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90 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM NEW Horizons EXPERT'S VIEW opmental support and the degree to which women experience being overlooked and underappreciated. C-store operators and suppliers must ask them- selves: What career hurdles do women in our orga- nization encounter? "Green Lights and Stop Signs" doesn't just report on the state of women at work; it lays out a blueprint for industry leaders that want to advance women and boost their business, and for women who want to blow past the stop signs that have stalled their careers. The report advises women who want to take more control of their careers to adopt these strategies: • Ask for assignments that can advance your career. • Reach out to senior leaders and get their feedback. • Find people who can mentor and sponsor you, and participate in formal mentoring programs offered by your company. • Voluntarily participate in further education, train- ing and career-supporting events. • Read career-related books and articles and par- ticipate in leadership webinars. NEW members can attend the NEW Leadership Academy, NEW Summit Speaker Series, and NEW Small Business Leadership webinars for free. (Learn more about NEW's learning options at • Build a diverse network of influential people inside your organization. Volunteer for projects that give you an opportunity to meet leaders out- side of your function. • Start a group of men and women who actively promote and support each other. • Know your personal values, interests, abilities and areas for development — and try to see yourself through others' eyes. One strategy presented in the report is a piece of advice I've given other women throughout my career: "Believe in yourself — and go for it." For detailed action plans for women, men and industry leaders working toward gender parity, down- load the full "Green Lights and Stop Signs" report at CSN Nancy Krawczyk is vice president, marketing and corporate partnership for the Network of Executive Women, Retail and Consumer Goods, a learning and leadership community representing 10,000 members, 750 companies, more than 100 corporate partners and 20 regional groups in the United States and Canada. Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this column are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Convenience Store News. The report, based on insights gathered from more than 900 NEW members, also identifies three unyielding career barriers that women say impede their careers: conflicting work/life priorities, being overlooked and undervalued, and being undermined. Here are just a few more of our findings: • Women perceive they must sacrifice life outside of work to hold a senior leadership position. Nearly one in 10 of the women surveyed identified com- peting work/life priorities as a reason they have held back from pursuing leadership positions. • Women are often overlooked — not developed for leader- ship positions — and perceived as having less leadership potential or career commitment. • A significant per- centage of women say their career goals have been undermined, intentionally and unin- tentionally. They report their qualifications are routinely questioned. • Women of color face more career barriers and experience less career support. The two best predictors of career satisfaction, we found, are the level of an organization's devel- C-store operators and suppliers must ask themselves: What career hurdles do women in our organization encounter?

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