Women in STEM
From the Bench to the Boardroom.
"We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Author of Lean In
Women in STEM is a hot topic these days.
(STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Here is why: Women often don’t advance as far as they could for a variety of causes, many of which are unnecessary. It is a much-debated issue for women professionals in STEM fields.
It also is a huge challenge for companies that hire highly talented women. Companies end up losing them due to lack of opportunity for growth and advancement, conflicts between the demands of work and family, or both.
This page is for you if you say "Yes” to any of these questions:
- Are you a women professional working in STEM?
- Are most of your colleagues and/or superiors male?
- Do you wish you had more role models and mentorship to help you advance in your career?
- Are you hungry for acquiring more business, leadership, strategic and financial acumen (because that is what most often is missing for your advancement)?
- Are you concerned about whether working in a fast-paced, high-demand STEM company is even possible while taking care of your family?
- Do you manage women in STEM?
- Are you concerned about losing highly talented women professionals?
- Are you an advocate for women thriving and advancing in your company?
Whether you said “yes” to the first group or the second, good for you! You know the problem well. (We do, too.)
Here Are Just a Few of Many Statistics
Citing data by the National Science Foundation, Pew Research Center states in a recent article, "Women continue to lag far behind men in the STEM industries of science, technology, engineering, and math. As of 2010, they made up 13% of employed engineers. Among undergraduates who were enrolled in engineering programs in 2011, 18.6% were women."
President Trump recently signed two new laws that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering, and math. Of course, getting more women into the STEM fields is only the first step. Giving women equal opportunities to be promoted into top leadership positions is another critical step.
As the article by Pew Research Center says in its summary. "Although women have outnumbered men on college campuses since 1988, they have earned at least a third of law degrees since 1980, were fully a third of medical school students by 1990, and, since 2002, have outnumbered men in earning undergraduate business degrees since 2002. They have not moved up to positions of prominence and power in America at anywhere near the rate that should have followed.
In a broad range of fields, their presence in top leadership positions—as equity law partners, medical school deans, and corporate executive officers—remains stuck at a mere 10 percent to 20 percent. Their “share of voice”—the average proportion of their representation on op-ed pages and corporate boards, as TV pundits, and in Congress—is just 15 percent.
In fact, it’s now estimated that, at the current rate of change, it will take until 2085 for women to reach parity with men in leadership roles in our country."
Good News for Women in STEM
It's not hard to see why women often still feel unfairly treated in the workplace based on gender. Yet, we know from research and statistics, that women get stuck in middle management due to other factors, which can be addressed, unrelated to gender discrimination. If you are a women in STEM looking to advance or an employer committed to your staff, this is good news.
There are Unique Challenges for Women in STEM and Their Companies:
- Women not getting the benefit of mentorship because they are “not in the club”
- Men being afraid to offer mentorship for fear of being misconstrued
- Women giving up on pursuing promotions when it didn't work the first time. The “disappointment factor” is described very well in a recent Harvard Business Review article.
- Fear of losing female talent to the “mommy track”
- Issues with continuity in leadership during maternity leave
- Lack of opportunity for acquiring the business, strategic and financial acumen that is required for top leadership positions. The problem is that women are most often not told they need these skills.
The sad truth is: Many women in STEM either get stuck in middle management or drop out of their discipline altogether.
It is time to offer an opportunity for meaningful improvement for women advancing in STEM.
Tech Companies' Bottom Lines Benefit When Women are Part of Top Leadership
“One woman at the senior vice president level or higher correlates with 13 – 16% higher enterprise value…. Making female tech leadership representative could boost total tech sector enterprise values by $320 – $390 billion.”
What Can We All Learn From this Bold Finding?
Research shows that the most successful leadership teams are composed of at least one-third women. Harvard Business Review reported a recent study that shows that "... going from having no women in corporate leadership (the CEO, the board, and other C-suite positions) to a 30% female share is associated with a one-percentage-point increase in net margin — which translates to a 15% increase in profitability for a typical firm."
Furthermore, there is clear evidence that no one is served by women emulating men. Greater success stems from men and women leading from their own authentic and complimentary strengths.
The game of women having to prove that they are “equally qualified” is a losing game. The better game is to build balanced leadership teams composed of talented men and women.
The Truth is ALL Professionals Need Leadership and Business Training
The truth is, ALL professionals need more leadership and business training as they advance in their career. Women are less likely to get this training internally. Also, there are benefits to having an outside expert who has been there and done that.
Thankfully, workplace dynamics are evolving.
Men are also looking for more success AND better work-life strategies.
Increasingly, men and women are working together, making the shift from managers to leaders. They can both move up the ladder, accepting more challenges and responsibilities while enjoying their families, too.
We Know STEM, Business, and Leadership
Our founder, Dr. Stephie Althouse, is no stranger to working in STEM. As an award-winning Ph. D. chemist, she observed that 50% of her colleagues in college and graduate school (both in the United States and Germany) were female. However, a few years later, as she advanced, she found herself working in a predominantly male environment. Dr. Stephie Althouse has extensive executive experience, as turnaround authority, Visiting CEO and business owner (to read more about her background click here).
To find out more about our company and philosophy, click here.
Top-Notch CEO Offers a Number of Ways to Support You:
- Executive coaching for your top women leaders.
- Leadership and Business Coaching Circles for Women in STEM - We have circles for executives and for emerging Women in STEM leaders.
- Customized workshops for your women in STEM based on proven methods for accelerated learning (and that are actually fun to participate in).
- A Fresh Eyes Assessment™ of your STEM company, department or team to gain a fresh perspective on opportunities and challenges that might have been in your blind spot, yet are likely to be critical to the sustainable growth and prosperous future of your company.
- Following the Fresh Eyes Assessment, we debrief you and co-create and action plan with you
- We also offer hands-on executive support for implementing such action plan.
- Executive support for business growth, turn around, and succession planning.
- Keynotes for your special events.
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