Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2019

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 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 35 Peters Carey acknowledges that in order for more women to be promoted into the C-suite, senior management has to be more intentional about putting women in positions of leader- ship. ey also need to be more mindful of unconscious biases, especially against women of color. But it's about more than overcoming gender or ethnic biases in the workplace. One thing that women cannot afford to do is take a back seat in managing their careers, Peters Carey contends. As women, she says, we cannot wait for that tap on the shoulder to say, "you're promot- ed" or "I'd like you to take on this stretch assignment." Peters Carey says that more often than not, women under- estimate their abilities and their performance. A 2014 report by HP found that men are ready and willing to apply for a job if they meet only 60 percent of the qualifications, while women consider applying only if they meet 100 percent of the requirements, as cited in e Confidence Code: e Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know. "e advice that I give myself, and other women," Peters Carey says, "is to push yourself when you may not feel comfortable or you may not have every single thing to prepare you for a new position. You have to trust that you'll learn as you go." One of the biggest challenges she sees women face is speaking up and speaking out. "Girls more than boys are taught to be polite—to wait for their turn to speak. And I think that leads to us [as women] not being heard," Peters Carey says. "Men have no issue with raising their voice, not in a rude way, but as a way to be heard. Don't wait your turn, hoping people will give you opportunities. Go out and make those bold asks." DW Carolyn M. Brown is an award-winning journalist, author, and playwright. She is the coauthor of Climb: Taking Every Step with Conviction, Courage, and Calculated Risk to Achieve a riving Career and a Successful Life (Open Lens, 2018).

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