We kicked off Women’s History Month with a bang this year with our Women ON Point leadership summit in Long Beach, California. We hosted 20 of the most driven and dynamic women from all over the country, including Hawaii, and are incredibly grateful to our power partner, the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, for going above and beyond in every way.
The timing could not have been more perfect, because right after the summit on March 8th it was International Women’s Day. This holiday started in 1909, but it was in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited its member states to proudly proclaim March 8th the UN Day for women’s rights and worldwide peace.
Here are 10 ways to celebrate women all month long (and even longer) and make a difference:
- Be a mentor to a female colleague or young woman
- Join a professional women’s group or chamber of commerce that supports gender parity
- Nominate a female colleague (or yourself) for an award
- Recommend a female colleague on LinkedIn
- Encourage a co-worker (or yourself) to go for that promotion or plumb assignment
- Invest in your own development and growth, build your confidence, and take a risk
- Remember to write your successes in your Brag Book and practice your elevator pitch
- Choose to be a champion and cheerleader, not a competitor, of other women
- Don’t be afraid to be the only woman in the room, and grab that seat at the table
- Attend Women ON Point: Next Level Leadership… WOMEN ON POINT – CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Women ON Point is strategically designed to help women take their leadership skills to the Next Level, and make a positive impact on their organizations. The next leadership summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on July 19-21. Feel free to visit our website at www.womenonpointleadership.com to learn more, see video testimonials, and read success stories.
In honor of this special month, and to celebrate women everywhere, we are excited to announce a special 20% discount in the month of March to any woman who wants to invest in herself and her leadership skills by attending our next Women ON Point. Contact us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for this special offer and we will help you celebrate Women’s History Month in a big way!!
For more than a century, this holiday has flown under the radar, but not this year. This year is all about motivated and empowered women making their voices heard. Some women honored the “day without women” and some wore red to work, but everyone has a greater awareness of the challenges women face in the workplace.
International Women’s Day is a global day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women throughout the world. It’s also a day that encourages action to accelerate gender parity.
It’s hard to believe that in 2017 women are still lagging behind in almost every category…leadership, pay, and overall gender equality. The World Economic Forum predicted that we wouldn’t achieve global gender parity until 2095, and the gender gap wouldn’t close completely until 2133.
Staggering statistics in a Harvard Business Review article reveal the rapid decline of women as they move up in an organization. More than half of all employees are women at the lowest levels, but that number drops off significantly at each successively higher level: women make up 53% of new hires, 37% of supervisors, 30% of managers, 26% of vice presidents, 14% of senior executives, and 3% of CEOs.
Not only does this defy basic common sense, it defies good business sense. Statistics don’t lie! It has been proven many times over that the companies that perform best financially have the greatest number of women in leadership positions, according to a new study and worldwide survey conducted by the HR consulting firm DDI and the nonprofit business research group The Conference Board. The companies that produce financially at the top 20% report that 27% of their leaders are women. In contrast, the bottom 20% of financial performers report only 19% of women in leadership roles.
Across industries, countries, and companies, men and women alike agree that more female leadership leads to stronger, healthier, and more profitable organizations. Women have a positive impact on culture, productivity, results, relationships, collaboration, teamwork, motivating and developing others, spearheading change and innovation, taking initiative, establishing stretch goals, and practicing self-development and personal growth.
There seems to be no end to what we can accomplish and the benefits we can bring when we are in positions of leadership. The bottom line is that everyone wins when we encourage, promote, and celebrate women in leadership roles. Come join the Women ON Point community, attend a leadership summit, sign up for the newsletter, and be a part “women supporting women” in leadership roles.
We look forward to seeing you soon!