Ask Sallie: My Nice Boss Hasn’t Promoted Me in Five Years. What Do I Do? (Video)

By Sallie Krawcheck

It happens to too many of us: You have a job you like OK, and your boss is just so darn nice. He doesn’t show any of that overt, outrage-inducing sexism that male-boss horror stories are made of.

Except … you haven’t been promoted in five years. What should you do? Here’s Sallie’s advice.

Sallie’s answer:

This is what we don’t talk about. This is what we never talk about: All the nice bosses — men and women — who promoted Steve and promoted John. And then they promote Todd. And by the time he promotes Todd, you know that this nice guy — who took an unconscious bias training class six months ago, and has a daughter, and talks the talk — is actually ... “bias” might be a strong word, but is fulfilling the gender expectations that promotions go to men.

The research tells us that cis white men are promoted based on potential. But for others — women, people of color — they’re promoted based on achievement.


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Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ellevest. Her life’s mission is to help women to reach their financial and professional goals.