There have been important strides made toward achieving workplace equality. And while progress continues, much more work is necessary to achieve true parity for all people.
As we move toward balancing the scales, there are shifts that will be necessary—at work, in the home, in minds and in hearts. Which begs the question: Is it possible to really have it all?
We posed the question to Michelle Gadsden-Williams, who leads Inclusion and Diversity for Accenture in North America. Michelle recently shared her inspirational story of personal challenges and success at the 2018 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in a panel session titled, “Rise! Climbing Through Crisis”.
Michelle’s sage advice: “As we’re climbing the proverbial career ladder, it’s important to realize that we’re human—we can’t be all things to all people, all the time. It’s up to us to paint our own picture of what we want our life to look like.”
“There are trade-offs and concessions you need to make,” Michelle continued. “There is no ‘be all, end all’ to one’s career. I have come to the realization that I am enough. A sponsor once told me that great performers make their personal lives a priority. I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way in some cases. My advice: Focus on what matters most to you, and honor who you are. You are enough.”
Michelle shares much more about how to take every step with conviction, courage and calculated risk to achieve a thriving career and successful life in her new book, “Climb”.
“Honor who you are. You are enough.”
From the top down, Accenture is committed to inclusion and diversity, and we’ve set a goal to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025. We also know that creating a culture of equality means supporting our people to succeed as they balance their personal and professional lives.
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