Rome native invited to be recognized at Cuomo State of State Address

Published Jan 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

Syracuse entrepreneur Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, native of Rome and founder of Women TIES, LLC, was invited by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to be recognized at today’s 2018 State of the State Address to support his new proposal to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Chamberlain Higginbotham will join original #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. 

Cuomo will unveil a multi-pronged agenda that targets sexual harassment in the workplace including legislation to prevent public dollars from being used to settle sexual harassment claims against individuals, void forced arbitration policies in employment contracts, and mandate that any companies that do business with the state disclose the number of sexual harassment adjudications and nondisclosure agreements they have executed, according to an announcement by state officials.

Cuomo will also ensure accountability by proposing a uniform code of sexual harassment policies, the state announcement added.

In 1986, when Chamberlain Higginbotham was 21-years-old, working her first professional job at a Philadelphia Investment Banking firm as a sales assistant to the corporate vice-president, her boss’s largest client sexually harassed her until she resigned from the company, the Rome native said in a statement.

“I realize now 30 years later I left that position because I didn’t want to face the constant sexual harassment and go through a male dominated investment banking training program to advance my career,” said Chamberlain Higginbotham.

It wasn’t until the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017 when Chamberlain Higginbotham received phone calls from women, wanting to join her company Women TIES on the trip, that she heard more sexual harassment stories which triggered her own experience, the entrepreneur said.

Like so many women, she embraced the #MeToo movement and has spoken publicly about her experience on the subject to aid other women, she said.

“I am proud to support Gov. Cuomo’s challenge in government to lead the way on a zero tolerance sexual harassment policy in the workplace. Because of this, I am excited to join him and Tarana Burke, the original founder of the #MeToo Movement, at the State of the State address on Jan. 3 in Albany,” Chamberlain Higginbotham said.

“2017 was a year women started shedding a bright light on sexual harassment issues and I believe 2018 will be the year solid change occurs because of legislation like the kind Gov. Cuomo is initiating in New York,” the Rome native added.

Chamberlain Higginbotham has been a 22-year woman entrepreneur along with advocate and supporter of women entrepreneurs across New York with her personal and professional efforts.

Chamberlain Higginbotham is the founder and president of Women TIES, LLC, which specializes in promoting, publicizing and uniting women entrepreneurs and their companies online and in person in order to cultivate strong economic relationships to advance their companies and eradicate pay inequality.

Women TIES, LLC added a Women’s Athletic Network in 2013 and Women’s Equality Division in 2016. For more information visit, www.womenties.com.