Gina Bianchini, CEO of MightyBell spoke to us at Failcon this past month on some of her biggest disasters in business (the flop when she was in charge at Ning, pivoting in several business ventures, and even her latest course change at MightyBell), but what stood out for most was her advice to women when they are in work meetings.
According to several studies, men and women who act the same and say the same exact thing are perceived in a completely different way. Gina says it’s no accident women try to be more demure and apologetic in work situations.
Some takeaways (for both genders):
- Notice the other women in your office. Notice when they are being cut off. Speak up for them and ask that they be heard. Say, “Can we go back to what Chloe was saying? I’d really like to hear her finish on that.”
- Make sure you are not dismissing someone based on their gender. Recognize your own gender bias.
- If you want to make it in Silicon Valley, learn how to SELL! Women may not get the same credit as a male entrepreneur, according to Bianchini, but they can learn how to sell to the users and gain their funding straight from the source.
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