Join us for a dynamic presentation led by Professor Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most cited experts on women and work, about her latest book – What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need To Know.
The presentation offers savvy advice, based on extensive research and interviews with 127 highly successful women, to help women navigate office politics and thrive in high-powered careers. Drawing on hundreds of published studies, Williams pinpoints the ways office politics are trickier for women than men, and even trickier for women of color, identifying four distinct patters of gender bias:
• Women have to prove themselves over and over (“Prove-It-Again!”);
• They must navigate a tightrope between being too masculine and too feminine (“Tightrope”);
• Having children just compounds both problems (“Maternal Wall”); and
• Gender bias against women often fuels conflicts among women (“Tug of War”).
This presentation provides specific strategies used by highly successful women at the top of their fields to navigate workplaces shaped by subtle bias. Williams offers strategies beneficial to a wide range of women, be they timid or assertive, white or a woman of color, juggling a family or single, 20 or 60 years old. The result is a researched-based “how-to” manual for any woman trying to figure out what concrete steps she can take to advance her career and cope with bias. Please join us for an engaging discussion about the challenges women face in today’s workplace, and learn about data-driven strategies that will help women succeed.