Recruit, Train and Retain the Best: Staying Left of Bang in a #metoo World
8:30am – 9:25am, Presented by: Maura Barclay
Maura Barclay has a diverse and unique background that steadily built her expertise and reputation as an authority in women’s empowerment and harassment prevention. She is a retired professional fire fighter, title-winning body builder, martial artist and Therapeutic Yoga master instructor whose teaching experience spans more than two decades. She founded Unbreakable Woman® in 2005 and her book Unbreakable Woman® Compassionate Self-Defense & Empowerment was published in 2013.
Working as a fire fighter in Boulder, CO gave Maura access to specialized training which informed her situational awareness acumen. She has direct experience with harassment having left her fire department job due to a poorly managed harassment incident. She went on to spend years traveling around the US teaching instructors embodied anatomy which helped develop the thread between behavior and instincts driven by the primitive brain.
Throughout a career in male dominated arenas, including work as an EMT on an ambulance, a film production line producer and a military contractor, Maura gained a unique insight into the culture of male behavior and had to develop strong set of interactional tools to be successful in those fields. The keys to navigating these challenges were compassion and a non-judgmental collaborative attitude that became the foundation of every Unbreakable Woman® program.
She has presented seminars at such organizations as Starbucks World Headquarters, Fidelity Investments Headquarters, IMF, Gavin De Becker & Associates and many women’s empowerment conferences across the US. She was tapped as an SME to develop and implement an original sexual harassment and assault prevention program for the US Military. She is a member of ATAP and ASIS.
She has been a featured interview guest on regional NBC and CBS shows and Radio Overnight America with John Grayson (CBS Radio Network).
Maura’s non-profit work includes year-round financial support to the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN.org) which provides 24/7 access to assistance for survivors of violence. She also donates her time and her books to conferences and community service workshops.