22 episodes

A Seat at the Table is a podcast for business professionals advancing to executive and enterprise levels of leadership, brought to you by Leading Women Executives. Episodes will discuss lessons in leadership and explore business strategies for success.

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A Seat at the Table is a podcast for business professionals advancing to executive and enterprise levels of leadership, brought to you by Leading Women Executives. Episodes will discuss lessons in leadership and explore business strategies for success.

    A Conversation about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    A Conversation about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    In this episode, Deb DeHaas, CEO of Corporate Leadership Center, talks with Michelle Banks as she discusses her career journey and the key inflection points that led her to her current role as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Kohl’s. Michelle articulates the many ways that Kohl’s is working to surpass its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion goals across the key pillars of people, community, and customers. She also highlights the valuable role Kohl’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) serve, bringing diverse perspectives and strategic ideas to the table, and championing a culture of inclusion and belonging.
    Driving Results Through People [6:59]
    How Kohl’s is Achieving its DEI Goals [8:29]
    Creating a More Inclusive Culture [11:25]
    Leveraging the Voice of Business Resource Groups [12:28]
    Connecting with Diverse Customers [16:17]
    Supporting Supplier Diversity [18:56]
    Engaging the Board of Directors in Achieving DEI Goals [24:03]

    • 34 min
    Negotiating as a Woman of Color

    Negotiating as a Woman of Color

    Finding one’s leadership voice and style is never easy, and for women of color, it can be particularly challenging. Often women of color find themselves facing social and cultural constraints as the “firsts” in corporate leadership roles and feel pressured to conform in order to advance in their careers. In this episode, Valerie Purdie Greenaway, Professor of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and Leading Women Executives faculty member, and Deepa Purushothaman, Co-Founder of nFormation and the author of The First, The Few, The Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America, discuss their research on the challenges of being a woman of color in business, and how companies can help to mitigate these issues.
    Negotiations as a Form of Social Justice [3:30]
    Finding Patterns in the Experiences of Women of Color [5:34]
    The Challenges of Corporate America [7:35]
    Creating Environments for Women of Color to Thrive [11:30]
    Negotiate for What You Need and What You Want [16:21]
    The Lonely Only Trap [20:30]
    Strategies and Words of Wisdom [26:12]

    • 28 min
    Reflections, Inflections & Future Directions

    Reflections, Inflections & Future Directions

    Career transitions provide a valuable opportunity to pause and reflect before embarking on new ventures. Oftentimes, insights gleaned during this period help to guide future decisions, both professionally and personally. Having recently left JLL as Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Mary Bilbrey (CEO Perspectives alumna, 2019) reflects on her career journey and lessons learned as a result of the pandemic. She also shares valuable perspectives on how companies can foster ongoing employee engagement and build a powerful corporate culture.
    Considering the Next Career Chapter [2:00]
    How to Think About Employee Engagement [5:32]
    Putting Your Own Mask on First [7:02]
    Advice on Transitioning to a New Role or Company [8:44]
    Influencing Culture in Your Organization [11:07]
    The Most Important Leadership Capabilities to Cultivate [16:35]
    Developing Diverse and Inclusive Cultures [18:57]

    • 26 min
    Partnering with Your Legal Team for Better Business Outcomes

    Partnering with Your Legal Team for Better Business Outcomes

    Every business leader can benefit from greater insight on how to collaborate more effectively with their in-house legal team. In turn, every legal team can provide greater impact when viewed as a strategic partner, collaborating with the business to achieve its goals. 
    In this episode, Laura Wood, General Counsel, Zoro US; Leading Women Executives alumna, Spring 2019; and Tamela Merriweather, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Northern Trust; Leading Women Executives alumna, Fall 2018, discuss their work to build relationships within their organizations and showcase the strategic value of the legal function in business.
    The Impact of the Leading Women Executives Program [1:46]
    How In-House Lawyers Can Help Drive Business Outcomes [4:11]
    Understanding the Legal Aspects of Product Development [9:54]
    Contracts are Actually Business Roadmaps – What You Need to Know [11:58]
    “What Happens If…” – Understanding Termination Rights [14:48]
    How to Develop Strong Relationships with Your Legal Team [21:29]
    Recommended Reads [28:28]

    • 30 min
    Expanding Women in STEM by Investing in Girls Who Code

    Expanding Women in STEM by Investing in Girls Who Code

    Research shows that when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), women make up only 28% of the workforce and are significantly outnumbered by men in fields like computer science and engineering. This outcome underscores the fact that girls and women are often discouraged from pursuing studies in science and math, limiting their access and preparation to pursue these areas of interest.
    In this episode, Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code, and Denise Lintz, Vice President of Enterprise Portfolio Management and Technology Shared Services at USCellular discuss their commitment and ongoing efforts to close the gender gap in tech jobs by equipping girls with computing skills to take on future opportunities and careers in STEM.
    All About Girls Who Code [10:52]
    The Partnership Between Girls Who Code and USCellular [13:24]
    Important Findings of STEM Survey [14:56]
    Driving Real Change around Women in STEM [18:23]
    The Power of Corporate Action [22:11]
    Stories of Impact [26:00]
    Avoiding Career Pitfalls [31:00]
    Recommended Reads [34:06]

    • 37 min
    Capitalizing on Career Breakout Roles

    Capitalizing on Career Breakout Roles

    Business executives often credit a breakout role – a unique project or challenge in which they excelled – as a major part of their career success. The increased responsibilities and visibility these roles offer enable leaders to both demonstrate their skills and expand their capabilities in new and interesting ways.
    In this episode, Lisa Badgley, Senior Vice President at Walgreens and alumna of both the CEO Perspectives (2017) and Leading Women Executives (2011) programs, discusses her breakout role, and the many valuable lessons she acquired along the way.
    Advice on Joining Nonprofit Boards [4:11]
    The Key is Communicating with Your Boss [6:32]
    Trust in Yourself [12:30]
    The Power of the Network [15:37]
    Hindsight is 20/20 Vision [18:44]

    • 23 min

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