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.
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]
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]
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]
Leading by Example: Grainger’s ESG Journey
In the past few years, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become a key priority for companies, as they work to define their ESG goals and link them to long-term sustainability and strategic planning. Long before the concept of ESG became popular, Grainger focused on these goals and built them into an integral part of their corporate values and leadership objectives. In this episode, Corporate Leadership Center CEO Deb DeHaas talks with Grainger’s Kathleen Carroll, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Leading Women Executives Advocate; and Rebecca Derdiger, Senior Director of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, and Leading Women Executives Ambassador, Fall 2021, to learn more about Grainger’s ESG journey and how they bring value to their stakeholders through their ongoing efforts.
ESG as a Guiding Principle [3:43]
Assessing What’s Important to Stakeholders [6:13]
How to Operationalize ESG throughout the Organization [10:05]
The Pandemic as a Communication Catalyst [12:26]
Telling Your ESG Story [17:44]
Advice for Other Companies [19:56]
Sponsors: Career Game Changers
Supporting top performers by encouraging them to take on stretch assignments and advocating on their behalf is at the heart of sponsorship. Those who have had the benefit of being sponsored often become sponsors, to ‘pay it forward’ and help develop others’ careers. In this episode, Discover’s Diane Offereins, Executive Vice President and President of Payment Services and Alisa Ellis, Global Head of Innovation and Emerging Products and Leading Women Executives Ambassador, Fall 2020, share their experiences and advice on how to derive the most impact from sponsorship relationships.
The Difference Between Mentorship and Sponsorship [4:59]
The Power of Sponsors [7:51]
It’s About Instilling Confidence [10:37]
How to Cultivate a Mutually Beneficial Relationship [14:18]
Finding Ways to Sponsor and Be Sponsored [17:36]
Leading Change in the Workplace
Leading Women Executives hosted a virtual workshop in August focused on “Creating Workplaces That Work for Everyone” to address the challenges that all organizations are facing in the wake of the pandemic. Specifically, the discussion focused on the topics of: Reengaging and Retaining Talent, Rebuilding Culture and Reskilling Employees.
In this episode, three Ambassadors from the Summer 2020 program -- Jennifer Chuang, responsible for operations for Aon's top-down innovation initiatives, Aon; Sarah Huizingh, Global Marketing Director, Software & Services, Motorola Solutions; and Ashley Nasby, Director, Insurance Origination, NextEra Energy -- share their takeaways from the workshop and how they are applying those concepts within their organizations.
Experiencing the Program and the Pandemic Simultaneously [5:04]
Finding Ways to Reengage Talent [7:25]
On Regaining Company Culture [9:50]
The Need for Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills [13:18]
Retaining the Benefits of Working Remotely [15:35]
A New Definition of Work-Life Balance [18:24]