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Microsoft CEO’s flub and what it says about our attitude toward women in the workplace




Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers keynote remarks during the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference July 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers keynote remarks during the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference July 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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At a conference on women in computing in Phoenix Thursday, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked what he would say to women who are uncomfortable asking for a raise. His answer burned up the internet.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he said, adding that women who do so would acquire “good karma” and be eventually rewarded for their patience and hard work.  Nadella has since tried to walk back those comments, tweeting after the conference that he was sorry for the “inarticulate” remarks.

What should women do and prepare for before they ask for a raise? Does Nadella's remarks accurately reflect our societal attitude toward women in the workplace? Does gender disparity in the tech sector play a role in this particular case?

Guests:

Daisy Swan, a career coach based in Los Angeles

Rebecca Kieler, career management consultant based in the Bay Area with 20-plus years of experience in the field.  She’s worked with companies such as Sun Micro Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Yahoo