Today’s post is the second of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms. I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!
I asked Peter if he was advising a young woman who wanted to have a child or children, whether he would say go right ahead, sooner rather later. I was curious to know whether he felt there was a place today at the professional firms or elsewhere in the corporate world for a woman who takes longer to reach senior executive levels eg become a partner because she has chosen to have a family during her early work years. Do professional firms take this into account as a possibility? If it took someone longer to reach the required level …
Today’s post is the first of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms. I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!
I asked Peter to describe his impression of the difference between the experience of a man and woman in the corporate world.
Peter says: “Let’s look at this first of all from where people have come from and also from a generational perspective. The answer is very different for my peers than for the young lawyers and business people that I see coming into the work force now who are really my kids’ age, so just to deal with that first. At the entry level, young men and women in their 20’s are coming in with very similar experiences because …
Bev Morris is the proprietor of Churchill’s Fine Gourmet Gifts and so much more!!
I am a member of her book club and so received the note she sent out to her BBC (best book club) friends. I asked for her permission to share it with you and she agreed.
“Happy New Year to my BBC (best book club) friends!
Really looking forward to spring and book discussions. I just turned 65 (yay! senior’s discount) and have been reflecting a lot on the last 10 years. I’m sending my thoughts on “taking chances” in the attachment. I have been profoundly surprised at myself. I wish you, all the best, in taking chances whatever they may be.”
I have admired Bev Morris and her courageous transition for years from afar. And I have thought about telling her story on my blog, so others could be inspired by her journey but didn’t get …
Since 2007, McKinsey & Company has published Women Matter, a series which analyzes the state of diversity in the top management of corporations. In January 2014, they released Women Matter 2013 “Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries.”
For me, the highlights of the survey results are:
Female executives are ambitious and sure of their own abilities to become top managers, though they are less confident that their companies’ cultures can support their rise.
Cultural factors at work are more than twice as likely as individual factors to link to women’s confidence that they can reach top management. Culture has a critical role to play in either supporting or hindering efforts to advance diversity.
At the individual level, female respondents report that their career ambitions are just as high as those of their male peers. Women are ready to do what it takes to achieve their ambitions.
While three-quarters of men agree …