Jan 10, 2019
By Nicole Bitette
How to navigate professional challenges, according to industry leaders at the Girls’ Lounge during CES.
It’s time to tell that “‘b--ch inside your head’ to shut up,” said Shelley Zalis—quoting DDB CEO Wendy Clark—during one of the panels held at the Girls’ Lounge at CES on Wednesday. Zalis, founder of The Female Quotient, was making a point that to persevere professionally, you have to ignore the voice in your head that makes you question your worth.
Zalis, whose company is dedicated to empowering women in the workplace, was joined by executives from companies including Hulu, Spotify, Oath, and Viacom. They discussed with candor the difficulties of being a woman in male-dominated workplaces and shared suggestions on how to avoid career burnout.
Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer for WWE, said she often suffers from imposter syndrome, feeling like she doesn’t deserve to be recognized for her career and accomplishments.
Lauren Wesley Wilson, the founder and CEO of ColorComm, echoed McMahon’s sentiment. She said never thought she would be creating a company, which is dedicated to advancing women of color in the workplace, and said it took a lot of help from mentors to get it off the ground.
Here’s what else the high-power female executives had to say about some of the biggest issues they face day-to-day in two panels at the lounge, titled “Strong Women: How to Rise Into Leadership in Male-Dominated Industries” and “Work, Life, Wellness: How Strong Women Avoid Burnout.”
Shelley Zalis, Stephanie McMahon, Valeria Bischak, Elaine Paul and Lauren Wesley Wilson at the Girls' Lounge at CES.
Dustee Tucker Jenkins speaks at the panel on burnout at CES.