Hello SOTGC community,
If you’re new to SOTGC, you may have noticed that all our posts have a common thread. There is almost no negativity on this website. It’s a global online community created to empower, support, and promote women. Yet there is no mention of that Glass Ceiling in terms of statistics on women in the executive office positions. It’s a global online community created to be the ultimate resource for women in business. Yet not once is the wage gap disparity addressed and debated, nor the myriad of other issues in the workforce that hold women back. And this is done purposefully, and, sometimes painfully, from the executive team at SOTGC.
When I look at what I want SOTGC to grow into and symbolize 10 to 50 years from now, I see a daunting goal. I see SOTGC being synonymous with women empowerment but not at the expense of our male counterparts. I see SOTGC being reputed to have helped more women on the upward trajectory of their career, whether that is in the corporate setting or as an entrepreneur, but not by aggressively competing and hoarding our resources and pearls of wisdom. I see SOTGC shifting the curve of the success of the movement for women in business, and this means that there can be little negativity and reactionary posts to accomplish this.
A very wise woman once told me that nothing can be changed and sustained without a base of education and solid infrastructure in place to maintain the metrics of success. This environment fosters collaboration and support because otherwise it cannot be maintained and flourish.
Each year I sit at the awards ceremony at our global sales meeting for my “day job.” I’m in one of the most cutthroat and competitive sales industries, the medical device profession. Each year a “VP of Sales of the year award,” a “regional sales manager of the year award,” and 10 to 12 President Club winners are announced. Do you know what every one of these winners has in common? Their entire team jumps up clapping and hugging as the names are announced. I watch people who compete year round for these honors, and the first thing they do is jump up to congratulate their peers. I listen to the VP of Sales and regional manager of the year thank everyone on their team and acknowledge that they wouldn’t be on that stage if it weren’t for every person pulling together to ensure that their area collaboratively succeeded as one unit.
So this was the mentally I decided SOTGC would employ when working to help change the landscape in the success of women. We would collaborate, we would push each other to move out of our comfort zone by encouraging everyone with inspiring stories and being an online community of support. We would talk about the mistakes we made and what we learned and employed to lead to the next big success. And these things can’t be accomplished if our tone strays towards the negative and outraged.
So, for those of you who believe that women can, and WILL, change the business landscape in the next 20 to 50 years, I thank you for your continued support. And for those that want to do their part, take a moment this week and approach a woman in your company or industry who has been showing courage and conquering adversity, and let her know that her contribution and effort has been acknowledged and to keep inspiring you. By sharing best practices and working together, we can and will move the needle forward for the movement in women in business.