@Susan - I'm lucky to live in a community that is overflowing with women's groups and support networks. My company, www.ImprovEdge.com is where it is in large part to women sticking their necks out for me. I try to pay it forward every day of my life, and make them proud for the risk they took. And in that mix were also a lot of men who took a risk on a small female-owned business. I'm proud to say they are all still my clients now 6 years later.
@Caroline Gatrell: A study on U.S. technology patenting reveals that patents created by mixed-gender teams are the most highly cited (an indicator of their innovation and usefulness); yet women were involved in only 9 percent of U.S. tech patents.
Hm, good question re/ the number one "ask" ... The 6 women that I spoke with had a difficult time coming up with an ASK. Why is it so hard for us to simply ask for what we want / need? And, one woman had an ASK for her college aged son. I asked again! :)
Did you know that the Millennial Generation is 3 times larger than Gen X? They rival the Baby Boomers (72 million) and Millennials (60 million). Definitely a generation that is going to change the way we think about work.
@Susan A: Maybe your next caling is to set up training workshops teaching women how to ask! You'd be great and goodness knows women need it. We are socialized to give, not to ask.
@Susan D - Thank you! I love this important work of connecting people, particularly women. And, talking about Thomson Reuters and the good that we're doing in our communities. There is a really great, albeit older book called WOMEN DON'T ASK .. Crazy statistics around first jobs and the $$ difference due to our not asking/negotiating for more!!!!!!
While I'm on the topic of the Millennails (one of my favorite topics lately), I want to put in a plug for a phenomenal Woman to Watch named Stephanie Kaplan. If you do not know her yet, you can meet her on my website www.Leadhership1.com What was I doing when I was 22? Not running my own company that's for sure.
@Susan D @Susan A: There's also the downfall of the "implied" ask. If we work hard, show up at all the meetings and get a degree, we assume that people will KNOW we want the promotion. We need to take a page from our male counterparts' books - not only do they believe they deserve more, they ask for it.
Hi! Back from lunch...@karolneilson I'd love to hear what it's like to love a military vet and whether the violence carries over- as per your novel/ Also second the big Q: "What is the UN going to do?"
@Karen - you are so right!
@Susan A - it's estimated that women leave $500K on the table in lost income over the course of their lifetime in the US.
@Susan Davis-Ali Susan - good to "hear" your voice again.
@Karen - Love that, yes! We do need to take a page from our male counterparts. And, they perhaps could take a page from our book on a few things ...
@Rick King - You're one of a kind. Thanks for your support of women leaders!
Funny the statistic re/ when men look to switch roles, they review the responsibilites and have 2 out 10 for example. The women, on the other hand, will review each and every responsiblity very carefully and assess whether she is able to perform each to a level of perfection. Again, we need to take a page from the men in our lives. Just ask!
I always go back to the Dee Dee Myers story about women not having the same level of confidence as equally skilled men do. If there is one thing I urge women to borrow from the male play book it is confidence. If you only have 3 of the 5 requirements for the job, apply anyway and believe in yourself to learn the other 2 on the job!
@Susan D. What do you think we Millennials can do that boomers/ Gen Xers didn't with regards to workplace and social equality?
@Susan Davis-Ali Mega Ditto!
@Susan D about confidence: reminds me of figures I've seen about how women writers fail to resubmit to contests, magazines, after 1 rejection, where men consistently bounce back at way higher levels.
@Susan D - bravo, love it!
@Terrine - yes, yes, yes! I totally believe in the Millennials. I think the Boomers have done an awesome job, but it's time for change and I am so excited to see the change that the Millennial leaders are going to bring to the workplace. I'll be old and retired by then, but I'll be watching and applauding from my lazy boy.
There is a fascinating book called Confidence: When winning streaks begin and end (or something very close to that) by the brilliant Harvard Prof Rosabeth Kanter. Fabulous read!
@Susan A I'm writing that one down. Confidence is very complicated. While I would say and most people would say of me that I have tons of confidence I know there is a small way in which I sell myself out, repeatedly, and it has to do with letting men lead.
@Katherine - Thanks for that comment. I had to take a dose of my own medicine to your exact point. I submitted a blog to USA Today College and it did not get accepted. On the next go around, I hesitated just as the data suggests, but submitted one again. That one got accepted and will be coming out in early April. It's easy to coach about confidence, another thing to have to live it myself.
I've just read the following in PINK Magazine, When it comes to education and earning power, women have made major progress. Three times more women age 25–34 have college degrees now than in 1968; and 57% of undergrad degrees go to women.
We’ve narrowed the wage gap by 18% since 1979, and women account for 51% of workers in management and professional positions.
But despite our amazing progress in education, women still tend to work in lower-paying fields.
@Susan D @Terrine That is great you resubmitted! For my part, if there is a thing I as a Boomer could do better and would like to see Millenials doing it is giving our daughters more confidence!
@Susan A. It seems as if women also tend to set their own limits as well. For example, J-school is majority women, but we do not represent the majority in most newsrooms. Why is that?
@Terrine Friday You and your generation will help REALLY move the ball on all of these issues, in my opinion. The sooner you all get into leadership, the better. Hopefully, many of you will WANT to!
@Susan Auer It is a great book! So is Susan's!!!!
@Katherine @Rick Yes, confidence and leadership is key, but always easier said than done.
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes.... "People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning."– Lao-Tzu
@Rick - I agree, Susan Davis-Ali has a fabulous book as well as Karen Hough has a new book just published this week and of course, Gail Evans has a few rock-solid books. Thank you to all for sharing your journey!
@Mercedes Thank you for that!
Has it really been almost an hour already? I have had so much fun spending time with all of you amazing men and women. You help remind me why I love the work that I do. Thank you again to Susan Auer and Thomson Reuters for inviting me to be a part of this live blog. I'll check back later.
@Terrine Friday Yep. Let me know if I can help. Am serious.
@Caroline, interesting that you wrote that you feel like you are on the outside. My advice, FAKE IT -- Feel like YOU are in the inside.
@Susan D - thank you for your insighful comments! very beneficial!