We asked a leadership team at SAS, “You work for one of the top places to work in the U.S. With a work environment people crave, why did the people of SAS organize a women’s group?” They shared that peer groups are only as strong as how connected the members are.
They knew a women’s group is a great place to share frustrations and ask for advice, but most importantly – they wanted their female employees to feel the proximity of power.
When we interviewed a group of Seattle leaders for the film, we asked them a question from our Pioneers in Skirts™ Facebook followers: "How do you manage your time so that you are able to handle the long work hours, while still maintaining physical, social, and mental stability?"
Wow, that was a BIG question! Check out what we heard in response. If you haven't started following us on Facebook -- now's the time to start! facebook.com/PioneersInSkirts
A recent study told us that 52% of c-level women played college sports. "Pioneers in Skirts" investigates the non-technical skills women obtain from being part of a competitive sport through in-depth interviews with those who coach, mentor and lead on teams. Coach Sylvia Hatchell of UNC Chapel Hill proved our theory with her experience of employers reaching out to her for new hires. There is definitely a connection between sports and career success!
After we read a recent study said that only 16% of Fortune 500 board seats are held by women, we started to ask our interviewees, “Have you ever considered pursuing a paid board seat?” The answers we heard often was NO. Not only did most of our interviewees never consider it, they had absolutely no idea where to start if they did. So we asked Jeff Chambers – a leadership consultant. Jeff was happy to share a wealth of information.