The Boston Globe convened two roundtables to discuss the glass ceiling, the lack of female top exectuives and other workplace issues important to women. One group was all women, the other all men. The two groups’ views weren’t necessarily opposite but they weren’t the same.
Linda Zecher (shown), CEO of publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said there are not enough women at the top because you “have to have enough women at the bottom levels of management so you can start moving them up. Historically, we have not done that well, and we have not done that fast enough.”
Asked how best to pave the way for more women at the top, R. Robert Popeo, chairman of law firm Mintz Levin said, “If I had to give any advice to women across the board, [it would be] do not take the role of a victim because you’re not a victim. These organizations that seek to jam a quota in do a disservice to these women, because these women rise on the basis of excellence, not quotas. In my organization over the past 20 years, the top four producing sections of the law firm were run by women. They weren’t there because they were women. They were there because they were talented.”
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