Women & Work
Paths to Female Leadership in the 21st Century
Upcoming events in London
Women & Work: A Six-Part Debate Series
Margaret Mead said in 1949 that the successful or independent woman “is viewed as a hostile and destructive force within society” and that a woman’s femininity is called into question by her success. In 1963, the independent and high-achieving woman went against “sex-appropriate behaviour and must pay a price, a price in anxiety.”
Society has changed over recent decades, but how much so? And what do we all lose, when a woman’s ambition is not allowed to soar?
Article 1: Resisting the Shadow Identity
Today’s gender battles are about outgrowing the era of the shadow identity, and erasing the idea that women exist solely in relation to their family members.
Life is about finding your gift and figuring out how to share it with the world. While family might have a way of planting your feet firmly on the ground, work connects you with the wider universe, far beyond the picket fences.
A series of debates on what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.
"In the future,
there will be
no female leaders.
There will just be leaders."
- Sheryl Sandberg
Why are females
"When I look back to my younger self, I would tell myself to be confident first and foremost, to believe in myself, before anyone else because if I believe in myself, then others will too.”
- Tiffany Pham, Mogul founder
A story about commitment, modern love, and learning to recognise The One.
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants.
But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back."
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love
Career development books
Finding Fulfilling Work:
A 21st Century Career Guide for Millennials
A book for recent graduates
Careers have become increasingly complex. Getting a credential and gaining an education have become two separate things. These days, if you want to find work you love, you need to rely on your own exploration instead of waiting for a degree to point you in the right direction. Finding work you love in the 21st century is about taking a LEAN approach to career development (Learn, Experiment, Achieve, Network).
E-book available here.
How Others Did It And How You Can Too
An escape guide for frustrated lawyers
If you were only going to do the lawyer thing until you figured out what you were really going to do with your life... you're in luck. This is the ultimate companion for lawyers who want to escape their profession but are sceptical about career counsellors. Easy to read, it has inspiring anecdotes, frameworks from internationally leading career change experts, and immediately actionable tips and exercises to help you build a career transition strategy.
8 Ways to Escape the MBA Debate
Skip the confusion and make an informed decision
An MBA can make or break your career, but the investment is daunting. Is it really worth it?
Through hundreds of hours of research, interviews with graduates of the world's top business schools, and insights from successful entrepreneurs who have deliberately decided to avoid an MBA, this is the definitive guide to help you answer, "Should I get an MBA?"
Adele Barlow is the author of "Women & Work: Paths to Female Leadership in the 21st Century" (release date November 2016). Her book “Finding Fulfilling Work: A 21st Century Career Guide for Millennials” was based on her years working with career change platform Escape the City. She is passionate about coaching female digital talent and has written over 30 pieces for the Huffington Post on gender equality and entrepreneurial career development. She has spoken at Google, General Assembly, The Guardian, King's College, the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, and will be speaking on gender relations at Cambridge University in December 2016. She co-founded award-winning social enterprise yMedia and has also worked in startup content marketing with Lexoo and Virgin.
More details on Linkedin here
I co-founded yMedia, which went on to become an award-winning social enterprise supported by Microsoft, IBM, and Saatchi & Saatchi, producing digital campaigns for charities around New Zealand.
Escape the City
Lexoo is a curated online marketplace of specialist business lawyers, revolutionising the legal industry through delivering full price transparency. As marketing manager, I ran content and partnerships.
Huffington Post column here
Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Scared to Lean In
We have devalued what was traditionally considered women's work
Top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs
More women are taking the plunge and launching their own businesses
It's Okay Not to Be Passionate About Your Day Job
Today's workplace seems to be much more than just a marketplace
The Importance of Failure
Any start-up exists because it is trying to achieve product-market fit
You can be the best experimenter in the world but you still can’t control the results. You can only become better at influencing certain variables and reducing the time it takes you to synthesise the results into an action plan.
Overcoming the Overachiever's Quarter-Life Crisis
If the answers were easy, there would be no stories to tell
The more stories I hear, the more I realise that an impasse makes it is easy to feel anchorless, yet I am reminded by our members on a daily basis that we are lost only until we search for what may have been inside us all along.
I trained in cognitive behavioural coaching with the British Psychological Society
and coached millennials from the following organisations, which inspired my early books on career change.
Past speaking engagements
Training EMEA Product Marketing Managers
Girl Geek Meetup
Sharing lessons about online community growth
Teaching social media strategies for startups
Recruitment event: finding a job in tech startups
Instructor for digital masterclass on iterative product development
NZ Trade & Enterprise
Keynote speaker on upcoming social media trends
KEA (Kiwi Expat Association)
Training SME owners in digital skills
Panel speaker with Conservative MP and The Sunday Times Editorial Director