Happy (Belated) International Women’s Day! We have come a long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, and we still have a long way to go. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual and stems from the idea of Collective Individualism: the concept that an individual succeeding and realizing that their success is a benefit to everyone else.
In the spirit of harnessing our individual experiences for collective growth, we’ve asked the women at Kotter to answer questions on their experience as women in the workplace and in leadership positions.
AS A FEMALE LEADER, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BARRIER IN YOUR CAREER?
Deb Seidman, Affiliate
Brianna Goodlin, Senior Consultant
WHAT IS SOME OF THE ADVICE YOU SHARE WITH YOUNG WOMEN ENTERING A MALE-DOMINATED PROFESSION?
Céline Schillinger, Affiliate
Kristin Oberdorf, Principal
Janani Ramachandran, Senior Consultant
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR 18 YEAR OLD SELF?
My second piece of advice, which is an important balance to my first, is do not underestimate the value of trying to understand others’ perspectives. Empathy is an increasingly rare trait, and may just be the biggest competitive advantage for leaders in the 21st century. When people shut each other down or turn each other off, make a point to reach out, lean into the hard conversations, and commit to listening. Keep asking questions. Keep trying to understand. We are much more powerful when we communicate and come together. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”
Rachel Rosenfeldt, Director
OF FORTUNE 500 CEOS, ONLY 32 ARE WOMEN, AND OF THOSE, ONLY 2 ARE WOMEN OF COLOR. WHAT STRATEGIES CAN WORK WELL TO PROMOTE INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE? AS A LEADER, HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL OF WHO’S AT THE TABLE AND WHO’S MISSING?
Laura Camila Rivera, Marketing Associate
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE MALE ADVOCATES AND AREN’T SURE HOW TO START?
Abby Ezra, Marketing Manager
Maria Leister, L&D Program Manager
We invite you to join the conversation! How would you answer some of these questions?