“Unbelievably concerning and creepy”: This entrepreneur is donating $1 every time she receives harassment on LinkedIn

Female entrepreneurs in Australia have a fear “that runs deep” of trolling and sexual harassment through platforms like LinkedIn, says one business leader, who has pledged to donate a dollar every time she’s hit with inappropriate communications online.

On Monday, chief executive of the China Australia Millennial Project, Andrea Myles, told SmartCompany she was driven to change her LinkedIn profile name to ‘Andrew’ after being “pissed off” about the number of male business people sending her inappropriate messages through the platform.

It’s a story that seems familiar to personal brand mentor Shevonne Joyce, who says she’s also had to work on ways to respond to “unbelievably concerning” messages across several of her professional social media profiles, including Facebook and LinkedIn.

“The most particularly concerning incident was a man who contacted me after finding me on LinkedIn, describing me as the love of his life and asking me out,” Joyce says.

“He had obviously really gone through my profile in detail — and I felt concerned for my safety.” Read more

Emma Koehn – Smart Company – 24 Jan 2018