Former American Apparel CEO: 3 Tips for Leading in a Crisis

by Apr 7, 2020

Chelsea Grayson is no stranger to crisis. She took over as CEO at American Apparel in the midst of a whopper.

Chelsea was general counsel at American Apparel in 2014 when founder/CEO, Dov Charney, was fired from his position for many debacles – including repeated sexual harassment and assault complaints resulting in numerous lawsuits from numerous employees.

Bottom line – She’s got experience diving head first into yucky stuff and has some great advice on leading your people through it.

Watch or listen to our 30-minute interview below. (It’s just our talking head’s, so you can listen to it while you’re driving to the grocery store to pick up hand sanitizer.)

You can check out Chelsea’s website here.

Incivility, bullying, and harassment occur because the culture allows them to. Before starting inclusivity initiatives, you’ve got to stop bad behavior. Take this assessment to determine if your workplace fosters a positive culture.

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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