Whenever anyone asks Lane how she managed to succeed in an industry as male-dominated as aviation, she answers, “By finding my authentic self and voice—and then learning how to use that voice and power effectively.” But she also knows how hard women struggle to achieve and maintain that identity and strength. So much of Lane’s recent work has focused on helping other women succeed in that effort. That work includes:
“Core Strength”—a regular column Lane writes for Aviation for Women, the magazine of the Women in Aviation, International organization. The column covers topics related to strengthening women’s ability to make strong career choices and be successful in a male-dominated industry without losing their authentic self or voice. Women in Aviation, International is a world-wide organization with over 14,000 members who are pursuing professional careers in aviation and aerospace.
Personal Career Development Coaching—Lane also provides individual coaching to help women re-connect with their authentic self and voice, build a happier and more fulfilling career path, and become more resilient and effective in their daily work lives.
Surviving in a Man’s World: The Power of a Woman’s Authentic Voice—Lane’s latest book project, which is nearing completion, combines her own hard-won wisdom and experience with more than 3 years of research and interviews with educators, therapists and professional women around the country about what it takes for women to find, hold onto, and bring the power of an authentic self and voice to their careers and lives.
The Power of a Woman’s Authentic Voice
In the past few years, the term “authentic voice” has been so over-simplified, and so casually and glibly overused, that it can sometimes seem like a meaningless cliché. And yet, women still wage a very real, painful, and complex struggle, across their lives, to separate who they are with who the world expects them to be—and then use that knowledge to withstand life’s challenges, make and be at peace with tough career and life decisions, interact more effectively with others, and have meaningful and joyful impact on the world.
The term “authentic voice” has been so over-simplified, and so casually
and glibly overused, that it can sometimes seem like a meaningless cliché.
That core knowledge may be particularly important for women who work in predominantly male fields, but the truth is, that knowledge is essential for any of us, if we want to be strong, grounded, mature, and happy people. Unfortunately, no matter what anyone promises, there are no simple formulas or answers as to how a woman finds that voice, and then learns how to hold onto it and use its power to help her create a more meaningful, impactful, and happy life. It’s a challenging and complex process, and each woman’s journey is unique.
Lane knows better than to package what she’s learned into simple answers. But what Lane does, in her coaching, her column, and her book, is use her own experience and research to help guide women as they explore their own answers. Because although every woman’s journey may be unique, Lane’s research revealed that there are patterns to our individual searches; common elements we all need to address along the way, and common hazards we need to avoid. Using those patterns as a framework, she helps women ask the right questions, question the important answers, reframe their assumptions, learn to explore more confidently, and figure out what jobs and career paths are most likely to make them happy in the long run.
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