Why Women Get Stuck Climbing the Corporate Ladder with Erica Anderson Rooney

If you are a driven woman who has been climbing the corporate ladder, you have no doubt noticed that diversity is not the norm. The broken rungs on the ladder start early on in the climb and are often camouflaged.  We blame ourselves, experience gaslighting from other women who think there’s only room for one of us at the top and so many more challenging circumstances that it’s no wonder an increasing number of women are opting for entrepreneurship. 

In today's episode, my friend Erica Anderson Rooney and I delve into the challenges faced by women in reaching positions of power in the corporate world. We expose the reality of the "broken rung," as the first of many challenges as women attempt to advance where gender disparities are the norm, and women often learn far too late in the game that the game is rigged. 

We discuss how taking time off for children can set women back in their careers, widen the pay gap and examine the biases and challenges present in both corporate life and entrepreneurship. The reality is, that both are challenging and the best way to succeed at facing these challenges is to know what you’re up against. 

Erica shares her personal experience of realizing that she actually couldn't trust her mentor, so she made the courageous decision to leave her position in search of a C-level role where she could truly make a difference. Erica highlights the significance of having both street smarts and book smarts when climbing the corporate ladder.

Finally, we pull back the curtain on the risk of buying into the misleading rhetoric prevalent in the coaching industry and the importance of acquiring the necessary skills for advancement, whether you decide to climb the corporate ladder or start your own business. 

The reality is, that not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to career paths.


Intrigued? Here are some of the highlights of this episode 🌟

  • Taking Responsibility for Personal Well-being
  • Authenticity and Emotional Well-being
  • Challenging Societal Expectations
  • Outgrowing Relationships
  • Listening to Intuition and Body Signals:
  • Questioning Beliefs and Developing Resilience 
  • Living Authentically and Making New Choices


How to connect with Erica Anderson Rooney beyond this episode:

Website: https://www.ericaandersonrooney.com/

Podcast: https://apple.co/3tORTOj

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericarooney/


If you are ready to shift your business from doing what you’re used to doing to what is aligned with your purpose, my Boss Up Breakthrough framework is a great place to start.  We take a look at what is working and what no longer is, where you need to Boss Up your boundaries, your offers, your pricing, or your marketing strategy and start implementing the changes that move the needle.  We will also make sure you are including self-care in your business plan so that you’re not just successful on the outside, but aligned with your values, and priorities on the inside.  


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For the time-crunched, overwhelmed, or impatient, here’s the TLDL version:

00:00:00 Glamorization and challenges of female entrepreneurship unpacked.

00:07:25 Breaking the middle management barrier for women.

00:21:42 Sticky floors: limiting beliefs, sunk cost fallacy.

00:44:59 Responsibility for personal evolution in the corporate world.


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