"I am the only woman of color on my team. During discussions I am sometimes asked to 'speak for all women' or all women of color. How can I address this without devaluing my insights and contributions to the team?" This situation happens more often for people of color because the dominant group — White men — sometimes unconsciously use stereotypes. This is directly impacted by their upbringing, exposure to other cultures and a low level of self-awareness for the benefits afforded to White males.
"I am a mid-level manager and working mom. With young children at home, I'm not sure I want to aggressively pursue a promotion that would require more travel, but I don't want to close doors to future opportunities. Do you have any advice?" First my two words are: Value and impact. When you're adding value, you rack up credits with your managers and others. The perception of your leadership contribution will place you in a position where people want to do whatever it takes for you to succeed. When you have credits, people will be more flexible and understanding.
Jo Miller, a women’s leadership speaker and founding editor of BeLeaderly.com, has hosted the NEW Leadership Academy webinar series since 2013.
Sally Helgesen is the author of six books, including The Female Vision and The Female Advantage, and a leadership development consultant.
Kathy Bayert is vice president, learning and advisory services, for the Network of Executive Women, the largest women’s leadership organization serving the retail and consumer goods industry.
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence and the author of four books, including the most recent, Equality: Courageous Conversations about Women, Men and Race To Spark A Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. She previously held senior leadership roles in the consumer goods industry.
Simma Lieberman is a diversity and inclusion and culture change consultant, speaker and coach and a frequent contributor to the Network of Executive Women.