September 23, 2019
Twin Cities Startup Week Women in Leadership Panel: October 10, 2019
Tonia Teasley has advice for women who are looking to move up in their careers or become leaders in their organizations: think big.
“Ask for and take on big challenges, even if they are outside of your current role. I can’t imagine an organization that doesn’t value people who want to learn new things, take on stretch roles, and help the organization with big challenges. And ultimately, taking on those challenges gets you noticed and shows people who are making hiring decisions what you are capable of doing.”
Teasley, VP and General Manager at Capella University, will be joined by four other leaders on a panel titled “Women in Leadership: Gaining Influence and Inspiring Innovation” during Twin Cities Startup Week in October 2019.
The other panelists include:
- Kathleen Miner, VP Solutions Marketing at Thomson Reuters
- Beth Klawitter, Sr. Director Customer Success and Operations at Attivo Networks
- Tammylynne Jonas, Global CIO, Self Esteem Brands
OST’s Lisa Jilek, VP of Sales and Marketing, will moderate the panel.
The panel will be held on October 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the TractorWorks Building on the first floor at the following address:
800 Washington Avenue North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
The Importance of Women in Leadership
Although women make up more than half of the United States population, women lag far behind men when it comes to serving in leadership positions in companies.
For example, according to the Center for American Progress, in the legal profession, women are 45 percent of associates but only 22.7 percent of partners and 19 percent of equity partners. In medicine, women represent 40 percent of all physicians and surgeons but only 16 percent of medical school deans. In the financial services industry, they constitute 61 percent of accountants and auditors, 53 percent of financial managers, and 37 percent of financial analysts. But they are only 12.5 percent of chief financial officers in Fortune 500 companies.
Globally, the number of women in leadership roles is increasing in 2019. This year, 29 percent of senior management roles are held by women, the highest number ever on record. But in the United States, where women make up nearly half of the labor force, they represent only slightly over a third (40.0 percent) of managers.
Offering Advice and Guidance to Future Women in Leadership
Miner, VP of Solutions Marketing at Thomson Reuters, wants women at the start of their careers to know that it’s okay to want to have a balanced work and personal life.
“Early in my career, I thought that wanting balance would be interpreted as not being ‘committed.’ Instead, I’ve now realized having that balance and being open and honest about it has been critical to my success. I’m more productive, committed, focused, and engaged when my work and personal life are balanced. The company benefits from that.”
Teasley offers this advice she recalls receiving that helped her immensely: “Spend more time talking about the great things that my teams and I were accomplishing.”
“As women, we often focus on the problems we see and what we are doing to fix them and we don’t spend enough time talking about what’s going well and how we and our teams contributed to those positive results.”
At the panel, Teasley, Miner, and others will discuss similar lessons they’ve learned, what has worked in their career, what continues to be a challenge, and the ways they have gained influence in an organization.
To get your ticket and learn more about the panel and Twin Cities Startup Week, visit this link.