— Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, the first female executive officer (XO) of a U.S. nuclear warship, referring to the advice from her mother that helped her overcome obstacles. Continue reading
— Kat Cole, chief operating officer and president of North America for Focus Brands Inc., whose chains include Cinnabon, Jamba Juice and Auntie Anne’s, as quoted in Wall Street Journal article on how sexual harassment and the gender gap are related.
— Meri Stevens, VP of strategy and deployment at Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain, as quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal Continue reading
— Heather Sheehan, AWESOME Executive Director, in opening remarks at SMC3 Connections 2018. Continue reading
— Heather Sheehan, Executive Director of AWESOME since January 2018, reflecting on her first connection with AWESOME when she was VP for Danaher Corporation, in a recent Q&A for “Wednesdays for Women,” a blog posted by JDA Software. Continue reading
— Robin Thede, Host of BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede, saying what she tells the women and men on her team. . She is one of more than 100 innovative executives and entrepreneurs offering insights in Fast Company magazine on leading with optimism.
— Tami Forman, a contributor to forbes.com, in a blog on overcoming the fear of failure in 2018. She reminds readers of five tactics that can help an individual move forward through career challenges. Continue reading
— From the report of a new study about women in technology conducted by Harvey Nash in partnership with ARA. Continue reading
“We’re not just playing catch-up. We’re going beyond where women in our field have ever gone. We’re going to reach that place where gender doesn’t stop a woman or slow her down or make her divert her course…where men and women have equal power and potential…where we truly understand how to create a corporate culture that brings out the best in everybody…and where our profession attracts the brightest young women because it’s a land of opportunity.”
— Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and CEO of DSC Logistics, in opening remarks at the 2017 Symposium.
Below are excerpts from Words of Wisdom in REALITY CHECK – Volume Six, recording comments by participants in the 2017 AWESOME Symposium.
“People say leadership is lonely and it is. You’re going to have to do things that are unpopular. But that’s when we need to say, ‘If I choose not to do this, if I choose not to lead this, if I choose not to break through and solve this problem, then who will?’”
“We know what it’s like to have that extra scrutiny that comes with being a woman or a minority – the first of your kind to stand in front as the leader, but what an opportunity it turns out to be, an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a leader.”
“A mentor and a sponsor are two different things. A mentor is about teaching and providing guidance. A sponsor is somebody who’s willing to stand up for you and say ‘hey this person is best for this job. She should make this career move and I bet my career that she will be successful.’”
“I am making sure that every candidate list I review includes the names of qualified women and minorities, and it’s not as simple as it sounds. You have to stand up and demand it and refuse to look at lists that do not.”
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– Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, in an article in Scientific American describing how and why she started the “movement” that has taught more than 40,000 girls ages 13 to 17 all across the U.S. how to program. Continue reading