Women Entering The Corporate World: Advice

Women Entering The Corporate World: Advice


I did what Nan said I took the hard jobs that other people didn’t want want
and then I worked to make a difference always thought I was going to make a difference
in the world whether it was home defibrillators or or or informatics make a difference focus on what you are going to do
for the world focus on making a difference not so much your career not so much where you go focus on doing the right
thing making a difference women have to recognize that we can make a difference but one of the things that
helped me and I always tell younger women who are not working or anything get involved into the community get onto the board position in the nonprofit
groups I learned a lot by being on the boards and being the President
of those non-profits because that is your informal learning in managing the budget managing the people and there is no price to it because it is not you know it is not related to your so I would suggest that women should get involved
into all of those take those responsibilities and learn while raising children or doing anything
else I would also add that if you’re if you are looking for mentoring
you are asking for help in and I’m blessed that lots of people ask me for
help and you’re right they do need to have a plan but I think part B of that is it they need to be open to hearing what you have to say I’ve had a number of women come up and
ask for could I have a cup of coffee and i’d love for you to be my mentor and I went
for coffee and the whole hour was telling me everything they’ve done in their lives and
so it it makes you wonder what is it that I can do for you or any woman can do for someone
else you really do have to have a plan but part B is you really have to have an open
mind to receive the information back and make a change and and take suggestions exactly
from people you respect and follow through on them right Nan you get the last word well one of the things I often say to my
students is you know to not be afraid to take a step you basically you’re taking a step to
climbing just a little bit higher in the tree tops so you can see what else is out there because often you don’t know exactly
this notion that we all are somehow wake up and know exactly what we want to be when we
grow up I think it’s crazy and and many people struggle with that myth that they’re supposed to know so take a step
don’t be afraid to take this step and you’ll find out what else you see when
you get to that next through that next experience and what else
is beyond the trees %uh and then you have the opportunity if
you’re lifelong learners and shirley was saying to say hey that looks exciting
I’m going to go over there I’m going to make a difference I’m gonna you know maybe I’ll
start by volunteering but eventually I’m going to make my way over into that field and then you just just go for it

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