How Dare She? The Audacity to Demand More – Why Women Acting with Courage and Confidence is Good for Business and Life
- Ethics & Integrity
- Women in Business
- Corporate Culture
- Organizational Development
Called too tough for the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano made headlines in the media in June 2015 when she took a stand and confronted systemic problems of gender bias and lowered expectations for women. LtCol Germano fought back and became a national figure in the press by speaking out against discrimination and advocating for higher expectations and standards for women in the military. A 20-year career Marine and combat veteran, Kate has written extensively on the cultural challenges faced by service women, the change to official policy that opened all military jobs and units to women, and the need to de-segregate Marine Corps recruit training (the Marine Corps remains the only service to train men and women separately). Her writing has been published in national media outlets to include the New York Times, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post. She has also been featured on NPR, CSPAN, and the PBS Newshour.
Kate has a powerful and engaging speaking style mixed with a wonderful sense of humor. She easily connects with audiences and seamlessly combines her personal experiences with facts in order to discuss timely and important national-level issues while captivating her audience, creating lasting impressions, and fostering meaningful organizational change.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LIFE’S GOT YOU ON THE ROPES?
How having courage, staying true to yourself, and maintaining laser focus on your goals in the face of adversity will keep you in the game and make you a powerful asset in life and business. In this presentation, Kate discusses her perspectives on eliminating gender bias and the challenges she faced during her time as the commanding officer of Women Marine recruit training. It was during this period of adversity that she learned her true character and found her purpose in life. Her story of resilience and moral courage will inspire your organization as she highlights how she survived an extremely challenging career environment by sticking to her principles, which ultimately led to the Marine Corps expanding opportunities for women.
FROM THE RIFLE RANGE TO THE BOARD ROOM – THE POWER OF EXPECTATIONS
Kate presents examples from her tour as the Commanding Officer of the only all-female unit in the Department of Defense to explain how setting high standards for performance will lead to unprecedented success. She provides clear examples of how assumptions about race and gender and unconscious bias can negatively influence individual and organizational results, and how organizations can overcome these challenges to achieve their goals. Your employees and team members will be inspired to ditch the status quo in order to transition to a path of high performance, productivity and success.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
How much does gender really matter to your bottom line? Understanding how a culture of inclusion and diversity can positively influence your organization is essential to the success of your organization. As a woman officer in a male-dominated career field for over 20 years, Kate draws on her expertise, her own successes and challenges to offer a unique perspective discussing the pitfalls of tokenism and how a culture of diversity and inclusion will positively impact your bottom line.
THE DOUBLE-BIND DILEMMA – FIVE WAYS TO OVERCOME GENDER STEREOTYPES TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE
More women are graduating from universities with four year and graduate degrees than men, but women are still woefully underrepresented in executive level positions. If you desire to change this dynamic in your organization, you will want to hear Kate talk about what her experience in the male-dominated Marine Corps taught her about overcoming stereotypes and gender bias. Kate will inspire your organization, teams, and individuals to make big and small changes to help level the playing field for performance, increase recruitment and retention of high-quality women, and leverage expectations to ensure more women have the opportunity and desire to compete for top jobs in the C-suite.
GOOD AND NECESSARY TROUBLE – THE POWER OF CONSTRUCTIVE DISSENT
Do you view people who campaign for change in your organization as a nuisance or disloyal, not part of the team? Your view of constructive dissent may be holding your company back from achieving high performance, productivity and success. In this presentation, Kate talks about how her military experiences led to a national debate about women in combat and the roles of women in our military. Your organization will learn why constructive dissent is a powerful tool for organizational success.