Women Empowerment@Work
Taking Charge of Your Life
W@W – A VentureBean Initiative
Anjana Vivek: beanie@venturebean.com
VentureBean Consulting Private Limited
Background: Quick snapshot
Self empowerment
Networking
Summary
Agenda
2 2
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Women and careers
• Yes, many times there are differences in career
paths of women ...
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Women and careers
“To trigger thinking”
• What is required from you today, can chan...
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Women and careers
Your perspective as a woman
• Starting point:
– What do you want ...
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Women and careers
• The world itself is getting reset; You can
decide your place
• ...
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Background: Quick Snapshot
Self empowerment
Networking
Summary
Agenda
7 7
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Barriers: Illustrative
• Internal
– Self confidence
– After break in career
– Speak...
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Barriers
• Addressing barriers
– Empowering self
– Continuous learning
– Hard work
...
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Taking Charge of Your Life
Self Empowerment
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There are certain patterns we observe in
working/ professional/ entrepreneurial ...
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Here are a few samples of such traits:
Illustrative Only
- through examples/case...
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• Empower oneself
• Empower organisations
• Empower society
of what one can to:
Wom...
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Decision making
Allowing someone else
to decide
on your behalf
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“There is a job which came up …
I knew you would not want this… so…
I told them ...
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“Your child is small,
you will not be able to put in the required
late hours to ...
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“Since your husband has been transferred,
we assume you are leaving and… so…
hav...
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If something like this had happened to you, what
would you have done?
Would you ...
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What do you think these
women did . . .
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They went back, asked for the
job/assignment/order … and…
got it and
…have moved...
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Lack of faith in ones
ability:
Tendency to put
oneself down
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SELF – CONFIDENCE (Lack of
it!)
• Studies have shown that many women focus
on wh...
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SELF – CONFIDENCE (Lack of
it!)
• Lack of confidence, particularly when one
retu...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
No short cuts
• Work hard, take time to update yourself and
do ...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
No short cuts
• Plan long term, not short
• Have patience… life...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
• “Do not compare yourself with others for
always there will be...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
• Many people have setbacks, we are not
aware of them
• Underst...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
• Think of doing things differently
• Create opportunity, take ...
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SELF EMPOWERMENT
• Challenge assumptions and traditional ways
of doing things
• ...
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Background: Quick snapshot
Self empowerment
Networking
Summary
Agenda
30 30
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Women: Off Radar
often not visible; stay in
background
Tendency to focus only on...
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NETWORKING
• Take steps you can – look at different
ways of networking
– Online
...
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NETWORKS
Formal, informal, different … you may
choose to be a part of
• Professi...
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NETWORKING
• You can learn from the successes and
failures of others in dealing ...
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Background: Quick snapshot
Self empowerment
Networking
Summary
Agenda
35 35
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KEY FOCUS: Four dimensions
• Take charge of decision making, try to do
your own ...
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Thank You!
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  1. 1. Women Empowerment@Work Taking Charge of Your Life W@W – A VentureBean Initiative Anjana Vivek: beanie@venturebean.com
  2. 2. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Background: Quick snapshot Self empowerment Networking Summary Agenda 2 2
  3. 3. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Women and careers • Yes, many times there are differences in career paths of women as compared to men – Linked to phase in life – Social and culturally influenced – Security and risk related • However, women can try to – Leverage on strengths – Minimize constraints and address concerns – Be proactive not reactive – Think differently – Etc…. 3
  4. 4. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Women and careers “To trigger thinking” • What is required from you today, can change a few years from now • What holds good today or is a constraint today, may be irrelevant a few years from now… 4
  5. 5. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Women and careers Your perspective as a woman • Starting point: – What do you want to do at this point in life? – What would you like to do in the long term? – What is your personal vision and goals? – Can you take ownership of this? 5
  6. 6. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Women and careers • The world itself is getting reset; You can decide your place • You can decide for yourself, what is meaningful now, in some years and in the longer term • You can be connected to your skills and strengths • You can define your boundaries • Choices can be made: – Career, leadership roles /flexi, output driven etc… – Linked to stage in lifecycle: single / part of family / children/ other responsibilities etc.. 6
  7. 7. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Background: Quick Snapshot Self empowerment Networking Summary Agenda 7 7
