In a world where women are still understated in leadership positions, it’s crucial to recognize the immense potential they bring to the table. From breaking the glass ceiling to bridging the gender gap, women leaders have the power to transform businesses, communities, and the world at large. However, despite progress in recent years, there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the workplace. That’s where leaders like Dr. Karen Hills Pruden come in.
As the founder and CEO of Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting and the Sister Leaders Academy, she’s dedicated her career to helping women in middle management positions to advance to senior leadership roles. Her work is helping to shape the landscape of women’s leadership and make a lasting impact for generations to come.
With almost three decades of experience in human resources, the tax and retail industry, museum, and higher education industries, Dr. Pruden has gained valuable insights into climbing the career ladder. Her passion for helping women leaders stems from her own experience of being stuck in middle management 15 years ago and struggling to find guidance on advancing to the C-Suite. Frustrated by the lack of female leaders she could turn to for help, she invested $350 for a year, which was the start of her journey to the C-Suite.
Recognizing the lack of resources available for women seeking senior leadership positions, she founded Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting as the parent company for Sister Leaders Academy, Community, and Conference. Through various services such as group and individual coaching, online courses, seminars, book publishing, and conferences, Pruden Global Business Solutions Consulting provides women with the guidance and resources they need to achieve their career goals. Dr. Pruden is dedicated to helping women professionals break through the barriers that have held them back and successfully acquire senior leadership roles.
The Sister Leaders Academy uses an auditing process to ensure candidates have a well-rounded background ready for senior leadership. The coaching process begins with an audit of each client’s professional work profile to ensure they have the versatile experience required for senior leadership, including leading multi-level employees with budget responsibilities in various settings. They then work with women to communicate their professional successes using technology and analytics and develop a step-by-step blueprint to prepare for interviews and onboard successfully after hire.
The program also provides education and resources to elevate their leadership skills and prepare them for senior leadership employment recruitment. Dr. Pruden believes that the key skills and qualities women need to develop to succeed in senior leadership positions are forecasting, monitoring, and articulating the business value of processes and services to an organization using analytics.
With more than thirty publications, Dr. Pruden is a creative author passionate about empowering women. Her most popular book, “Pruden Principles: 10 Strategies to Propel Women to the C-Suite,” provides a blueprint for women seeking senior leadership positions. Her work extends beyond writing as she is a C-Suite Career Strategist and a renowned speaker who has participated in prestigious conferences worldwide.
Dr. Pruden’s expertise has been shared with audiences ranging from the American Council of Education to the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. She has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business world, including Les Brown, Lisa Nichols, Dr. George Fraser, and others. Her speaking engagements serve as a platform to share her insights on what women should focus on to reach the highest levels of leadership within their organizations.
Dr. Pruden highlights the importance of women being proactive in their careers and communicating their successes through storytelling and data analytics. Networking is also crucial, as women tend to overlook the importance of building relationships outside the office. Dr. Pruden encourages them to network more in various settings, including swimming pools, golf courses, retreats, and working lunches. She coaches her clients to utilize technology and analytics in all areas of the workplace and stresses the importance of STEM-related tasks and functions. As she puts it, “there is no getting around using STEM-related tasks and functions. I encourage them to utilize the skills regularly.”
Women who aspire to leadership positions in the business world need to start by defining their goals and pursuing leadership roles until they achieve their desired positions. However, that is only the first step “the real challenge begins when you get there.” Once women reach leadership positions, they must work tirelessly to maintain their position, as others will always be vying for their position.
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