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Why are we talking about glass ceilings again?

On the day this picture was taken, I read an article regarding the devastating effects of COVID-19 on women in the workplace. After a decade of advancements in corporate America, a record number of women had left their positions because of what has been coined: The She-Session. For real? Covid is going to erase progress? I thought - Hell no. Not on my watch!

Flashback 17 years ago. I was an executive of a major tech company and was proud to be the go-to woman in leadership. I’d rally colleagues to help me mentor more women. Each morning before work, I whispered in my little girl’s ear, “I’m doing this for you. And, one day, you’ll be grateful I carried this torch so you will never question gender equality. You’ll just go for it.”

Glass Ceilings, She-Session, Woman-in-Leadership Fatigue...I've heard it all before. I remember it when both of these photos were taken, 15 years ago and just a few weeks ago. I've been there, I've been HER. How did I grow through it and not around it? With the help of my Nest.

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Executive Mom Nest Founder, Marcy Stoudt is passionate about developing leaders, bringing teams together, and creating a work environment where people thrive. For the past 25 years, she has worked with hundreds of women and executives and has coached, taught, and inspired results through confidence and balance.


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