Want to Get Promoted? Prove it Again!

In a court of law, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Likewise, in the workplace, white men are presumed competent until proven otherwise. Women and people of color, however, don't get the luxury of such a presumption. Instead, they are often assumed to be less competent than their white, male…

Where to Meet Your Professional Network

We've all heard the expression, "It's not what you know, it's who you know that really matters." In a perfect world, everyone would be fairly evaluated on their merit, and opportunities would flow to the most deserving based on their hard work and talent. But, we don't live in a meritocracy, and having a network of…

Spotlight: Statues of Women Nationwide

  Our museums and public spaces are filled with statues the commemorate notable figures in history. But, if you take a moment to notice, almost all of those statues commemorate men. In New York City, only 5 out of the city's 150 statues are women. In San Francisco, women are represented in only 2 of…

The Benefits of Paternity Leave Are for Everyone

When I had my son 3 years ago, I was nervous about a million things. Thankfully, my job wasn't one of them. My company had a good parental leave policy, and I was able to take off 13 weeks to be with my baby, all of which were 100% paid. Even better? My husband's company…

Attention Leaders: Your Employees are Watching You

You are probably familiar with the expression, "Do as I say, not as I do." I know I've subscribed to this philosophy a time or two, especially since becoming a parent. But, I've also come across this style of leadership many times in the workplace. I've had senior leaders who talk a good game when…

Equality Begins at Home

Yesterday, my friend sent an article that resonated with her and with me as well. The article is called "Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents." Sounds harsh, right? Particularly for those of us who consider ourselves progressive and egalitarian at home. But, when I read the below paragraph, I thought, "Yes! This!"…