As mentioned in my last post, one of the most critical factors to achieving success in the workplace is finding sponsors - the right sponsors - who will open doors for you and actively support you as you grow. Malcolm Gladwell listed this as one of the 3 critical factors for meteoric success in his book, Outliers (along… Continue reading Mentorship vs. Sponsorship for career advancement
So this blog and others like it have exhausted the facts and figured about women in engineering and how wonderful it all is for us to be there. I want to talk about something I've experienced that gave a new spin on why companies should hire and promote female engineers. Not all female engineers will agree… Continue reading Female Engineers – Winning with the Velvet Glove
In response to a comment from a reader, I am inspired to write this post. My anonymous reader says that although she is fiercely passionate about mechanical engineering and metallurgy, guys seem to prefer social girls over technical ones. Her last boyfriend even left her for someone who worked in the fashion industry! At the… Continue reading Do Female Engineers Intimidate Men?
I have become more involved on site now that the construction phase of the project is in full swing. Its amazing to see the months and months of heard work all coming together. I enjoy walking about site and inspecting the installation of the mechanical equipment I was involved in from design phase through procurement… Continue reading Dealing with Gender Discrimination – my experience
We’re well into the second decade of the 21st Century. Most countries are socially and politically stable and democracy reigns supreme. What this has meant in many places around the globe, including South Africa is that there are a whole lot more opportunities for those who were previously disadvantaged – including women. As more and more… Continue reading What Makes a Woman Successful in Engineering?
So as you know, I am a femal mechanical engineer. Most people think this is pretty cool, and I definitely do, but it sometimes gets really annoying having to constantly prove your right to be in the room... Now please dont think I'm just a whiney, neo-feminist, poor-me woman in the workplace. To be honest,… Continue reading The Smallest Girl in the Room
I've just discovered a great series of articles by consulting firm McKinsey and Company on women in top executive careers: Have a look and browse through the articles and videos on the site: http://www.mckinsey.com/Features/Women_Matter
And back to MARKETING we go.As one reader pointed out: marketing is not advertising. Marketing is about segmeting your target market, doing research into that target market, their wants, their needs, and upon discovering those wants and needs, miraculously filling a lucrative gap in the market by developing a product tailored to meet all the needs of that target… Continue reading Do Women Make Better Marketers than Men?