 2014.  An article she wrote for Vanity Fair in 2014 (titled ‘Shame and Survival’) marked a return to public view as an activist against cyber-bullying, in 2015 becoming an ambassador for the anti-bullying organisation Bystander Revolution.

Alix Meekison of FWB Park Brown and Secretary to the Scottish HR Leadership Group posed a series of questions around Monica’s past, present and future, as well as wider questions about how different Monica’s experience may have been if events had occurred in today’s social media dominated world with different societal and workplace attitudes.  This was followed by an audience based Q&A session.

The series of masterclasses run from March through to June 2021.  For further details on the Masterclass series, please download the full Masterclass Series brochure.

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