WOMEN Unlimited – The Women’s Organization for Mentoring, Education and Networking
Whenever I facilitate one of our WOMEN Unlimited programs or speak at a Conference or workshop, one question invariably comes up and usually with a look that suggests the person asking has uncovered an interesting irony:
“Do you know that MEN is in your name?”
My answer is
“Yes, we do know and it’s no accident. It’s deliberate.”
As many of you know the “MEN” in our name, is an acronym for Mentoring, Education and Networking. These three pillars have formed the foundation of our strategy since we began over 20 years ago.
Also, fundamental to our strategy and to the success of our corporate partners is the integration of these pillars well beyond the women who are involved in our programs. By taking an organization-wide approach, our corporate partners complement their business and talent strategies and enjoy results that positively impact growth and profitability. We have a long track record of statistical and anecdotal evidence that shows how broad-based benefits accrue when Mentoring, Education and Networking are embraced organization-wide.
Let me give you just a few examples Continue Reading
I was recently reading an article in Harvard Business Review which urged leaders to “fall in love with the problem instead of the solution.”
The argument was a compelling one. When leaders fall in love with their own solutions instead of the underlying problems, they look for evidence to support those solutions, whether or not they’re the best solutions or even good ones. It’s human nature to justify our own ideas. Continue Reading
WOMEN Unlimited recently interviewed Audrey Goodman, who as VP of Organizational Development at Medco Health Solutions, was a long-time WOMEN Unlimited corporate partner. She currently heads up her own consulting practice and is an Executive Development Consultant for our FEW program, exclusively for women at top corporate levels.
Audrey is one of the most knowledgeable people we know when it comes to best practices for attracting, developing and retaining female talent.
WOMEN Unlimited (WU) Would you highlight what you see as most important for attracting, developing and retaining female talent?
Audrey Goodman (AG): First of all, you can’t have a one-size-fits-all corporate culture. Women are looking for companies that provide flexibility. Telecommuting and flexible work hours are extremely important to women who often are juggling a great deal personally and professionally. Companies need to have a philosophy that says “We don’t care where you do the work as long as you do the work.” Continue Reading
I am thrilled and excited to announce that as of September 1st, WOMEN Unlimited is launching a brand new learning experience for early career female talent. It’s called IMpower, Grow the Talent That Will Grow Your Company and replaces TEAM as our cornerstone offering for talented entry-level women.
IMpower has been meticulously structured to meet the changing needs of both early career women and their organizations. I’d like to share with you a few of the highpoints of this ground-breaking development program: Continue Reading
There’s an old story, first told by Charles Dickens, about how someone having lunch in a restaurant was dumfounded by a sign across the street that read: “mooreeffoc.” For the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what it meant. Then she stepped outside; crossed the street and it all became clear. She had been looking at the sign through a glass door. “mooreeffoc” was “coffeeroom” spelled backwards.
It’s a great metaphor for how our perceptions can confound and confuse, and is especially applicable to how men and women perceive their workplace differently. Continue Reading
I’ve always loved the New York State motto: Excelsior: Onward and Upward. It’s especially apt for us at WOMEN Unlimited as we move forward following the milestone of our 20th Anniversary Year.
Past. Present. Future—With the Accent on Future
Our 20th Anniversary year was marked by a number of events, activities and innovations that both celebrated our successes and laid the groundwork for advancing our contributions to diversity at the highest levels of corporate America. Here are some of the highlights that will define where we’re heading: Continue Reading
It’s almost here. Our first Asia Pacific TEAM Program gets underway May 21st in Singapore.
The hands-on involvement and input of our APAC Regional Director, Em Roblin, makes me confident that TEAM will be spot on in meeting the very specific requirements of both organizations operating in Asia Pacific and their talented women.
Em has been in the region for over 10 years working on gender and diversity projects for a wide range of multi-national and regional organizations, as well as for government entities. She has engaged with thousands of career-minded women and their organizations. As a result, Em brings to the table a hard-to-duplicate combination of expertise: knowledge of the region with all of its complexities coupled with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that organizations in Asia Pacific and their female talent face. Continue Reading
About a month ago, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. hosted another of our Executive Forums, this one focusing on Harnessing the Power of Women Leaders. Jeanie Coomber, WOMEN Unlimited’s Northeast Regional Director, was our co-moderator.
As always, I was thrilled and impressed by both the attendees and the level of expertise and discussion that ensued from bringing together high-powered executives to focus on fostering and developing female leadership talent. Participants represented a cadre of leading organizations including: JP Morgan Chase, DuPont, Prudential, Bayer, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline and Viacom.
Participants came to the Forum prepared to delve into three key questions: Continue Reading
I’ve been so impressed and so moved by the recent Always #Like a Girl campaign. The point is a simple one: Don’t use the phrase “like a girl” as an insult. Girls run, throw, play and kick just as well as boys. To demean or diminish an adolescent girl, at a time when she is especially vulnerable about herself and her self-image, is at best annoying and at worst bullying.
Well, guess what? Things don’t change when the girls and boys are all grown up and working in corporate America. An underlying, often unconscious sentiment that “like a girl” is not good enough to lead…that “like a girl” means too emotional, too personal, too vulnerable still pervades the fabric of many corporations, from mom and pop operations to multi-national organizations. Certainly, all too many men consciously or unconsciously feel that way. And sadder still, many women themselves internalize a “second best” attitude about their corporate roles. Continue Reading