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  • 1.  What is it I can do?

    Posted 08-31-2019 23:40
    Edited by Bob Monte 09-01-2019 06:28

    Several years back, I met a lady who awoken me to the real hard facts; the print industry is heavily weighted toward the success of men. Hiring practices, the interview process, promotions, compensation are all skewed. Also, once landing that job, she is often overlooked, talked over, becomes an object more than the intelligent person with fantastic potential.

    This gave me pause, a moment to reflect upon my career and the women I've hired, mentored, learned from, and had the fortunate opportunity of reporting too. Then I made a mental baseline comparison on the men I've worked with over those many years. Concluding that, yes, there is a dividing line. So why is it that with so many talented ladies within our industry, the rungs on the ladder up for men are inches apart while a women's rungs are feet if not miles apart?

    Our industry presents challenges to women; many men don't understand, won't admit or profess does not exist. Therein lies the foundational problem, a suppression of reality. So how can I, as one person, enable the paradigm shift? By speaking up about this disparity, enabling and supporting women in print and awakening other men about this issue. If a man's mindset is the barrier, then men must be accountable, take ownership, and help open every door possible for women in print.

    I welcome your thoughts and ideas. What is it that we, as men, can do to support the effort, spread the word, and change an industry for the betterment of woman in print, enabling their success?

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi


    Bob Monte
    Strategic Account Manager
    Austin, TX

  • 2.  RE: What is it I can do?

    Posted 09-01-2019 00:46
    “Women in Print”

    We can mentor women to be the best they aspire to be. We need to support their growth in a can do manor and be there for them supporting their passions as they walk their individual paths in life. Allow them to have growth moments supporting their foundations and future expectations.

    I have been blessed with two special heartfelt, smart, creative, driven, daughters, who I pray will have ever opportunity in this world, so they can fly as an eagle.

    I have had many mentors in my life, they have been there for me in my life path. I have tried in my life to pay it forward as others have done for me. The key is giving it freely from our hearts, with no expectations of recieving anything in return.

    The key point is very clear “ We don’t have to, we get to”. Serving others is a privilege. We need this because our strength comes from serving as we (plural) not as one, in a very special industry.

    The Women in Print Mission is long over due for the print industry.

    So my question to everyone who is reading this, “who have you truly mentored each and every day”. Serving with no expectations of recieving.

    We have a lot to do now. Please serve........... supporting this Important mission.

    Then watch the flowers grow.

    Sent from my iPad