The Women in Business (WIB) Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce hosted the 8th Women Leader Luncheon with Dr. Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics and Professor of Management, Utah Valley University, on April 3, 2017 at the King George Hotel.
Professor Madsen discussed building, bridging and blazing pathways for women in leadership. She challenged the audience to help themselves and other women acknowledge their ability to lead, calling upon male-dominated institutions and businesses to understand the advantage of gender balance in the workforce.
Social norms, she said, are a reason women tend to “step back instead of lean forward” when it comes to facing their male counterparts throughout their career. Revealing both internal and external challenges women face regarding leadership roles, Professor Madsen argued that it is “unacceptable for women not to help women,” stating that change will only come through raising awareness and being part of a solution as individuals.
Citing a number of statistical research findings from various sources, Professor Madsen put the psychology of women in business into perspective. When men are 50-60 percent qualified for a position, she noted, they pursue it with confidence, whereas women tend to wait until they have fulfilled 90-100 percent of job qualifications before they even consider sending in an application.
Furthermore, the definition and measure of success differ between men and women, Professor Madsen noted. Men, she said, tend to view success by reaching numbers and acquiring titles in their business life, less afraid to fail and move on. Whereas women, who possess a greater fear of failure and are naturally “more nurturing…more creative…with more collective intelligence,” take a holistic approach to success, weighing their accomplishments in both work and non-work related fields.
“Women don’t have as strong of a leadership identity as men do,” she said. “Women do not understand how amazing they are…we have no self compassion.”
Raised in a family of six brothers, Professor Madsen is an advocate for women in business, and not only in a corporate setting. A mother of four children, she acknowledged the life lessons and leadership skills raising children, “even one child,” offer a woman. “We can change families, schools, businesses, communities, countries and the world,” she said addressing the ladies in attendance, and ended her speech with an inspirational “you are the ones you’ve been waiting for.”
Dr. Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics and Professor of Management, Utah Valley University
Anastasia Sideri, Chair WIB Committee, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
- April 3, 2017
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: King George Hotel
Venue Phone: 2103222210Address: