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A 2021 women’s leadership study from LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co. found that American women held 41% of corporate management positions, and women continue to fight underrepresentation when it comes to board positions and CEO roles. They also face gender bias, harassment, and opposition to their management styles.
Here’s how one MIT Sloan alumna has pushed back on those statistics and used what she’s learned along the way to help those behind her.
Jaclyn Loo, MBA ’11, global product marketing, subscriptions lead, Google Nest
In what ways is your professional life as a woman in the workplace different from how you imagined it would be when you started your career?
Early on, I assumed that I would find an area or topic that I loved, pick a lane, and go deep in it. I’ve since learned that growth comes in so many different forms across roles and functions. Titles aren’t everything. I’ve always tried to add diversity into my experiences to round out my skill set, knowledge, and networks, and that’s made me a stronger and more inclusive leader. What excites me has also changed over time. Opportunities in the tech industry are always evolving, and that means we can all keep learning and growing.
Who was an ally or mentor for you as you’ve navigated your career? What made that person stand out, and how specifically did they help you get to…