US employers react to laws. The HWB will convince employers to prevent & correct health-harming abusive conduct. The WBI HWB campaign began in 2001. WBI State Coordinators create groups of Healthy Workplace Advocates to lobby legislators.
From June 1997 until the present, the Namies have led the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals via our websites & over 10,000 consultations, telephone coaching, conducting & popularizing scientific research, authoring books, producing education DVDs, leading training for professionals-unions-employers, coordinating national legislative advocacy, and providing consulting solutions for organizations. We proudly helped create the U.S. Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing & Abuse.
Gary is a social psychologist and widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. In 2007, 2010 and 2014, Dr. Namie wrote, and Zogby Analytics conducted, the most frequently cited, largest-ever, scientific U.S. survey of Workplace Bullying. Along with his wife, Ruth, they wrote the popular books, The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Bully At Work 2nd ed. (Sourcebooks, 2009). He has 21 years university teaching experience in management and psychology, including the University of Southern California. He was a corporate manager for two regional hospital systems. He won national and college campus teaching awards. He now directs the only U.S. research and education organization with a focus on bullying at work, the Workplace Bullying Institute. The media regard Dr. Namie, after 1,200+ interviews, as the go-to expert. He leads advocates to enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill in US states. He serves as expert witness in bullying-related legal cases. Work Doctor®, the consulting firm, created the Workplace Bullying specialization.
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Ruth Namie, PhD
Dr. Namie has a doctorate in clinical psychology. Her personal experience became the impetus for the U.S. workplace bullying movement. She is now the definitive expert on the devastating effects of bullying on targeted workers. She and Gary wrote the popular books, The Bully At Work and The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and appear in the Help for Bullied Targets video from the Workplace Bullying Institute. The Namies' articles are published in the Journal of Consulting Psychology, International Journal of Communication, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Ivey Business Journal, Journal of Employee Assistance; and contributing chapters in the books Destructive Organizational Communication and Workplace Bullying: Development in Theory, Research and Practice. She co-designed the Blueprint consulting program for Work Doctor®, drawing from her experiences as Training Director for Sheraton Hotels, Hawaii and in human resources.
Matt Spencer, Ed.D.
Dr. Spencer joins the consulting team as the expert in education. In 2013, he wrote Exploiting Children: School Board Members Who Cross the Line. His last 15 years have been as either an Assistant Superintendent in charge of human resources, or as a Superintendent in public school districts. He worked to establish safe and respectful workplaces in his districts and now emphasizes those goals in his consulting practice. He places a high priority on building and maintaining exemplary employee-employer relations. Dr. Spencer is a highly ethical administrator and caring professional. As a problem solver, he shows fellow administrators the benefits of implementing a comprehensive solution to bullying problems. He is able to challenge traditional HR roles and effectively communicates the message that executives must lead the anti-bullying, healthy workplace initiative. He understands the political barriers involved, and thanks to his extensive employee relations and contract negotiating skills, he is able to foster commitment from the multiple constituent groups. Dr. Spencer is also a graduate of the WBI Workplace Bullying University®.
Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Ms. Brown is an experienced, Master's-level, licensed mental health therapist and the Professional Coach for the Workplace Bullying Institute. Jessi has spent the past 20 years developing and directing educational, health, and therapeutic programs. She has an extensive background in curriculum development; policy writing; business auditing; and grant writing, management, and compliance. Jessi has a long-established record of designing and managing successful programs to target organizational goals. Since joining WBI and Work Doctor, Jessi has coached more than a thousand individuals suffering from work stress, trauma, and workplace bullying. She helps leaders acquire essential knowledge about the phenomenon of workplace bullying and develop the relationships they need to ensure sustainability and positive change in the organization. Her skill in dealing with individuals who have demonstrated unacceptable conduct is an essential part of the Work Doctor® Respectful Conduct Clinic service.