Love this response that came in from an executive who attended one of my women’s leadership programs. She wanted to contribute to the launching of Women’s Rules of Engagement Master Online Professional Program through her personal observation though she did ask that I not reveal her name should I use her comment.
So, Anonymous, I am honored you stuck your neck out to assist others to move through a limiting mental block you experienced.
“Nancy, I attended one of your women’s leadership programs. First, I want you to know that I was resistant to signing up for a ‘women’s only’ program because I didn’t want to be in separate training from the men in my organization. I even thought it might be damaging to my career. After all, I’m competing against male peers for promotion. The only reason I signed up was a senior woman I admired in the organization highly recommended it. I couldn’t figure out how to get out of attending without alienating her… though I managed to hold her off for at least a year because I was ‘just too busy.’ Wow, did I need the shaking-up you provided regarding that kind of thinking!
Secondly, I want you to know signing up was the best decision of my career. Looking back, I can’t believe how I slowed down my career progress by not attending sooner! Nancy, I can’t thank you enough for where I am today in my career. It would never have happened had you not introduced success approaches that have me competing as a woman and winning.” Anonymous
Why should women executives take a program exclusively for women?