With Women’s International Day occurring in March along with it being Women’s History Month, our Co-founder & Managing Partner, Allison Hernandez recently had the opportunity to present to a group of women talking about the unique challenges we face as women in the workplace. We have made a lot of progress over the years, but unfortunately, gender bias still exists. Learn more about some tips for helping women to grow and develop in their careers
- Believe in yourself. Don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Don’t let the fact that you might be a woman in a male-dominated field make you doubt your worth or capabilities.
- Find female mentors or colleagues who have experience and can provide valuable advice and support. Network and build professional relationships. Find women to provide support and encouragement.
- Learn as much as you can about your industry. Stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies.
- Build strong relationships with your women colleagues. Advocate for each other’s successes.
- Stand up for yourself. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated or silenced by male colleagues. When interrupted in a meeting, if a man speaks up, it’s often seen as great leadership. If a woman speaks up it can be viewed that she’s aggressive. Don’t allow others to talk over you or interrupt you.
- Celebrate your success and accomplishments, both big and small. It’s important to recognize your own achievements and take pride in your work.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand something, speak up. It shows you’re engaged and interested in your job.
- Set boundaries. Establish clear boundaries with your colleagues and communicate with them clearly. Make it clear what behavior is and isn’t acceptable.
- Don’t give up. Don’t let any setbacks or challenges discourage you. Remember, you belong in your industry and have the potential to make a meaningful impact. Keep pushing forward and don’t give up on your dreams.
- Keep a balance between work and family and stop apologizing for it. There’s a double standard on how moms and dads are viewed when it comes to family care. Don’t apologize if you can’t make a meeting due to family commitments. Simply say you can’t make it and ask that they suggest another time.
As women, we need to advocate for each other by speaking up for each other’s accomplishments and contributions. Together women can overcome the challenges they may face and achieve their goals.