Sep 10, 2019
You all made sure Carrie knew
about why she needed to book the guest for this week, and she
listened! Elsa and Chantel from DirectHer join the Inner Circle,
and these two powerhouse female lawyers discuss how and why they
created a very successful nonprofit to help women understand and
participate in the world of board governance. They talk about their
first meeting in law school and how opposites attracted, why women
tend to not go for board positions, and how we can grab
opportunities for ourselves and encourage others to use their
voice. They also talk about how DirectHer helps women get over the
intimidation of being on a board, the common themes that come up,
and the appreciation they have for men as allies.
What You’ll Hear In This Episode:
exactly is DirectHer, and the way the nonprofit empowers women with
the knowledge and confidence to serve as board directors and
founders Elsa and Chantel met in law school, and became great
friends and business partners, much to Elsa’s
the women that make up the DirectHer Network, Elsa and Chantel lift
each other up and support each other through the ups and downs of
their careers and lives.
- DirectHer was born in November 2016, the day
after Trump was elected President. The strong visceral reaction
both Elsa and Chantel had motivated them and sparked
main reasons why women feel intimidated to join boards, and how
DirectHer works to overcome the barriers from all
exactly DirectHer creates knowledge on board governance and gets
women over the fear of not knowing what the language in meetings
means, the intimidation and that pesky Impostor Syndrome
- DirectHer is not only here to increase women's
participation in the boardroom but to encourage diversity as a
whole and be a voice for all communities that face
the response has been since they launched, and what we can expect
from DirectHer in the future.
- Examples of language in board meetings that are
simple concepts, but can make an outsider feel like a fish out of
exactly a board is, what the purpose of a board is, and how it
differs from a committee or a task force.
men fit in at DirectHer, and are also helping by being great allies
being on a board can do for a woman professionally, personally, and
for the greater discussion of gender equality.
having a singular skill set or being able to see the big picture
are both two great assets to joining a board.
- “Diversity of thought is what drives
have these systems in place that demonstrate why people have been
left out and why they aren’t getting back in.”
was our audience. I was so scared and self- selecting out. I’m our
best customer in that regard.”
- “Practice interviewing. Practice applying.
Practice being on a board, that’s what gives you the
are all in it together.”
- “There is beauty in differences and in
— DirectHer Network
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