Thank you to all the coaches who showed up in my session at the ICF conference to hear about my research on the current generation of high achieving women in the workplace. My heart pumped wildly as over 200 women raised their hand declaring they are a part of this somewhat misunderstood and mostly mismanaged generation. When I defined who they are and how they differ from the generation of pioneer women who came before them, they all passionately shook their heads in agreement.
The reactions in the room and the chatter after reaffirmed that it is time to tell the world we exist. There is a powerful shift in our society, a shift that is reflected in the rumblings against convention around the world. High-achieving women are redefining their relationships to power, their roles as wife, partner and mother, and their ideas of how businesses should be run.
After my talk, many women from outside of the U.S. said they are also seeing a rise in the confidence and enterprise in women, though they said they lag behind in being able to redefine the equality of relationships at home. I reassured them that this too will come as the emerging identity of women spreads and our voices claim more authority worldwide. (I am an optimist!)
As if I needed another sign, by luck I sat next to a publisher in a different breakout session. We are talking next week about publishing a book for the second generation of women leaders in the workplace. I guess it is time that the views of these restless, passionate, driven women be heard.
If you would like a summary of the data from my research, email me at Marcia@outsmartyourbrain.com and I’ll send it to you. And stay tuned, I’ll be asking you all to contribute your thoughts, ideas, and hopes as I focus more of my work and my writing on you. And please, comment on this post to get the conversation growing.