As per the 2018 Fortune list, only 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs, which only highlights the marginal representation of women in senior roles. “Women in business still don’t ask for what they deserve, whether it’s the imbalanced pay or leadership advancement. So there is a big social component to what our organization does toward that end,” says Valerie. VMC provides structured tools for women who want to progress in their career, make their way into the C Suite, receive equal opportunity, and acquire their dream job.
In most organizations, women still find it troublesome to get equal opportunities as their male counterparts. Furthermore, as they climb up the ladder, there are not many women leaders in the C-suite to motivate them to achieve more.
As a B2C organization, VMC has a strict on-boarding process for clients. It usually starts with the strategy session to ascertain whether the individual is fit for the program or not. Through a series of decisive questions, VMC finds out the right candidate—someone who’s coachable and ready for the action. The organization focuses on transforming a woman to help her get a new job or a new leadership role.
Valerie recalls an instance where one of her clients, even after successfully establishing in her role was due for a salary revision. With VMC’s guidance, she received a salary upgrade from $15,000 to $60,000—this was possible because Valerie and her team made the client realize her true worth as an employee. Valerie also mentions how the client had immense perseverance that kept her dedicated toward her goal of achieving what she deserved.
Intending to close the rampant pay gap and gender inequality, Valerie plans to collaborate with economists, policymakers, and corporate clients and put across the message of ensuring diversity in the workplace. Continuing on her mission of coaching women, Valerie states, “Don’t settle with what’s given to you, ask for more and find yourself a coach who can show you the right path in your career. Be happy and have the career of your dreams.”