Happy summer solstice. Today is the day that the sun appears to stand still as it reaches its highest point, before moving off toward the horizon. As we all celebrate the official start of summer, Works for Women wants to also share their Summertime Challenge with you.
Summertime Challenge – Inspire Her!
According to Catalyst, in any work culture, relationships are necessary for employees to attain high-visibility assignments, promotions, and connections. For women, sponsors—advocates in positions of authority who use their influence intentionally to help others advance—are essential to ensuring career advancement and professional development. We know that women have a lot of mentors; but they also need sponsors who will give them visibility, talk about their accomplishments behind closed doors, and promote them for stretch opportunities. For this month’s challenge, we want to explore how the Works for Women network can act as powerful sponsors for women in their spheres of influence – to help them reach their highest career point.
Confidence is everything. Women need to know how valuable they are and how valuable their point of view is in any field for us to inch toward gender parity in the workforce. It sounds simple, and of course there are so many external factors that play in to the way things are, but I think that would be a huge step in the right direction. Let’s take the opportunity to tell women they are brilliant. Let them know what kind of brilliance you see, and why it’s so special.
We are therefore bringing back #WomenCrushLeadership from our Empowering Female Leaders Challenge last May. We want to hear more of your stories of the women that inspire you, each day. We know that women lack visible role models at senior levels – we often cannot become what we cannot see. There are so many inspirational women out there, but somehow, it’s hard to see (and hear) the collective impact they are all making. This month we want to change that visual and hear about the inspirational women you know – any why they inspire you. Let’s recreate this visual of what we see and remember what inspires us. And what better way to kick-off those summer time vibes with positive messaging for those that truly inspire you to do your best work.
To join the challenge, simply:
Let’s inspire and empower women to continue to do their best work!
In closing, thank you again for helping to spark dialogue, build awareness, and inspire action. We are reminded that change does not happen overnight, but by uniting our community we can take direct action to impact change. Works for Women is continuing to build a better place for women to lead. We will be back to our regular programming in September and look forward to sharing our September challenge with you.