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Real Talk: The C-Suite—What It Takes and How to Get There | Skills + Capacity Series

  • MG2 1101 2nd Ave #100 Seattle, WA 98101 (map)

We talk a lot about “sitting at the table” and the C-suite is one of the most influential tables of all. As someone who holds a C-suite or core leadership position, you influence the direction, expansion, innovation and operation of the business and will impact major company priorities that affect women at all levels, including pay equity, company leave policies and building an inclusive culture. And yet, per the McKinsey/LeanIn.Org study on Women in the Workplace, only 17% of the 2015 pipeline for the C-suite were women. So how do we actually get there? And what are the skills needed to hold these roles? And moreover, how do we position ourselves for the most influential seat of them all, CEO? In this session, we’re going to find out.

This session will cover:

  • A day in the life of a CEO

  • The things that keep C-suiters up at night

  • The things you never knew you absolutely needed to know

  • The skills and experience that got you a seat at the table

  • Line-role* holders—what’s needed to be considered, promoted, and successful

  • Breaking down the P&L

  • Resume review workshop with exec recruiters and career coaches

  • And more!

At Lean In Seattle we’ve made the deliberate choice this year to become a resource for women wanting to reach the highest levels of earnings and influence. So if you have you eyes set on the C-suite, come ready to work on your short- and long-term path to reach your goal!

It’s about to get real. Are you ready?

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*As Sheryl Sandberg mentioned when she was here in May 2017, a standard path to the C-Suite, and certainly CEO, is to hold a line role but few women do. Line roles are positions with profit-and-loss responsibility and/or a focus on core business operations. Staff roles are positions in functions that support the organization like legal, human resources, and IT. Lean In and McKinsey's Women In the Workplace study found that in 2015, 90% of new CEOs were promoted or hired from line roles, and 100% were men (with women holding only 20% of SVP-level line roles).