Written by: Joan Hart, Vice President, Corporate Program Management & Process Excellence, ZF Group and executive committee member, AutomotiveNEXT.

Visibility is a good thing, right? Harvard Business Review points out the challenges women face when visible and three reasons why some women choose to stay out of the spotlight:

  • Avoiding backlash in the workplace
  • Finding professional authenticity
  • Parenthood pressures


What will it take to maximize the potential of all employees and realize this closing comment? “To achieve workplace equality, we need to redesign organizations — not the women who work in them.”

In the meantime, there are some things women can do to help drive needed change. Lean In shared ideas on how women (and, frankly, all employees) can support each other to overcome biases. https://leanin.org/tips/workplace-ally

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!