NICHE Magazne - - Romantic Fantasy - by Char­lene San­jenko


As am­bi­tious women, we cy­cle from the ground floor up to the 10th on in­fi­nite re­peat. Ground floor to 10th. Re­peat. Re­peat. Re­peat.

Pro­grams, coach­ing, and books for women con­tinue to play into this cy­cle of the same 10 floors. And when we reach the 10th, bash our heads on the glass ceil­ing search­ing for more an­swers - we are sim­ply led through the end­less cy­cle all over again.

The over­all par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in the la­bor force con­tin­ues to grow.*

• Women made up 47.3% of the to­tal la­bor force in 2016 com­pared to 37.1% in 1976.

• Be­tween 1976 and 2007, em­ploy­ment for moth­ers with chil­dren un­der six years old more than dou­bled from 31.5% to 68.1%.

How­ever, women's progress in reach­ing se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions has stalled.

More women are be­ing at­tracted to lead­er­ship, yet the chal­lenge re­mains that the top de­ci­sion-mak­ing roles are not be­ing filled by them. Men are two to three times more likely to be in se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions than women who hold only 34.8% of all man­age­ment po­si­tions and 37.1% of all se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions.


There's an un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Pent­house that we need to change.

PUNT IT TO THE PENT­HOUSE, our Powher house in­ter­ac­tive me­dia ini­tia­tive is de­signed to en­cour­age a di­a­logue amongst Cana­dian women re­gard­ing the im­por­tance and tim­ing of do­ing things dif­fer­ently. We're ded­i­cated to cat­a­pult­ing our­selves and our po­ten­tial up and over that glass ceil­ing as we Punt Our Way to The Pent­house.

My beef with the same 10 floors is a deeply held be­lief by most women that we are some­how in­ad­e­quate and in need of fur­ther ‘learn­ing, de­vel­op­ing, coach­ing, men­tor­ing, help' be­fore we are ready to move up and for­ward with strate­gic AC­TION. It is this very be­lief that is hold­ing us back.

Here's the thing: We do our best learn­ing when we reach, stretch, and grow into all of who we are be­com­ing. We're never ‘there', and we never get ‘there'. The en­tire step-by-step process of own­ing who we are as lead­ers in­volves step­ping out­side of our com­fort zone, grow­ing as a re­sult and pre­par­ing to take the next step.

RE­PEAT AF­TER ME: “I am a woman who is up to EPIC SH*T in the world. I am a leader. I have a huge im­pact to make. I am tal­ented, ca­pa­ble, and wor­thy. I am ready to be great!”


De­cide where you are op­er­at­ing cur­rently, where you want to be op­er­at­ing op­ti­mally, and what you need to ASK for in or­der to get from here to there. If you get stuck, ask an hon­est friend who has no prob­lems call­ing you on your cr*p to give you some per­spec­tive.


We have a Powher­house say­ing, “Dig deep to dif­fer­en­ti­ate.” Put the time and ef­fort in to get su­per­clear on who you are, what brought you to this point (your story), what sets your apart, and how it all threads into what you are here to do and of­fer in ser­vice as a leader in this world, i.e. your IM­PACT.


Know what you are ready for. Com­mit to a strat­egy, break it into doable steps, and set those steps into ac­tion with a sim­ple, con­sis­tent daily prac­tice. Per­sis­tence, per­se­ver­ance, and pa­tience are your run­ning-mates. Sur­round your­self with what­ever and who­ever you need to stay fo­cused, in­spired, com­mit­ted and on task.


All of this takes in­cred­i­ble courage. It is far eas­ier to stay small and com­fort­able and con­tinue to cir­cu­late through the same 10 floors. But I be­lieve you were put on this Earth for much more and I rep­re­sent a col­lec­tive of Powher­ful women who agree. We don't have it all fig­ured out – none of us do, but we con­tinue reach­ing and grow­ing into the lead­ers we are be­com­ing. We are Find­ing Our Voice and Tak­ing Our Lead. Are you in?

At Powher­house, we are PUNT­ING IT TO THE PENT­HOUSE and would love for you to join us! Read the ex­tended ver­sion of this ar­ti­cle, learn more about our work and our powher­ful women's me­dia col­lec­tive, Women WE Cel­e­brate, on­line at powher­house.com.

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