Claire King - Overlooked for Promotion

By Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA and Nancy Schiller, MS

female and male colleagues in a boardroom.

The case addresses a situation in which a mid-career female engineer finds her path to promotion to partner at the small, private company where she has worked for 10 years blocked by the existing partners, all of whom are male.  

Synopsis

A mid-career female engineer finds her path to promotion to partner at the small, private company where she has worked for 10 years blocked by the existing partners, all of whom are male.

The case can be used to help develop career skills that may be useful to achieving long-term success, such as:

  • Resiliency         
  • Building your professional support network
  • Communicating your impacts
  • Managing conflict

Outcomes

Upon completion of this case, students will be able to:

  • Understand sexism and so-called benevolent sexism as concepts;
  • Recognize workplace gender biases related to the care of dependent children;
  • Formulate a strategic plan for action using a decision tree model;
  • Script a conversation with a key stakeholder that explains the situation and proposes a solution.