A Seat at the Table
“Women’s History Month has passed, but the work of unleashing the impact of women in business never stops.” —Sheryl Chamberlain, Director of Alliances, Coupa
We started a movement called “Women of Impact” that highlights the work women are doing. In 2021, we knew that in order to make significant change each of us must earn a seat at the table in our respective areas. Who better to help guide us than international corporate public board members paying forward as they lead the way?
We kicked off this movement on International Women’s Day with three incredible leaders joining me. The panel included Coupa Board member Leslie Campbell and two of her colleagues, Nora Denzel and Dr. Homa Bahrami, both of whom also sit on public boards.
Coupa Empower wouldn’t create the impact we have today without our partners. Several partner organizations provided invaluable support in co-moderating breakout sessions after the panel discussion. Partner participation included: Aleria, Commvault, EAL Green, Evocadis, Fountain Blue, Freshworks, Greif, LTD Communications, National Diversity Council, New Business Strategies, Ventureneer, The W Marketplace, and Wonder Services.
Through their relationship and network, we delivered our first program to over 1100 registrants. This is a movement and we are on the journey forward together, a true community of impact. This event showcased the interest in how any of us, no matter where we are in our career journey, can earn a seat at the table.
View your career as a lattice, not a ladder
“A career lattice is better than a career ladder, and a lattice is much more likely to bring you to a point where you have developed skills in strategy, finance, and operations. In this way, we bring all of that acumen together in a way that you can speak knowledgeably and from deep experience. This is a perfect example of why a latticed career is so much richer than one that's just linear, straight up the ladder. It keeps your interests because you're learning new things.” —Leslie Campbell, Corporate Board Director
Make sure your network knows your value
“It's not what you know, it's not who you know, it's who knows what you know.” —Nora Denzel, Corporate Board Director
Curiosity Feeds Innovation
“I think of innovation as curiosity. Are you curious? Are you interested to ask the right questions? Do you want to ask questions? Because there's so much we can learn from the experience of other people that can really help us.” —Dr. Homa Bahrami, Corporate Board Director and Senior Lecturer at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, California
Imagine in 2022, every Coupa Empower partner inviting a woman on their board, who brings a fellow board member friend to the discussion. This is the power of a community of women in leadership. Join our movement to become an Empower Partner through your company.