The “She-Suite” movement

first_imgShe-Suite Empowerment Resources:Global Women’s Leadership NetworkWorld Council of Credit Unions | Women & FinanceNAFCU Women in Leadership Webinar “If you want something done, give it to a busy woman.”  – Kelly HellicksonSo often, we, as powerful women in an industry captivated and consumed by male domination, feel the need to prove our worth, prove our position and take on more than our male counterparts. Why? Because it’s the societal norm? Simply due to the gender gap that exists within the financial industry? Because we deserve it less than men?I think it’s time we talked about it.I grew up in this industry from the age of 24 and have had the opportunity to feel empowerment from my leaders as well as feel armored leadership, stripping me of my empowerment, from other leaders. The wonderful thing is each had a positive impact on my future as a leader in the financial industry.Emotions = WeaknessRegardless of my leader at the time, I always found myself pushing to prove something. Prove something to the men in positions above me, to my co-workers, to myself, to the industry. What was I trying to prove?My worthiness of the position I held. Period.Perhaps as women we hold tight to our worth and place unnecessary pressure on ourselves to remain “worthy” of things that we are entitled to and have rightly earned – but that’s beside the point, and a discussion of its own.“Emotions equal weakness.” I distinctly recall feeling emotional during a particularly tense meeting where I wasn’t performing up to someone else’s standards, and telling myself “if you’re emotional, they’ll think you’re weak. Whatever you do, hold back.” I also recall sitting in management meetings with both men and women, and witnessing other women being unfairly held to standards and goals that the men were not, with a clear agenda to push them to their breaking point. It always worked. Next thing I knew, they were gone. And there I stood, to my surprise, the lone woman in the c-suite. What did this mean? Did I finally prove myself? Was I done tirelessly overperforming, trying to live up to someone else’s standards? Of course not. The pressure only increased. With a new promotion and representing all the other women (in my mind), I had even more to prove. But soon, regardless of the strides I made and growth we achieved, my position was eliminated, and I was faced with the choice to take a 20% pay cut and lesser position or leave. I left. It ended up being the best decision I ever made, and as a result I’ve made it my mission to empower others, both men and women, and to remain empathetic and supportive of those climbing their way up the corporate ladder. The reality is we’re all in this together, so we should be advocates for one another, and stop stepping on others to reach the top.Why am I telling you this?Let’s not beat around the bush and pretend that every woman reading this (and perhaps some men) resonated in some way with the story above. The facts are, it’s no longer about how we get to the c-suite, or do we deserve to be there. It’s about WHY we are there. It’s about the fact that gender inequality in this industry still exists. There are many credit unions that make a culture of inclusion, gender equality and empowerment a priority and deserve to be applauded. There are also still credit unions that operate in the perpetual “prove your worth” space. Don’t get me wrong, everyone must earn their way up the corporate ladder, but I encourage financial leaders and boards to keep a very close eye on the pressure placed upon women to prove their worth in this industry.The bottom line – “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher UlrichWe’ve been labelled emotional, irrational, amateur, and even unprofessional – but the reality is women are equally as strategic, intelligent, professional and capable financial leaders as men. We can all agree that a career with a credit union is more than just a paycheck. Credit unions are family to us, and this family needs more matriarchs.#SheSuiteMovement 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Euro 2020: Teams That Qualified and Who Plays European Championship Playoffs, All You Need to Know

first_img AustriabelarusbelgiumBosnia First Published: November 20, 2019, 6:24 PM IST Zurich: The road to Euro 2020 is clearing up with 20 of the 24 places have been filled and the final four will be decided through playoffs in March.The main draw for the finals will be in Bucharest on Nov 30. The 16-team lineup for the 2020 European Championship playoffs was confirmed Tuesday with a draw needed this week to decide which three nations join Iceland in the top-tier bracket.The 16 teams will be divided into four brackets based on their placement in last year’s Nations League, with the winner in each advancing to next year’s tournament.Single-game semifinals in each bracket will be played on March 26, with the four finals played five days later.A UEFA draw on Friday will decide home advantage in the four playoff finals.HOST CITIESFor the first time, the European championship finals will be staged in 12 cities in 12 countries across Europe rather than the traditional system of one or two host nations.UEFA have said this is a one-off arrangement to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.The host cities, chosen at a vote in September 2014, are: London, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Bilbao, Rome, Budapest, Bucharest, St Petersburg, Baku.Brussels was also selected but pulled out due to delays over construction of a new stadium. All of its games were reallocated to London.QUALIFIED TEAMSThe teams who have qualified so far are: Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, France, Turkey, England, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Croatia, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Wales.Finland are the only debutants so far.The 16 teams in the playoffs are Iceland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus.The teams in the playoffs have been divided into four separate paths with one team qualifying from each path. In each path, there will be two semi-finals, played over one leg, and a one-leg final.Path A: Iceland and three out of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.Path B: Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland, Northern Ireland.Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia and one out of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.Path D: Kosovo, North Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus.The draw for the semi-final pairings in each path will be made on Nov. 22 at UEFA headquarters. The highest-ranked team will play the semi-final at home and a draw will determine the hosts for each final.MAIN DRAW AND WHO PLAYS WHEREThe main draw will take place in Bucharest on Nov. 30.Each group will be based in two host cities. Host teams who have qualified will play all their matches at home. If both hosts in a group qualify, a draw will determine who plays at home when they meet. However, if one of those host teams has qualified directly and the other via a playoff, the team which qualified directly will play at home.So far, the following places have been allocated.Group A: (Rome and Baku) Italy.Group B: (Copenhagen and St Petersburg) Denmark and Russia.Group C: (Amsterdam and Bucharest) Netherlands, plus Romania if they qualify.Group D: (London and Glasgow) England, plus Scotland if they qualify.Group E: (Bilbao and Dublin) Spain, plus Ireland if they qualify.Group F: (Munich and Budapest) Germany, plus Hungary if they qualify.Under UEFA rules, the following pairs of teams cannot be drawn in the same group for security reasons: Russia and Ukraine, Bosnia and Kosovo, Serbia and Kosovo.(With inputs from Agencies) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more