In a recent interview, Carmelle opened up about her rise to leadership as a woman, a wife, and a mother. She revealed what she has learned, her obstacles, and how management teams can empower women in leadership. She may have started as the only woman in the room, but she has paved the way for more women to rise to leadership.
Q. What can management teams specifically do to promote gender equality?
A. Be deliberate about having women on the slate for job opportunities. If they are not on the slate, they will never be hired. Also, be deliberate about being inclusive. Oftentimes, male-dominated rooms of people defer to talking about sports or other male-dominated topics that women do not often have equal footing in the conversation. It is very challenging for women to network in a male-dominated industry when they cannot even participate in the conversation.