Women in leadership

Nov 15, 2019 45 Comments

What is a good strategy for entering the C suite? Are there any women here on Blind who are in the leadership level?

I see myself one day standing in front of a huge audience and delivering a keynotes speech. The question is what can I do now for that to happen in 5 years?

Asking women here since the men always say the whole diversity is farce and I am trying to get something I can't otherwise and all that BS; it may be true.. I don't care. If I can use that to my benifit, I will.

8YOE; HWE (doing a niche role, with high Visibility)

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    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      @Microsoft - you are nothing but a bully and displaying signs of harassment. I only feel pity for you.. poor you!
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Microsoft 302
      Lol @you saying you’re pretty thick skinned 🤣 This is harassment? No, this is reality.
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Learn how to navigate multiple types of waters. Make big waves. Sink big ships.
    I am one of the very very few women anywhere near my level in my field. I have been hired both because of diversity points for the hiring company and in spite of the fact that I am the only woman in the company. Always bust your ass and never let them see you sweat. Takes time and working harder than everyone else around you - x2.
    Nov 15, 2019 7
    • Microsoft 302
      @OP waah waah, I’m not competitive enough, there are so many people smarter than me and I cannot make it, waah
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      @Build40 thank for you for message. There is no shortcut to working hard; I was looking for more stuff like - how much business savy does it need? Does being able to steer the market into the right market; Paul Otellini lost the biggest turning point for Intel by not signing the apple deal. You know stuff like that. I am not trying to get there tomorrow, rather trying to prepare myself well and picking the right skills.
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Oracle pzd
    > I see myself one day standing in front of a huge audience and delivering a keynotes speech.

    Do you also see what the keynote is about? That sort of matters.
    Nov 15, 2019 4
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    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      Who is Elizabeth Holmes? No hacks; shortcuts will end me up at " she only got this job because of the whole diversity shit, she isn't good otherwise"

      Just stuff that other women/men did.
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Uber SaEc63
    Don't rush to C-suite. Take your time and learn as much as you possibly can, find your true passion and commit to set out on that path. Hire people smarter than you are (pro tip!) and build trust, respect, and a positive reputation as a leader among your peers. Start speaking at conferences, sit on panels, find a mentor and really follow through on that process. Be patient with your career trajectory and you'll reach that C-suite level at the right time, right place, and with the right company. Good luck & go get 'em!
    Nov 15, 2019 1
    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      Thanks a lot @SaEc63; no rushing, it's one of those long term goals. I just want to be doing the right things and make sure I am focussing on correct attributes at work. I like tech, so not leaving that... I did speak at a conference; but I want to expand my wings and put myself out there. You gave some really value points in hiring the right people and having a good influence.
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Indeed indood
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    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Cadence Mariposa
    OP
    Thank you everyone who has added some value to this post. I am going to leave this in the anticipation that women/men in leadership roles pitch in ideas.

    I was initially planning on posting on the general forum by hiding my gender fearing the whole "don't worry you are a female, so you will get promoted regardless" BS. Hence I chose the women in Tech and even here the shit doesn't stop; and you men wonder why Grace Hopper happens? Even in an anonymous forum like Blind, the harassment and bullying doesn't stop and I have to fend for myself.

    The intention of the post was to gather data points.
    Nov 15, 2019 1
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    • BlackRock fuckFANG
      What’s that supposed to mean ?
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      Devil doing the job
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Apple jbstids
    Another joke for women use her gender power to climb corporate ladder. I saw this B.S in current company. The C-chair of women@Orange, actually an abuser herself. Be aware these wolf in sheep skin. Sisters!
    Dec 14, 2019 1
    • Uber SaEc63
      Wait, what? 😂
      Dec 14, 2019
  • Splunk rtyu88
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  • Argo AI human_bot
    While I respect your ambition and agree that it is lonely as women, the view that C suite is the only growth is is just absurd. You can be a staff engineer or VP of engineering, that is still growth and pays the same.
    Nov 15, 2019 3
    • Argo AI human_bot
      That is very subjective to where you work. I have worked at places where that is not really true. You might need a job change. I am not sure how do you know that business strategy is more interesting when you haven’t tried that. I do want to see more women Engineers, please break the stereotype and don’t make a choice because it is easy or you like power.

      PS my wife is a HW Engineer, <3 from her.
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Cadence Mariposa
      OP
      Ha ha it's this the opposite of easy?? Easy is to stay in that small area of focus and Excel in it; difficult is to see a wider and rather macroscopic view of your business, areas to focus in a manner that are going to benifit. We have all been in places where a CEO's baby project gets killed. I am talking about skills like that; as I type I realize that's what interests me.
      Nov 15, 2019

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