#GirlBoss, Are We There Yet?
#GirlBoss Are We There Yet? Over the next few weeks will are taking a moment to interview members of the PR In Canada/ Profectio community as we discuss gender diversity, and have our guest share advice and thoughts on how women can excel in the business landscape. In our first episode we interview Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski| President/Founder of rock-it promotions inc.
How do you define #GirlBoss?
To me, a GirlBoss is a woman who is working hard to fight gender equality and break barriers. A woman who believes in innovation and change. And a woman that doesn’t let being a woman stop her from doing anything she wants to do.
Was there a moment of pride when a fellow female in a leadership role did something that really inspired you?
I’m always incredibly supportive of fellow female entrepreneurs who surround me. Women like jewellery designer Jenny Bird, Alyssa Kerbel of mini mioche, writer/producer Jennifer Podemski, Ruth Tal of Fresh or younger entrepreneurs growing their businesses, they all inspire me daily! The ride of entrepreneurship is not only a daily grind, but it is full of highs and lows. It is necessary to surround yourself with other people who support you and understand exactly how you feel.
Was there a personal moment of pride?
Every new milestone I cross is a personal moment of joy. The first client I represented, to the first lease I signed to the first award the business won. We turn 20 this January and that feels like a major moment, especially as we are still continuing to grow.
Any advice for aspiring women who aim to get into leadership roles?
Whether you’re starting your own business or working to move up in your profession, my advice is to say YES to everything. Experience as much as you can. And surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
Is there anything that might stop more women from excelling to leadership roles?
The only thing holding women back now is ourselves. There has never been a better time for women to move ahead and have a seat at the table.
Two tips on how women can get recognized in the corporate world?
Come with hard facts about why you are asking for an increase in salary; show your manager measurable results from your work history. Increases should be once a year so pick your timing carefully.
Who is a woman that you admire who has “crushed it” through successful having a strong work-life-balance?
I admire a plethora of women for different reasons and I don’t know if there is such thing as a work-life balance. Sometimes there is balance, sometimes there isn’t. Oprah started her business at 32 years old. Some people find that very young, some people find that old. Success is often defined by you. Find what makes you happy and success will follow.
2018 brought us #metoo and other movements, there has been some change, but more is needed.
What would you like to see happen in 2019?
Among the world’s largest 500 companies, only 10.9 per cent of senior executives are women, so there is a long way to go. I want to keep seeing more women in C-suite roles and more female entrepreneurs succeeding. This is not a change that is going to happen in a year or two. It will take time, but everything is moving in a positive direction.
Equal pay has been an issue in the news more and more, will there be a time where equal pay is universal?
I have a 10 year old daughter and I certainly hope when she enters the workforce, the idea that a man would make more income than her simply because of his gender, will be absolutely preposterous.