'Be yourself,' Clorox execs advise women leaders
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Leaders recognize "The Importance of Women
in the Workplace"
at the NEW Northwest Arkansas event in
When dealing with a
corporate "boys' club," be yourself and be confident in who you are,
Laura Stein, executive vice president
and legal counsel for The Clorox Company, told nearly 100 NEW members and
supporters at the NEW Northwest Arkansas learning event, Nov. 6, 2015 at Clorox
offices in Bentonville.
Stein joined Matt Laszlo, Clorox senior vice president and chief customer
officer, to discuss "The Importance of Women in the Workplace." Mark
Malo, Clorox vice president and general manager, moderated the event.
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"When you decide on
a goal or career, be tough and determined," Laszlo said. "Set the environment. Shape conversations to
be inclusive and open. "
When women in the
workplace are considered "nice," questions are raised about their
ability to make the tough calls," Stein said.
Malo encouraged NEW
members to recognize the difference between how men and women think and
communicate. "Get educated so you know the way you should present."
"Men are less likely to say what's on their mind, whereas women can be
open and enlighten when they start to fill influential roles," Stein said.
The panel agreed that doing —
and having — it all is as much a mental and emotional state as
it is physical. "Work-life balance is an attitude," Stein said.
for not being able to do everything all the time perfectly," Laszlo
Whatever you do,
"be all in," Stein said. "Compartmentalize and focus on what you
groups to the event include The Coca-Cola Company, The Clorox Company, Mars
Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and What's Ahead.