Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 25 jump-start your career and boost your pay. We asked three experts for their best advice. 1 Rock your job. Success in the work- place starts with being a great per- former. "If you deliver on what you say you can do—and you help your team, manager, and organization succeed— people will take notice," says Jan Combo- piano, senior vice president for research and chief knowledge ofcer at Catalyst. But showing up every day and doing a good job isn't enough. "Your talent needs to grow as quickly and as constantly as your industry," says career and life coach Ann Daly of Women Advance, a former women's studies professor whose website ofers tips and webinars. Position yourself as an expert in your feld or content area by reading books and journals, attending workshops and conferences, and cultivating new skills. Figure out the challenges that your orga- nization faces and devise solutions. "If you're the payroll director for a large tech company, how can you make the pro- cess cheaper, quicker, or more accurate?" asks Daly. "By solving problems and recog- nizing opportunities, you add value." 2 Toot your horn. Some people think that if they keep their head down and do a great job, people will take notice. "We keep waiting for our fairy godmother to tap us on the shoulder and whisk us away to a fabulous opportunity," says Combopiano. But if you wait for the phone to ring, it may never happen. Disussing your accomplishments is the frst step. "Managers often perceive that the people who report to them contribute less than those people believe they contrib- ute," says Kristine Perez-Foley, an executive coach and leadership consultant with the Korn Ferry and Hay Group. "Tat's why it's important to get comfortable talking about what you're working on and communicat- ing your success." Putting yourself in the right place at the right time is another must. "Volunteer By Karen Eisenberg B everly Norman-Cooper was content in her job as a regional communications consultant for Kaiser Permanente when she got a phone call from the CFO's ofce: would she be willing to move to the national di- vision to manage communications for an important new initiative? "Tere was a lot of risk in- volved for me," she recalls. "I was happy where I was, and I had a lot of freedom and fexibility." Te new job would be both complex and political. "It required a tremendous amount of change and communicating the impor- tance of that change to an organization of more than 170,000 people," she says. Norman-Cooper decided to take the plunge, and that decision proved to be a game changer for her. Ten years and sever- al positions later, she is now executive di- rector of supplier diversity for Kaiser Per- manente, a position she describes as the culmination of her education and career. Norman-Cooper's trajectory illustrates the kind of calculated risk taking that is THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Eight Ways to Advance Your Career and Boost Your Pay essential for a woman seeking to advance her career in an executive landscape still dominated by men. While women make up 45 percent of the workforce in S&P 500 companies, they hold just 25 percent of executive- and senior-level positions, according to a 2015 analysis by Catalyst, a nonproft organization dedicated to ac- celerating women's progress through work- place inclusion. Only 4 per- cent of S&P 500 companies are run by female CEOs. Women also trail men in compensa- tion. Compared with their white male counterparts, full-time female work- ers earned just 79 cents on the dollar in 2014, according to the American Associa- tion of University Women. Te gap was even greater for women of color, with African American women making 63 percent of what non-Hispanic white men earned, and Hispanic and Latina women making just 54 percent. Dismayed by the numbers? Don't be. Whether you opt to stay at your current company or make the leap to a new em- ployer, there are steps you can take to Accelerate We Mean Business >

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