Women Connect event discusses the stigma of 'bossy'

MINOT, N.D. - It's said that more than 9 million businesses across the country are owned by women, and women make up roughly 47 percent of the U.S. workforce.

Dozens of women from the Minot area gathered Tuesday for "Women Connect," a chance for women to learn more about leadership in the workforce.

Julie Metcalf says she attended with her co-workers to gain experience and learn about women empowerment.

"I learned how to be less aggressive and maybe come off as more confident rather than bossy," said Metcalf.

The discussion centered on overcoming the stigma of being labeled "bossy" and what tools to use to effectively lead in the workplace.

"For more on leadership. More on how do we communicate with each other and something that can kind of get in our way is if we are too passive or two assertive. And when we are too assertive, you know it's more about being bossy. And so how do we overcome that," said Michelle Wall, Women connect presenter.

Attendees had the chance to reflect upon in a wide variety of situations.

Wall said: "We are pulling together women who want to have a better version of themselves right. It's to help them be more effective professionally and personally. And really give them the topics that they crave. To help them get to where they want to go."

Gaining valuable lessons to help reach personal and professional goals.

This is the third Women Connect event in Minot. They will hold events once a quarter each centering on a different topic centering around women in leadership roles.