The Hypocrisy in Women’s Initiative programs


Chardonnay in the Conference Room
The Hypocrisy Of Women’s Initiative Programs.

If you want a reason to be pissed off let’s take a look at the reality of corporate support for women’s initiative programs. I will tell you there are some good programs out there, but unfortunately those are the exceptions.

A client recently called me up very frustrated. “I am getting push back on our women’s event. They don’t want to spend the money. I had no trouble getting $600 a head for the guys client golf outing but I have to beg for a fraction of that for my women’s program funding even when I invite clients.”

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard a variation on this conversation. Companies love to tout what they do to support women, but when it comes to putting bucks behind the programs the story is very different. “I would rather curl up in a ball and stay home watching TV shows I hate than listen to another speaker talk about work life balance while I drink mediocre wine,” said a prominent female attorney.

Women want support so they can advance their careers but they want it to be meaningful and engaging. There must be an interaction that leads to better relationships and more business opportunities. Unfortunately, women tend to be better at the former than they are at the latter. A passive strategy doesn’t work and does not motivate or challenge women to reach up and break out of their customary comfort zone.

At the risk of tooting our own horn, we need more programs like the PokerDivas Initiative. PokerDivas provides an interactive activity that not only speaks to the skills which help women succeed in business but allows them to literally play out in real time, how it feels to practice those skills of being assertive, reading an opponent, and managing a bully. In addition to learning the strategies of the game extending to life and business, participants walk away knowing how to play Poker.  The game is an extremely prevalent business networking activity especially in the financial, legal, technology and entertainment arena, and if women can participate, they will have access to a network that they were previously excluded from.

Recently, we proposed a PokerDivas program to a financial services client, who responded that management would not approve the program because it would promote gambling. (There is no gambling at a PokerDivas event.)  Imagine my “surprise” when two weeks later I attended a 300- person poker charity event in New York City where that very same firm spent $20,000 sponsoring two tables. All the seats were taken by men.  I guess they wanted to keep their boys club intact.

The Hypocrisy is Rampant.

Another example is Audi. Do you remember how much good press they received for promoting equal pay when airing its Superbowl 2017 commercial?  But when you study the company, less than 15% of the senior management team is female. It’s like supporting the National Lung Foundation while you are still selling cigarettes…

It would be great to say that all the focus on women’s initiatives is helping but there is a long way to go. Women need to be let into the game, and chardonnay in the conference room is not going to cut it.

We would love to hear about your successes and challenges with your company’s Women’s Initiative programs. Or if you would like some assistance developing one, please reach out at

If you want to learn more about how poker strategy can help you be bold, negotiate effectively and maximize your professional wins, check out the Pokerdivas Program for your next Teambuilding, Sales Meeting or Women’s Initiative Program. Call 646-450-1905 or email

We guarantee you will see results and when you’re done playing to win, we’ll break out the Chardonnay and Whiskey.

Hope to see you at the table soon.




Don’t forget to book your Women’s Initiative Programs NOW (Men are welcome too) and get your preferred date. Your team will learn assertiveness, leadership, and negotiating skills through the fun and excitement of poker. It’s not about gambling — it’s about learning to be bold and sharpening business skills in a fun and interactive environment. Poker is a great equalizer and encourages networking between all levels of the organization.

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