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Highlights of PWN Milan Empowering Talk Event - Gender balance: good for women, good for men and good for business | 17 October
Guest Speaker Paul Walentynowicz - FOUNDER AND CEO PWCIB ACADEMY
It has been an interactive evening with sometimes heated discussions on the benefits of gender equality, not only at the corporate level, but also privately. Paul Walentynowicz, Founder and CEO of PWCIB.com a European diversity training and consultancy firm stated that the more equalmen’s health, their relationship with the children and even couple’s sex life enhances when equality at home increases. With few words you can say: to the dishes and cooking, it’s a 100% ROI, guaranteed.
And now a bit more serious, Mercer survey: Europe ILM outlines that the C-suites are still underpopulated by female (only 21%), while senior management 24%, Middle management 32%. Only at support staff level female outnumber male by 2%.
It’s very clear that with the yesterday’s answers we won’t solve tomorrows challenges connected to: automation, hybrid customers, aging societies or talent migration. The main problems will be related to: lack of diverse thinking, difficulty to attract diverse talent and a poor fit with diverse customers. The engagement of women might change it, especially as the younger generation comes with ‘softer’ values connected to: work/life balance and inclusive workspace. Humility, vision, intuition and collaboration will be required to be implemented into the companies’ DNA. They will form a fundament for the diversity and inclusion tomorrow’s customer and employee requires.
Companies which won’t be able to change will be doomed to fail. Generation X might undergo a significant transformation as there is little understanding of the trends represented by Millennials, who naturally are more inclined to be inclusive and gender sensitive. They grew up with higher diversity and global interactivity and gender equality is more intuitive to them. Therefore they might be not willing to work in a 20th century environment. As result of gender equality the modern companies achieve:
• Increased Creativity
• Diverse marketing teams which perform better
• Dimished testosterone and "ego drive" resulting in a more collaborative approach, increased cohesion
• High performing women and men are attracted and retained.
• Financial risks diminished as more sustainable approach will be adopted.
Paul has outlined additional benefits of gender equality at home, especially around household work and childcare. The evidence is piling up that as men do more of the caregiving, violence against women falls; delinquency declines, the health, happiness, and well-being of men, children, and women improve. Couples report better sex lives. Women’s income increases.
There is clearly something in the gender conversation for men. Those individual benefits are based on Robin’s Terrell findings.
To sum up, engaging men is not a luxury but a duty of the companies, organisations and societies. Future welfare of Italy, Europe and the world is clearly correlated with equal treatment of men and women.
For more questions visit PWN Milan or Paul Walentynowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2nd Edition is on going! We are very proud of this program that aims at strengthening self-esteem and professionalism of young women who are about to enter the world of work, with resourcefulness and determination.
With KICK OFF YOUR FUTURE - Own Your Career Program, PWN Milan renews its role as a catalyst for innovative projects for young women by creating a synergy between universities and the business world.
The phase in which a student is about to become a worker is a delicate moment of expectations, but also a moment full of doubts and questions. Living this moment grasping its potential, living it as the starting point for a new challenge, with energy and the desire to get involved, is essential for dreams and hopes winning over fears and insecurities.
Important companies and Milan Universities are PWN Milan's Partners in this successful program to help building a path of personal and professional growth for young professional women:
For more information, please visit http://www.kickoffyourfuture.it/
Remarkable isn't always about changing the biggest machine in your factory. It can be the way you answer the phone, launch a new brand, or price a revision to your software. Getting in the habit of doing the "unsafe" thing every time you have the opportunity, is the best way to see what's working and what's not.
There is a difference between being remarkable and between being noticed. For instance, running down the street naked will get you noticed but it certainly doesn’t make you remarkable. However, if you were to run naked down the street of big cities all across the world to raise money for the homeless, then you may have a very good chance at being remarkable.
