Join us on August 2nd to hear from Tamala McBath, CEO of Dress for Success Phoenix as she shares her tips for leading with intention and building a purpose-driven culture. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an inspiring local leader and leverage your skills to develop your career.

  1. How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?
    I started my corporate career in healthcare, where I learned the meaning of serving people in crisis. I had the opportunity to view the industry from every angle, starting as a social worker, then becoming an administrator and finally as a regional director in a mission-driven organization. My accomplishments were not by accident. I took the initiative to attend every class that was offered, volunteer for committees and sought out mentors in my organization.
  2. How can organizations best prepare and support women for career advancement?
    The most effective way that an organization can support women is by granting access to advancement opportunities through intentional development and career pathways.
  3. Mentorship is a critical factor in both personal and professional growth. How do you suggest finding a mentor?
    Have an open mind. Your mentor may be totally opposite from you. An effective mentor may not be someone you would choose as your best friend, but someone who you respect and trust to tell you the truth professionally.
  4. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? 
    Studies have shown that women more often than men, struggle with the “imposter syndrome” or the feeling that they are inadequate or not good enough to succeed. I often encounter women who are their own worst enemy due to their own fears and self-doubt. At Dress for Success Phoenix, we are helping women gain the confidence to embrace their value and self-worth.
  5. What advice would you give to the next generation of women leaders?
    If you allow it, fear will mask ambition. We have to acknowledge our fears and face them so that we can move forward professionally and succeed in spite of the thoughts in our heads.
  6. Do you have any recommendations on books, websites, podcasts, community groups, etc., focused on leadership and/or company culture?
    A few of my favorites are Playing Big by Tara Mohr and Leading From the Outside by Stacey  Abrams.

Posted by Annelise Patterson