How to Support Women at Work

Today’s episode is part three of a special series. We’re podcasting live from Working Mother Media’s Work Beyond Summit in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. The conference focuses on work-life balance, with a lens on evolving next-generation strategies, and it also salutes the 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

And our guest is behind the scenes with it all. Subha Barry is the SVP and Managing Director at Working Mother Media. Subha joined as Vice President and General Manager at Working Mother Media back in January of 2015. Her career spans 30 years in frontline business operations and leadership roles. She has a proven track record of building cohesive productive teams, work change agents, linking people and leadership to business results and leveraging opportunities to drive profitability.

Don’t miss this must-hear episode where Subha shares how some of the top companies in the country are recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce, including the best and brightest women around.

In This Episode

  • Why companies need to consider their employees’ home lives, not just their work lives
  • How company culture impacts work program usage
  • The importance of policies and programs that support diversity
  • How different generations can work together to build more innovative companies
  • Examples of innovative company policies that attract the best female talent

Quotes in This Episode

“Home and work no longer sort of start at one spot and stop at the other. It used to be that you walked in the door and you left your home life back there beyond the door. And at work, you worked, and when you left work you left your work behind and you went home. Now everything just melds and blends together.” —Subha Barry

“If you offer a great program, but nobody uses it because your company culture is resistant to it, does it even matter that you offered those wonderful programs? Not really.” —Subha Barry

“The reality is, if you want the best talent, best talent is not always male, and that best talent is not always white. So if you are not more inclusive—whether it be around gender or race or ethnicity—you’re going to miss out on the best talent. The question you have to ask yourself is, can I afford to miss out on the best talent?” —Subha Barry

“I really believe that this next generation is going to bring a human aspect to working.” —Subha Barry

“What a leader now actually needs to grow as a leadership competency is the willingness and ability to be vulnerable. To make mistakes and not have to hide it, to be open about it.” —Subha Barry

Resources

Subha Barry Working Mother Media on Women Worldwide with Deirdre BreakenridgeWorking Mother Media
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