The other day my company featured a “Women In Tech” panel in our New York office. Thankfully Compass offered this viewing on live stream so we were able to watch it on our laptops here in L.A.
My goal in attending these meetings is to at least have one walk-away, but this meeting actually inspired the following lessons. The group comprised of women in the top of their fields and largely focused on what they learned along the way.
- Make yourself available.
- Ask how can I help you, instead of asking what you want from the start.
- Stop asking for permission, and just “do”.
- Take risks.
- Surround yourself with the right people.
- “No” is not where the conversation has to stop.
- Make sure you get heard.
- Create that cover for other women so they don’t get interrupted.
- Feel like you represent something bigger than yourself.
- If you are the only woman in the room, turn it into a super power!
- Use it to your advantage. Wear a red ensemble, for example, at that power meeting.
- Start a Mastermind Group which comprise of about 8 women that meet once a month. Mission Statement: To accomplish goals and hold each other accountable.
- Have a sense of humor.
- There is no need to be accommodating at meetings. If you don’t agree with another’s comment, don’t say “good point”, say: that is your point of view, mine is…
- Be a connector and let people speak for themselves.
- How do companies change the pipeline? By mentoring, changing the way we reach out, and acknowledging that this is an investment we need to make.
- Be clear on your business objective .
- Lead with where you want to go.
- Be passionate and interesting.
- Make them want to be a part of your community.
- We are our worst critics. Shake it off and move on.
- Be your own advocate. Give people talking points of your greatest hits.
- Support one another.
- Be someone else’s advocate.
- Set the bar for Excellence.
Companies should realize that a more balanced culture is key to success. Passé is the 1950’s Mad Men type environment. Strength, Intelligence and Talent are not gender biased.
For women to fast track this idea, a supportive environment is imperative. Recognizing this concept is the first step! Share this article today and spread the word.
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After all…Real Women fix each other’s crowns.
I’d like to personally thank the panelists for their inspiring words of wisdom. Following are the names of these Smart Powerful Women. Here’s to the new black!
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