Today, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, Co-Founder of Archewell, joined Mellody Hobson, Co-C.E.O. and President of Ariel Investments, in conversation at The New York Times Dealbook Summit, moderated by financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. The two leaders discussed solutions for helping women achieve economic and professional parity by re-examining their own personal and professional paths.
The Duchess and Hobson reflected on how their shared experiences influenced how they think about creating opportunities for others, the need to increase access to mentorship for women and the importance of practicing compassion for all women in these challenging times – those working within the home, and out of the home. They discussed the responsibility that employers, policy makers and stakeholders must play in shifting equitable structures at the top.
I think what’s so valuable about mentoring isn’t just cheering each other through whatever discriminations or glass ceilings we may face, but really being the person to say: ‘Let me make this phone call for you; this is what you should be thinking about when you sign that contract; this is when you should walk away from the table; this is when you should push in a little more.’Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex