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Odvaha si hrát a chuť se učit. reflexe mentorky Lenky Mrázové

Reflexe mentoringu Ženy sobě

„Odvaha si hrát a chuť se učit“ je moje poselství, které si beru ze svých dvou mentoringových stolů na konferenci Ženy sobě na téma „Peníze nebo sex? O čem se bojíme mluvit více?“ Nešlo o to, o čem se bojíme mluvit více, ale proč vlastně toho v rozhovoru na téma peníze nemáme tolik co říct. Jak poznamenala jedna z účastnic v mé diskuzi: „Sex je nám příjemný, máme ho prožitý, tak víme o čem mluvíme.“

Já k tomu dodávám, že u peněz to může být také příjemný rozhovor, když víme, o čem mluvíme, když odhodíme náš stud a jsme hodně zvídavé. Ne na to, kolik která z nás vydělává. Striktně jsem vymezila na začátku diskuse, že plně respektuji mlčenlivost o výši platu v pracovní smlouvě, a že rozhodně doporučuji jí dodržovat. Ale jsme zvídavé, jak si každá z nás s penězi počínáme a hrajeme. Zda si spoříme, investujeme, kam a jak, co se nám podařilo, co méně. Není nutné se bavit o částkách, ale o způsobu spoření, investování.

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souboru Genton-LEpee Karin1 To speak, or not to speak, that is the question

Mentoring session summary: Women and Power with Karin Genton L’Epee

The question of why the society is critical of powerful and ambitious women and how it causes ambivalence about women’s own ambitions.

The art of Parisian charm and American attitude to business is how I’d describe Karin Genton-L’Epée. She is charismatic, high-energy and sincere in her interest when she is talking to you, the personality traits that engage you immediately.

No wonder that she has been enjoying great success as a professional business coach both in the US, where she founded L’Epée Coaching and Consulting, and her business continues to thrive in the Czech Republic where she transferred her operations. She creates and delivers targeted coaching and training programs aimed primarily at mid and top-level managers. Her focus is on developing leadership, cross-cultural understanding and effective communication in the global business environment.

I know Karin since the early 2000s when we first met at the Prague Business Women’s Club and when I saw that she was going to conduct a mentoring session at the Equal Pay Day Conference I attended this April, I signed up.

Karin was exploring the question of why the society is critical of powerful and ambitious women and how it causes ambivalence about women’s own ambitions. She brought a book Women and Power: A Manifestoby Mary Beard, the primary subject of which is female silence, a “long view on the culturally awkward relationship between the voice of women and the public sphere of speech-making, debate, and comment”.

Mary Beard the Cambridge University classicist, cultural critic, and feminist traced the roots of women’s lack of power to Athens and Rome and to women’s silence. A woman’s power is directly connected to her ability to speak up. Speaking up is a challenge for many women. Sometimes women speak when they shouldn’t and sometimes they keep silent when they should speak up. To speak or not to speak, these were the questions we explored during the mentoring session.

Personally, this talk with Karin made me think about how the exclusion of women from power is embedded in our culture, but on the other side, it raised a modest hope for progress in freeing women from the victim mentality – the habit of recognizing ourselves as victims of the negative actions of others.

Of course, culture and traditions can be a cause of creating conflicting internal messages  and hinder our ability to speak up. But also it is the fear of being direct and being perceived as Beard writes “Athena, the goddess of wisdom “In the Greek sense she is not a woman at all,” she’s a warrior, which is an exclusively masculine role”.

To avoid this comparison we have the desire to communicate in a feminine way, i.e. to speak softly and indirect; we strive for harmony and don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, and we fear to lose face when making a wrong decision.

So often we lack the courage to stand by our convictions and be resilient and persistent in turning around a decision that didn’t work out as planned.

The word courage „heart (as the seat of emotions),“ hence „spirit, temperament, state or frame of mind,“ from Old French corage „heart, innermost feelings; temper“ (12c., Modern French courage) 

And if we are talking about speaking up – sometimes we just have that fear that paralyzed our body. No matter how talented we are and no matter how well developed our skills sets may be – all of that is lost when we are crippled by our fear.

Regardless of what contributes to it – culture, internal or external pressures,  the courage is what helps us to control our own story in our mind. The courage makes us able to identify opportunities and possibilities and tame those internal voices that are telling us – “You just can’t do it, you are not good enough”.

Many of us are going to encounter that fear and that is natural,  we just have to keep going even if we are afraid. This is what courage is. 

Put your heart in your words and dare to show up. These moments differentiate people who say they really want something but give up when it’s difficult or it is not something that others expect from them, from those who stay committed and believe not only in themselves but also in their dreams. These moments are when you are willing to get rid of fear and be courageous and write your own story.

