Recently working with a group of women from a male-dominated business environment, I asked them to each choose a topic that they would care to deliver to their senior business manager.
After a lengthy discussion about taking a risk and speaking from a strong inner motivation, they settled down to identify what excited or agitated them to speak about within the business.
The results were remarkable.
In particular was one woman’s brave exploration of the inner frustrations she felt at
not having a voice, due to the dominant patriarchal culture of the business, and the lack of opportunity afforded to the highly capable and visionary women there. In her final presentation, she combined an energetic and emotional undercurrent with logic and intelligence.
Her senior business manager had never experienced this level of leadership and power from this woman. Following her speech, changes began in the business to address opportunities for women.
She started a ripple.