As women continue to climb the corporate ladder - filling ranks traditionally reserved for men, such as heads of nations, corporate suites, and media personalities - their gender inflicts stereotypes and judgments that undermine their influence and leadership. In this panel, we’ll hear from women who have placed successful women in leadership roles, women who have navigated traditionally male-dominated workplaces, and academics who have researched the field.
Vice President, Corporate Plant Engineering
Vice President, Marketing
Your Voice Your Vision
Managing Director and Investing Partner
Blue Harbour Group
Even though we have heard the glass ceiling shatter over the past decades as junior corporate levels have been increasingly filled by women, the upper echelons of corporate leadership are still dominated by men. As a result, the benefits of cultivating mentors, sponsors, a “personal board of directors” - whatever you would like to call them - are of paramount importance. They can help provide a path to promotion, build a customer base, and guide ideal moments to pivot in a career. In this conversation, we hear from women who have cultivated effective personal advocates.
Vice President, National Insurance
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Vice President, Mortgages
Research has shown that while 84% of companies expect prospective employers to negotiate salary, only 30% of women bother to negotiate. When it comes to negotiating paid leave and other important items, we expect the number to dwindle further. This panel discusses strategies for women to ask for what they want and be ready to have these types of conversations when they occur.
Even though women start more than half of the businesses in the U.S. and research has shown that businesses founded by women perform as well, if not better, than those founded by men, women entrepreneurs account for only 15% of venture capital funding and 6% of venture capitalists. To better understand the dynamics that drive this gender disparity in funding and fundraising, we will hear from both women entrepreneurs and investors.
While our parents’ generation broke the glass ceiling at record levels, our generation is focused on navigating the ramifications of balancing a robust career with the pulls of a healthy family and marital life. In this discussion, we hear from businesswomen who have “made it work” as well as from businessmen who outline the role of husbands and fathers in “leaning in” alongside us. In addition, we will hear about innovative ways to fill flexible C-suite roles.
Feminism has been in the spotlight a lot recently - both to highlight the positive changes that have occurred in the past few years, but also because it hasn’t always been well-received. Here, we will question traditional perceptions of feminism as an "aggressive" movement and speak to women who are making a difference every day in their career.
It’s no longer a secret that businesses benefit from diverse teams. This topic is critical for any member of a minority group and for anyone trying to run a successful business. We will hear stories of businesses that have benefitted from diversifying their teams or are sometimes struggling to do so.
Senior Director, Global Marketing
Many of us will spend our professional careers working in and leading teams. Today, we hear from men and women at the top of their professions about how they have created an inclusive workplace, encouraged open communication, and empowered their teams to be successful.
Being at the top of your career is an incredible accomplishment - but many find it hard to sustain this lifestyle without spending time taking care of themselves and their personal lives. We’ll have a conversation with women and men who approach not just business, but leadership in general, from a holistic perspective.
We have often heard that women are more risk-averse than men, which hinders us in our career. Today, we will hear from women who have put themselves out there professionally - sometimes successfully, sometimes not - and grown as a result. We will also hear about the merits of a careful, planned approach to risk taking and each participant’s personal experience in doing so.