Joan Bialek - Leading Women
We asked our fearless leading women at Bialek what 'words-of-wisdom' they can share as being part of an organization that cultivates female-identifying voices. Read more from our very own Founder and CEO below!
- Describe your leadership style in 3 words. Encouraging/motivating, caring and loyal.
- How important is it to have a mentor to grow as a leader? Did you have a memorable female mentor when starting out? Mentors are extraordinarily important. Watching others you admire lead can be helpful in developing your own style of leadership. My mentors were actually mostly men. And that worked for me. There were very few women in business at that time. When I first started my career, I was part of a business organization called YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), and part of a forum that met monthly. (We still meet regularly.) All were successful leaders and became mentors for me as I grew my business.
- Name a favorite woman leader in history - why do you admire her? Ruth Bader Ginsberg - she was uncompromising in her dedication to the equal rights of women. She battled discrimination all of her life and won-becoming a Supreme Court Justice. And Gladys Stern, Head of Georgetown Day School. She taught me how humility, caring and respect for others must be part of any significant leadership decision.
- What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? I believe the biggest barrier to female leadership is not believing you can make a difference and letting fear hold you back. The opportunities are out there. Don’t hold yourself back-go for it!
- Any final words of wisdom to all the other amazing women #Pioneers at Bialek/Intellistruct and beyond? Anyone who knows me knows that I am a firm believer that: 'Behind Every No there is a Yes!'
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