As diversity and representation continue playing an important role in the future of America, more women are taking leadership roles. But for all the progress we’ve made so far, there is still plenty of room to improve. With this in mind, the president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) is speaking up.
Michele Siekerka, Esq. leads the NJBIA, and has seen the strives made so far in gender equality. But she also knows what still needs to be done to improve female representation in leadership roles. Which is why Steve Adubato, PhD, welcomed her in-studio for an episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato; a regular on the program, Siekerka returned to discuss the ways we can further improve female representation in key roles.
How the NJBIA Trains Women for Leadership Roles
The NJBIA is a resource for private companies in the state. They offer business advocacy, assistance, and other services to small businesses. They are based in Trenton, and have been working to further the state’s prosperity for more than 100 years. In order to achieve this goal, the NJBIA helps find and train business leaders.
Of course, they know women must be a major part of this by serving in leadership roles. One way they do this is through hosting a large event for women.
“It was our fifth annual Women Business Leaders Forum,” Siekerka says about the most recent event in September 2019. “We had over 500 incredible women.”
Speaking about the topics they discuss at this event, she explains that “Each year, we talk about what’s another aspect of your own self-development as a female leader that you need to get to. A few years ago, we talked about empowering yourself, and then we talked about empowering others. And now this was all about bringing it home, and we said this is about owning your success.”
Siekerka says that “owning your success” means to be present in the game; it means working hard, knowing your weak points, leaning into them, and not letting them get in your way. These events, like the Women Business Leaders Forum, help to build hardcore leadership skills; this forum also helps women learn how to showcase those crucial skills after learning them.
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