|By LAUREN SHER
Reposted from ABC News
|Sheryl Sandberg is the female force behind the largest social networking site in the world. As Facebook‘s chief operating officer, Sandberg has broken down barriers in Silicon Valley, but has noticed far fewer women rising the ranks along with her.|
That’s the impetus behind her new book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” which hits stores today and has already opened up a dialogue on women in the workplace. Sandberg, also a director of the Walt Disney Company, parent of ABC News, encourages women to “lean in” and to take action to reach their potential and the top of their professions.
In the spirit of Sandberg’s “Lean In” campaign, we asked the female journalists of ABC News to “lean in,” too, and to share the best career advice they have received. Click through to see what our ABC News anchors and correspondents have to say.
“I remember coming home from career day in junior high. I told my mom that I was going to be a physical ed teacher and basketball coach. My mom was a longtime educator, so I thought she’d be happy with my decision. She asked me why I had chosen this career path. My response: Because at career day I was told that’s the only job for a girl wanting to stay involved in sports. Thankfully, my mom told me never to let someone else decide what I could or could not do … period. I went on to realize my dream and became the first black woman sports journalist/broadcaster at ESPN.”
“Don’t be afraid; most of us don’t find our bliss. Never fear, your bliss will find you. I faced failure when I became the first female news co-anchor on a major network. I was a total flop, but my lack of success in that venture inspired me to work all the harder in my other endeavors. If you have a failure, you will rise; you will be fine; you will work your way back. Instead of sinking, stay afloat even if it means treading water for a bit. You will reach shore.”
“When I started my career as a television reporter eons ago, I was determined to get the same opportunities that my ‘brother’ reporters were getting. No flower shows for me. If they were covering police raids, I was too. If they were covering City Hall, I was too.
“This was not merely to prove a point. This is what I found interesting and challenging, so of course I could do it!
“But one very wise fellow reporter gave me very good advice as I tried to foot stomp my way to success: ‘You must have a sense of humor.’ The truth is I always had made fun of myself and laughed at some situations in which I found myself as a woman, but I was convinced if I did that in a professional environment I wouldn’t be taken seriously. Quite the opposite.
“If you can relate to your colleagues and those you cover as a successful but very real human being, I think it is far easier to be part of a work environment and excel.”
–Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent
“One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received relating to my career came from one of my first mentors, Maria Bartiromo. Maria is a true pioneer in the field of financial journalism. She was the first woman to report from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, truly breaking through the glass ceiling that for years excluded females from what was considered one of the last male bastions.
“Maria once described some of the intimidating, brutish, and downright misogynistic treatment she endured on a daily basis in her early days of reporting. It was clear that many men did not want her there and were trying to send her a message through their routine harassment. However, she soon realized that her best revenge would come from a defiant response.
“‘Never let them see you cry, Bianna,’ she told me.
“Hold your head up high, and look past your detractors was the message. She never did let them see her cry.
“I interpreted this to mean that, while women are generally acknowledged (and embraced) for their empathy, it should never be confused for weakness.”
— Bianna Golodryga, co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, ABC News’ Business Correspondent
“When I was a young, single girl at ABC News, I spent a summer producing a few political pieces with one of the greats, Cokie Roberts. As journalists traveling on the road often do, we started sharing stories about our personal lives. She told me of her days canning peaches and being a stay-at-home mom while her husband worked. And I told her my boyfriend wasn’t asking me to get married and that I dreamed of being a mom someday. I hesitated with the ‘working mom’ title. She told me something that I’ve told countless women over the years. She said, ‘Juju, you CAN have it all, but you can’t necessarily have it all at the same time.’ Sometimes one has to give.
“Some days, I think my head is going to explode. The struggle is omnipresent and the advice I’d layer on top of what Cokie said is that only YOU can define what ‘having it all’ looks like. And only YOU can draw that line between give and take.”
