I love (working with) women

Disco is proud to be the platinum sponsor of WLALApalooza, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles’s summer fundraising gala.

CeCe, Julia, Kiwi, Review Seal, and Kelly

CeCe, Julia, Kiwi, Review Seal, Kelly, and a magnum of Andre Clouet Rose

I have always loved working with women. I’ve never understood those who don’t. Women are a lot of fun. Many of them enjoy horses, which I enjoy too. And, early in my career, when Kiwi rage was more common, I preferred working with women because I was less likely to shout at them than at men.

CeCe was my first hire at C&S and is now irreplaceable at Disco. Julia is a rising star in the Disco ops department. Kelly was an analyst at C&S, then a Houston Texans cheerleader, and is now a channel sales rep at Disco. All of them are great.

I think the advice you sometimes hear that women have to set entertainment aside in favor of some kind of special professionalism at work is bunk. The kinds of places where you need to do that aren’t places where you’re going to be successful anyway. And it’s unfair that women, especially, should have these standards of “professionalism” thrust on them. Be yourself. Enjoy life. Find a place that feels the same way about you. At the right sort of place, taking this wrong kind of advice will just make you boring.

I also am sad that many places interpret being women-friendly as being friendly to requests for reduced workloads, alternative schedules, and the like; we do not subscribe to any of that here (and whether you do should depend on how you want all employees to view their relationship to work, not on how you want to treat women in particular). That kind of treatment may work well at some places, but, for example, I have never seen it work well at a law firm or, in general, in other areas where selling your soul to work, especially in the early part of your career, is the norm; those who take advantage of the special treatment wind up being regarded as second-tier contributors, and they know this, and make the trade anyway because they value more highly the other things in their life that the special treatment lets them do. This is fine for some people (in fact, it can be a great deal! pursue a great career but don’t let it own your life), but it’s not what I mean when I say a workplace is women-friendly.

What I mean is a place that holds everyone to the same standards; that embraces personal expression, liveliness, and charm; that lets women who want to excel at work do exactly that, with no stigma of special treatment, with no different treatment at all.

That’s the way I hope Disco remains for women.

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