Opening Doors in the Workplace

5 Tips for Inspiring Inclusivity for Women Leaders

2020 has certainly been historic for many reasons, and when reflecting on all that has happened, I am thrilled by the apparent advancement of women in positions of influence and leadership. From the first female Vice President-elect of the United States to the re-election of Jacinda Arden as Prime Minister of New Zealand and Alyssa Nakken’s appointment as the first full-time female coach in MLB history. Even TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 includes 54 women — more women than ever before!

As pleased as I am to see women advance, our work is not quite finished. Today only 6.6 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs. Looking ahead to the new year, I have been looking for ways to help boost the upward trajectory of inclusivity for women in the workplace, asking myself how I can use my role as a CEO to the benefit of my female peers. On a personal note, on the path to my leadership role in dentistry — an industry historically dominated by male leaders — I have had to push boundaries in order to establish my worth in the field.

Here are my five guiding principles for my fellow female leaders.

  1. Be Authentic. I am who I am. Laughing, cursing, leading. There is no one way to be a CEO. Do you wear suits and mandate meeting minutes? Great! Do walk around the conference room as you run a strategy session? Good for you. Do you take calls from your kids while analyzing spreadsheets? Who doesn’t?! Do you have a closed-door policy? An open one? Whatever it is, whoever you are, however you lead — own it!

Seeing the recent progress for women in leadership in such a trying year, I am more enthusiastic than ever about my role in pushing this further, starting here in my (virtual) CEO’s office — right where we, as women, belong.

Fourth-generation CEO & President of Premier Dental. Innovative leader driving inspired solutions. Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry.