Surely you recognize the names Megan Fox, Jessica Alba and Scarlet Johansen. Probably even Serena Williams, Danica Patrick and Ali Krieger. But what about powerful CEOs Ginni Rometty, Ellen Kullman, Irene Rosenfeld, Andrea Jung, Indra Nooyi, and Angela Braly? Currently, women make up 46.6 percent of the work force, yet take up just four percent of CEO spots at Fortune 500 companies. And, women hold less than 20 percent of corporate board seats.
But we’re getting there. In 1949, Georgia Nesse Clark became the first woman treasurer of the United States. In 1967, Muriel Siebert debuted as the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run for Vice-President on a major ticket party. Marsha Cohen earned her status as the first woman CFO at a “big four” accounting firm in 1997. Rice, Pelosi, and Comerford and Clinton all took “first women” government positions inside of three years. And now look at Marissa Mayer, swooping in at seven months pregnant to salvage declining sales and plummeting stock at Yahoo.Through the decades, we have lifted our chins, squared our shoulders, and raised our hands. We liberated. We lobbied. We climbed ladders and shattered ceilings. But as Napolean Hill notes, “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” That said, some are still wondering can elite women have it all. Let there be no mistake; there is no single prescription, but the answer is YES!
But the truth is stress IS inevitable. However stress is not an event. Stress does not just happen. Stress is a process. It can leave little time to be healthy. You are too overwhelmed to deal with stress. Which makes you sick; depressed, unhealthy food choices, not enough sleep, which leads to of course more stress. No one can afford the cost of letting success sabotage personal or organizational health. This is where I come in. For years I spent my time saving lives as an ER doctor. Now through the Scott Institute for Optimal Stress, I specialize in supporting women leaders learn how to flourish; live better and longer without the harmful effects of stress.
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Copyright 2012 Carol J. Scott MD.