Do you think that juggling work and motherhood is what keeps women from advancing into the executive suite? On Monday, Catalyst put out some eye-opening numbers that show work life balance issues have NOTHING to do with why women aren't making it to the top jobs in Corporate America. Worse, Catalyst looked at MBA grads over 10 years and discovered males make more money in their first job and land more promotions and raises. Catalysts Michael Chamberlain sums up the harsh truth: "Women start behind and never catch up."
Why should men care? Because women contribute to the family income. And, because women buy the products and services that companies want to sell.
I talked to a few women in Corporate America for my article in today's Miami Herald. The general consensus is that women think their company is going to advance them when they are ready. But guess what? That doesn't happen. Women who advanced took it upon themselves to "stand out" across divisions, build relationships throughout the company, and ask the right questions to get the skills they needed to land promotions. Ladies, your career path is yours to create.
Even more, if you are going to get ahead, having a mentor isn't good enough. You need an advocates at high levels who can talk you up as the right candidate when a high level position comes open and you're not in the room to sell yourself. That's what men have that women lack.
Here's my article, please let me hear your thoughts: