1. Refrain from minimising or discrediting
Demonstrate respect and acknowledgement, and implement objective performance evaluations to eliminate bias.
2. Demonstrate tangible support
Encourage the visibility of women leaders within the workplace and offer structured assistance through leadership programmes and structured support through leadership programmes.
3. Give women a voice at the table
Create an inclusive meeting environment where women’s perspectives are valued, and encourage respectful conduct and diverse participation.
4. Challenge biases about working mothers
Overcome assumptions and biases regarding women’s career aspirations after becoming mothers.
5. Understand goals
Gain insights into what drives female business developers and how their current roles contribute to their overall fulfilment.
6. Path to leadership support
Encourage career advancement, accommodate nonlinear career paths, and participate in initiatives promoting the advancement of women.
7. Ensure equal compensation and work flexibility
Eliminate gender pay gaps and provide flexible work schedules to support work-life balance.
8. Proactively recruit female talent
Engage in campus recruiting and early talent acquisition strategies to identify promising female business developers
9. Provide diversity training for the entire team
Create an inclusive environment by involving developers of all backgrounds and genders, promoting open discussions, and ensuring comprehensive diversity training.
10. Foster C-suite mentorships
Connect female business developers with C-suite executives who can mentor and guide their career progression.
By incorporating these strategies, organisations can empower and advance the role of women in business development, leading to greater success and cultivating a work environment that is more inclusive and equitable.
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