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Supporting Women Leaders: Navigating through Gray Area

Business woman leading over speechSupporting women leaders isn’t as straightforward as it might seem.  It’s actually become rather complicated in today’s climate.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Deborah Rocco on my REAL Life Lessons Women Lead Radio show and she described how men and women can navigate this sticky issue and work together to support women at work.

Happy business people with their heads together representing concept of ftiendship and teamworkWe all make mistakes,” Debbie said.  As we move forward and try new ways to be inclusive and supportive, we will occasionally say the wrong things and organizations will try new policies and programs that will sometimes fail, but that’s okay.  The key is to move forward with good intentions and learn from our mistakes.  Together, we’ll get there.

Working meetingMen are an important part of the equation.  In fact, they are half the equation.  Debbie talks about how women and men can align with each other to support women leaders.  A key lesson here is not to scare men away from supporting women, as we’re seeing from the backlash to the #MeToo movement.  Yes, we need to hold people accountable, and we also need to help people learn from their mistakes and bring them into the conversations to move forward.

Holding back judgment is often difficult for us, but it’s another part of the equation—for both men and women.  Research shows that women are equally responsible as men for gender stereotyping.  We’re also all responsible for letting others make different choices from our own and being supportive of these differences the best we can.  For example, you may not agree with someone’s decision to take—or not take—maternity or paternity leave because you hold strong beliefs around the subject, but an individual still has to do what’s best for them.  It can be hard to hold back judgment in these cases.

Vain businesswomanWhen it comes to ourselves, it’s not black and white either.  It takes time and effort to get in touch with our inner selves, to know what we want and understand who we are.  And it’s more complicated than that because we are constantly changing.  The environment around us changes and our values shift as we move through different stages in life.  Debbie says that we need to regularly check in with ourselves, at least once a year.

Debbie offers many more insights and tips for women and men, and organizations as well, as we all navigate through the gray area of inviting women leaders to the table and not letting them slip off the glass cliff along the way.  To learn more, listen right now.

Listen to a REAL Musician Talk about Being an Entrepreneur

REAL Musician as an EntrepreneurJoanie Connell hosts a Women Lead Radio interview with Natasha Kozaily, owner of Kalabash School of Music + the Arts.  Not only does Natasha own the music and arts school, she also sings in a band and raises money for the International Rescue Committee, among other things.

Joanie asks Natasha about how she brings creativity to entrepreneurship.  She says to her employees and students, “this is a place to dream.”  Listen here.

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A REAL Badass Entrepreneur, Author, and Radio Show Producer

Joanie Connell hosts a Women Lead Radio interview with Kelly Poelker, author of Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA.  She also runs her own Virtual Assistant company called Another 8 Hours.

Joanie asks Kelly about running a virtual assistant business and having work-life balance.  She says, “I don’t have to interrupt your day.”  Listen here.

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REAL Life Learning and Development

Joanie Connell hosts a Women Lead Radio interview with Tamar Elkeles, Chief Talent Executive at Atlantic Bridge Capital.  She’s also been the Chief People Officer for a Silicon Valley start-up and was the Chief Learning Officer at Qualcomm before that.

Joanie asks Tamar to share her wisdom from her years of experience teaching and developing executives.  “Life is in beta,” she says.  “Launch and learn.”  Listen here.

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Turning Tragedy into REAL Life: Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking

Joanie Connell hosts a Women Lead Radio interview with Jessica Hubley and Laura Hackney, co-founders of AnnieCannons.  Jessica and Laura are two unique women who have done something wonderful.  They have founded a non-profit organization to teach survivors of human trafficking valuable tech skills and give them opportunities to embark on careers in technology.  Who are these amazing women and how did they realize such an admirable purpose?  Listen here.

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