More women are stepping into chief operating officer roles in tech companies, a trend that some observers hope could expand the pipeline of future CEOs. Many high-profile CEOs once served as COOs, including Michele Buck of the Hershey Company.
Women will be empowered when they bring their ideas to the table with confidence, says Adena Friedman, CEO of Nasdaq. "Get in the room and speak at the same tone as everyone else, and I can assure you your voice will be heard," she says.
Women are often advised to lean in and project self-confidence, but research suggests that doing so may not necessarily lead to professional influence. Companies must take action to close the gender gap by explicitly stating which skills are key for success and monitoring implicit biases in the organization, writes Laura Guillen, assistant professor of organizational behavior at ESMT Berlin.
Having clear priorities and treating other people well are key steps for a successful career, says Trish Birch, who has spent time at Accenture and Deloitte Consulting and is now a senior vice president at Cognizant. "Structured learning is always valuable," says Birch, who earned her MBA from Jacksonville University while working in health care.
Women are more likely to move into leadership roles in large family businesses, which tend to embrace a long-term strategic approach, writes Carrie Hall, the EY Americas Family Business Leader. "[A]t a time when gender parity remains elusive at all levels of business management, family firms are especially compelling options for women who aspire to lead," she writes.
Some MBA programs in the US are introducing more globally focused classes to help students increase their international experience. Programs that include required study-abroad or immersion experiences are currently offered by such schools as Harvard and Rice universities.
A new key to the success of gender equality and social justice emerged during the recent 22nd annual Women in Leadership Conference hosted by UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business: allyship. "Allyship is one of the most important themes that underpins this year's conference," said Mary Harty, the 2018 conference co-chair. "But we don't necessarily mean just traditional male-female allyship."
If you haven't yet received a callback after your job interview, the company may be experiencing a delay in internal processes or could be waiting on a key person to make a decision, writes recruiter Paul McDonald. Touch base with the hiring manager and continue your job search in the meantime.
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