10 Ways to Fast-Track Your Rise Up the Corporate Ladder

Lessons from Highly Successful Career Women 

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I recently attended a New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) “Coffee & Conversations” session featuring an intergenerational panel of influential women sharing their perspectives on what it takes to climb the career ladder, and how to find mentors that will help you move up.  Under the leadership of our CEO Liz Kaplow, NYWICI is committed to empowering women at all levels to achieve their highest aspirations – and this panel was a perfect example.

Workplace mentoring is a topic that is dear to me, having had an amazing mentor early in my career. He inspired me, he challenged me and, most importantly, he believed in me. I always appreciate an opportunity to grow and to be challenged in my career, and to pay it forward to other young aspiring PR practitioners.

I leapt at the chance to listen and learn from this powerful group successful women — Ellen Archer, ABC Entertainment’s Head of East Development; Nancy Evans, iVillage co-founder; Stacy Martinent, Mashable’s Chief Marketing Officer and Denise Warren, The New York Times’ Executive Vice President of Digital Products and Services Group and, moderator, Erica Hill, Today Show Weekend Edition’s Co-Anchor.

Interestingly, while their careers followed different paths, they shared similar perspectives and learnings – some of which were surprisingly (and reassuringly) familiar to my own.

Below are the top 10 tips from the panelists. They are words to live by at any stage in your career:

  1. Be in love with what your are doing
  2. Be open to criticism
  3. Average is over; go above and beyond
  4. A mentor will push you to do things you might not have done on your own
  5. The relationship between the mentor and the mentee is organic; they see you because you stand out
  6. Put your own personal stamp on something; look for holes in the current status quo and provide a plan to fill them
  7. Make it a priority to build professional relationships with other women; send a LinkedIn invite the same day you meet someone
  8. Conduct 360-degree reviews every three months. Feedback from your boss, peers and your team is important
  9. For the aspiring entrepreneur, build an advisory board around you of people you admire and who are wise
  10. Why should women mentor other women?

–   You too can learn something

–   You will help other women to move up

–   It will help to keep women in the workforce

Women have made significant strides in the workforce, however reports show we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the U.S. It is important that we continue to empower each other at any level – both personally and professionally. Luckily, we have resources like NYWICI to help us pave the way for the future generation of mentors.

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