WOM1927. Female Future: Communicating Your Way to the Corner Office

Specialized Knowledge Track
Field of Study: 
Personal Development
CPE Credit: 
Knowledge Level & Prerequisite: 
Beginner (1-2 years in the profession)
Advanced Preparation: 

Friday, November 8, 2019

As women in finance, we know the numbers for women in corporate leadership suck. Among  the Fortune 500 companies only two per cent have women CEOs and women make up just six per cent of the C-Suite. Women make up only 15 per cent of public company boards. Even more shocking, consistent research into workplace culture reveals the more successful a woman is, the less she is liked, whereas the opposite is true for men. How do we overcome such bias and still achieve our potential?

As a mentor for Project Runway, the first chief content officer for Hearst’s 300 magazines and producer of Freeform’s award-winning career dramedy The Bold Type, Joanna Coles shows how to communicate your way to the corner office without losing your soul. She explores the value in creating your own personal board of directors, facing down the bias, and understanding that how you say something may be more important than what you actually say.

Described by the New York Times as one of “the most powerful people in media”, Coles shares data, experience and will absolutely refuse to name which celebrities behaved badly on the 120 cover shoots she ran as editor of Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.

Coles is on the board of Snapchat, the mother of two young men and the author of Love Rules, How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.


Former Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines | Board Member, Snap, Inc. | Producer, The Bold Type & Author, Love Rules