I work in a company with few women in leadership roles. One of my colleagues, who is female, joined the firm about a year ago. She is intelligent and driven and has a desire to advance. When she first joined, she sought out a meeting with the Vice President in an attempt to gain visibility and better align herself with the company priorities. As a result, the VP assigned her a few additional projects and recommended her for a training program that could lead to a promotion.
However, the VP has also started texting and calling my colleague, sometimes at night or on weekends. He even suggested that they run a race together in another city. My co-worker is not married, but her superior is. She finds the contact to be inappropriate but fears that saying anything, even to him, will limit her opportunities at the company. She is also concerned that, by initiating a meeting with the VP, she bears some responsibility.
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