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1 Ellen S. Kitzis, Ph. D. Compaq Services, Vice President Strategy and Business Development Breaking Through thethe Glass Ceiling andand Other Life Challenges

2 Women have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness long assumed to be the right of men. Women, however, can only exercise this right if we understand that it requires vigilance, personal honesty, and old fashion hard work. The right to succeed is given, the actualization of success is earned. Womens Bill of Rights

3 Background A Little About Me Raised on Long Island in 1950s track housing Raised on Long Island in 1950s track housing Grew up with Donna Reed and Father Knows Best Grew up with Donna Reed and Father Knows Best Middle child among three girls Middle child among three girls Shy child, afraid to speak out in class Shy child, afraid to speak out in class Had very special childhood friend, parents, spouse and mentors who believed that girls/women were smart people Had very special childhood friend, parents, spouse and mentors who believed that girls/women were smart people Upward mobility was a right Upward mobility was a right The world was rosy, but I was the first kid on the block with divorced parents The world was rosy, but I was the first kid on the block with divorced parents My dad drew the short straw and needed to create his legacy the hard way My dad drew the short straw and needed to create his legacy the hard way Learned early: Winners know how to get their ideas heard Learned early: Winners know how to get their ideas heard People who believed in me made me believe in myself People who believed in me made me believe in myself

4 1970s1970s How the World Evolved 1980s1980s EconomicEconomic Day careDay care Media hypeMedia hype New consumersNew consumers Quota basedQuota based ProsperityProsperity CosmoCosmo StereotypesStereotypes Light weight luggageLight weight luggage Venture capitalVenture capital 1990s1990s CorporateCorporate CEOsCEOs Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors Mobile technologyMobile technology FasterFaster More pathsMore paths WheeliesWheelies No more quotasNo more quotas Competency basedCompetency based More modelsMore models Liberation movementLiberation movement Womens orgs.Womens orgs. Education opensEducation opens Middle classMiddle class Early heroinesEarly heroines PoliticalPolitical

5 How Men, Women and Institutional Patterns Create Glass Ceilings Feel loyalty to the brethren Feel loyalty to the brethren Men over fifty are not used to women working side-by-side Men over fifty are not used to women working side-by-side Not part of their educational experience Not part of their educational experience Men... Women... Dont take sustained career paths and often opt for the mommy track Dont take sustained career paths and often opt for the mommy track Assume they are not contenders and take back stage roles and jobs (supporting characters) Assume they are not contenders and take back stage roles and jobs (supporting characters) Directed efforts at sexual differences, risks, rather than positive attributes that would impact corporate success Directed efforts at sexual differences, risks, rather than positive attributes that would impact corporate success Early examples were often hard to take Early examples were often hard to take

6 How Men, Women and Institutional Patterns Create Glass Ceilings (continued) Tried to break them through legislative initiatives; moderately successful Tried to break them through legislative initiatives; moderately successful Put women in soft roles to demonstrate commitment Put women in soft roles to demonstrate commitment Have job descriptions and attributes that have historically been associated with male attributes and continue to assume these attributes ensure corporate success Have job descriptions and attributes that have historically been associated with male attributes and continue to assume these attributes ensure corporate success Institutional Patterns...

7 Personal Drivers IndependenceIndependence CREATE my own future Prove something Make something Lead rather than follow Create new rules

8 Learning to Compete Learning to Compete You dont always win You dont always win It hurts to fail, but not bad enough to quit It hurts to fail, but not bad enough to quit Baseball players dont cry Baseball players dont cry Winning feels good Winning feels good

9 Dont avoid center stage; its where the light is Dont avoid center stage; its where the light is Get your ideas heard not complaints Get your ideas heard not complaints Find opportunities to be of the new initiatives, businesses or experiments Find opportunities to be of the new initiatives, businesses or experiments Find opportunities to support other womens success Find opportunities to support other womens success Leadership and Innovation

10 Education Can Accelerate Opportunities Competitive marketplace Competitive marketplace Education is a differentiator; it demonstrates commitment and persistence Education is a differentiator; it demonstrates commitment and persistence My Ph.D. still separates me from the pack and adds to the cache (colleagues like to call me Dr. Kitzis) My Ph.D. still separates me from the pack and adds to the cache (colleagues like to call me Dr. Kitzis) It opens up new connections, job placement, career centers, alumni associations, new networks It opens up new connections, job placement, career centers, alumni associations, new networks

11 Committing to a Career More than eight hour days More than eight hour days Seizing opportunities and taking risks Seizing opportunities and taking risks Mentors and the right managers; switch to you get the right one Mentors and the right managers; switch to you get the right one Personal power Personal power Share success; people want to be recognized Share success; people want to be recognized Engage the external marketplace: conferences, associations, industry events Engage the external marketplace: conferences, associations, industry events Understand new business models; learn the language of business P&Ls, cost centers, operating expenses, margins Understand new business models; learn the language of business P&Ls, cost centers, operating expenses, margins

12 Supporting Characters Kids can sleep in their clothes Kids can sleep in their clothes My mom is in Japan isnt an excuse for acting out My mom is in Japan isnt an excuse for acting out Limousines and room services are part of lifes education Limousines and room services are part of lifes education They love to be part of your success … Mom is in Fortune Magazine is good for show and tell They love to be part of your success … Mom is in Fortune Magazine is good for show and tell Bens Image of Mom

13 Supporting Characters Husbands who help are not helpful Husbands who help are not helpful Pick someone who believes your success is as important as his success Pick someone who believes your success is as important as his success Child care is good for building character Child care is good for building character Corporate spouses swing both ways; my husband loved Winners Circle in Vale, Colorado Corporate spouses swing both ways; my husband loved Winners Circle in Vale, Colorado

14 Final Thoughts Go for it because you want it, not because others are doing it Go for it because you want it, not because others are doing it Find your right mix, not everyone wants the executive life Find your right mix, not everyone wants the executive life Find the right balance between your ying and your yang Find the right balance between your ying and your yang

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