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Rising to the Challenge: How Women Can Lift One Another Up in a Rapidly Evolving Workplace

CEOWORLD Magazine – by Elaina Shekhter

This month, we marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 global pandemic. And, as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month and the many achievements of women around the globe, it’s all the more important to remember that, especially in 2020, those achievements came at a higher cost. Women at every level of the workplace, and out of the workplace, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since February 2020, women have lost 5.4 million jobs, a 7.1 percent decline in total women employed, as compared to 4.4 million jobs lost by men, a 5.8 percent decline in total men employed. COVID-19 has reversed years of job gains by women in the labor market, which makes offering mentorship and empowerment to women in the workplace all the more important. While we cannot address the whole of the challenge faced by women during the past year, we can recognize the challenges women face as leaders in navigating an even more complex and dynamic professional environment.  And we can absolutely challenge the established norms of what it means to be a leader, how our expectations of women in the workforce are changing and what it means to truly support each other and our teams through navigating trials but also seizing opportunities when they arise.

EPAM recently hosted a roundtable panel discussion in honor of International Women’s Day to discuss these recent challenges and lessons in leadership from the last year.

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