It takes time and care to develop trusting relationships with the women we work with, particularly women who are different from us in some way. But the effort of understanding each other’s experiences is worth it, personally and professionally: We’ll feel less alone in our individual struggles and better able to push for equity.
We talk with professors Tina Opie and Verónica Rabelo about the power of workplace sisterhood. We discuss steps, as well as common snags, to forming deep and lasting connections with our female colleagues.
Tina R. Opie is an associate professor of management at Babson College.
Verónica Caridad Rabelo is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University.
● “Survey: Tell Us About Your Workplace Relationships,” by Tina R. Opie and Beth A. Livingston
● “Women: Let’s Stop Allowing Race and Age to Divide Us,” by Ancella Livers and Trudy Bourgeois
● “How Managers Can Promote Healthy Discussions About Race,” by Kira Hudson Banks
● “How Managers Can Make Casual Networking Events More Inclusive,” by Ruchika Tulshyan
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Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.