Contributed by Lily Crager
This disparity cascades as if fewer women are promoted to mid-level, then fewer women get the chance at a promotion to senior-level and onward.
While it’d be easy to demand corporate response, companies move at a turtle-pace when implementing social change and undoing traditional bias. It’s up to us to empower women to hurdle over this broken rung. Here are a few things to do:
Despite the concerning impact of the pandemic on women in the workplace and the challenge of the “broken rung”, there are still indicators that women will continue to advance in the workplace. There is a rising number of women attending business school and women representation on company boards is at a record high. Proving that in the face of adversity, an empowered attitude is necessary to propel ahead.
Sources: McKinsey | GreatBusinessSchool | PayScale | Guider
Here at Women of Denver, we get asked regularly for a list of diversity professionals in the city to support local diversity initiatives.
Below is a short list of consultants and trainers who have presented to our group or come highly recommended by members.
Dr. Nita Mosby Taylor, The Equity Project: Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations. In her work, Dr. Mosby-Tyler specializes in the development and delivery of leadership, equity, diversity, cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness training programs and strategies.
Karyn Lu, Megan Abman, and Regina Motarjeme, Strata: Strata is a team of fractional Chief Inclusion Officers providing startups with DEI and Culture planning and training.
Mo Abdullah, Culture Energized: Mo has worked with over 60 schools and organizations across the U.S in creating positive culture through professional development trainings. In addition, she has over 5 years experience working in the education and non profit sector servicing over 2,500 students, teachers and professionals on social emotional learning, group management and youth leadership. With her electrifying facilitation style, she has been able to impact diverse groups of people while shining light on the issues that matter!
Dr. Nicole Gravagna, NeuroEQ: The company provides empathy-focused training programs that include leadership strategy, unconscious bias training, executive coaching, culture assessments, and vendor analysis.
An additional list of resources can be found here: http://equitysolutions.io/equityconsultants.html
Isolation and social distancing rules implemented during March propelled a whirlwind of chaos for a myriad of business owners. Several had to close doors and lay off employees temporarily, forcing many companies to come up with creative, innovative solutions to keep their business afloat.
In this article, we will highlight three company owners who pivoted like a boss—pun intended. The following three ladies faced the challenges posed by COVID-19 head-on, and they worked endlessly to shift their business to stay relevant.
Read on to find out how three out-of-box thinkers shifted their business over the last few months!
1. Marta Spirk, Empowerment Coach & Speaker
Marta Spirk is an empowerment coach and speaker for women. She started working in this field almost four years ago, after becoming a mom. She had triplets in 2016 in Brazil and moved to the US when the babies were 9-months-old. The move pushed her to find time for herself and pay attention to her thoughts, feelings, and needs.
How did the pandemic affect her business, and what did she do to pivot?
Before COVID-19 hit, Marta had been focusing on in-person events, and workshops for women empowerment. At these workshops, she would have panels of ladies sharing their stories and expertise. On top of all of this, she also provided training, helping women see their beauty and worth within themselves.
Because of the shutdown, the innovative empowerment coach had to revert to an online focus, which worked in her favor.
Marta grew her membership with more students who were looking for community and support during this time.
Her virtual self-improvement site, The Empowered Woman School, is a safe space for women to take time for their personal development while creating meaningful connections and strong friendships with other women.
What internal and external changes did she have to go through to achieve her new way of doing things?
The mother of three had to revert to online because of the shutdown of in-person events. Marta thrives off of the energy exploding throughout get-togethers, so the shift propelled some sadness, naturally. However, she noticed that connecting with women in-person helped elevate her exposure. Most of the ladies that have joined her school are local.
When things go back to normal, she plans to pick the events back up but will continue focusing on growing the school online because it is a lot more practical to coordinate weekly meetings via Zoom.
Being "locked up" confirmed that she loves meeting in person, but it also showed her the power of being resourceful, adapting, and that women crave connection no matter how it happens. It also unveiled how her passion lies in helping women share their voice and stories - it empowers her, them, and everyone listening!
Where can you find out more about Marta and her business?
Visit her website: https://www.martaspirk.com/. On July 30, she's hosting a workshop to help women "overcome insecurities in uncertain times." The event asks women to come together to share stories of how they've overcome challenges and circumstances. She hopes attendees will keep "each other accountable to personal development and personal growth!"
2. Pam Foley, SEO Copywriting & Content Marketing Creative