Panel Discussion: She Leads: Fresh Ways to Support Women in Business
From Day One Brooklyn, June 19, 2019
What can be done to support the rise of women as leaders in the American economy? Despite notable breakthroughs by many women, the social and structural impediments are stubborn. How can more capital and other resources be made available to female founders? What do women need from Corporate America to keep their careers on track as far as they aim to go?
Moderator: Sage Lazzaro, Journalist
Stacey Olive, Vice President Talent Acquisition, The New York Times
Alexandra Cavoulacos, Co-Founder & President, The Muse
Jenny Chiu, VP Marketing, Maven
Susan McPherson, CEO, McPherson Strategies
Women have essentially achieved parity with men in joining the workforce, representing 48% of employees in entry-level jobs, yet only about one in five C-suite leaders is a woman—and only one in 25 is a woman of color. Despite all the progress, the impediments to advancement persist.
“We’re here on a panel talking about our experiences as women, while men get to go on panels talking about what they do for a living, which is really good for their careers,” said Alexandra, likening the issue to those faced by people of color, who typically are expected to talk about their experiences as minorities when it comes to diversity in the workplace, when they might have benefitted more from an opportunity to talk about their actual work performance.
It never hurts to be a little bolder than one’s regular baseline, whether it means applying for a job or starting a business.
“There’s no wrong or right answer, but the leadership of an organization needs to be held to account for what they are or are not doing,” said Susan. “Don’t shy away from criticizing your directors, executive, or CEO for a lack of progress.”
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