Author: Larisa Balanovskaya


Pinella Bombaci at the Equal Pay Day Conference, Prague, April 2018 The intelligence of the hearts

Interview with Giuseppa (Pinella) Bombaci, Regional Coordinator BPW Europe 

Equal Pay Day raises awareness about the gender pay gap. For instance, in the Czech Republic, the difference of wages earned by men and women is around 22%. What factors do you think might contribute to that difference?

Pinella Bombaci: As everything in our lives, the pay gap, in my opinion, rooted in our culture. If you’d take a historical perspective, you would see that women were the ones who always took care of families, while men were working and providing for them. For hundreds of years, this order put women in a position of dependency on men.

Pinella Bombaci: If you’d look at the present moment – you’d see that women continue to undertake a greater share of unpaid caring duties within households, and are therefore more likely to work part-time or not work at all.  And while the men’s jobs are paid at a higher rate, women’s share of the nation’s wage bill is even less than is implied by the pay gap.

But, step by step, women change this situation. They are finding the strength to rebel and oppose stereotypes. We, at the BPW, are supporting our members and women not only in EU but also in Africa and Asia. In many of those countries, there is not only a huge pay gap, but women experience discrimination and are denied equality.

Do you think that’s the women’s role as the “primary caregiver” is necessary to change (or it’s likely to change) – and if such a change might produce some benefit to everybody?

PB: In my opinion, it is not necessary to change, or abandon this role. I think that this is really important that women maintain the role of caregivers. We, women, have the intelligence of the hearts and we can share it with our families, in the workplace, and in the society. The heart intelligence is what gives us the ability to be real, present, connected and heart-directed in every area of our life. With this, we can experience greater levels of performance, creativity and ultimately greater satisfaction in life.

But, the role of caregivers can’t limit the movement of women’s empowerment. And I think that where the change really comes from – is from the government. There should be a will to make the change, there should be an interest in creating opportunities for women, to support women in their roles in the workplace and in the society. This support will allow women to maintain their role of caregivers, without sacrificing other parts of life. It will allow them to keep sharing the power of love, which everyone needs: men, children, all people.

We, women, have the intelligence of the hearts. The heart intelligence is what gives us the ability to be real, present, connected and heart-directed in every area of our life.

Giuseppa (Pinella) Bombaci, Regional Coordinator BPW Europe

In your opinion does it become easier or harder in some ways for women in the workforce? Are women better at bargaining on salary or flexible hours?

In a sense, it became easier, because of availability of educational programs. For example one of the cornerstones of the BPW clubs is the Personal Empowerment Program, which supports women in developing their leadership potential and motivates them to focus and reach their goals. One of the modules of the program is teaching women negotiation skills, necessary not only when they enter the workforce, but throughout the career – ability to negotiate flexible hours, better salary and benefits.  One of BPW associate Conny R Montague will present and give the workshop on the Art of Negotiation in the workplace in the next symposium in Wien. It is very important that we not only theorize about problems and the reasons why these problems exist but show practical ways to solve them, so participants can learn skills they need to tackle these problems.

Harvard University, Henry Lee Professor of Economics Claudia Goldingwrote about “quiet revolution”.

The term defines a change in how young women perceive the courses their lives are going to take. Their perceptions of their futures, their own aspirations, began to change. And so their expectations about being in the workforce. The “revolution” started in 1968 in the US.  Now it is 2018 – Do you feel like we’ve seen progress?

(“The ‘Quiet Revolution’ That Transformed Women’s Employment, Education, and Family,” American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2006)  

PB: When I say that women are step by step changing the tradition, it is to say that there is this quiet revolt. When I talk to young women, I see how different they are in comparison with women of my generation. Today, women become citizens of the world, not limited by countries of their origin. They embrace life without borders of prejudices of religion, nationalities or political systems. And I am sure that we all realize that the more open we are and the more we work towards our dreams, the better our future becomes – without wars, prejudices and religious intolerance. This is exactly what Equal Pay Day Women to Themselves Conference in Prague with 1.400 women attending the event, shows us – the progress is real.

What is your role in the BPW Europe?

Giuseppa (Pinella) Bombaci is the Regional coordinator of Europe, she coordinates the network of the biggest associations of Business and Professional Women of the world:

  • thirty-eight countries
  • sixteen federations
  • twenty-two clubs
  • eighteen thousand members all over Europe.

She oversees the implementation of the action plan developed by the BPW International by the clubs and federations; plans and participates in the organization of BPW meetings. For example the next  Presidents Meeting – BPW Europe  and the Young BPWSymposium in Vienna April 27– April 29, 2018

PB: I ensure that there is always a clear and constant flow of communication both internal and external. I arrange coverage of the BPW events, and I am fully involved in the everyday process of organization of these important events. Even though I have been used to a heavy workload since the time I worked at the Ministry of Finance, but it can’t compare with the workload I have at BPW!

