Executive Leader keeps telling me to smile more after previously asking if I thought I was “intimidating”.
August 10,2021 at 12:01PM UTC
I’m a Black woman in a highly specialized professional role. Recently I had a set of long awaited interviews for an internal promotion. I participated in 3 individual hour long sessions with a director, VP and Senior Exec (who recently rejoined the org). I have worked extensively with the director and VP for years and the interviews ( in my opinion) went well. During my third and final interview with the senior exec, he asked me for my areas of growth and when I finished he added “and smile more”. We were both wearing masks during this in person interview. I was stunned because what I was saying didn’t require smiles and it wasn’t appropriate to smile. This was not the first time he made the “smile” comment to me. During a previous business meeting, he asked me a question about my qualifications to lead a project and after I provided an answer, he said, “don’t you think people could find you intimidating”. I was surprised because that’s absolutely not me. I’m described as pretty much a pushover and softy by everyone I know, but I am well spoken, I have a graduate degree and I’m successful at the job. So even after I replied no, he said it again. I ended up saying, “I think that some people are not familiar with people that look like me in the spaces I’m in”. He then moved on. Regardless of the outcomes of this interview, I will still be in contact with this senior exec and I would love some suggestions on how to respond because I feel like he’s made biased assumptions about me.
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Recently, three different execs have approached me on Friday afternoons with requests for project planning/research to be done over the weekend, with a report back on Monday.
I’m in mid-management. I don’t report directly to any of these execs. My direct boss does not work weekends, nor do they require me to do so.
None of the projects I’ve been given thus far are critical to operations, nor are they really within my scope or skill set. It’s nothing I’m unable to do, it’s just a stretch of my usual duties and areas of focus.
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