I heard Sheryl Sandberg’s words echo in my head as I glided into the chilly conference room. I had been invited as an afterthought. I was the first (and only) research fellow of a university architecture department, in a position the dean had created for me to pursue my research. Few people knew who I was or that the position even existed. I was invited to the department’s board meeting in which I’d present my research if we had extra time. (We didn’t.)
I recently watched one of those TED talks that helps you see the structural underpinnings that were always there, but invisible to you. Titled, The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get, it features Susan Colantuono, who founded Leading Women, a consultancy that helps companies close the gender gap.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown starts with a startling premise: That the ability to be vulnerable is actually an expression of courage, not weakness. Brown starts with a quote by Teddy Roosevelt which inspired the book’s name, one I found so compelling I just had to reproduce it in full here: