I am outnumbered in my house by independent and strong women (my two red-headed daughters, my oddly always-right wife, and our mini golden doodle Clover). I’ve also been fortunate enough to have been mentored by a barrier-breaking female in my early career 25-plus years ago. Looking back, this has truly been my life’s greatest professional blessing and the source of a lesson that has served me well throughout my career. Never be afraid to shut up and listen. And this post is one of those times.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the vital role of women in American history. It’s also a time for reflection and consideration about how we can continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality in the workplace.
For my post this month, I asked five colleagues and friends that I greatly admire to share their advice for women in the workplace – how to succeed while being true to yourself.
“We can inspire others by telling the stories of our own personal and professional challenges and triumphs. Tell your story. It makes you credible and approachable — two most critical elements for meaningful leadership”.
– KIM JENSON
COO, Raymond James Financial, Private Client Group
“Believe in yourself and your abilities, build a strong support network internally and externally to your organization, get better every day, and embrace your authenticity. And remember, success in the workplace is not only about achieving goals; it's also about personal fulfillment and happiness. Prioritize your well-being, which includes your physical, mental, and emotional health, to avoid burnout, stress, and overall dissatisfaction.”
- “RENÉE BAKER, DBA, RCCTM
Head of PCG Advisor Inclusion Networks Raymond James Financial
“No matter the avenue, be open to stepping outside of your comfort zone, particularly when the opportunity presents itself. Diversity of experiences – both personal and professional – make us better.”
- JODI PERRY
President/Independent Contractor Division at Raymond James Financial Services
“All women navigate our own exceptional journeys. Our paths are unique yet, many of us face common challenges. These challenges are going to inform the future of work. Thanks to longevity, American workers face the prospect of a 60-year career – regardless of gender, employers and leaders who adapt and embrace change will be the most successful at retaining and cultivating talent – this is good for all industries and business strategies.”
- SARA MURPHY
SVP, Human Resources Partner, Raymond James
“Prioritize your health – physical, mental, AND financial. Did you know that nearly 90% of us will at some point in our lives be solely responsible for household financial decisions? We are also more likely to be primary care giver to aging family members while working. Women often prioritize the care of loved ones while neglecting our own care. Reach out for advice and actively work to achieve your financial goals. If you have not created a financial plan, put it at the top of your to-do list. Your future self will thank you. ”
- KELLY AMATO
Head of Sales, Institutional Fiduciary Solutions, Raymond James
I’d like to thank these amazing women for sharing their insightful thoughts.
As investors, as workers, as individuals, our employees (of all race and gender) have unique needs. Employers who offer benefits that encourage progress along their employees’ personal financial paths have the greatest shot of sustained employee satisfaction and retention. Take a page out of my book – seek first to understand. The future is customized benefits for personal growth.
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