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WE@RSM believe that through collaboration, shared challenges, encouragement and empowering others, we can together master leadership, understand the use of power, team building and communication, and make true boardroom diversity a reality, whilst developing our own network, being proud of our achievements, and by learning to lead as well as follow.
Lecture: Women's Leadership in India
29 April 2014 | 19:00 – 21:30
Join us for an inspiring lecture by Professor Femida Handy on women empowerment in India.
This will be an interactive discussion on the challenges and opportunities for leadership among women in traditional patriarchal societies in India. Professor Handy will convey how they are given a unique opportunity to control their own lives and break free from the institutions and legacies that historically favour a male-controlled environment.
This is not a discussion for women only – opinions and observations from the broadminded men in our community are also welcome and appreciated. Femida Handy is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
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“As women in the workplace we should put time and energy into networking. This means shifting our priorities: is the deadline you promised worth skipping a lunch or an after-work drink with colleagues? As girls we often succeeded in school by working harder than boys and we replicate this pattern at work. We need to realise that time spent participating in various events, mentoring others and being mentored ourselves is part of the success criteria that we have to fulfill. And it’s fun!”
"I do not believe in glass ceilings of any kinds because I believe in the strength of women more than anything else. And empowered women must create an environment to empower other women by tapping their full potential, capping of new networks, and making the use of the power they have. To build professional co-operation, women must network - effectively and efficiently, and without any inhibitions. Build new connections and deepen the existing ones."
"Women have huge reserves of untapped potential. Many women today have multiple responsibilities and roles, and experience opportunities and challenges for which there are few or no other female role models, simply because we are living in times of unprecedented change and progression. Including women of all ages and at all stages of their professional careers in your network should be a key goal of every woman in business today."
"Find women doing things right and share the message in your organisation and network. Encourage women to show their skills publicly and to take pride in their achievements. It's really all about giving visible support to each other, spreading the positive message of the women in your network, and about yourself. We need to care about each other's successes and be proud of women at the top. They are role models and encourage other women and decision makes to take the same steps."
"Men tend to have a big network of acquaintances; to be as well-connected as men, women need to ensure they are in this network and develop the skill to work it. Women tend to have a small circle of trusted friends that they can bond closely with, and they can use this natural tendency to build close relationships with other professional women. Women and men network differently; to successfully advance together, women will need to employ both methods."
"Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with 14 other female MBAs showed me the importance of building strong trust networks amongst female colleagues. Women don't need to seek their own extreme adventure, but they should find ways to bond with other women. Join professional women's groups, take a management class, choose women colleagues for projects, become a mentor or find a sponsor, and network."
"The way I bond with women is by showing them support, complimenting them (directly and indirectly to their superiors), asking them for help, and by setting up projects together. Just show others that women can work together successfully! But being a good manager is not enough: make sure you are noticed by showing up at events, having lunches with your colleagues or superiors, and in general show an interest in the work they do. Be good and be there!"
"Women drive the world. Women are the ones having children, and raising them - so in a sense women have the power to change the whole world indirectly. They are the leaders hidden behind the (mostly male) leaders we currently see. Through the Kilimanjaro project, we proved women are cooperative, persistent, and full of passion. Ladies, don't miss your chance - work with WE@RSM!"
"Be authentic, open, and sincere! Stay positive especially during challenging times. With determination and enthusiasm, women can really do a lot with each other and help each other to reach new heights."
"For women to build professional networks, we need to stop being so professional. Instead of being perfect, strong women that never fail, I think we need to bring two things - which I personally struggle with - into our professional lives: kindness and vulnerability. I think that is the key to building trust, and the connections we need to advance together."
"Believe in the impossible, expand your perspectives, recognize your potential, envision your future, and refuse to feel 'trapped'. This will enable you to overcome any challenges, increase the impact you have within your networks, personal and/ or professional, and sustain long-term results in achieving your life goals."
"Successful women can, and should, share their experiences with other women, especially those just starting their careers. Where they went wrong, what they learned, when it is useful to use typical feminine talents like communication, cooperation, and networking, and when it is useful to be competitive and step forward. Let's create an 'old girls' network' to share these lessons and get ahead of our personal and societal 'ceilings' as women together."
"I believe that women empowering women means not only challenging myself and living up to it, but challenging the women within my environment and believing 100% that they can and will deliver. My advice to women who want to boost their ability to network and cooperate with others is to go beyond coaching and mentoring to actually sponsoring women, without bias or hesitation."
"I believe the first step to bonding with other women is to lead by examples with the three graces of teamwork at the forefront of one's mind: respect, trust, and honesty. If you lead with an open heart and willingness to respect and trust others, while striving to be open, you will have the best chance of creating an atmosphere where these values are reflected and upheld."
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