On my recent trip to Phoenix I caught up with a former Wharton MBA classmate. He had forwarded my post about women’s mental barriers to negotiating to his co-worker and helped her think through her current situation (settling for less, afraid to “betray” her company by considering other offers, afraid to be perceived as ungrateful, etc). To avoid being too stereotypical in my assumptions, I asked him if he had also faced some of these barriers. He said that he never did and t
Photo credit: David Marcu One day I got an emergency call from a woman, let's call her Julia, who is a director in a pharmaceutical company. She's one of the more impressive leaders I know, a medical doctor by training, who transitioned to hospital administration, then to public health policy and later to corporate healthcare. She has worked across different continents and both developed and developing countries, in some very difficult field conditions. She is charming and we
The Bain study about women's ambitions and confidence I previously wrote about found that women's experience in mid-career was different from that of men. Women felt that they didn't match the stereotypical models of success of their companies and lacked supervisors' support for their career progress.
Other research findings supported this claim - "What’s not happening are discussions of goals, career strategies, job satisfaction, overall trajectory and—especially—the simp
I previously wrote how, while working in a mining company in Brazil, I got inspired to engage in promoting women in leadership. When I came back to the United States, I didn't really know what I was going to do about it. In the meantime, I immersed myself in trying to find solutions. I read numerous reports from Catalyst, World Economic Forum, Mercer, McKinsey and other publications. I spoke to women in Technology, Banking, Academia, Oil & Gas and Media; women who were singl
In the famous TED Talk titled "How Great Leaders Inspire Action", Simon Sinek uses the metaphore of the Golden Circle to explain the importance of knowing "WHY" you're doing what you're doing. This "WHY" should be the motivation to "WHAT" and "HOW" you should operate as a leader or an organizations. I'd like to share with you my personal "WHY" of for becoming such a vocal advocate for women in leadership. A Humble Beginning Looking back, I must say, I have never planned for i