Speakers and moderators (L to R): Vicki Wilkerson, Marianne Jackson, JeanAnn Nichols, Jennifer Kenny, Jasmine Shih, Susan Akbarpour.
Mavatar CEO Susan Akbarpour recently spoke at the Women Architects of the Future of Work event on October 29 in San Francisco. Women Architects of the Future of Work was hosted by the organization How Women Lead to discuss how female leaders can adapt to and capitalize on the changing nature of the workplace. Susan is also a member of the Silicon Valley Executive Board of Advisors to How Women Lead, where she helps provide strategic direction to the organization.
Susan posited that this is because in remote work, it’s less important to look like the traditional definition of a leader, in other words male. What matters in remote work is delivering results, which women are just as capable of doing as men if not better as studies indicate women are more capable of managing multiple tasksflowing simultaneously, while men get irritated when they have to do several things at the same time. Scientists have found this is has to do with gray and white matter within the brain. Women have more white matter while men rule in the gray matter category.
Remote work also, Susan added, better allows women to balance their work with other life goals like parenting, pregnancy and caring for the elderly. They can take care of these obligations as needed and get the work done when they’re able. There’s no need to be bound to a 9 to 5 when you can do the same work more happily from the comfort of your own home on a more convenient time table.