Julie Norris11 months ago
I've been maddened within my own company (I'm 50% owner) and to see other smart, talented, creative women marginalized and their contributions discounted or dismissed because the dominate (usually) males in the room somehow don't a) see the connection between building engagement means sales go up and b) believe that the women can do what they have already proven over and over they can do. I just finished reading Judy Wick's (founder of BALLE, White Dog Cafe, and the original Urban Outfitters store) new book "Good Morning, Beautiful Business" and cried my eyes out, feeling so affirmed in my approach, thinking and intuition. I grew up thinking gender equality had already happened - child of the 80's middle class white girl - and it's taken me until I was 32 to see that men, good men, ones who love you even will try to take over or leave you hanging because they do not understand how to PARTNER, COLLABORATE and SUPPORT. This is a huge problem in my community, where we are trying to foster local economies. We can't speak out and bring transparency to the matter because we are in business with these people and we must find bridges so as not to hurt our ability to sustain the business by throwing people under the truck. I've been introducing the concepts of Non-Violent Communication and holding workshops on HOW to lead, when to follow, identifying oppression and explaining that cooperation does not mean anarchy, nor does it mean dictatorship.