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'Deeds, not words' needed to change workplace

Tuesday, October 20, 2015  
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
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NEW Chicago Co-Chair, Logistics Sue Golden of The Mars Agency; NEW Regional
Leader of the Year Dr. Angela Joyner of ConAgra Foods Inc.; and featured speaker
Averil Leimon at the NEW Chicago event.

"Companies lose 50 percent of qualified women leaders every five years,” Averil Leimon, founder and director of White Water Group, told more than 180 leaders at the NEW Chicago fall learning event, Oct. 15, 2015 at Hotel Allegro.

Women often leave jobs when company values do not align with women's values, Leimon said, noting that women and Millennials have similar workplace needs and preferences, but Millennials ask for what they want, while older women are less likely to feel they can.

While women generally dislike workplace politics, it is imperative to understand company culture and related rules, she added.

Ways companies can support women's careers and transform their corporate cultures:

· Teach today’s leaders how to best engage women
· Analyze behaviors that may alienate women
· Conduct more in-depth departure investigations
· Encourage men and women to work together for a modern and fair 
  workplace and society

Leimon shared the words of suffragettes, emphasizing that "deeds, not words, are needed for progress," and recommended the following strategies for women's leadership advancement:

· Utilize technology for work-life alignment
· Help men become more aware of the uneven playing field
· Drive a culture change via recruitment

Companies sending large delegations to the event include Costco, IRI Worldwide, Sears Holdings Corporation and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

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