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New York City Corporate Women Learn Workplace Anger Management; Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC) Organizes Program

NEW YORK, Feb 11, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — “When emotions run high, take a break and step away. It is very important to think of consequences before we act, and we can’t think clearly when emotions overcome us,” said Oxana Olach, a tax manager at Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLC, the largest single office accounting firm in the country.

Olach learned about job-related behavioral issues when she attended her first anger management session recently. It was organized by the NYC-based Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC). Guest speaker Ginny Brown, an anger management professional, guided a mostly female audience of 70 corporate executives through the dynamics of anger management. The focus was on an understanding of the corporate emotional intelligence vital to changing the communication paradigm for oneself and for colleagues.

The event, which was sponsored and held at Anchin, featured, in addition to Brown’s tutorial, the splintering of the crowd into seven informal discussion groups to trade scenarios and return with new ideas— a technique established by WAC founder Deborah Goldstein to maximize attendees’ experience, ensure takeaways, and introduce like-minded professionals to one another.

The exploration of the nature of workplace anger had been a theme throughout Brown’s career in family dynamics education, although she admits she really didn’t take her understanding to its current level until discovering Daniel Goleman’s Best Seller Emotional Intelligence (1995). In sharing with the WAC audience this newfound connection between emotional intelligence (EQ) and the thwarting of angry tendencies, she illustrated, with charm and humor, how through becoming self-aware, self-regulatory, empathetic, and armed with social skills, we can avoid our own outbursts, and tame them in others. By design, EQ provides corporate women with the capacity for leadership, paving the way for career advancement.

Brown went on to explain how although we find ourselves functioning intelligently in a modern world, we sometimes instinctively default to the primitive function of anger to avoid the danger of perceived threats. “Anger is a symptom, like a fever,” says Brown, “which serves as an alert that something else is wrong.” She calls anger a “secondary emotion,” and equates an angry outburst to the opening of an umbrella to protect ourselves. EQ is born when we finally ask the question “what’s under our umbrellas?”

The brain science behind anger was explored in remarkable depth, and an indication of the cues that trigger anger proved helpful in understanding the origins of this workplace epidemic. Before it was over, the group was able to come away with the contents of Brown’s anger management “toolbox” of conflict resolution strategies, and even offer a little real-time feedback about how they plan to incorporate the advice into their own lives. “Ultimately, you should be using your EQ skills to get what you want,” says Brown. “It will feel phony at first, but practice will carve new channels in the brain and make things come more naturally.”

About the Women’s Advancement Compact

The Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC) is a community of NYC corporate professionals sharing the common goal of career advancement, while integrating family life and personal growth. Services include professional development, family dynamics and relationship counseling, physical fitness/health events, book groups and food and wine events. WAC offers businesses the opportunity to outsource or bolster existing women’s initiatives with the bonus of networking across industry lines.

SOURCE: The Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC)

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Law and Accounting Firms in NYC Help Women Break the Glass Ceiling

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Women’s Advancement CompactNovember 19, 2013 8:45 AM
 NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

In a new twist on helping women break the glass ceiling, several New York City-based law and accounting firms and other companies are following a different roadmap with remarkable success.

Women attorneys, accountants, sales executives and others are participating in a unique forum, which includes intense professional development and networking.

This groundbreaking program was designed and developed by the Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC) and has already achieved significant results. Last week, at one of the nation’s largest law firms, Alston & Bird, WAC conducted its latest in a series of events that integrate career satisfaction, life challenges and personal development.

“Corporate America’s women face unique challenges that have been addressed piecemeal,” says Deborah Goldstein, founder of WAC. Recent research points up that more than half of female executives say their productivity would increase by 10 to 25 percent if their organizations played a more active role in helping them balance their work and non-work lives.

“The WAC brings to corporate employees a full menu of solutions, aides and tools to create opportunities across industry lines and gives women the infrastructure to leverage networks and become rainmakers,” says Goldstein. “Further, we motivate women to set their daily and long term goals with perspective, and stay mindful of these commitments, which results in a well-managed life on the job and at home.”

In the field of law, women account for 45% of associates, yet represent just 15% of equity partners. Studies have shown that this is due to some number of women not fitting in or adjusting to a corporate culture; other women who lack the courage or resources to strive for partnership; and many who drop out when they have children and then can’t get back into the workplace. “WAC provides the tools to help women face their professional and personal challenges,” says Goldstein. “As a result, we are starting to see a rise in retention rates, promotions and a drop in turnover.”

About the Women’s Advancement Compact:

The Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC) is a community of NYC corporate professionals sharing the common goal of career advancement, while integrating family life and personal growth. Services include professional development, family dynamics and relationship counseling, physical fitness/health events, book groups and food and wine events. WAC offers businesses the opportunity to outsource or bolster existing women’s initiatives with the bonus of networking across industry lines.

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