I work with both men and women. We all travel for work. Sometimes, we meet for breakfast. This is not a “work meeting”, we just have breakfast together or in the same restaurant before going to work.
And we often segregate by gender. Why? Because there are rules about how you behave at breakfast. And thankfully, the rules for the male table are clearly stated. I don’t know what the women’s rules are, but the guy rules are:
You may not talk about anything that you cannot reference to the newspaper section you are reading.
You may only speak two sentences at one time. The subject of these sentences must be,
a. “Read this article”;
b. “Fucking idiot.”
That is sufficient and necessary guy conversation over breakfast.