  8. 8. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Barriers: Illustrative • Internal – Self confidence – After break in career – Speaking up for self/decision making – Lack of role models leading women to believe this is a tough path to take and whether it is worth it • External – Not seen as serious – Not in visible radar – Cultural expectations – Lack of role models leading persons to believe that many women are not committed or may drop out due to clash with other commitments 8
  9. 9. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Barriers • Addressing barriers – Empowering self – Continuous learning – Hard work – Networking – Connecting with those who believe 9
  10. 10. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 10 Taking Charge of Your Life Self Empowerment
  11. 11. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 11 There are certain patterns we observe in working/ professional/ entrepreneurial women; ……..these often impact our careers, our lives. Background
  12. 12. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 12 Here are a few samples of such traits: Illustrative Only - through examples/cases including real life examples and then some possible action points as a take away Background
  13. 13. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited • Empower oneself • Empower organisations • Empower society of what one can to: Women Key Human resources Background
  14. 14. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 14 Decision making Allowing someone else to decide on your behalf
  15. 15. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 15 “There is a job which came up … I knew you would not want this… so… I told them you would not be interested” Decision making: some examples
  16. 16. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 16 “Your child is small, you will not be able to put in the required late hours to deliver on time… so… we have given this work to XYZ take this up” Decision making: some examples
  17. 17. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 17 “Since your husband has been transferred, we assume you are leaving and… so… have not included you in this project” THESE ARE TRUE CASES – NAMES WITHELD Decision making: some examples
  18. 18. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 18 If something like this had happened to you, what would you have done? Would you stand up to this (assuming of course that you wanted that job or project referred to… ) … or… Would you keep quiet? Decision making: some examples
  19. 19. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 19 What do you think these women did . . .
  20. 20. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 20 They went back, asked for the job/assignment/order … and… got it and …have moved into leadership positions. What these women did
  21. 21. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 21 Lack of faith in ones ability: Tendency to put oneself down
  22. 22. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 22 SELF – CONFIDENCE (Lack of it!) • Studies have shown that many women focus on what they do not know as compared to their male counterparts and often put themselves down. • If you put yourself down, how can you expect someone else to value you?
  23. 23. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 23 SELF – CONFIDENCE (Lack of it!) • Lack of confidence, particularly when one returns from a long absence • While there is some genuine lack of updation of skills/knowledge, this is to be addressed and time and effort is to be spent on this
  24. 24. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 24 SELF EMPOWERMENT No short cuts • Work hard, take time to update yourself and do not give in to inertia • Think of small incremental changes, one step at a time
  25. 25. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 25 SELF EMPOWERMENT No short cuts • Plan long term, not short • Have patience… life is a long term play; not a one day match … or a 20/20 match
  26. 26. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 26 SELF EMPOWERMENT • “Do not compare yourself with others for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourselves” • Be gentle on yourself
  27. 27. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 27 SELF EMPOWERMENT • Many people have setbacks, we are not aware of them • Understand that life is about change, things are not always going to be the same
  28. 28. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 28 SELF EMPOWERMENT • Think of doing things differently • Create opportunity, take control of your life
  29. 29. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 29 SELF EMPOWERMENT • Challenge assumptions and traditional ways of doing things • Existing rules at work have been set based on how things used to work in the past, in traditional asset based businesses, run by men • Have a strategy and plan and then…Act!
  30. 30. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Background: Quick snapshot Self empowerment Networking Summary Agenda 30 30
  31. 31. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 31 Women: Off Radar often not visible; stay in background Tendency to focus only on work, networking is seen as a waste of time
  32. 32. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 32 NETWORKING • Take steps you can – look at different ways of networking – Online – Offline – In groups – One-on-one meetings • Include networking as a must do in your list of things to do
  33. 33. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 33 NETWORKS Formal, informal, different … you may choose to be a part of • Professional networks: Engineers, lawyers, CAs, doctors, physicists, designers,… etc • School, college, other educational programme alumni • Friends and Family • Online and Offline • Other interest groups…
  34. 34. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 34 NETWORKING • You can learn from the successes and failures of others in dealing with similar issues • Gives you a sounding board • Networking helps – getting seen • Networking gives you a better perspective
  35. 35. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Background: Quick snapshot Self empowerment Networking Summary Agenda 35 35
  36. 36. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited 36 KEY FOCUS: Four dimensions • Take charge of decision making, try to do your own thinking • Keep things in proper perspective, work towards developing self confidence and self esteem • Network, in a variety of ways….it could be over lunch meetings, or phone conversations, or through email… • Take time out … to listen to your inner voice, to think…. to dream big dreams
  37. 37. VentureBean Consulting Private Limited Thank You! 37
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