April 13, 2021
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Women leaders, don’t wait – break the rules
by Sara Johnson, Director of Executive Education; Clinical Assistant Professor, O'Neill IUPUI

It has been said that women will only apply for a job if they feel 100 percent qualified while men will apply if they feel 60 percent qualified. Many have attributed this to the belief that women lack confidence and, therefore, do not apply if not fully qualified.

But research by Tara Mohr, published in the Harvard Business Review in 2014, reveals the real reason women don’t apply isn’t because of a lack of confidence that they could do the job, but rather they don’t believe they would be interviewed because they don’t meet the qualifications. This, Mohr reports, is because women are socialized to be rule followers.

I have a long history of breaking the rules and it’s important that women in leadership not be afraid to do the same.

The rule I break most often is waiting to be asked. I hear young women say, “I don’t think I’m ready for that position” or, “I don’t have the experience.” Perhaps that’s true, but you can’t let it stop you from trying to move into a position for which you may not be fully prepared. The truth is that we are rarely fully prepared for what’s next. But we can figure it out.

I first broke this rule when I was in grad school and working full time. I was a 20-something technician in a hospital laboratory and needed to find a final project to meet graduation requirements. I knew I wanted to do something that would have an impact. I found the organizational chart for the hospital and looked at the roles and responsibilities of all the leadership. I picked one person off the page and decided to approach him about helping me find a final project. Taking this step was a risk at that point in my career.

I called the senior VP’s assistant and asked for a meeting. I remember what it felt like sitting in the administrative offices in my lab coat. This was not my world and I was breaking the rules by even being there. Not really, but figuratively. This was a place where you were invited; you didn’t just ask to meet with someone who didn’t know you, especially if you were going to ask for help with a school project! Yet, I thought, “Why shouldn’t I be here?”

The Watercolor Society of Indiana has hired Tanya Roberts as executive director. Roberts previously owned and operated an art studio that hosted classes and fundraisers.
Renew Indianapolis has promoted Alex Ervin to build fund program manager. Ervin previously was a financial portfolio analyst.
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The city of Indianapolis has announced the opening of the application for a grant program that will award a total of $1 million to Marion County community organizations. The grant will support organizations working to address disparities in health and economic well-being that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read

Central Indiana Community Foundation has joined with eight other community foundations to create Nexus for Equity + Opportunity Nationwide (NEON). This group of grant makers will collaborate on ideas, goals and strategies to address systemic racism and the opportunity gap. Read

Indy Reads has received a $100,000 grant from the Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund. The organization says the grant, which is part of a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, will support the opening and operation of a new location. Read

The African American Legacy Fund of Indianapolis (AALFI) has awarded $150,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. The AALFI says recipients of the grants use innovative solutions to address issues impacting the Black community in central Indiana. Read

Lilly Endowment Inc. is awarding a total of nearly $70 million to 16 Hoosier higher education institutions. The funding is the third and final phase of the endowment's Charting the Future for Indiana's Colleges and Universities initiative, which aims to address challenges and opportunities faced by schools. Read

The International Center has announced its call for applications for 2021 James T. Morris global leadership series. The Morris Series is a five-month professional development program for Hoosiers who demonstrate business or civic leadership with a global component. Learn more
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