The movement of women speaking up and speaking out is only getting louder. Your organization is missing out if you are not actively engaging in the most important conversation we are having right now.

Women are rising

I’ve covered it extensively and I see a lot of struggle and time wasted with figuring out what you can do right now. So, I’m giving you the essential checklist for women leadership. Use these points to make an impact at your workplace:

    • Your organization needs to showcase at least one women’s initiative. It’s okay if you only focus on one, but you must put money behind it and make sure it gets noticed. If you are not willing to put dollars behind it, don’t waste your time.

      Intention alone isn’t going to do anything—it has to be tangible.

      The success of equality is viewed differently by men and women. An eye-opening study by McKinsey and LeanIn.org (see the portion: Men think women are doing better than they really are) shows that the majority of men believe one woman in a boardroom of ten is excellent progress! You must have the conversation with both genders and establish your baseline for comparison. Otherwise, there is no measure of success.

    • Don’t make any excuses or try to justify the current state of equality (or lack thereof) at your company. It will only get you bad press. Rather, take a bold step and declare you are now committed to making changes and are putting money behind it. And then follow through with those changes.
    • If you consider yourself an advocate for women leadership—this is your time! Please consider me your ally. If you need any numbers or help to pitch something, or someone to be on the advisory committee, or just about any other thing I can do to help, all you need to do is shoot me an email. I have every imaginable study about this topic at my fingertips. I can help you. Really, I mean this.
    • Point out those thousand little things that women notice. Simple things like “let her finish” or “I want to hear what the women have to say” go a long way. When you see something that is not equal, please say something right away. Do not hide behind the men’s code (i.e. mostly silence).

Women are moving

From where I stand, I see so much movement for women. I just facilitated an Entrepreneur Training at the Small Business Development Center in Long Beach (SBDC) and half the attendees were women. I recently spoke at the Duarte Chamber of Commerce women’s event and also at a World Financial event. All of the attendees were women with the exception of a handful of men. I’ve also been invited to keynote a Tech Talk for women venture funding.

And to top it all, I am going to be interviewed in the co-op opportunity of the U.S. State Department and the Indian Government on a Global Entrepreneur Summit that will be featured in the local media during the summit. And guess what? Yep, the focus is on women.

The time is now. We don’t have any more time to waste. Let’s Grow.

 


At her lowest point, Beate Chelette was $135,000 in debt, a single mother, and forced to leave her home. Only 18 months later, she sold her image licensing business to Bill Gates in a multimillion dollar deal. Chelette is a nationally known ‘gender decoder’ who has appeared in over 60 radio shows, respected speaker, career coach, consummate creative entrepreneur, and author of Happy Woman Happy World. Beate is also the founder of The Women’s Code, a unique guide to women leadership and personal and career success that offers a new code of conduct for today’s business, private, and digital worlds. Determined to build a community of women supporting each other, she took her life-changing formula documented it all in a book Brian Tracy calls “an amazing handbook for every woman who wants health, happiness, love and success!”

Through her corporate initiative “Why Acting Like a Girl Is Good For Business” she helps companies with gender diversification training, and to develop and retain women.

If you’d like to book Beate as a speaker on New Leadership Balance or Creative Entrepreneurship for your next event please connect with me.

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