Job Advancement

Gloria Steinem’s 100 Words of Inspiration

Steinem, GloriaDon’t tell Gloria Steinem that part of the reason for the pay gap is that women don’t negotiate. “That’s utter bulls***,” says the activist and author most recently of My Life on the Road. “It’s true that we should insist more than we do. But the reason we don’t insist is because inequality has been normalized.” Rather than blaming ourselves, we should be blaming the system—and sharing salary information and strategizing together, she adds.

Feeling stirred to create change? Here, Steinem’s words of encouragement to help you take on the pay gap, another cause important to you or an enduring dream: Read More

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Make a Splash

Molnar CTCABy Devree Molnar, Assistant Vice President, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”—Marianne Williamson Read More

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Conquer Your Worst Work Habits

Rubin, GretchenEven if you’ve been doing your writing at the 11th hour since college or you can’t stop checking your email to save your life, your bad habits are breakable. The key is not focusing on one fix and giving up when it doesn’t stick (for the proverbial 30 days). “We think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution, but different things work for different people,” says Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project. In researching her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Rubin found 21 strategies that are effective—or not, depending on your personality type. Here, her suggestions for shaking five seemingly ingrained habits. Read More

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How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Job and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the C-Suite

anne-marie slaughterSenior advisors to Cabinet members aren’t usually known for causing big stirs, but that’s exactly what happened when, in 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her dream job as director of policy planning at the State Department and returned to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. Slaughter wrote about her decision in an essay that got people talking, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” and now president and CEO of think-tank New America, she continues the conversation in her new book, Unfinished Business. She took some time out of her schedule to share with us the life and work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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Handling Emotions at the Office

Kreamer, Anne Crying or otherwise showing your disappointment, frustration, anger or stress at work can seem incredibly embarrassing. “You feel like a loser for losing control, but there’s nothing to be ashamed about the occasional display of feeling,” says Anne Kreamer, serial entrepreneur and author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace. “Emotions are not criminal elements.” Still, knowing how to comport yourself will help in the moment and minimize your regret. Prepare for any future floods with this 5-step guide. Read More

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Career Advice You Can Bank on

PA_BeneficialOther women can be our best resources for career advice and mentorship, but we often find ourselves so caught up in the day-to-day to-do’s that we don’t always take the time to ask questions and learn from each other. So here, from some of Beneficial Bank’s leaders, with decades of experience in the corporate trenches, is the best advice they’ve ever received or given:

Always Speak Up

“It really helps to know what you want and to be able to articulate it. When I decided that I really wanted to get into the field of training and development, I was able to make good career decisions. I took an entry level job in a company known for its training department, told all of my managers that I wanted to be a trainer, and volunteered for any project that would help me get the skills and experience I needed.” — Julie Christoph, Director of Education & Development

Seek Out Challenges

“Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Volunteer to take on additional responsibility, and use the opportunity for personal and professional growth.” — Adria Brewer, Commercial Real Estate Credit Officer

Trust Your Gut

“Make a decision. There is no such thing as perfect information.” — Lynn Nolan, Director of Special Assets Management

Take Chances

“Seeing the way children interact and how they make decisions allows you to realize how many mistakes you can and will make in life. You can almost always bounce back quicker than you expect and you shouldn’t be afraid to take chances.” — Melissa Dick, Director of Credit Policy and Mortgage Underwriting

Be True To You

“Work hard, respect everyone and never compromise your values.” – Amy Hannigan, SVP & Chief Accounting Officer


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‘It’s Your Career—Own It’

Debra-BassFeaturing Debra Bass, President, Baby Global Franchise Organization, Johnson & Johnson

At Johnson & Johnson, ranked on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and named a “2014 Top 50 Company for Executive Women” by the National Association for Women Executives, company-wide efforts such as our “Women’s Leadership Initiative” (WLI) help to develop and support women throughout their careers. Debra Bass, president of the baby global franchise organization, has held varied marketing positions within and outside of Johnson & Johnson, spanning a number of industries and brands. Debra is also on the global steering committee for WLI and leads chapter engagement activities. Below, she shares her thoughts on career planning and the challenges she has faced during her career journey.