— Juju Chang, ABC News Correspondent
“Take chances and don’t be afraid to try something new. If you aren’t scared, you aren’t growing.”
— Lara Spencer, “Good Morning America” anchor
“Growing up in Iran, I attended a riding school run by a former Iranian army cavalry officer. … This became my sport. … Beginning when I was just five years old, I would be put on a large horse, not a small pony, which immediately set the bar high for what I was expected to do, how I was expected to deal with a big challenge. … I used to fall off the horse regularly, but there was no question of walking away, or giving in to fear or stopping the exercise midway. My instructor would walk over, pat my cheek, and lift me straight back on. Even though, at the time, I probably didn’t understand courage, it was a very early lesson in staying the course. Every time you fall, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep going. As it turned out, the lessons I learned riding formed a strong foundation for the extreme profession of living and working in war zones and other disasters that I’ve taken on.”
— Christiane Amanpour, Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News, excerpted from “The Person Who Changed My Life”
“The best career advice I ever got was from a colleague and it was deceptively simple. I was feeling frustrated and a little hurt to be honest about a flurry of publicity and fanfare that surrounded another colleague who had just been hired. I had never received that much attention myself, and it was hard not to take it personally and not to wonder why I seemed to be working so hard unnoticed.
“When I confessed my insecurities to a friend, he stopped me, and said, ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ He went on to counsel me to focus on my work, and said that all that hullaballoo around that new hire would soon fade. He was right. It did. I have never forgotten how simple or how important that advice was, or what the value of doing your very best when all else fails, is at the end, the only thing we own.”
— Elizabeth Vargas, “20/20″ co-anchor Click here to watch Vargas’ interview with Sandberg on why women need to “lean in.”
“Do what you love, but don’t allow your career to define you. Too many people are defined by their careers and, when their run ends, they have no idea who they are. Work hard and passionately, but always maintain a healthy perspective. As one person told me: ‘Live on your front porch,’ meaning, imagine yourself later in life, sitting on your front porch, sipping a lemonade. Would that older, wiser version of yourself do anything differently? Live with a conscience — with that wisdom of foresight. Live on your front porch.”
— Paula Faris, ABC News Correspondent
“I received two pieces of advice in my twenties which still resonate: I was the first person in my family to have the opportunity to go to college. On the day I graduated from law school, my father — a wonderful, wise man who worked for the phone company for fifty years, said, ‘Just remember one thing little girl, anyone can have a job they don’t like. Now it’s up to you to find work that interests and inspires you.’
“And so after law school I got a job I loved as a television producer for a public affairs program on PBS. Five years later the founder of Court TV, Steve Brill, offered me a job as an anchor for his new venture. I’d never been on television before. That night I happened to be having dinner with Katharine Hepburn (OK, that’s a longer story). I told her I was thrilled that he’d offered me a three-year contract.
“‘Disaster!’” she said.
“‘Why?’ I asked. ‘It’s fantastic, I get paid for three years even if I am lousy at it.’
“‘That is precisely my point,’ replied Hepburn. “When you are young you need to bet on yourself. You must sign for only a year. If you are good you want to force him to renegotiate, if you’re lousy you need to get the hell out and find something you ARE good at.’ Thanks, Kate.”
— Cynthia McFadden, “Nightline” co-anchor
What happens when the EventComplete office is taken over by a brother and sister pop duo? Apparently an awesome music video!
Nico Adams and Christine Olivier recently released a music video for their song entitled “Stop Us” (which can be viewed on Youtube). It portrays their unique musical and sibling relationship and how these two, “Won’t stop, ’til they make it on the top”.
(Only the shots of the piano where filmed at the EventComplete offices.)
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First, they brought flowers and cards. Some prayed. Many cried. Now, people are opening up their pocketbooks for the families affected by the salon’s mass shootings in Seal Beach.
A number of fundraisers are in the works to raise money for the families of victims at Salon Meritage, where the owner and seven others were shot to death. A ninth shooting victim survived.
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