But, working for BPW is my passion. I admit, it is a lot of work, but it gives me tremendous satisfaction as I see the positive impact it has on lives of many women. It also allows me to meet and build relationships with amazing people from all over the world.

Currently, my focus is on the implementation of steps that will support BPW clubs in the eastern countries. For example,  later this year, in October I will be in Moscow attending the 25th anniversary of the BPW Russia. This is going to be a big event with the members of Moscow and St.Petersburg clubs coming together. I cordially invite everyone to join and help us celebrate the anniversary!

Giuseppa (Pinella) Bombaci is an active member of the BPW Club Livorno, Tuscany, Italy since 1993. In 2017 Pinella was elected BPW Europe regional coordinator, member of the BPW International Executive. She is the author of the new Constitution and bylaws of Fidapa BPW-Italy. In her impressive professional career, Pinella served as the regional director of Tuscany and Liguria and was co-director in Rome. She is a Professor of the administrative law of the High School of the Ministry of Economy, Italy. For her outstanding professional commitment, Pinella Bombaci was rewarded with the honorary title of “Commander of The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic”.

Author: Larisa Balanovskaya


Tatana Gregor Brzobohata Sharing the beauty of life with others

Tatana Gregor Brzobohata is the winner of Miss World. She is the one and only Czech who won this title. She is also one of a few founders of non-profits in the Czech Republic who support the elderly. For many years she has been working in a field that is apparently not attractive for other nonprofits and volunteers in the Czech Republic.

Her Foundation Krása pomoci supports projects that help seniors living alone and experiencing social isolation. The foundation provides social services, such as personal assistance, care service in homes of seniors, and runs programs for their social integration. The Foundation raised 30 million Czech Crowns to aid senior citizens.

Tatana’s work has been praised by the United Nations, where she represents Czech Republic’s non-profit sector. Tatana is the Ambassador SDG’s(Sustainable Development Goals).

I attended her presentation at the Equal Pay Day conference where she was talking about women working in the non-profit sector in the Czech Republic, the gender pay gap, and the importance of promoting gender equality.

I want to support women and their activities. I believe that women have the power to change the world for the better. Sharing experience and knowledge are important for inspiring women and enhancing their self-confidence. It is my honor to share what I’ve learned. I believe that life rewards those who love life and have the desire and determination to work and care for others around the world.

I thought Tatana’s work is an example of a real-life application of Viktor Frankl’s philosophy.

Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, he discovered a magic formula for becoming successful and living a healthy and happy life. He actually had ha practical prescription on how we can find the meaning in life:  (1) by doing a meaningful work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by having the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering and finding something positive about it.

“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.” 

― Viktor E. FranklMan’s Search for Meaning

There is a real benefit of doing a good deed, of being immersed in something positive, of having a focus on something really beautiful that we are trying to create.

Author: Larisa Balanovskaya


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dneska jsem sebrala odvahu a šla

„Dobrý den, Dano, v sobotu jsem byla na vašem mentoringu „jak si říci o více peněz“ a dneska jsem sebrala odvahu a šla za mým nadřízeným s jasnou představou a klaplo to. Vůbec to nebolelo! Ve finále ani jednu stranu:-) Moc Vám děkuji za dodání odvahy. Mějte se krásně, ať se daří.“

A kvůli tomu to děláme.. protože mentorka Vám může dodat odvahu.

Protože mentorka vám dodá kuráž v rozhodnutí, nad kterým už dlouho přemýšlíte.

Protože mentorka vám ukáže cestu, jak to jí funguje a vy jí můžete vyzkoušet….

to je speed mentoring BPWCR. Těšte se na celoroční akce :-)

V tuto chvíli můžete například zacílit na Litoměřice a kulaté stoly našich členek na ALLFESTU – více informací a registrace zde

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Irena Prášilová: Networking je jednou z nejdůležitějších věcí vůbec

Mezi 500 největšími společnostmi na světe je podle Weber Schandwick’s Gender Forward Pioneer Index ve vedení pouze 10.9 % žen. Značný podíl společností, 37 %, má pouze mužské vedoucí týmy, zatímco dalších 21 % má ve vedoucích týmech pouze jednu ženu.

Je to jejich ztráta, protože existují jasné důkazy, že rozmanitost pohlaví na řídící úrovni zvyšuje výkonnost společnosti. Vědci se stále snaží přesně zjistit, proč firmy se ženami ve vedení vydělávají více peněz.

V současné chvíli vědí, že rozmanitost pomáhá společnostem zvyšovat zisk, inovovat, lépe pracovat s vlastními zaměstnanci a být kreativnější. Rozmanitost nejen mezi pohlavími, ale napříč kulturami podobně zlepšuje výkon společnosti. Peterson institut pro mezinárodní ekonomii provedl průzkum 21 980 firem z 91 zemí světa a zjistil, že mít ženy ve vedení společnosti výrazně zvyšuje čistý zisk firmy. Zjistili, že pokud bude mít firma ve vedení 30 % žen, bude mít o 1 % vyšší zisk než podobná firma bez žen ve vedení. Například společnost Apple má ze 107 vrcholových manažerů 19 žen.

