Lisa Rowan is Research Vice President for IDC responsible for global research on human capital and talent management software and services. Her research addresses developments in human capital and talent management applications, human resources consulting, and HR outsourcing services. Prior to joining IDC, Lisa held business development, product management and marketing positions in the human resource software and services markets. She holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
When I was 16 years old, I went to work for my dad, a mechanic who owned his own business. His workforce was primarily men, and I immediately noticed the types of conversations his employees had, the suggestive calendars they hung on the walls, and other behaviors that were off-putting – especially to a young woman like myself. But I’ve never been one to back down from what I feel is the right thing to do. I had no qualms in telling them to take down their calendars and watch their language. My dad was surprised that I so easily stood up to them, but he also knew I stood up for what I believed in. He readily backed me up and their behaviors changed.
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