J. Lindsay Johnston has devoted her career to solving workplace issues—both as an HR and nonprofit executive and a lawyer. A vocal advocate and ally for women in business, she’s been referred to as a trailblazer and insightful leader who works tirelessly on behalf of employees and senior management, creating and executing solutions regardless of industry. She is the president of POWER of Professional Women and the principal at JLJ Consulting, and previously held senior level roles at Comcast, PJM Interconnection, PECO Energy, Autotrader.com, and Verizon.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
What do you think needs to be done to level the playing field for women in the workplace?Three things: Stop making assumptions about what jobs and roles mothers will or will not be open to doing. Let them make the choices. Pay equality, since women still on average make less than men. Finally, improve leave policies and improve affordable childcare options.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
Take risks, say yes to those stretch assignments, and raise your hand for projects that will get you exposure and showcase your talents to a different audience. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.