Episode 8: This is Really Super Uncomfortable

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This is the conversation we didn’t want to have, guest Erin Rand (COO of ServiceRocket, Navigator for Fast Growing Companies; Flame Igniter) and I. This is the conversation many women / femmes in senior and executive positions don’t want to have. Yet, Erin was game to have it — and share her view into the thoughts and conversations women in positions to make a difference have about gender diversity and bias.

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Episode 1: The Pink Bandana Moment

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In this first episode, we hear about a “pink bandana moment” – a gender-based assumption – that had an impact on our host’s life.

1983 Basketball picIn 1983, Annie played on a boys’ basketball team and, rather than getting playing time, she and a fellow female player received gifts from their coach – pink bandanas. For a tomboy amidst a self-imposed decades-long ban on anything pink, this gift was not well received. Instead, our host saw this as a reminder that she was a girl athlete, not just an athlete. The teenage mini-rage eventually subsided, but the desire to reduce the pain of those pink bandana moments did not.

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