How To Be A Boss With Glamsquad's Amy Schecter

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Our #BUILTBYGIRLS squad is filled with leaders and builders who are eager to learn how to be the best professional they can be. Our new “How To” event series invites industry experts to give advice on how to get closer to your college, career, and personal goals.

Brace yourself, because we found some upsetting statistics that inspired our first “How To” Topic:

“Less than 6% if women in Fortune 500 companies are CEO’s, despite the fact that we make up nearly half the American workforce.” -Catalyst

“⅓ of girls say they’re afraid to be a leader because they don’t want others to think they’re bossy.” -Rox + Hinkleman Group

We partnered with Glamsquad to dive into How To Be A Boss and counteract the notion that women do not have what it takes to boss up.Emily Herrera, #BUILTBYGIRLS superstar, lead a fireside chat with Amy Schecter, CEO of Glamsquad and bonafide boss to discover what today’s powerful women do to practice effective leadership.

Amy has worked in all different facets of the fashion industry from marketing to operations. She has held top positions at Diesel, DKNY, Cole Haan, Tory Burch, and other leading brands. Becoming CEO of Glamsquad was a dream come true, as she was a former super user herself.

She offered advice on how to make your way up the ladder starting with a handshake.

🤝 How to nail a handshake

To become a boss you have to get in the door. One crucial make or break moment in an interview, according to Amy, is the handshake. While boys are taught how to shake hands from a young age, girls are often never really told how to greet someone with a firm, confident handshake.

Here are Amy’s Handshake Don’ts:

  • 🐟 Don’t do the “dead fish”. This is when your hand is limp and your fingers do not grip their hand.

  • 👑 Don’t do the “princess”. This is when your hand goes in from above and the other person ends up only gripping your fingers.

  • 🙋‍Don’t do the “How ya doin’?!” This is an overzealous handshake where you shake the other person’s hand too hard.

Here’s how you nail a handshake:

  • Do wrap your fingers all the way around. The webbing between your thumb and hand should meet theirs.

  • Do have a firm grip. But don’t grip too tightly.

  • Do be confident. Make eye contact and introduce yourself confidently.

👩‍💼 Don’t act like an intern

No matter your position on the team, carry yourself like an executive. This doesn’t mean you should demand an office and ask an assistant to get your coffee, this means you should be working as hard as the hardest working person on your team. “People will only treat you like an intern if you act like one.”

So here is how Amy suggests you should act like an executive:

  • Be a team player. Make yourself a part of the community by being willing to stay until the work is done and speaking up in meetings.

  • Make every moment in the office count. Always looking for more work if you have nothing to do. You should always be asking “What can I do for you?”

  • Don’t give up. We all have frustrating or bad days, don’t let that discourage you! You are still learning and this is your time to make mistakes.

💪 Manage Your Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you don’t deserve the position you have based on your experience or any number of reasons. But here is the truth: applied and interviewed and they picked you.

Here’s what Amy has to say about beating your mean inner voice:

  • Be prepared. As an intern or entry-level position, you should know the ins and outs of the company’s mission better than the executives. If you’ve put in the prep-work it will show.

  • Always contribute. Every person on the team has a voice and that voice should be heard.

  • It’s okay to make mistakes. No one will think you’re dumb if you say something incorrect. If anything, you will teach everyone something through your mistake.

📣 Psych Yourself Up

Approaching your boss, applying for that long-shot job, speaking up all take bravery. Find a method to psych yourself up. Amy will make up crazy scenarios to encourage herself to make those bold choices. For example, this building will light on fire if I don’t speak up in this meeting in the next five minutes.

Find what works for you to give you a boost of bravery.

🌟 Always, Always Go For It

Amy’s most important piece of advice for every aspiring boss is to go for it, “You can’t get the job you don’t apply for.”

Reach out to your dream company, email that executive you look up to, ask for that amazing internship. The worst thing someone will say is no they don’t have any room on their team right now. In that case, what have you lost?


Ciara Bush