As a guest on the Sheri Fitt’s podcast “Women Rocking Wall Street”, I was delighted to contribute to the theme “Speak Up, Step Up & Make It Happen”. While COVID-19 poses many challenges for smart and ambitious professionals, it also offers an opportunity to be intentional about nurturing relationships with your manager and stakeholders. In fact, many of my coaching clients tell me that it has been easier to connect with senior managers in this virtual environment than it would have been in the office. Career development and progression are not on hold! Click here to listen to my conversation with Sheri Fitts.
Preaching the benefits of diversity to those who are already converted is not a productive strategy for increasing gender diversity in the workplace. How do we engage others (especially the ‘non-converted’) to take real action and start to move the needle in the right direction? What practical things can be done as a manager, leader or change-maker to increase diversity? How do we measure success?
Thoughts around these and many more questions will be shared by our guest, Mark Chegwidden, one of two Executive Sponsors for Gender Diversity at IBM UK. Mark is an experienced business leader having run a number of Professional Services organisations with annual turnover of up to US$120m. He is currently the Global Leader of IBM's Cloud Client Education organisation, a team that provides education content across a broad portfolio of products and solutions to clients worldwide.
To gain insight into how to drive diversity through cultural change, listen to the conversation between Mark Chegwidden & IWE's webinar host Christine Brown-Quinn, The Female Capitalist®.
Against a backdrop of females surpassing males in undergraduate degrees, some professional qualifications (e.g. law & medicine) and most recently post graduate degrees, progress at the board level has come to a standstill both in the US and the UK.
Any educated professional can see that Berlusconi is a piece of work. He would be deemed unemployable in any major professional service firm in the world.
Do professional women believe that if they keep their heads down and do a great job they are going to be recognized for their talents? Evidently there are many career women who do believe this.
Over 20 years ago the management guru, Tom Peters, observed that effectively run businesses followed a number of key principles, including my two favourite: 1. MBWA – Managing By Walking Around and 2. What Gets Measured, Gets Done.