July 03, 2019

A Q&A with Lauren Rikleen on The Shield of Silence

In this podcast, Roula Allouch, Vice Chair of CRSJ’s Bullyproof Committee, interviews author Lauren Stiller Rikleen, former Section Chair, about the research and strategies described in her new book “The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace.” Drawing on the research, interviews, and strategic recommendations for addressing workplace misconduct in her book, Lauren discusses the link between the creation of a respectful, inclusive, and diverse workplace culture and the elimination of negative workplace behaviors.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen (left) and Roula Allouch (right)

Lauren Stiller Rikleen (left) and Roula Allouch (right)

About the Book


The Shield of Silence compellingly argues that sexual harassment and other negative behaviors will not be stopped unless the condition that drives victims and bystanders into silence - the overriding fear that reporting misconduct will result in retaliation - is eliminated. Combining fascinating research, extensive interviews, and strategic recommendations for addressing workplace misconduct, it is a must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing conversation about what's acceptable, and what isn't, in the workplace.

This book combines fascinating research, extensive interviews, and strategic recommendations for addressing workplace misconduct. Its premise is that sexual harassment and other negative behaviors will not be stopped unless the condition that drives victims and bystanders into silence - the overriding fear that reporting misconduct will result in retaliation - is eliminated.

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LAUREN STILLER RIKLEEN, founder and president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant, and trainer focusing on creating a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace environment. In addition to The Shield of Silence, she is also the author of: You Raised Us, Now Work With Us, Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams; Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law and Ladder Down: Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing, And Promoting You.

A former law firm equity partner, Lauren was selected by her peers to appear in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. She is a member of the ABA Journal Board of Editors and Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus.  Among other ABA leadership roles, she is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and a former chair of the Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice. Lauren formerly served as president of the Boston Bar Association. Among her many awards, Lauren has received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

ROULA ALLOUCH is a trial attorney with experience in employment law, civil rights and general civil litigation. Ms. Allouch earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2006.  She is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Allouch is an active member of the legal community and the community at large.  She currently serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for the American Muslim community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and serves as a Kentucky delegate to the Association’s House of Delegates.  Ms. Allouch was recently recognized as a Daughter of Greatness by the Muhammad Ali Center and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Ms. Allouch is also a faculty member with the Islamic Seminary of America.