Times up on many things!! Working in finance I am sooo often the ONLY woman in the room. I guess I have become ‘used’ to this in some ways, but what if it was a young man in a room of older women, at every meeting he went to? How friggin uncomfortable would he feel, like the token guy AGAIN!
This is the experience I gave me boss recently. I brought him to a woman in finance meeting in London where he was 1 of 3 men. An absolute first for him. This experience COMPLETELY changed his perspective! He said “Laura, I finally get it”. What a breakthrough!! 🙌
My boss is a smooth talker and amazing networker, but as the standout man in that room, even he felt uncomfortable and less able to ‘work the room’ as he’s used to. Well get comfortable, network, and then win work! Impossible he said, if I asked him to do this he might just give up before starting! It felt like the odds were stacked so much against him.
Well, this is what we ask of our women EVERY DAY! And if a woman were to ‘give up’ they would be deemed as not ambitious or driven - no mention of the fact that the environment just became too unbearable.
The AMAZING positive take away is that at our annual leadership meeting in Amsterdam yesterday, my boss, with this new perspective, and in his capacity as leader of Europe, stood up and addressed directly the lack of gender equality (evident by the fact I was THE ONLY WOMAN in that room!) in our company and how this would now be measured across each country, each team, and each leader would be held accountable.
One small step by a man, one giant leap for womankind!
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