Taking Charge of Your Career

“Quite simply, no one else can shape your future like you can. As an employee, you need to plan your career and not expect your management to do it for you. It’s also critical that you be very deliberate about what you want, how you want to shape your personal brand and how you will navigate the specific journey to achieve your goals. It’s your career—own it and be deliberate about it.”

Challenges I Personally Faced

“The first challenge was clearly defining my mission. At a certain point in my career, I realized strategic marketing is where I brought the greatest value and what I was most passionate about, so I took action and decided to major in strategic marketing. Until that point, I felt that I was fumbling around with different general management roles in different industries, not really sure of what I wanted and how to get there. Once I declared what I wanted, it was easier to map my career route and stay focused on the end goal.
The second challenge that I, along with many women, face is work/life integration. I’m in a dual career working household: My husband has a career, and we have a 13-year old and an 11-year old. I’ve made peace with the fact that it is not all going to be perfect, but it is all going to work.”

The Importance of Company Support

“At Johnson & Johnson, my immediate management, mentors, sponsors and the HR community have all been very helpful, primarily by listening to—and valuing—my goals. I am very fortunate to have had a variety of different work experiences, which I helped make happen with support from the company, by declaring what I wanted.

“I started my career at Johnson & Johnson in North America consumer line marketing. After a short time away, I came back, but this time spent six years in the medical device business. At the time, senior leadership supported bringing in a traditional consumer-trained marketer to medical devices because they wanted classical marketing skills as they looked to build new capabilities and brands in the medical device space. Ultimately, the company took a risk and hired me even though I did not have experience in that particular business. I took myself out of my own comfort zone, too, but was confident in the skills I had acquired as a strategic marketer, and I knew I was joining an environment that valued me and would support me in the transition. I learned a lot from that, and am a better marketer because of it. Later, my leadership supported me when I made my way back to the consumer business, which is where I currently sit in the global franchise organization.”

My Career Advice

“Be clear and deliberate in what you want, what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Then do the work and go for it! Surround yourself with people who will support you on the journey, and enjoy the ride.”

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CFW SURVEY: ‘I Care’ and the Other Reasons You Do ‘Office Housework’

stock 853Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, it’s another example of gender bias: Men are praised and rewarded if they pitch in, while women are penalized for not helping.

But is office housework that widespread a burden and do women do it because we have to? We asked our readers and a whopping 2,218 of you responded. You have strong feelings about the topic, ranging from resentment to bemusement. Here’s what you said: Read More

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Tips from the Corner Office: A Silicon Valley Insider’s Take on Success

Tsai, Christine “It’s said that experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want,” says Christine Tsai, founding and managing partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital seed fund. “If that’s the case, then I’ve amassed heaps of experience over the years.” Tsai, who graduated from college “at the worst possible time—right after the dot com bust” and tried several times to get a transfer at Google before moving to the product marketing team, has learned that “perseverance is the most important trait you can have.” She considers it the secret to success. To tap more of her wisdom gained from succeeding in Silicon Valley, (which recent news has shown to be a boys’ club, no less), we asked her to play career coach for an hour. Read More

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Story-Tell Your Way Into the Job You Really Want

Ford, KayBy Kay Ford, Director of MBA Services, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business

Was there a time when your quick thinking saved the day at your company? Perhaps you devised an out-of-the-box solution to a problem, or stepped up to tackle a project and achieved great results?

If so, you should consider practicing the way you talk about that experience in your next interview. Turning your shining moment into a well-thought-out and carefully worded story that focuses on your results might help you land the job, as research shows interviewers best remember candidates through the stories they tell to prove a point. Read More

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