More women are moving up as leaders in the chemical industry, but there’s still much work to do. How can we continue to eradicate implicit bias, and champion inclusivity, all while continuing to grow as leaders and reach our long-term career goals?
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On how to support and advance women in the chemical industry:
“We need to engage [women] around every aspect of their lives, not just the next career progression, and helping them make choices that lead to a fulfilling life both inside and outside of the workplace.
A few times, it was my manager who made the difference in supporting my progression and giving me the confidence that I could succeed at the next level. I am very grateful to those managers and without them I would not have achieved my current role.
My hope is that more women will see that they are capable of senior leadership roles and garner the support from all parts of their lives to pursue their ambitions.” — Kathy Shelton, VP & CTO, FMC Corp.
“It is important for women to learn immediately what the company/manager values, to determine ways for uniquely separating themselves from others, demonstrate a willingness to take on new responsibilities/challenges, to identify several mentors and investigate future efforts you should be considering, to determine those individuals with whom they could collaborate with, to be an attentive listener in meetings and offer thoughtful comments or suggestions, to always complete jobs on time and at a high standard, and to make certain that they are given credit for their efforts and that others are also given credit for their accomplishments.” — Valerie Kuck, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, retired
On how women and companies can confront gender bias in the workplace:
“Find a safe harbor in the organization, someone you can talk to and give you advice. Then solicit the support of that person as you push back. Weed out these passive aggressive behaviors by strength and resilience.
For the organizations, short circuit the layers by having listening sessions with your early career women.”— Andrew N. Liveris, Retired, Dow Chemical Company