This case addresses a situation in which an early-career female engineer is passed over by the senior partner for the lead role in delivering a pitch to a valuable external potential client.
The case can be used to help develop career skills that may be useful to achieving long-term success, such as:
- Building your professional support network for career resilience
- Communicating your impacts
- Managing conflict / Respectful confrontations
- Becoming a change agent in your organization
- Cultivating resilience in the face of adversity
- Forming alliances with other women
- Understanding meritocratic ideologies
Upon completion of this case, students will be able to:
- Recognize workplace gender bias.
- Recognize who your allies are in the workplace, and recognize who is not.
- Understand that the gender of the senior leadership does not automatically indicate whether they will support younger employees facing gender bias.
- Understand that collecting and sharing information is vital, as well as communicating that information to others in your organization.
- Understand the importance of communicating your impacts to others in your organization, both to your peer group and to middle and senior management.
- Understand that there may be complex relationships between gender issues a company can influence, and those it cannot.
- Understand the effects of gender bias in corporate culture.