Thought this article was interesting on women expanding their network.
There were times when I would voice my opinion and be completely ignored. If a man proposed the same idea, everyone would listen
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Women in senior executive positions are increasingly seeing the benefits of supporting one another and reaping the rewards that all-female networks can offer. As a result of my own experiences, I personally have gone from seeing female networks as a non-issue to becoming an outspoken champion of the Lean In circles in the UK, where hundreds of women support each other through small peer support groups. So what changed my mind?
In my early career I was fortunate to begin working for General Electric, as manager of the Asia Pacific market. My years with GE gave me a deep appreciation of diversity and formed who I am.
In 1994, I joined KPMG and by 1999 became a partner. I went on to various other roles and in 2009 became part of the executive committee of the IT company Logica, before it was acquired by the Canada-based CGI Group.
As the first and only woman on the executive committee in a male-dominated industry, my experience was both exhilarating and demeaning. There were times when I would voice my opinion and be completely ignored. If a man proposed the same idea, everyone would listen. As I interacted with other women in executive positions, I realised that women were treated poorly across a variety of industries and seniority levels. Before I moved to the UK, I had coached and mentored both men and women, but these experiences drove me to focus on working with other women.