Introducing Margaret Matejkovic, Of Counsel at Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC and SHRM national faculty member. She’ll be conducting her workshop, A Conversation about Unconscious Bias and its Effect in the Workplace, at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit: FLUX.
We’ve caught up with Margaret here about unconscious bias, mentoring, and worrying less.
Q: What would you say is your central mission for the work that you do?
A: Working with positive, proactive employers to establish, develop, and maintain productive, professional, and legally-compliant workplaces.
Q: We’re really looking forward to your workshop at FLUX. Have you always been interested in unconscious bias, or was there something that triggered that interest and passion for you?
A: I appreciate the elevation in recent years in the awareness of unconscious bias in all aspects of our lives. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with organizations such as the Women’s Network to continue understanding of and dialogue about this important topic.
Q: What do you wish more people understood about bias in the workplace? Is there a particular thread that you think is overlooked or under-discussed?
A: The Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association recently released a report on Bias in the Legal Profession and entitled the Report, “You Can’t Change What You Can’t See.” What an effective title and apt description of this topic! So, kudos to the Women’s Network for having such an opportunity to continue to raise consciousness about this important issue.
Q: We also feel strongly about the importance of mentorship at Women’s Network. What have you learned about mentorship over the course of your professional career?
A: In my opinion, true mentors learn as much from their mentees as any guidance the mentor may impart. I think that being open to always learning, guiding, helping, and truly listening are crucial components to being an effective mentor.
Q: What’s one thing you wish you had known early in your career?
A: Not to worry so much. But, I freely admit to still being a work-in-progress on this.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: From my grandmother (and related to my answer to question #7 above) … “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It may give you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Women’s Leadership Summit: FLUX will take place November 9th 2018 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Tickets available here