Professional Development Conference Speaker: Karen Greigo

Karen Greigo

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Karen Greigo’s presentation has been cancelled. In its place on the conference schedule will be an encore presentation of Corey Leneker’s Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.

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Gender Bias Patterns and How They affect Our Careers

Women still face adversity in the professional world. Often times, leaning in hasn’t been enough to overcome unconscious gender bias. Karen Griego will discuss four patterns of gender-biases and how to navigate the ways these patterns affect our careers. She will also discuss and provide tool kits with tips on:

  • Searching for new roles
  • Writing a winning resume and cover letter
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Building your network.

About Karen Griego: Karen Griego is a senior product marketing manager for emerging devices at Amazon. Having worked in the tech industry throughout her career, she is no stranger to being the only woman in the room. Because of this, she is an Amazon “Bar Raiser” (an evaluator of potential candidates across the company) with goals to have more women on interview loops and to increase gender diversity.

Griego has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and Master’s in Business Administration from Graziado School of Business. Some of Griego’s past positions include: senior global consumer marketing manager for Amazon Alexa, Senior Americas Marketing Manager for Google Apps, and Marketing Manager for Amazon Consumer Electronics. Griego lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle with her partner and two rescue dogs.


May 2019 Meeting Keynote Topic: Overcoming Gender Bias Patterns in the Workplace

Woman standing in front of projector

by Rachel Friederich,  ICSEW Communications Chair

Just 5% of Fortune 500 companies are headed by women. Amazon Senior Product Marketing Manager, Karen Greigo shared that fact, along with her own experiences dealing with inaccurate perceptions hiring managers and corporate leaders can have about female employees at the ICSEW’s May 21 meeting and career fair.

In her presentation, Gender Bias Patterns and How They Affect Our Careers Greigo talked about  personal challenges she overcame as she climbed the corporate ladder and became one of the top marketing executives for one of the world’s largest companies.

One of the most common gender biases bosses can have in the workplace is the way employees are evaluated. “Men are often evaluated on past performance, while women are often evaluated based on potential,” Greigo said.

Greigo’s presentation included tips to overcome gender bias patterns, like documenting one’s accomplishments in quantifiable results and finding “sponsors,” someone within your company who can help you excel in your career goals.

Greigo also recommended a reading list where she got many of her tips and insights for overcoming gender bias patterns in the workplace:

  1. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Douglas Stone, Bruce Patterson, Sheila Heen)
  2. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sanberg)
  3. A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating: How to Convince Collaborate, and Create Your Way to Agreement (Lee Miller and Jessica Miller)
  4. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free Plan for Embracing and Achiving Your Goals (Rachel Hollis)

Minutes for the May 2019 ICSEW meeting viewed here.