The number one assumption—this is what I see in so many companies, if not all companies—they make as to why women don’t advance and why women leave is that it’s because of work-life balance. What’s interesting is that a different story emerges from these women. […]

The story is: “Do I have work-life balance challenges? Absolutely. And did I say that in my exit interview? Absolutely, because it’s a reality. However, what caused me to leave was that I didn’t feel valued. And I didn’t feel like there was a future progression of my career within this company and within this firm.”

Barbara Annis on exits.