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Women are taking more opportunities to become leaders

Michelle Patterson on The C.A.P. Podcast

 
There is a growing phenomena of women helping and supporting other women in their careers, something men have done for much longer. In this second excerpt of the May 2, 2014, episode of The C.A.P. Podcast, I chat with Michelle Patterson, President of The California Women’s Conference, about how men and women have approached supporting each other differently in the workforce, how motherhood is an excellent crucible for leadership skills, and entrepreneurial leadership.
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Do women underestimate their value as leaders?

Michelle Patterson on the C.A.P. Podcast, Part 1
 
Women are hard-wired to be leaders, and yet this innate talent is woefully untapped in Corporate America. In this first excerpt of the May 2, 2014, episode of The C.A.P. Podcast, I chat with Michelle Patterson, President of The California Women’s Conference, about the state of women in leadership today.
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4 ‘Barrier Breakers’ for working women

At the forthcoming California Women’s Conference, to be held here in Long Beach, Calif., May 19 and 20, a wide variety of women’s issues will be covered, including the stubbornly-persistent Glass Ceiling. The article below by Michelle Patterson, President of the Conference, shares some tips for breaking through the barriers many women face in the work place. How might you apply these same tips to your entrepreneurial author business?

4 Barrier Breakers for Working Women

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4 ‘Barrier Breakers’ for Working Women

By Michelle Patterson

In taking on a more dominant role in the business world, as more women confidently climb their career ladders and step into important roles and leadership positions, the experience in the American workforce is shifting and the power balance is beginning to tilt in their direction. With more women in the U.S. workforce than men, this provides an opportunity to take a stand on some important issues that continue to impact women in their multiple roles as career woman, wife and mother.

While the glass ceiling clearly has large cracks and even holes, there is more work to be done to truly leverage the earning potential and talent that can catapult Corporate America toward greater success and help women in the process.

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The C.A.P. Podcast

The CAP Podcast, Episode 7: Michelle Patterson on Women and Leadership

Michelle Patterson on The C.A.P Podcast

Although women represent 50.8 percent of the U.S. population, earning almost 60 percent of both undergraduate and Master’s degrees, and holding almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions (CAP, Catalyst, Center for Economic Development).

Michelle Patterson In this episode of The C.A.P. Podcast, I talk with Michelle Patterson, President of the California Women’s Conference, about how women can improve this statistic and step into the leadership roles they were born to fulfill.

Stereotypes and skewed perceptions remain powerful and still impede the advancement of women. The dearth of women in leadership roles — and in whole fields — creates the perception that women do not belong in those positions or professions. (CAP) But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In 2012, the Center for Economic Development published a report called Fulfilling the Promise: How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and American Companies more Competitive. The recommendation of the report was (more…)

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The state of women leadership today

Michelle Patterson Although women are 50.8 percent of the U.S. population holding almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions.

Michelle Patterson, President of the Global Women Foundation and The California Women’s Conference, hopes to turn the tide of this trend through her work with a variety of organizations that are partnering with the Foundation, the Conference and her relatively recently launched organization Women Network.

“Regardless of socio-economic background,” says Michelle, “women can and should take an active role in educating themselves about leadership. This includes accessing information at local libraries, investing in training and workshops and attending events that support women’s empowerment like the California Women’s Conference.”

The United States, once a world leader in gender equality, now lags behind other similarly wealthy nations in women’s economic participation. Both women and men play critical roles in turning this terrible trend around. We women need to step up and play a stronger role in the economy. We need to demand better jobs, create more successful entrepreneurial enterprises and demand to have our voices heard. And, the men in our lives need to be supporting us, helping us and championing us. When women win, we all win … and there is plenty to go around.

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Power Thought: Write down your goals

Michelle Patterson “The goals that get written down are the goals that get achieved.”
~ Michelle Patterson

What this quote means in business:
Michelle Patterson, the woman currently behind the California Women’s Conference, was one of the guest speakers at Craig Duswalt’s Rockstar Entrepreneur Conference this month and spoke about the importance not only of having goals, but writing them down.

Creative entrepreneurs often live in their creativity and don’t cultivate the left brain practice of writing goals down. However, those that do often are much more successful in their endeavors. Here are some of the insights I’ve had about goal setting (and achieving) that were only further strengthened by Michelle’s presentation.
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