Women all around the world are constantly told that if they have a successful career they will have to sacrifice a full home life. This is not true.
This is a sexist myth, and something that Gillian Fox blows apart in her new six-month Women’s Career Advancement Program – a leadership training program with a special focus on personal coaching.
Based in Sydney, Gillian was the first female National Sales Director at Pacific Magazines, where she managed more than 100 employees. She then worked as the Executive Sales Director at News Corp, and has spent the past 10 years as an entrepreneur founding and working with major consulting businesses. She knows her stuff.
From Gillian’s leadership training, over a quarter of participants are promoted within 12 months of doing the program. She’s passionate about executive coaching, saying that it “empowers women to take their careers back in their own hands”.
While we talk about gender parity in the workplace, women are still missing out on promotions that would move their career forward.
“When you look at any organisation at director level you see a drop off in gender representation for women who are 35-plus.” she tells Mamamia. “It might have been 40 percent women to men before that but then it dives to as low as 17 percent and in some cases, even lower.”
This is one of the barriers to advancement that Gillian’s Women’s Career Advancement program works through, schooling women leaders in improving their ability to communicate their value to their organisation. Something men don’t seem to have a problem with.
“The only one who cares about your career, as Carol Bartz the former CEO of Yahoo has said, is you and your mum! You have to own your career,” says Gillian. “Don’t wait for someone to notice you. You have to be agile and understand the business landscape.”