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Leadership Development Series Event “Confidence Matters: Why are women less self-assured than men and why it makes a difference”

July 24, 2014 5:00PM to 7:00PM EDT

Registration link: Click Here to access registration link

Cost: $0

Course Type: Classroom, Video cast & Teleconference

Course Location: DOE Headquarters, Forrestal Building, Washington, DC/ Main Auditorium, Video cast & Teleconference

Course Description: Presented by a panel of Senior Executives
According to a 2010 study by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women make up:
• 43% of the federal workforce,
• 38% of GS-14s and GS-15s, and
• 30% of Senior Executive Service members. 

Federal agencies responded to these figures by adapting “best practices” such as mentoring programs and work-place flexibilities to increase the number of women in leadership roles.  A new book and subsequent article, “The Confidence Gap” argues that these programs while helpful, they are not enough.  Women, when compared to their male colleagues, suffer from a lack of confidence and, in the workplace - confidence matters just as much and, in some cases - more than competence.

This “Confidence Gap” means women are less likely than men to apply for a promotion, less likely to speak up at meetings, and less likely to ask for high visibility assignments and developmental opportunities to expand their skillsets.  This puts women at a distinct disadvantage.  You cannot get the promotion if you don’t even apply for the job. Your innovative ideas can never be implemented if you never bring them up at a meeting and, you cannot expand your skill set if you never ask for a developmental assignment.  As Wayne Gretzky stated, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” 

Our inspiring panel of women from Senior Executive Service members to front line managers will discuss their own unique struggles with conquering the “Confidence Gap” and how we can all ensure that agencies take full advantage of all their available talent.

Audience: DOE SES, SL/ST, Excepted Service, GS-14 & GS-15 Employees.

Contact: Dave Rosenmarkle