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A few years ago, the Journal published the Top 50 women to watch (some are Mommys and some are not). I’m awe-struck when Mommys, especially minorities, are heading international companies. It gives me a sense of pride and realization that opportunity to reach higher levels of achievement are possible. But on paper, we all have “Equal Opportunity”. Within the United States, every company is required by law to be an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer). I am just hesitate to think that success comes from only having an “equal opportunity.”
I entered corporate America with five other persons, four were minorities. You would think that we all equally had opportunities to reach the same plateaus, but I wonder if that were true.
I do accept that I was better prepared for corporate America, than my colleagues and I knew that:
1) CONFIDENCE to meet with senior management; which led to senior managers approaching me during larger attended events would in turn increase my political capital with colleagues.
2) AWARENESS to visual queues would give intangible insight; simply signing up to subscriptions to magazines and journals in senior manager’s offices lead to more conversations and stronger relationships.
3) LEADING in times of chaos increases people’s trust in your ability to meet any challenge.
4) BEING A MINORITY makes you stand out, whether you want to or not.
I would clearly acknowledge that all the above led to SPECIAL opportunities that were not awarded equally to others. And one could also argue, that regardless of my minority status, that I operated at higher performance level than the colleagues I joined the company with and that is the true driver of Equal Opportunity. However, until we all work remotely without any knowledge of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, etc…. do we truly know if it was EQUAL or SPECIAL opportunity that led to our success? And if it were SPECIAL opportunity, is that success just as credible as EQUAL opportunity?