Erin O. Pressley
There are 59 people who work at NACS right now
and 34 of them are women, so a little more than
half. And like many companies, only a few of them
are part of the primary leadership team — one, to
be exact. Me.
Yet in spite of the numbers, NACS is an inclusive and forward-thinking workplace where I’d say
most if not all of my female colleagues feel valued
and respected. The entirety of NACS works highly
collaboratively and appreciates the diversity of
thought that gender, culture, age and experience
can bring to any discussion.
That being said, back in December, the majority of women on staff gathered for lunch in our
conference room and talked about what it meant
to be a working woman — its joys and it challenges.
The intent was not to bash men (although some
male colleagues were skeptical), but rather it was a
chance to advise and empower each other. Most of
us, we discovered, didn’t grow up thinking of our-
selves as future leaders, so we’ve had to adopt later
in life some of the characteristics
that might manifest them-
selves more naturally in our
During the meeting, a
few guys walked by the
room and did a double take.
One male colleague told
me afterwards, “All the guys
should get together and have
a meeting too.” I told him,
That’s because our
meeting, and subsequent
ones, was about creating
more confident, happy
of women in
critical to an
employees — notice I didn’t say women — and a
better NACS. Let’s face it: Any decision is stronger
when more sides of an issue are uncovered, and
any team is stronger when its players are diverse.
That’s why the inclusion of women in leadership
roles and decision-making is critical to an organization’s success.
But don’t just
take my word
for it. Read how
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cover story have
companies; two of
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not everyone is
women’s leadership in society and the workplace. Recently, Fox &
Friends interviewed Australian author Nick Adams, who posited that the trend of stronger women
is not only “very dangerous” to men but is even a
threat to our national security — as if!