Women of Color: We Need You In Leadership. Here’s How to Get There. – Rukmini Reddy, VP of EngineeringFeatured
If you’re a woman (particularly a woman of color) in tech, you’ve probably felt it. That feeling that you’re the “only one” in the room. The feeling that you don’t belong, that you need to prove yourself, that you’re alone. According to a study by Leanin.org and McKinsey & Company, one in five women report being one of the only women in the room. In senior leadership, this is twice as common: 40% of women are the only one. The sad fact is that, despite women -- particularly women of color -- showing up and “leaning in,” many companies aren’t equipped to support us. The good news is that we’re talking about it. Even better news: there are ways for you to build the support you need to grow into leadership. It’s not easy, but I’ve used these tips throughout my career to develop into a VP of Engineering.
wow, that is so incredible as journey!I am in full leadership of my company as well and I help young girls to get into entrepreneurship
Very well said and I love the contexts you set and the clear directive to be sincere, specific and open. I also think it’s important to add that more or us are having the inclination to show up and speak up just as hard as we work. I’ve found that the environment and culture of a team or organization is also important and the onus is on us to ensure there is openness in the environment for our voice and contributions to be acknowledged and rewarded. Then act decisively and accordingly.
Great advice, Rukmini!I found out about a Board training seminar here in San Francisco and contacted the organizer to ask if I could volunteer & attend. She said, “Yes”, so I’ve attended the 1 of 2 sessions and next week attend the final session. Taking the initiative is worth the effort! I’ve met women in influential positions from a variety of industries bu attending this seminar! And this will help me when I launch my startup social consulting practice. I’ll be working on projects to help empower women, slowdown global warming and help to reduce homelessness in San Francisco. Watch for me in December 2019...soon!
Love these insights and suggestions. So proud to be a backer of your leadership at Abstract - thank you Rukmini!!
As a former corporate HR exec, I spent much of my time coaching women and people of color on just these lessons! Spot on Rukmini! Thanks for sharing.
This was right on the money and something I'm currently attempting to maneuver at my current position. For years I've dug my heels in and was the most productive person on the team while I watched my co-workers get promoted and get ahead. I wander why so many woman make this mistake. Thanks for clearing the air and detailing some actionable insights.
Often times, there is conflict on how we are raised as opposed to how we need to behave to thrive and move forward in the business world.My mother (who is traditional and from China) always said be lady-like, work hard and hold on to your job no matter what. This created a problem for me when I demonstrated my intelligence and my boss felt threatened and would not say a word of praise with respect to my work while my previous supervisor (also his boss) gave me a big raise the 1st year after I started. I had taken a look at the archaic methodology of the group and implemented a software added to our enterprise system to make data transfer much faster. No one ever attempted to introduce technology that resulted in man-hours and materials savings. The group & it’s leadership operated on a status quo mentality. Ridiculous!When in this environment, if management does not recognize your talents and overtime not receptive to your requests to move up, I’d say leave and find another employer who will appreciate you! But do keep an eye on how to maximize your 401(k) or employer matching program. Important to take care of yourself financially. Be well, everyone!
This was such a good read. Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it with us. I'm interviewing for a managerial role at a global VC company and I know these tips will come in handy if I get the job *fingers crossed*