Hala Moddelmog, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s first woman President and CEO, recently spoke to the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) Atlanta chapter about how women in business can and should take risks in order to be successful. Hala shared information about her background in leadership positions at several well-known companies and organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Church’s Chicken and Arby’s, and the risks associated with taking each of those jobs.
One of the main points she made was that there is a confidence gap between men and women that often keeps women from reaching leadership roles. Studies indicate that women feel they need to meet 100 percent of qualifications for a promotion before applying, while men typically meet about 50 percent of criteria. Instead, Hala said women should apply for those positions anyway and not be afraid to learn as they go. Without many of the risks she has taken, Hala said she wouldn’t have become the first woman President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which has been led by a male for more than 150 years. Thank you so much to Hala for her time!
WIN was created to accelerate the advancement of women working at Cushman & Wakefield. By sharing information, best practices, education, and experience, we help one another develop the leadership skills and career advancing opportunities. For more information, visit CushWakeWin.com.