March 20 – Women in the Workforce Panel

This week, Scripps PRSSA is hosting a women in the workforce panel. This panel is designed and run by our Diversity Committee. The purpose of the panel is to empower women to overcome adversity in the corporate world. Notoriously, the workforce has paid women less for the same work as men. Women hold fewer high-level positions in companies than men although they have just as many qualifications. For these reasons and many more, it can be hard for women to break the glass ceiling and hearing from women who are pushing through adversity can be enlightening. Our panelists are Eddith Dashiell, Director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism; Theresa Ianni, Senior Public Relations Manager at ServiceNow; Danielle McCarthy, Business Manager at TBWA\Chiat\Day; and Jamie Lambert, Associate Professor of Instruction of Marketing at Ohio University.

Key Takeaways:

  • Your team members and coworkers cannot read your mind, you have to speak up for yourself. You are in charge of your own career.
  • When applying for jobs, men are more likely to apply for jobs where they don’t meet all the requirements. Jamie encourages women, especially young women to apply for jobs they may not be fully qualified for as well as negotiate for better salaries.
  • You won’t get clarity from thinking, you have to try something before you understand what you like and dislike. You may not like your first job, but it is just the first step.
  • It is easy to get buried by imposter syndrome, but once you overcome the first step of acknowledgment, advocating for yourself, speaking up and being confident in the skills you bring becomes easier.
  • Women, especially young women will face challenges of doubt by their peers. Choose your battles, but be confident in your skills and stand up for yourself.
  • Marginalized communities oftentimes have to work twice as hard to be respected. Advocate for diverse perspectives and stand up for marginalized communities.

Maxwell Burton is a sophomore studying journalism – strategic communications and pursuing a minor in marketing at Ohio University. He serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for Scripps PRSSA. Connect with him on LinkedIn here.

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