Two great speakers Connie D'Innella (AUDIENCE & DATA SPECIALIST at GOOGLE) and Gabriella Petriccione (GLOBAL CURRICULUM MANAGER at GOOGLE ) introduced the topic to the PWN Milan pink audience with the hashtag #IamRemarkable; a leitmotiv that revealed - by discussions and strong emotions - how special this Aperitivo has been.
#IamRemarkable is not only a motto, but a real program, a great project created by two Google Employees aimed to strive to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, to improve self promotion, to challenge the social perception about self promotion, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings.
Few data, but important to understand the great columns of this project: statistics say that usually men apply for a promotion even if they met only 60% of the job requirements; on the other side women apply only if they have 100% of the requirements otherwise they give up.
People believe not be remarkable for their parents, for their beloved ones, for their bosses. Studies highlighted a strong sense of inferiority, a lack of self-awareness and a general fear of failing.
Explore the limits. What if you're the cheapest, the fastest, the slowest, the hottest, the coldest, the easiest, the most efficient, the loudest, the most hated, the copycat, the outsider, the hardest, the oldest, the newest, or just the most! If there's a limit, you should (must) test it.
Think small. One vestige of the TV-industrial complex is a need to think mass. If it doesn't appeal to everyone, the thinking goes, it's not worth it. No longer. Think of the smallest conceivable market and describe a product that overwhelms it with its remarkability. Go from there.
Act. Get a group of friends or colleagues and find out a day in which to share out loud oneself achievements. List them and take time to go through them when needed or share them in a real professional situation, review and improve. Set your self-promotion skills and gain to achieve the goal just for your self.
Another challenge? Well find your own way and be yourself. Do some practice, exercise the ability to sell yourself, be courageous and believe in your skills whatever it is the moment of your life, whatever is your possibility, whenever it is crucial for your own balance and self-confidence.
Be you, be remarkable.
Stay tuned for the next event!!!
Text edited by Alissia Molteni
What is failure? Let’s see the dictionary explanation:
In all these three points you can read that failure is actually considered a lack of something. And it’s definitely how we perceive it: a situation both personally and professional that has not come to a perfect end, which has gone as we did not expect, an unsuccessful result, something not working as it should. Something missing.
It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is: no great success was ever achieved without failure.
It may be one epic failure or a series of failures – such as Edison's 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams.
Hooda Soodi, our evening’s speaker, brought us in a journey through failure and all the emotions and personal issues that people felt and lived because of a downfall. Hooda knows well this topic, as she is a successful Executive Coach. Lots of people, and let’s say all of us, one time experienced a breakdown and needed somehow an help or even a suggestion.
The secret is how we react to failure and how we regenerate from a downfall.
Minds are different and Hooda showed a scientific research that clearly demonstrate the existence of a division, a psychological difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Each type of intelligence has its own features, words and specific ways to come out (ex: when an obstacle is the subject, a fixed mindset reacts by giving up immediately, on the other side a growth mindset acts by persisting in the face of setbacks).
A growth mindset tends to have a more positive approach to failure, a “never give up” tendence which, as a result, gives a greater sense of free will and a consequent higher level of achievement.
It’s clear how a positive approach has not only beneficial effects on our psychological balance but helps to improve the reaction against a failure.
The secret to let failure impacts less (or nothing, hopefully) on your resilience is to set up a growing move, a step forward approach which instead of push you to give up, could help you to see what you are missing and, by using a different strategy and view, to realize that “there is always a B plan”.
So, this has been the take home of the evening.
An inspiring night that actually gave lots of suggestions and which made people realize that downfalls are, even crucial and even painful somehow, stone steps of our lives.
Stay tuned and let’s see at the next event!!
Do not miss it!
Text by Alissia Molteni
The 7th edition of one of the most attractive PWN’s Networking Aperitivo took place on June 20th at Hotel Dei Cavalieri.
This year dedicated to Women in Sport. An evening, in collaboration with Alley Oop - Il Sole 24 Ore, during which we celebrated all the successes of our italian women athletes.