TENAFLY, N.J. — Sarah Walton of Tenafly , a business mentor for women, knows all about not getting support for her hope and dreams.
Sure, she writes for Huffington Post.
Yes, Kelly Wallace has called her for a sitdown on CBS.
And, absolutely, she’s helped hundreds of women, one-on-one, achieve the work lives they really want.
But it hasn’t always been this way.
Walton grew up in Sandy, Utah in a household of five brothers and a society where women didn’t have much of a choice in life.
“You became a mother. That was the end of the list,” Walton said.
“I have a very, very big family. My mom had eight brothers and sisters,” she added. “Out of all of us, there are two women who have college degrees.”
So it’s no wonder Walton, under the tutelage of her stepmother, ventured out of that life. She went to college at the University of California.
Then it was onto France and then to New York City, where she enjoyed a 15-year career that spanned IT, TV, and product management.
But, even in those settings, she was surrounded by men.
“Usually, it was me and the representative from human resources,” she recalled. “We were the only two women in the room.”
The situation compounded yet again when Walton had children. She was upset she only saw them in their pajamas in the morning, before work, and at night, after work.
Over time, Walton realized she was working in a corporate structure designed by men.
So she left, determined to put herself into business where she saw there was a need.
Women are expected to know everything in business and corporate life, according to Walton.
“But no one’s ever taught us,” she said.
The divide causes a lack of confidence, she added. That’s the hole she fills.
Three types of women come to Walton for guidance: those stuck in corporate jobs they don’t like; stay-at-home moms who feel lost inside; and women who started businesses that need to make more money.
In all three situations, women have to feel the freedom, support, and power to redefine what success looks like to them, said Walton, author of “Redefining Success, ” released in 2015.
In 2017, Walton is rolling out some new ways women can work with her.
For people who can’t afford her one-on-one, she’s putting together Mastermind groups of six women who are in similar businesses.
In March, she’ll launch “Money Mindset,” an online course for women.
“We’ll be talking about women’s relationship to money,” she said. “It is different from the relationship that men have.”
In May, she’ll hold a conference at Knickerbocker Country Club in her hometown.
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