To succeed in business a woman needs to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove,” says amazing guest Molly Mahoney Matthews.
As a single parent of two small children who had never held a real job, Molly went to school, developed a network, and found an internship. When laid off from a job she fought for severance and started a public relations company. She grew it to employ 150 people, bill over $20 million and rank 4th in Washington DC and in the top 35 in the United States. Her advice is, “Do your best at whatever job you have. If you don’t like it, work harder to get the promotion to the job you want.”
Today Molly is the CEO of The Star Fish Group, and she attributes her success to crisis. Adopting the attitude of “I’m Unsinkable” she turned each crisis into opportunity. One key bit of advice, “Take the top job.“ When asked by a college if she’d rather be Chairman of the Board or Vice-Chair, she picked Chairman, because it’s important for students to see a woman at the top.
Hear wonderful ideas about women in leadership roles and qualities that hold women back. Young women need mentors and they need to see the subtle ways they are being kept at desks far below the C-suite. Today it’s hard to name the prejudice since it’s much less overt than in the 1980s. It’s like “death by a thousand cuts,” slicing away the power to lead, which young women must claim to be successful in business today.
Check out Molly’s website, I’m Unsinkable for more inspiration and insight