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Thank You Dertoit
Thank you for attending the seventh annual POWER Detroit 2016.
We want to thank our presenting sponsor, Fifth Third Bank, for supporting POWER programming, along with Lear, General Motors, Comcast Business, MGM Grand, Southwest Airlines and KPMG.
Special thanks to our POWER Detroit Advisors: Shari Burgess, Byna Elliott, Marina Shoemaker, Michelle Pluskota and Carol Vallone Mitchell. All of your planning and preparation ensured a successful, high-impact program! The inaugural case study session led by Marina provided particular value to this year’s program.
Leading Without Intimidating: How Women Manage Gender Expectations to be Most Effective
Carol Vallone Mitchell
Cofounder, Talent Strategy Partners
Women have to blend the best qualities of men and the best qualities of women to be successful. Research supports that women still need to bring their authentic and feminine sides to the table.
Successful women leaders share these six characteristics:
1. Empathy – It can be very powerful.
2. Self-awareness – To be yourself, you have to know yourself.
3. Inclusiveness – Involve people in the decision-making process.
4. Erasing hierarchical boundaries – Establish common ground.
5. Cultural & political savvy – Women are more aware of context and culture due to the female “brain wiring.”
6. Communicating insight & vision – Weave complex facts into a story that people can understand, develop a talent for making people feel smart; and have a broad long-term vision.
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Fireside Chat: Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Unconscious Bias
Matthew J. Simoncini
President & Chief Executive Officer
Lear Corporation
Companies can create a better environment for women leaders by striving to “be the type of company that your daughter would like to work for.”
We’re all an accumulation of our life experiences. It’s most comfortable to hire people who are like those that you are familiar with. Diversity means a lot of things – not just gender, not just race, not just sexual orientation.
When managing cross-cultural teams, be cognizant that certain things just are not accepted in some countries where do business in (i.e. sexual orientation). It can’t just be “Detroiters” trying to run all the business in these other countries.
Cyril Rauscher
Executive Director, Human Resources,
General Motors
It is tough for a leader to choose the best talent due to unconscious bias. You can really miss building an A team if you don’t resolve this.
To truly be cognizant of other cultures, you have to live in other countries.
Because I am surrounded by people who are not like me and do not think like me, I am increasing my curiosity. This is what diversity brings. We need more curious people to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Leading Without Intimidating
Leading Without Intimidating (L to R): Charisse R. Lillie, Fellow and Vice President of Community Investment, Comcast, Carol Vallone Mitchell, Cofounder, Talent Strategy Partners, Michelle Pluskota, Vice President of Business Services, Comcast.
Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Unconscious Bias
Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Unconscious Bias (L to R): Matthew J. Simoncini, President & Chief Executive Officer Lear Corporation, Cyril Rauscher, Executive Director, Human Resources, General Motors, Beth Chappel, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Club
A brief video courtesy of our long-time partner, Comcast videography team, Trista Sutton and Eli Wiles is forthcoming.
We look forward to seeing you in October 2017!
Deirdre Joy Smith
Founder & CEO
POWER: Opening Doors for Women®
and the entire POWER team
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