Session: Career growth and moving up in corporate ladder
Career growth and moving up in the corporate ladder is a big challenge that a lot of women face. It is a complex problem that is influenced by a lot of factors.
On one hand, women are expected to be likable, gentle, and typical stereotypical personalities, on the other hand, they need to lead, make tough calls as per their professional job responsibilities.
Women do not need to feel pressured to be what others are expecting. They need to know what they want to be, strategize and build a path to get to their goals. They don’t have to be likable, stereotypical people that everyone expects women to be.
If a female leader is a strong leader her male colleagues may get intimidated by her, and act defensively. Women need to have mental toughness, Identify and use their strengths, both intellectual and personality traits, that will allow them to succeed.
Being a woman leader becomes more difficult as one grows in her career. Male leaders are more comfortable with other male leaders, so they prefer to work with and mentor one another. When men in leadership positions recognize and make the necessary support available to women, it will have many positive outcomes.
- Plan and strategize the career growth
- Work with mentors, friends, to execute on that plan. Take courses, read books/articles, build new skills
- Don't give up, build a strong network
Kaitki Agarwal is a serial entrepreneur, founder, President and CTO of A5G Networks. She also founded Parallel Wireless and drove Open RAN movement, operations and product as Chief Product Officer.
Kaitki is a result-oriented executive with extensive leadership and management experience in wireless, wire line and cable industries.
She is an expert in global operations, building and leading geographically distributed high-performance teams and managing the products from conceptualization stage to evolving products to market leadership.