Women of JACO
Today is International Women’s Day so I thought I would highlight a women’s initiative here at JA of Central Ohio (JACO) called Women of JACO (WJACO). WJACO is a group of women who gather throughout the year to engage and impact local students, network with other female professionals, participate in professional development opportunities, promote their career and industry to local students, and further the mission of Junior Achievement (JA).
This last Friday, WJACO hosted a panel discussion titled Championing Women in the Workplace – providing ideas on how to proactively support women in the workplace and how to address gender issues in the office. The rock star panel consisted of Kelley Griesmer from the Columbus Foundation, Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, and Caroline Worley, owner and Co-Founder of Worley Law. WJACO also had the opportunity to host PhD candidate Jill Yavorsky as the moderator. Jill is an expert on patterns and mechanisms of gender inequality in the workplace as well as unequal divisions of labor between men and women in the home. (Who better to guide the conversation!?!)
With Jill’s guidance, the panel answered questions on career advancement, the wage gap, women mentorship, and work-life balance. There was an abundance of great advice, but here are a few of the key takeaways:
Advancing Your Career & the Wage Gap
- Be brave for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to call out a gender issue, it will help people recognize it and change.
- Negotiate your salary. Ask for promotions and prepare 6 to 12 month plans.
- Don’t self-anchor yourself (aka don’t be afraid to brag)
- Every couple of months write down your accomplishments
- Recommended Book: Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – everyone needs a mentor even if you are at the top of your game
- When meeting with a mentor:
- Set goals
- Make Agendas
- Talk about challenges in obtaining your goals
- Make sure your mentor is committed
- Be present for one another, talk about your struggles
- Don’t think of it as work-life balance but rather base what you do on your priorities
- Don’t overcommit
- Recommended Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- Finding the right romantic or marital partner is very important
- Be a team
- Make sure you are supportive of each other
WJACO puts on several other events throughout the year and is awesome opportunity for professional development and impacting the kids in our community. If you are interested in more information email Amanda Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy International Women’s Day!