What is Workplace Wingmen?
The term ‘wingman” originated in the Air Force to describe a focused and attentive partner who supports, protects and expands the capabilities of the lead aircraft.A wingman is someone who is on the “inside” and is often called on to help a friend attract or avoid the (romantic) attention of a prospective partner.
A Workplace Wingman is a dedicated coach who has been in your shoes, is committed to your success and who understands how to meet your career challenges and capitalize on your opportunities.
Workplace Wingmen offers individual coaching, customized group workshops and corporate training programs. If you’re ready to fly, contact us! To find why having a Wingman is vital, click here.
Workplace Wingmen Exists to Help You Succeed
It’s a fact of life: non-native speakers encounter prejudice in the workplace because of their accents.
Workplace Wingmen is a career accelerator, focused on helping non-native speakers, diverse and cross-cultural professionals navigate the U.S. workplace.
We provide real-world guidance, coaching and encouragement to young professionals eager to advance their careers. We leverage who you are, what you know and what you can do to climb the corporate ladder or get to the next level in your own business.
We design customized programs for recent graduates, entrepreneurs and aspiring executives to give them the business communication and social skills they need to excel in the workplace. We also offer insight, training and coaching to companies eager to make the most of their human capital and cultivate their next generation of leaders. With our business experience and insider understanding of how things really work, we put you on the fast track to success.
There are over 350,000 Chinese students and 186,000 Indian students registered at U.S. schools. Thousands more come from Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico. Many are intent on receiving a degree from an American university and securing employment following graduation.
Foreign students face several obstacles. Language and cultural barriers can hold them back and cause employers to question their intelligence and suitability.
A study in The Journal of Applied Psychology (Aug. 2013) reports that non-native speakers encounter prejudice in the workplace because of their accents. Entrepreneurs with foreign accents are less likely to receive new-venture funding, and non-native job candidates are less likely to get management positions.
Forbes magazine reported in August 2013 that accents limit non-native speakers:
“Accents were found to signal that an individual lacks the social influence, networking and relationship skills that are necessary to drive a new venture to success or to be an effective manager. Foreign and even regional accents can present a barrier to career progress or a glass ceiling in the modern workplace”.
Face it! The workplace isn’t a level playing field. If you look, act or sound different, you’re at a competitive disadvantage. Too many smart, well-educated and highly motivated people don’t get their fair share. They are held back by factors we can help them overcome with our expert advice, experienced coaching and personalized support.