18ML4263My vám nyní přinášíme rozhovor s Irenou Prášilovou, MSD, Business Operation Director in Merck Sharp&Dohme, která má s působením ve vedoucích pozicích značné zkušenosti. Irena Prášilová pracovala dlouhá léta v poradenství a poslední čtyři roky pracuje ve společnosti MSD, pro kterou pomáhala vytvořit v Praze IT Hub. Byla to pro ni velmi dynamická zkušenost, podobná založení firmy. Proto to vnímá jako startup v rámci korporace. Je členkou vedení společnosti, kde je velmi mužské prostředí. Její dlouholeté pracovní zkušenosti ji přivedly k poznání, že by se o ně měla podělit s ostatními, a to zvlášť se ženami. 

Jaké je to být ženou v mužském prostředí?

Nejlepší ze všeho je si to neřešit. Ve chvíli, kdy člověk dělá rád to, co dělá, je zcela jedno, zda má kolem sebe muže, ženy nebo smíšený kolektiv. Nejdůležitějším ovšem je, aby žena zůstala sama sebou, aby byla autentická. Tedy aby se nesnažila být mužem či příliš nevyužívala ženských zbraní. Je důležité, aby zůstala odborníkem, poté nikdo neřeší, zda je žena nebo muž, ale řeší, co má v hlavě.

Myslíte si, že je důležité, aby se ženy navzájem podporovaly?

Samozřejmě. Je to naprosto klíčové. Ženy by měly vždy pomáhat ostatním ženám v jejich kariéře, stejně jako to dělají muži mezi sebou.

A domníváte se, že se ženy v České republice navzájem podporují dostatečně?

Ne, to si nemyslím. Možná zde funguje rivalita, ve smyslu „Když jsem se já dostala na nějakou pozici a stálo mě to mnoho sil, tak proč bych to měla někomu ulehčovat?“ To je ale nesmírně špatná úvaha. Ženy potřebují ke kariérnímu růstu jiný přístup a pokud to ženy v jejich okolí, v jejich firmě vědí, tak je pro firmu nesmírně důležité, aby se podílely na růstu ostatních žen ve firmě.  Pro společnost je to výhodné. Ženy motivují ke kariéře jiné věci.

Ženy nejsou motivované statusem, že budou ředitelkami nebo tím, jaké budou mít auto. Zajímá je, jak přispějí společnosti, ve které pracují, jak zajistí menší fluktuaci, jaké bude mít společnost postavení na trhu.

Proč se účastníte akce Equal Pay Day – ŽENY SOBĚ?

Pokud se člověk dostane na nějakou úroveň a má nějakou pracovní zkušenost, měl by se o ni podělit. Ženy potřebují podporu, potřebují vidět vzory a vidět, že je normální chtít mít úspěch a chtít být šťastná v osobním i pracovním životě. Je tedy mojí povinností se o toto podělit. Tak to cítím.

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Do teďka jsem plná energie a nové síly

děkuji ještě jednou za velmi vydařený mentoring v rámci EPD. Letos jsem se akce zúčastnila poprvé, předčila veškerá má očekávání. Je to ženami, které tam potkáte, protože každá z nich je jedinečná a to co nás spojuje, je práce na sobě. Stále mám u postele zápisník z mentoringů a i když jsou to věci, které známe, je třeba se k nim pořád vracet.

Lenka Zelingrová (koučink centrum) Jste velmi inspirativní dáma, oceňuji Vaši schopnost spojovat lidi. Vím, že to ženám přináleží, jen některé to zkrátka umí lépe než ty ostatní :-)

Na konferenci jsem byla poprvé a velice mne nadchla. Byla pro mne velmi inspirativní. Do teďka jsem plná energie a nové síly. Odnesla jsem si zajímavé myšlenky, které určitě využiju.

Atmosféra a skupinka žen u našeho stolu mne tedy dostala. Vlastně ještě stále pocity vstřebávám. Děkuji za překrásnou nabídku, kterou jsem od Vás získala. Je to pro mne opravdu neskutečný dárek. moc děkuji za příjemné posezení. Celá akce byla pro mě velkým přínosem a jsem ráda, že jsem si z velkého množství mentorek vybrala právě vás. Během hodiny s vámi jsem si znovu uvědomila některé myšlenky, které používám, jiné mi připomenuly, že jsem na ně nějakým způsobem už zapomněla a bylo tam i několik nových postřehů.

Moc vám děkuji za velice příjemnou hodinu. (škoda, že jen hodinu). Vždy si ráda na tento den vzpomenu.

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