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Meeting the Challenges of Today's Successful Professional Woman

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

The WPN held a Power Circle event titled 'Powering Yourself to Success'. Each Circle was comprised of 2 Power Leaders and approximately 7 participants. Each Circle dealt with the same question: ""How can professional women deal successfully with the personal and professional challenges they face today?" The same 4 challenges were given to each group to discuss: Striving for Balance, Developing Self-Confidence, Gender Bias, and Age Discrimination. Each Circle vigorously discussed each challenge, and everyone contributed their opinions and thoughts.

This is a summary of the groups' very positive and constructive discussions:

1. Striving for Balance

  • Commitment to your own self-care.

  • Create boundaries for ourselves.

  • Delegate.

  • Prioritize our time. Don’t over commit – learn to say ‘no’.

  • Don’t strive for perfection.

  • Entitle yourself to self-acceptance – flaws and all.

2. Developing Self-Confidence

  • Positive self-talk; don’t be so critical of yourself.

  • Believe in yourself.

  • Surround yourself with positivity.

  • Celebrate your accomplishments – no matter how big or small.

  • Set realistic, achievable, flexible goals that fit into your big picture goal.

  • Ask yourself “What is the worst that could happen?”

  • Remove the fear of the unknown and keep a realistic perspective.

  • Force yourself out of your comfort zone.

  • Expand your ‘tribe’ to support you.

  • Practice techniques and tools to remain calm and centered – meditation, exercise,essential oils, etc.

  • Take compliments well.

  • Don’t take life too seriously – laugh at yourself.

  • Don’t compare yourself to others.

  • Have a positive attitude- don’t complain, be grateful.

  • Present a confident façade- it may help you feel confident.

3. Gender Bias

  • Don’t accept it.

  • Be proactive and assertive without being accusatory.

  • Learn how to speak and participate so as not to be overlooked.

  • Take responsibility to be the best you can be.

4. Age Discrimination

  • Be yourself and be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.

  • Resumes should focus on skills and accomplishments; remove dates.

  • Network so people know you and your capabilities.

  • Know your rights. #inspire

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