Annie Dean is the co-founder and co-CEO of Werk, the first and only marketplace where ambitious job seekers can find real, career-building opportunities, all with pre-negotiated flexibility. After analyzing all the available data about women in the workplace and speaking with women and companies across the public and private sectors for over a year, it became increasingly evident to Dean that workplace flexibility is the best and most cost-effective way to close the gender gap. Dean first became aware of the need for workplace flexibility while logging 16-hour days as a corporate real estate attorney while raising two children. Her inability to “make it work” was not due to a lack of empowerment, mentorship or negotiation skills; it was a lack of flexibility. And the data confirmed that Dean’s experience wasn’t unique to her. That’s why Dean launched Werk: to help employers implement workplace flexibility so that women can advance to positions of leadership over time.
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