The theme of this year's 10th Annual George Washington University Women in Business conference is Transform & Transcend. What role does confidence play in our ability to change, transform and take risks in an environment of uncertainty? How can we transcend above our fears so that we can become better versions of ourselves?
During the Women in Fund Finance panel discussion in London on Return to Work after taking leave (whether that be maternity/paternity, career break, bereavement, etc) there were a number of insightful themes that emerged. As chair of the panel, here are my top three observations:
Networking is one of the key skills needed to navigate the workplace: it is essential to help you not only move in the direction you want to move in, but also to give you visibility of potential opportunities. Not knowing where you want to go, is also a perfect reason to get networking!
As produced for the The George Washington University Women in Business Spring 2018 Conference: As the theme for this year’s 9th Annual GW Women in Business Conference is #MakeYourMark, it’s a good time to think about your strategy for participating in the conference. What are you hoping to get out of the event? Where are your areas of confusion? In what way are you hoping to get more clarity? In addition to attending, listening and asking questions at the various sessions, how might you gain more specific insight into how to make your mark in a future career? You guessed it – it’s through networking. Click here to continue reading www.gwwibspringconference.com/new-blog/
Yes, we made it...54 miles from London to Brighton in under 6 hours, graced with beautiful sunshine and amazing team spirit. But the best part of the day wasn't actually reaching the finish line... it was witnessing the 4,000+ other riders who took time out of their lives to support a cause they believed in. Their efforts and the variety of charities represented was inspiring. Credit is also due to the organisers Skyline, who seemed to manage the mind-boggling logistics with ease.
The Myth of a One Dimensional Meritocracy
There is a fairly straightforward formula for career success: hard work and delivering a high performance. As most professional organisations refer to meritocracy as how their best people are promoted, the focus is then simply on the results each individual delivers. Or is it? While this may certainly be the case in the earlier stages of a career, the success formula becomes more opaque, more complex the more senior you become. Many observers in business give this phenomenon a bad name - 'office politics' - it's all about who you know and not the great job you do.