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'How can I help my company walk the walk?'

Saturday, March 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Trudy BourgeoisBy Trudy Bourgeois

My company seems to talk the talk, but not walk the walk when it comes to gender diversity. How can I approach my manager to affect positive change?

It's all about strategy. The first step is educating the organization on the strategic value of women. Do some background work. Pull some of the many articles, research and studies floating around showing the value of having women in leadership roles. Partner with your human resources department – and the office of diversity and inclusion if your company has one – so that they advocate along with you. Don’t step out on a limb by yourself. You need allies.

Once that work is complete, you simply deliver. Be an outstanding employee. Be excellent.  Be invaluable.

From there, go to where the ground is fertile. Find someone who is open and expose him to the proof of companies that are doing great things and achieving great results with women at the top. Use your background articles, research and studies.

Always build from a position of value and power. Reach out to the senior executives you feel are open to expanding their understanding of women as consumers and as employees. After you have secured an alliance with a senior executive, you are on your way. He or she will be able to open doors and advance discussions that you can’t advance by yourself.

Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.

Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference designer. 

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