A few thoughts by Sheri Dew recently Oct 2018 on these topics. In the interview Sheri Dew reflects on women and leadership. 5 top universities in Utah now have women leading as president.
"Going back to can men and women ever be equal". I hate the Equal word. I think it is the wrong word. Can men and women both flourish and shine and achieve their own maximum capacity? - yeah for sure. "
"My experience is that in any setting and I think I have learned this in work. At work, actually, better decisions, better results come out when men and women are working together because they all contribute something slightly different to the mix."
From Susan Madsen president of Utah valley university business school: "getting to the best results in academia and research by having women and men in the conversation can affect both nature of questions asked and the findings found."
Dew: "Equal is a funny word, sameness is a funny word. Boy I'm telling you. I could go back to a company that i used to lead and inevitably if there was a really bad decision made. A really bad mistake where we just missed it on something just blew it on something - When you tracked it back to where was that decision made, in the spirit of how to improve it for the future, inevitably it was made either by all women or all men. It was just uncanny."
Dew: "I like to be in a room where there are men and women counseling together because I think the questions do change, we hear things differently, we tend to focus on certain things, and I would readily acknowledge that I am often in a room where I am the only woman. With lots of men. I love actually working with men, I respect them, I admire them. they have talents and gifts I will never have. It is fair to say, when I can see other women in the room, they are hearing different hings, and it contributes to the overall conversation in a very distinct way. I think that it is true. It is a true principle. Men and women coming together, actually counseling together they come up with very good results."
President Astrid Timenez UVU 7th president: build a "community of kindness".
Dew: There are women who are leaders who are hard to deal with I would guess that most female leaders have tendency to see the human side, to concentrate on the human side, which is not to say that men don't - I'm not saying that at all. There is a natural empathy that when you are sitting across the desk from someone that has just blown it - it cost us a lot of money, or has done something that didn't work well. It is an instinct to say - how will we do it better the next time."
Ruth Watkins - 16th Pres of University of utah. "making a contribution" "We are never really happy or satisfied unless we're contributing. When we're using our gifts and talents on a regular basis, we maximize our talents and ability to contribute to society."
Dew on Watkins ideas: "Each have a divine orbit." "We are uniquely prepared and able to reach and influence in places where we are uniquely prepared to go and have influence. We're wired that way. If we're not there. We're not happy. Where are we supposed to be - being there and doing the best we can."
Noelle Crockett 16th UState Univ. empathic intelligence
Dew: "It's often the strength of the mother. It's often the strength of the mother when it comes to the penetrating influence on the children, when their world is rocked by something the death of a father or something else a divorce, or something else, or other things, serious illness, something that rocks your world for a period of time. I'm not minimizing the impact of the father which is absolutely , profoundly important. Often that mother pulls those kids through. I have seen it in my own family. There is a kind of courage that is instinctive almost inside of women. I'm not sure if we credit women with that."
Deneece G. Huftalin, 8th President of Salt lake community college - centered in the strength and value of diversity. Classrooms are at their best when they are diverse. 16, 69yo and every ethnic group - only being at it's best when their is strength in diversity. Dew: "This is a better amplification of what I was trying to say earlier. I want men and women in the room when we are discussing something difficult and yes if now you can add in different cultural points of view, just about life, about how things work, whether it is socioeconomic status, marital status it makes the conversation richer, it is part of the reason travel although it is exhausting has its benefits, you see people everywhere confronting the same problems but finding often different kinds of solutions for those problems."
Beth Dobkin 19th Pres of Westminister college: "looking for identify, community, and purpose. "
Dew: "a female marine was interviewed and asked how do you do those things under difficult circumstances. interviewer kept coming back - fourth time - she broke her demeanor and answered, "Look! I'm a marine, ok!" "They're brave under fire. The power of identity - who they are and who they have always been, it helps discover what your divine orbit is."
women leadership in the political space.
Dew: "one of the areas in the state of utah where we are lagging behind. a number of very accomplished women who are in the Utah state legislature one or two exceptions where is the dominant voice? dominant roles along side men. not instead of but along side. "I will repeat again my personal experience has been that better results occur when there are men and women in the room who all have a voice. It can't be be secretaries lining the wall it needs to be women and men who have a voice and who contribute in a spirit of collaboration to try to reach - not what their best idea is but what THE best idea is." An area in this state where we need help and maybe we do in the country as well. "
challenges: social media comparison - women have a challenge with constantly comparing with others. impostor syndrome if people knew how insecure i am they would run me out of the building!
movements for women - grievances against men. what they have or not. having a scarcity mentality as compared to abundance. Thoughtful view of President Nelson, "he's one of the brightest men I've ever met and the most humble I've ever met. Pioneering heart surgery and claiming credit, patents, publications? "Our competition was not with each other our competition was with death."