A New Voice

posted December 12th, 2011 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

I have been reading Leah Eichler’s column Women@Work in the Globe since she began writing them in September 2011. She is a new and very welcome voice in the paper and I have enjoyed reading many of her columns. They are well written and well researched and cover many of the topics near and dear to my heart. For example:

 

On  October 1, 2011 Leah wrote a column “Why we need the metrics on women’s climb to the top” which included several great comments from Barbara Annis of Barbara Annis & Associates in New York, Beatrix Dart of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Deborah Gillis of Catalyst. I wont’ repeat these comments here because it would cause this post to be far too long but I heartily agree with much of what these three women have to say. You can read the article and their comments by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/good-intentions-alone-wont-help-women-rise-to-the-top/article2186830/

 

On October 21, 2011 Leah wrote a column “Quotas would get more women in the board room” and in it she writes: “For the record, I believe corporate board appointments should be allocated to qualified individuals only. But if a percentage of those qualified board members were required to be women, wouldn’t that motivate companies to search harder to find suitable candidates or at least groom women for these roles?” I agree with her. Whether a board seat is something you have or you covet or not, I suggest you read the article, in order to develop and/or refine your perspective on this issue. You can read it by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/quotas-would-get-more-women-into-the-board-room/article2209300/

 

On October 28, 2011 Leah wrote a column “Why women need to step up to the microphone” which really resonated with me!! In it she quotes, Denise Graveline, a public-speaking coach based in Washington, D.C. who says: “Study after study shows that even when you control for other variables, both men and women react more negatively to women who speak up in meetings, than they do to men.” This finding rings very true to me and troubles me greatly!! And it is one of the things which makes it doubly difficult for women to give voice to a position different from the position taken by others at the table which is difficult for anyone to do at the best of times. Ms. Graveline adds: “Because men speak up more in the workplace, they’re more likely to have opportunities to promote themselves and their accomplishments, which can lead to better raises and positions.” You can read the entire article which I really encourage you to do by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/why-women-need-to-step-up-to-the-microphone/article2217846/

 

On  November 4, 2011 Leah wrote a column “Beyond mentoring: Sponsoring.” I wrote a post about sponsoring and mentoring last week and I have asked each of the Babes to provide their views on the benefits of each and how you go about finding one of your very own. My post and the question was in part prompted by this column. It is definitely worth reading!! You can find it by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/beyond-mentoring-sponsoring/article2226281/


On November 18, 2011 she wrote a column “Maternity buddies: Staying linked to the workplace” which discussed a program at various firms, particularly law firms, designed to allow women to stay in touch with their work during maternity leaves. The intent of the program was in line with advice from the Babes I have interviewed which strongly suggested women stay in touch with their working lives during maternity leaves and periods during which they have decided to be stay at home moms. You can read the entire article by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/maternity-buddies-staying-linked-to-the-workplace/article2241974/


I am very glad the Globe has added Leah’s voice. She appears every Saturday in the Report on Business section. I highly recommend you add her to your list of “must-reads” each weekend!! She always has something worthwhile to add to the dialogue on the issues facing women in today’s world of work and life.

 

Please share your comments with me and with Leah. We like it when you do!!

 

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