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Level-Up Lab: Women and Leadership

Join Melanie as we discuss barriers to our own success and how we can address those barriers whether they come from inside us, or outside us, sometimes in the guise of societal expectations/biases. Expect to gain clarity on what you'd most like to focus on in the next 90 days for your life and career.

When: 5/23/2016
1:00 PM
Where: SWON Libraries Meeting Room
United States
Contact: Melanie McDonald
513-751-4422 x12

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Level-Up Lab

Women in Leadership


Women in leadership face challenges in three areas:

  • Societal: Women are perceived as less effective at “take charge” behaviors. Women also face higher standards and lower rewards than men.
  • Organizational: Women suffer a lack of role models, exclusion from formal networks, not having a sponsor, and being evaluated for promotions differently than men.
  • Self-imposed: Women are more likely to underestimate their leadership abilities, and fear rejection.


What is the answer? We have to intentionally look at ourselves and our experiences and create a different future with that awareness. We also need the tools to use in a variety of situations and we need to practice using those tools until they become second nature. We're going to cover both inward and outward focused leadership skills as well as developing an active working network which is essential to career growth.


All Level-Up Labs are free, but you must register as space is limited.

Melanie Blau McDonald 

Melanie has had a diverse career in business and libraries with the consistent themes of responsible fiscal management, training, customer service, outreach and quality. As a third generation volunteer librarian, she finally 'made it official' and received her MLIS from the University of Illinois's GSLIS program in 2006. Melanie has volunteered or worked in school libraries, academic libraries and special libraries performing reference, reader's advisory, library usability studies, library outreach, instruction and staff development and training. At the National level, Melanie has presented at the Military Librarian's Workshop and held the Corporate Director position on the Military Librarian's Division Board. Since 2010, she has been writing the Spread the Word column for the Government Documents Round Table journal, Documents to the People. The column focuses on using freely available government documents to create library programming.

Melanie blogs on the home page of, which is copied to her LinkedIn page and swonlibraries twitter feed.

Questions? Contact Melanie at or call 513.751.4422 x12

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