4 tips for career women who want to rise in management

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MONTREAL — Five women, five challenges and 100 days to bring about lasting change in the professional lives of women in Quebec.

This is the goal of Effet-A, a campaign to help women achieve more in the workplace.

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Isabelle Marcoux is one of the five women behind the initiative. She is chair of the board at Transcontinental Inc., a member of the Board of Power Corporation, Rogers Communications and George Westin.

Marcoux has joined forces with Isabelle Hudon, Executive Chair, Quebec and Senior Vice-President, Client Solutions, Sun Life Financial Canada; Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer at Gaz Métro; Marie-Josée Lamothe, Managing Director, Quebec at Google Canada; and Kim Thomassin, a partner with the law firm McCarthy Tetrault, to help Quebec women pursue their career goals.

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The Quebecers behind Effet-A, a campaign to help women achieve more in the workplace. Effet-A

Here are Marcoux’ four tips for career women who want to rise into management positions:

  1. Brag about your accomplishments.
  2. Don’t let others interrupt you.
  3. Drive your points home.
  4. Be more self confident.

Marcoux said striving for perfection mixed with self-doubt is slowing down women’s careers.

As a mother of two teenager, she confided that she felt guilty for a decade.

“But the reality is that during those years when kids are younger, we have to make choices, and with that comes sacrifices.”

She highlighted the fact kids are young for a finite amount of time, and the difficult moments when they are young do pass.

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“We have to stay in the game to reach senior positions in our companies,” she said.

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