Discuss with Us: Make Room for Her

Join us as we prepare for the June Summit by learning more about the powerful message our keynote speaker will bring. The Women’s Leadership Council will be reading Rebecca Shambaugh’s Make Room for Her between March 31st and May 8th. And we want you to join us.

ETWLS-book-clubIn fact, we’re encouraging you to join us by having an open discussion of the book along the way, covering a few chapters each week on our Facebook page. We’ll be taking turns, sharing our own thoughts about what we’re reading and posting comments each week.

Then, on every Thursday night at 7:00 during that period, one of us will be there on Facebook to join you in a live chat about what we are reading.

Why don’t YOU pick up a copy of Make Room for Her and read along with us?

Here’s the schedule we’ve come up with. You’ll can also find it on our Facebook page under the Discuss with Us tab.

Discussion Schedule

  1. Make Room for Her book coverWeek of March 31: Ch 1-4; Summary Part I; Discussion Leader: Susanne Dalton Dupes
  2. Week of April 7: Ch 5-7; Leader: Wendy Pitts Reeves
  3. Week of April 14: Ch 8-9, Summary Part II; Leader: Deb Schmitz
  4. Week of April 21: Ch 10-12; Leader: Debra Poole
  5. Week of April 28: Ch 13-15, Summary of Part III; Leader: Kim Lauth
  6. Week of May 5: Ch 16, Summary Part IV; Leader: Bonnie Hinds
  7. Thursday, May 8: Heads Up!

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Famed Leadership Expert to Keynote 2014 Summit

Rebecca Shambaugh portrait

We are excited to announce that nationally known leadership strategist, author, and Huffington Post columnist Rebecca Shambaugh will bring the keynote “Courage to Lead” message at this year’s East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit.

Throughout her career, Shambaugh has coached and worked with top senior executives on timely leadership areas such as crisis and change management, communications strategies, executive presence, culture transformation, and human capital development. 

It's not the glass ceiling book cover

Make Room for Her book cover A thought leader in the industry, Shambaugh is the author of three books titled, Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton, It’s Not A Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor, and her latest, Make Room for Her.

Shambaugh has been featured in publications such as: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, USA Today, Washington Business Journal, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, Pink Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Management Association, Computer World and Professional Woman’s Magazine.

Read her full bio and find out more about Shambaugh Leadership at www.shambaughleadership.com.

Do You Recognize Second-Generation Gender Bias?

In the September issue of Harvard Business Review, Herminia Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb address research about the continuing lack of women in upper levels of senior management. They devote a significant portion of the article, “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers,” to second-generation gender bias.

“Despite a lack of discriminatory intent, subtle, ‘second-generation’ forms of workplace gender bias can obstruct the leadership identity development of a company’s entire population of women.”

They define second generation gender bias as:

  • A paucity of role models for women.
  • Gendered career paths and gendered work.
  • Women’s lack of access to networks and sponsors.
  • Double binds (the mismatch between conventionally feminine qualities and the qualities thought necessary for leadership).

The good news is, they offer suggestions and paths forward to address that bias. They offer three specific solutions that call upon both women and organizations to make changes.

“The three actions we suggest to support women’s access to leadership positions are (1) educate women and men about second-generation gender bias, (2) create safe “identity work spaces” to support transitions to bigger roles, and (3) anchor women’s development efforts in a sense of leadership purpose rather than in how women are perceived.”

Read the detailed article online in the September Harvard Business Review.

[From Live. Learn. Lead., the newsletter of the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council.  Read the complete issue here or view our newsletter archive.)

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