The Tallest Poppy: How the Workforce is Cutting Ambitious Women Down

A recent survey, led by Dr. Rumeet Billan and Women of Influence+, found an overwhelming number of women globally have experienced Tall Poppy Syndrome in the workplace. A term popularized in Australia, Tall Poppy Syndrome occurs when people are attacked, resented, disliked, criticized, or cut down because of their achievements or success. This has an impact on everything from engagement to productivity to retention. It also has a direct impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of women. An immediate change is needed to support women in the workplace, to encourage their accomplishments and shift the culture of workplaces. This session will examine the results of The Tallest Poppy and discuss how psychological health and workplace performance has been affected by this silent systemic syndrome.

AcknowledgmentIPIC acknowledges the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada.


Continuing Professional Development

This program contains up to 1 hour Professionalism, Ethics or EDI where applicable.

Law Society of Ontario
Barreau du Québec1
Law Society of British Columbia1
Law Society of Saskatchewan**
Law Society of Manitoba1
Law Society of Alberta1
New York State CLE Board1

** An application for accreditation of the session will be submitted upon request by a participant


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by the Law Society of Ontario.