Tools of the Trade gender edition: Useful skills on how to break that glass ceiling

  • November 30, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
  • Zoom
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This Gender Edition of the Tools of the Trade connects the exclusive Tools of the Trade Series with the action-oriented Gender Initiative 2020 launched this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security through a series of events, expert interviews, and publications. 

While an increasing number of women are part of the workforce all over Europe, the number of women reaching top leadership roles in public institutions and international organizations in the field of foreign policy, such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations or NATO, remain low.

Out of 27 Foreign Affairs Ministers in the European Union, only 3 are female. And, at the international level, there has never been a female leader as Secretary General, neither at the UN nor NATO. 

Climbing up the organizational ranks in public institutions or the private sector is not only based on intelligence and merit but on many more skills. This is why we have invited Kate Surala and Sarah Wagner, authors of the upcoming book Unleash Today, to provide you, our member, the tools you need to accelerate your career as a woman in the world of foreign policy and to "break that glass ceiling". They will share their own learnings with you on how to overcome challenges faced at the workplace and climb the career ladder. 

For example, together, we will address several typical “work situations” (young) women often encounter, such as:

  • Networking at an event and establishing new contacts;
  • When male colleagues constantly get more responsibility even though you are at the same stage of your career;
  • Dealing with more career-advanced female colleague who view you as competition;
  • Talking with the supervisor/boss about work performance and ask for promotion;
  • Any every other challenge you encounter, there are no off-topics. 

This webinar will be as interactive as possible. In separate breakout sessions, the topics of “Networking” and “Building self-confidence” will be further explored in smaller groups.

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