I was honored to be featured in Kellogg Women, a book by the Kellogg School of Management which highlights the stories of female alumni who have risen to the C-suite. Kellogg School is long known for its deep involvement with its students and alumni, especially women, who are working their way up the corporate ladder.
The book features surveys and interviews with many of Kellogg alumnae, along with research on female leadership. I would recommend this book to any woman who is interested in launching herself into the world of business. The book aims to bring 25 percent more women to apply to business school and eventually join the workforce.
The book captures the story of many Kellogg women, who have broken the glass ceiling time and again. Below are the thoughts I shared for the book!
Roslyn M. Brock, ’99, Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations, Bon Secours Health System Inc.; Chairman Emeritus, NAACP
Last Word on the Launch
“Life is challenging. Life can be difficult. But if you’re confident, courageous, have faith and trust the process, it will be rewarding.”
How They Survived and Thrived the Mid-Career Marathon
THEY FOUND THEIR OWN STYLE.
“I was fortunate to have several women role models early in my career. One was a nurse who had been a state health director in the Midwest for many years. She taught me about board politics and how I should develop my own style of leadership. I watched how she led board strategy meetings and would try in these very formal settings to emulate her style when it was my turn to make a report. After a few meetings, she pulled me aside and said, ‘Roslyn, you can’t be me. Be you.’ Lesson learned. Be your authentic self.”
Last Word on the Mid-Career Marathon
“Make time for self-care. Identify what makes you come alive and the things that center and ground you. These are critical touchstones that will help you move forward when challenges arise. Your journey to success may not be my journey – it’s important to affirm each other in our own unique career paths. Whether you decide to get married and have children or stay single and travel the world, do what’s best for you.”
Last Word on the Executive Transition
“Listen with intentionality for clarity and understanding. Don’t take yourself so seriously that you dismiss or diminish the suggestions and opinions of others who may differ from you.”
How Bold Moves Can Make Your Career
“My mother told me, ‘You don’t have to compromise to be recognized. Your gifts will make room for you.’ So, know who you are, know what the risks and opportunities are and know that when you make this move, it’s going to give you some sort of fulfillment. Then, trust your gut and be willing to stand up and have faith that you can make a difference.”
“Race still matters in this country. Gender still matters in this country. And orientation matters in this country. We all have bias, conscious and unconscious bias that we have to deal with. Because I am a woman of color does not mean that I can’t discriminate. Anytime something happened to me in the workplace, I had to ask myself: ‘Is it something I did? Is it something I said? Is it something about my performance?’ and tick off those boxes and then ask, ‘Is it something about me?’ We have our own filters through which we see others. Oftentimes, we look in the mirror and ask others to act as we do. Instead we should use windows of opportunity to see difference.”
“Absorb everything you can from Kellogg. Speak with the professors and with the dean. Take the time to really get to know your teammates and others in your class. You will find that relationships are primary, all else is derivative.”
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