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OWA Connection Series: 5 Top Takeaways

Courtney Myers, OWA Communications Committee
Courtney Myers, OWA Communications Committee
Courtney Myers, OWA Communications Committee

Joann S. Lublin, long-time career columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, shared her career advice during the OWA Connection Series Event, held at Vision Expo West and sponsored by ABB Optical.

Here are 5 key takeaways from this popular, well-attended event:

#1 — Stand On Each Other's Shoulders

As much as things have gotten better, not everything is "hunky-dory for women," says Lublin. Just as we stand on the shoulders of the women who blazed trails before us, help the women who come into the workforce after us to stand on our shoulders.

#2 — Be Your Biggest Fan

At the end of the day, you have to be your own best fan to reach your potential. Mom won't always be around to do that for you.

#3 — Find Your Allies

Early career leadership lessons are critical. Find internal allies and look outside your organization. Professional networking exposes you to new people and lets you build a network of supporters.

#4 — Don't Expect Pay Equity Until 2059

Use a "velvet glove" approach to pay negotiations. Speak from a position of knowledge, do your research on the rates of others in and outside your industry, and consider an executive pay consultant. Use your empathy skills to understand where the person on the other side of the table is coming from.

*Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research

#5 — Skip to the End

If you don't have time to read the book, or you need a refresh, Lublin has included six to eight bullets at the end of each chapter of "Earning It" to summarize the key takeaways.

Watch the full OWA Connection Series event on Facebook! Click here for the photo album.





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