“You have to know what sparks the light in you, so that you in your own way, can illuminate the world”~ Oprah Winfrey
Executive Women’s News and Views
I have been happy to see that the IT industry leaders are starting to organize to uplift women in C level leadership. On of our regular interest panels is the ITSMF Panel discussion for women in Leadership IT Service Management Forum Women in Leadership panel is being organized now to discuss current ideas.
The world has changed in 18 months. Employees have changed their approach to work-life balance and the relative importance of being in an office setting versus a home office setting. It’s clear that people have been changed by the pandemic and have higher expectations of their employer to align with their values, enable work-life blend and positively contribute to our communities.”~ Forbes Magazine: The Job Market is Hot – Scott Gutz, chief executive officer, Monster
Leadership Effectiveness and Advantage:
Forbes Magazines positive articles by Career Subject Matter Expert leader, Tracy Brower reports that “Now is the time to build your career, while the job market is hot!.
- 31% of employers are offering increased wages (ManpowerGroup).
- 39% of employers are offering more flexible working schedules and 28% are offering more flexible working locations. ManpowerGroup).
- 69% of employees who don’t work remote today would switch jobs if a new job offered remote work. (Monster)
A recent meta-analysis from Florida International University found no difference between women and men, in perceived leadership effectiveness. During the pandemic, McKinsey & Company and Leanin.org finds women outperform men in the following areas:
- Women are 31% better than men (19%) at providing emotional support to employees
- Women are 61% more gifted in checking employee well being compared to men (51%)
- Women are 29% better at helping employees navigate work-life challenges compared to 24% of men.
- Women are 21% more effective at creating strategic action plans to prevent or manage employee burnout compared to men at 16%.
- Women spend 11% more time contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts compared to 7% of men.
Improving C Suite Representation:
CIO Insight has been trending promotion of women in the C level roles. Korn Ferry found that Women before Covid, had made modest gains, from 16-18% with the best opportunity in the financial and energy sectors with 25 and 21% of C Level Suite Jobs respectively.
TechCrunch published a great article about the need to invest in Women in Tech Founders. So what does it take to develop Women in Tech Founders and to promote women into C Level Leadership ranks?
- 4 Strategies to get more Women Into Tech and Leadership Roles by Forbes Tech Council member, and Chief Marketing Officer at Jumio, Anna Convery
- Experience the Power of Resilience is planned for May 10-11, 2021 is the next Women of Silicon Valley Leadership
- CodeMotion did an article of Silicon Valley’s Top Tech Women
World Talent Economy Forum: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
Sharif Udden Ahmed Rana (Ph.D, MBA) is Moderator and Malaysia President, World Talent Economy Forum (WTEF)
What a great event he organized to bring together women’s focus on how to empower opportunity for professional women worldwide, from the entertainment and movie industry, in education, finance, STEM/IT Services.
Women make up 52% of support roles, compared to that of men making up 48% of Support Role contribution. We need greater education to empower to women. Advancing the ranks as a woman, you begin to observe the real disparity at the advancing management levels:
- Manager, 89% men, 11% women
- Senior Management, 92% men, 8% women
- Directors of Research for example: 90% men, 8% women
- Chief Information Officers: 92% men, 8% women
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
What professional development would create better connection for executive women?
What networks do you recommend?
Any courses, groups or authors you like?
What can we do to chart a course for ourselves and our business objectives to lead authentically, create opportunity, and innovate in a way that charts new courses, new jobs, and new business solutions for our present and the future?
Women in Business Links
CIO Career Cheat Sheet (Tech Republic)
Women’s Empowerment Network (overcoming adversity)