Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for thirty years and counting. Gender equality is taking center stage in 2018 like never before, and I believe it is because men and women understand the need to do more. According to the 2017 study, Women in the Workplace – produced in partnership between McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org – organizations realize the need too. “Company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row.”
The study also revealed that “nearly 50 percent of men think women are well represented in leadership in organizations where only one in 10 senior leaders is a woman.”
Mellissa Cutcher, VP of Programs and Leadership Development, at The Better Business Bureau, is the special guest for this edition of A 15-minute Perspectives of Purposeful and Powerful Living Podcast.
She believes improving gender equality is the responsibility of everyone, especially the women leaders who already have a seat at the table. She says, “I encourage women to secure a mentor or a coach.” She further states, “It is our responsibility to ensure that when there is an open position, we work hard to fill that leadership role with another woman.”
The study also confirms Cutcher’s assertion. It explains that women can benefit from peer mentorship. “Almost a third of this year’s participating companies (222) have women in Lean in Circles, which are small peer groups that meet once a month to support each other and learn new skills together.”
The Circles seem to be making a difference. According to the report, “women in circles are more aware of the role that gender plays in the workplace, and they are more likely to ask for – and receive – raises and promotions.”
During her special interview, Cutcher proposes a special challenge to women to ensure they continue to achieve their goals and to remind themselves that “they are ENOUGH.”
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