WATCH: Helping women achieve success in the workforce
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.
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.
Here are Marcoux’ four tips for career women who want to rise into management positions:
- Brag about your accomplishments.
- Don’t let others interrupt you.
- Drive your points home.
- 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.
“You just have to go for it, go through it, and not slow down.”
“We have to stay in the game to reach senior positions in our companies,” she said.