In addition to getting out of your comfort zone, what other advice do you offer to female executives? a sponsor, your name does not even get on the list for I see women who work very hard and are smart and their boss to do that for them. As women we are often talented, but they don't understand that once you get programmed early in life to wait to be asked instead of into middle management, everybody's competent and seeking opportunities ourselves. Several recent studies everybody can execute. What gets you promoted beyond of Fortune 500 companies have found that women don't that is much more political. It's about making sure that aggressively pursue jobs for which they feel less than the work that's being done is the work that needs to be 100 percent qualified. Men, on the other hand, are much done. At the most senior level, you have to set priorities more willing to seek a job for which they are not fully and the direction. You need a very different skill set prepared. This is critical, because if you wait until you in the C-suite than you need in middle management. are 100 percent prepared you've lost valuable time. It's You have to be able to leverage yourself through other that on-the-job training that helps you grow into the job people. That means you have to be good at building a and get ready for the next one up. trusting team. You also need a sponsor, which is very different from a mentor. A sponsor is someone who has a seat at the top table and is willing to advocate for you. Without CIO Straight Talk | 18 senior jobs. I often coach women to make sure they are taking the initiative in managing their careers and not expecting The other key piece of advice I have is to pay it forward. No one reaches senior jobs without the support of many other people.