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How to deal with the old boys’ club Bay Street work environment?

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“In a typical “old [white] boys’ club” Bay St. work environment, what advice do you have for young, visible-minority women who want to be upwardly-mobile but who are always excluded from informally socializing with these men?   If I read this question correctly, I believe it is all young women, not just visible-minority women, who would be excluded from informally socializing with this group. In my experience, those young women who get noticed by the "old boys’ club boys" are the "outliers" - the young woman that pulls an all-nighter at the office to complete that special project against all odds. The young woman who has to be called in by her boss because "she is working too hard". Those young women build a brand within the ...

Making Connections: How to Build and Manage Relationships

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to a group of young women at a lunch sponsored by Women in Capital Markets yesterday. The subject was Making Connections: How to Build and Manage Relationships.  In preparation for the occasion, I reviewed the Babes stories I have told here and came up with a list of Basic Principles  in connection with this subject which I elaborated on during the luncheon. My ten Basic Principles were:   Basic Principles   Be authentic. Establish a network of support. Ensure the relationships in your personal lives are “in order”. Develop your relationships with woman. Find a mentor and a role model. Don’t burn any  bridges…no matter what. Support those you can, in particular, support other women whenever you can. Don’t look for a leadership position; ...

How to deal with the old boys’ club Bay Street work environment?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"In a typical "old [white] boys' club" Bay St. work environment, what advice do you have for young, visible-minority women who want to be upwardly-mobile but who are always excluded from informally socializing with these men? Being a visible minority, in addition to being a young woman in this situation, does add additional challenges I am sure. But I do see this as being somewhat the same as if you were a young upwardly mobile white woman. I suggest always being personable and pleasant in the workplace ( yes gritting one's teeth from time to time is a useful exercise!).That way the men may view you more as someone they may wish to include in their informal gatherings. If there ...

How to deal with the old boys’ club Bay Street work environment?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"In a typical "old [white] boys' club" Bay Street work environment, what advice do you have for young, visible-minority women who want to be upwardly-mobile but who are always excluded from informally socializing with these men?   My advice would be to (1) focus on job performance and being the best you can be on the job, (2) develop strong working relationships with all of your colleagues, (3) take the initiative to socialize with male colleagues and don’t wait for them to invite you for lunch or drinks after work and (4) develop as broad a network as possible both inside and outside your organization.  There are more and more women and other visible-minorities in senior ...