Carolyn Cerny, Director of Marketing, and Janet Harden, North America Controller, founded the Continental Women’s Network in the Detroit area. They’ve helped grow it to 28 local chapters at Continental locations around the world – and they aren’t stopping there. Thanks to the Women’s Network’s personal development programs and networking opportunities, many women at Continental have the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and into their potential.
In October 2019, Carolyn and Janet spoke to diversity and inclusion thought leaders at Fairygodboss’s GALVANIZE event about how to start a strong women’s employee resource group (ERG). They also shared how they envision the future of the Women’s Network, how it works with senior management at Continental to drive the most value, and how it exemplifies the company’s autonomous, trusting and supportive culture.
There’s so much more we wanted to learn from Carolyn and Janet, so we asked them to tell us more about their careers at Continental and what they’ve learned from starting the Women’s Network.