Session: Is There a Motherhood Penalty for Women in Leadership Roles?
Women enter the workforce with equal ambition and confidence as their male counterparts, however the decision to have children can often derail advancement to a leadership role. Research has shown that working mothers encounter bias as they aim to progress their careers - often being perceived as less committed and less dependable. These potholes on the road to equality in the workplace exist because of our own implicit bias as well as judgmental statements from other trusted advisors - “I’m so glad my wife can stay home with our kids.” is just one common example.
To shift this inequity in how new fathers are perceived (take less time off, able to work longer hours) and how mothers are perceived (take longer leave, set boundaries to spend more time with newborn), we need a seismic change in how society thinks about parenting in general, and equality between the perception of fatherhood and motherhood.
For Lara Caimi, Chief Strategy Officer at ServiceNow, her first baby was a critical moment and led to a revelation - she had always defined work as a world with no boundaries. As a new mother, she had to reteach herself how to work - saying ‘yes’ to what mattered and ‘no’ to what didn’t. Join Lara as she shares her advice and touches on her own experience in balancing motherhood and her rise to a C-level role at one of the world’s fastest growing and most innovative tech companies.
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Bio: Lara Caimi
As Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Lara Caimi leads the Customer and Partner organization for ServiceNow. Lara took this new role in July 2020, after serving as ServiceNow’s Chief Strategy Officer since joining the company in December 2017.
Lara’s organization—which includes customer outcomes, customer experience, alliances and channel ecosystem, and our training & certification organization—provide our partners and customers with best-in-class guidance and capabilities to drive successful digital transformations and realize quick time-to-value.
Before joining ServiceNow, Lara was a partner at Bain & Company, where she worked for 17 years. While at Bain, Lara advised technology companies on topics of growth strategy, go-to-market strategy, and M&A.
Lara is a member of FirstBoard.io, whose mission is to increase female representation on corporate boards and at the highest level of corporate governance and management. Lara holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and English literature from St. Olaf College, a MIB from the University of Sydney as a Fulbright Scholar, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.