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'Be yourself,' Clorox execs advise women leaders

Wednesday, November 11, 2015  
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
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Leaders recognize "The Importance of Women in the Workplace"

at the NEW Northwest Arkansas event in Bentonville.

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.

"Forgive yourself for not being able to do everything all the time perfectly," Laszlo advised.

Whatever you do, "be all in," Stein said. "Compartmentalize and focus on what you are doing."

Organizations sending groups to the event include The Coca-Cola Company, The Clorox Company, Mars Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and What's Ahead.

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