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