Women in Business – We’ve come a long way baby. And we have a long way to go. By: Corrie Miller

By Corrie Miller

Allow me a moment on the soapbox if you will.

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, has made news recently re: her decision to recall Yahoo’s large work-from-home-force. If you missed it, Ms. Mayer is a stickler for statistics, and remote workers were not checking in to their VPN with enough regularity. Fair enough.

But instead of the story being about Yahoo employees not doing their jobs it becomes this:

“Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.  A Mom we love to hate”.  That’s the headline in a recent issue of the Toronto Star.

My question is this:

Would you ever read the headline “A Dad we love to hate” in relation to a business decision in the daily newspaper?  I doubt it. And it reinforces to me that although yes we’ve come a long way as females in the work force, we still have a long way to go. After all, there are only 21 women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That’s only about 4 per cent.

“Ultimately I want to see more women in positions of power, sitting on boards, and in CEO positions,” says Janice Tomich of Calculated Presentations, a Vancouver based communication firm.

“I see so many events where the men are up there doing the speaking when the audience is largely women.  The fact is that men can be very good at promoting themselves while many women are hesitant. The bottom line is that if you are up there front and center you get the jobs, you gain the profile.  I want to help more women get the jobs.”

Janice now hosts presentation skills workshops for women on the way up in the corporate world, helping them to become more confident speakers and more engaging presenters.

“When I went back to school, 15% of the class were men and I was appalled and shocked to find that the 15% ruled that classroom.  I just could not believe it.  For the most part, the younger women were much quieter. That’s where I realized that there is such a need for what I do,” says Tomich.

“Often women feel like they have to act like man in order to climb the corporate ladder. I believe you can communicate assertively, authentically, AND as a woman,”

Janice’s next Presentation Skills for Women on the Way Up workshop is 2 mornings April 18 & 19th at L’Hermitage Hotel in Vancouver.  To register and for more information please visit:

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