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Women Do The Most ‘Invisible Work’ At The Office — And It’s Getting Us Nowhere

"'Oh, and thank you to Kelli for coordinating this event,' my manager said. After weeks of planning and stressing, the 'exposure' I received was barely a two-second mention."

By | Kelli Thompson |

“If you lead this, Kelli, you will get so much exposure to senior leadership,” my manager told me. 

Every year, the organization I worked for would host an annual fundraiser and select an individual to chair the efforts. One year, my director let me know that her boss was going to be the executive sponsor for the initiative, and asked if I would chair the committee to organize the events for the nonprofit fundraiser.

I answered her honestly: “If I’m being truthful, I’m not really that interested in leading it.” 

As soon as those words left my mouth, I felt a twinge of guilt in my gut and a lump in my throat. I was a relatively new leader at that point in my career, and eager to climb the corporate ladder — I was flattered to be asked, but hesitant to commit. I knew the amount of tasks and meetings that would go into leading an organization-wide effort like this.

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