Five Tips for Women in Business to Get Ahead in Business

The Greater Boston Chamber welcomed Linda Galipeau, CEO of Randstad North America, as the featured speaker for the Women’s Network Breakfast in Boston on October 15. Galipeau’s discussion outlined a troubling picture: While women have come a long way in business, there’s been relatively zero growth over the past 10 years in those sitting in senior-level executive positons.

How can women take an active role in bridging this gap, while advancing their own careers? Galipeau shared five ways:

  1. Perform: Simply put: You need to do a very good job. Promotions are still based on performance.  You won’t get anywhere, or gain the confidence you need, if you don’t perform.
  2. Learn to network and self-promote: This is the thing women actually have the most difficulty with, while men excel. Unknown is unloved. Do things that make you uncomfortable. Networking isn’t all external; it is critical internally in the workplace.  Build a network. Find a sponsor and ask them for help. And make it their job to see you rise in your career.
  3. Find your voice: Every time you’re sitting in a meeting, you’re in an interview. You’re often exposed in these brief moments to the people who will be making huge decisions about your career at some point. Don’t sit there quietly. Don’t let other people make the point.  When you talk, just talk. Forget the lead-in; you don’t have to inoculate the whole room for what you’re about to say. If you sit there quietly, your silence speaks volumes. (and it doesn’t say what you truly want to get across).
  4. Learn to fail: Women externalize success and internalize failure. When they do well, they try to deflect the accomplishment, or claim it on luck. Men do the opposite. It’s healthy to blame failure on external sources. When you do that, your self-esteem remains intact, no matter how bad you may mess up. If you take every failure personally, you learn not to take the risks you need to take.
  5. Go for it: If you don’t make the leap, you won’t get the job you apply for; the raise you don’t ask for; or the opportunity that you’re not quite ready for if you wait to be ready for it. This is a practice skill. Sponsors and others will help you. If you don’t go for it, many valuable opportunities are lost.

Women are critical to organizations, and getting women at the top will make the difference between organizations that succeed – and those that don’t. If you take these steps, you can make a true impact.

Looking for more tips for your career? Join us for our next Women’s Network Breakfast, where you’ll learn why self-projection is key for advancing your growth.

Chamber CEO Paul Guzzi visits Washington D.C. to discuss R&D funding

Greater Boston Chamber President & CEO Paul Guzzi traveled to Washington, D.C. Monday to speak with members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) on the topic of research funding. Guzzi highlighted the work the Chamber is leading to increase federal research dollars through its “Business for Federal Research Funding” coalition, and called on Congress to tackle this important issue immediately following the November elections.

“While meeting with roughly 50 college presidents and chancellors from universities across the country, it was abundantly clear just how critical these research dollars are to the nation’s higher education system,” said Guzzi. “Yet the impact of these investments goes far beyond academia. The innovations that flow from basic research are at the root of countless companies, products, and jobs, and lead to scientific breakthroughs and new technologies from the Internet to communications satellites and defenses against disease.”

In September, President Obama signed a FY2015 continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 11. The full Congress will reconvene after the November elections to begin a lame duck session to address unfinished business, including the passage of FY2015 appropriations. Business for Federal Research Funding is working to ensure that critical increases in federal research funding are addressed at that time. An increase in funding is particularly critical to the Greater Boston region which is home to world class colleges and universities, a thriving life sciences sector, and innovative teaching hospitals and research facilities.

“Nearly 60 percent of all funding for basic scientific research in the United States is provided by the federal government,” said Guzzi. “In order to provide for the development and advancement of a strong innovation economy, and to remain global leaders in research, Congress must act now to increase federal accounts responsible for dispersing research funds at a steady rate above inflation each year, beginning with the FY2015 appropriations.”

The coalition will continue to mobilize support among House and Senate members in the weeks ahead to secure sustained research funding growth across several areas of the federal budget, including those related to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Business for Federal Research Funding is a Greater Boston Chamber-led coalition of 58 Chambers of Commerce from across the country, representing all geographic areas.

Listen to Linda Galipeau’s address to the Chamber!

Galipeau_ProgramsThis week, Linda Galipeau, CEO of Randstad North America, spoke to the Chamber’s Women’s Network. Her remarks were focused on “Cultivating More Women to Pursue Top Positions: Developing a Multifaceted Approach that Encourages Women to Go After Leadership Roles.”

If you missed this event, you can now listen to her remarks courtesy of our media partner WBUR. Check it out below.

Free webinar: Networking in Greater Boston

Are you looking to network more in Greater Boston? Build off the many connections you’re already accumulated? Or simply increase the quality of your efforts? We’re here to help.

The Chamber is hosting a brief webinar this Thursday, October 9 at 1:30 p.m., where you’ll learn:

  • New strategies for building strategic connections that matter most
  • New techniques to utilize during face-to-face networking
  • How to deliver more credibility and trust with those you meet
  • Bringing new connections into your organization’s sales cycle
  • A sampling of upcoming events to put your new skills to use

The webinar is free to attend. Click here to register.