Step out and take a stand on diversity and inclusion to unify your organization—and advance your career along the way. 

10 Leaders on How to Raise Your Profile at Work

We recently hosted The FQ Equality Lounge @ NBCUniversal for the fourth year in a row. This time, Snap partnered up with us, making our annual event even bigger and better than ever before. Executives from across NBCU and Snap, along with a few special guests,  some of the steps you can take to lead with an equality mindset, launch your personal brand, give helpful feedback, and much more. Here are the main takeaways. 

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Rewrite the skillset for leadership

“What if we stopped telling girls they were ‘bossy’ and told them that they were ‘the boss’ instead? What if we started telling girls they were ‘caring’ and ‘empathetic’ rather than ‘too emotional?’ If we flipped the script, who would be the imposter now?”

~Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient

 

Just ask

“Use strong language, be confident, and ask. If you don’t ask, the answer is automatically ‘no’ so the worst-case scenario is the answer you already have. Get the fear out of the way and know that you have every right to ask for what you believe you deserve.”

~Jeremi Gorman, Chief Business Officer, Snap Inc.

 

Read the room 

“You have to learn how to read your room. Figure out where the intersection between you and your value lies so that you can be as productive as possible. Just stay true to yourself in the process.” 

~Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCUniversal

 

Invest in your future self

“The data shows us that money is power. On average, women have less power and less money than men. Don’t set yourself up to be working until you’re 80—do something today to empower your future self.” 

~Oona King, VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Snap Inc. 

 

Channel the power of empathy

“Remember that, whenever we are ‘networking,’ we are ultimately asking someone for something. If you can show empathy in how you ask for help, you will get the most out of any interaction.” 

~Betsy Kenny Lack, Head of Global Brand Strategy, Snap Inc.

 

Offer transparent feedback

“My greatest strengths are authenticity and transparency. That’s what my peers would say about me. I give feedback that isn’t always easy to hear, but it makes them better (mothers, employees, teammates, and friends).”

~Laura Molen, President, Ad Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal

 

Be open to difficult conversations

“The more we talk about diversity and inclusion with each other, the better we’ll be at taking what seemed confrontational at one point and making it conversational.” 

~Cara Stein, SVP, Chief Talent Officer, NBCUniversal 

 

Bring your whole self to work

“Women used to shy away from speaking about their personal life at work. But now, we’re a Google search away from your story being told, so let’s just embrace it.”

~Karen Kovacs, EVP, Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal

 

Take a chance 

“Men will raise their hand even if they don’t have all the answers. Why can’t we do that more as women?”

~Savannah Sellers, Co-Host, NBC News’ Stay Tuned and Correspondent, NBC News and MSNBC

 

Don’t just sit at the table; make the table better

“Take turns, give credit, and be courteous. You can stand up for yourself or someone else and be courteous at the same time. All you need to do is say, ‘Here’s why this matters to me and here’s why it should matter to you.’ When we meet people where they are, we have a much better shot at getting to where we want to go.”

~Lara Sweet, Chief People Officer, Snap Inc.

 

Workplace culture is built upon the actions of every single person in an organization. Remember: there’s power in the pack, and leadership isn’t about level or title; it’s about action. 

 

For more on how to get noticed in the workplace, check out:

In Her Words: How to Build a Personal Brand That Stands Out

Women in Cloud: Make Your Business Fly

Leaders Share Their Favorite Action Steps to #MakeEqualityMoves