5 takeaways from Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit
December 8, 2015
Last week, I attended the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, and it was, in a word, inspirational.
While the conference covered hot topics like closing the gender gap, women in technology, diversity, and equality in the workplace on the main stage, attendees also participated in breakout sessions to dive deeper into issues that impact both women and men in the workplace and how to overcome them to help make the workplace a more inclusive culture.
Here are the top five lessons I learned over the course of the summit:
- Don’t ask women about how they manage their work life balance.
- Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.
- Speak up when you want something.
- Be humble, transparent.
- Sometimes it’s easier to just own up to your mistakes.
Alongside all of the startups, big consumer brands, and technology unicorns, I was proud watching Infor’s COO, Pam Murphy, as a featured panelist on the main stage with Marne Levine, COO of Instagram, and Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe. These three powerful and influential women talked about the role of the COO and why some of the most successful COOs are women.
Murphy has been transformational in the role at Infor, most notably as the driving force behind the company’s pivot to the cloud and ultimately to becoming the world’s first and largest industry cloud company. Murphy credits her attention to detail, ability to multitask, and clarity of execution—all traits she believes women possess in spades—as critical to helping her transform Infor into the leader for mission-critical software applications in the cloud.
For many women, it’s still challenging to break into the highest ranks of corporate America, and to have a role model here, with so many critical areas of the company under her purview, Murphy is a prime example of a woman who has risen to the top in technology. Her commitment to advancing women is tangible, as you can see with the programs she implements at Infor and through her external interests—follow her on Twitter @PamMurphyInTech and you’ll see.
I’m extremely excited to be a part of a company that really puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to advancing women in technology. In recent years, Infor has introduced the Women’s Infor Network, and roughly 50% of the staff at Hook & Loop, Infor’s in-house creative agency formed in 2012, is made up of women. In addition to Murphy, we’ve seen strong women like Mary Trick, Marylon McGinnis, Lisa Pope, and Christina Van Houten rise to lead major areas of the company.
As a #WomanInTech, I’m fortunate to work for a company that recognizes and values what women bring to the industry.
By Tina Talarico, Infor senior public relations manager