Females are neurologically well-equipped to lead, manage and help us resolve the major problems of the world. By understanding and honoring the female brain, we can empower girls and women to use their brains to change the world.
Empathy proved especially difficult for me whenever I felt vulnerable. My instinctive response was to protect myself, most often with aggression. I equated aggression with safety, and vulnerability with weakness. Today, I recognize the opposite is often true.
What do women bring to the table that makes their companies more likely to thrive? Is it just about women, or particular kinds of women? Are women a sign of something bigger at work in a company's culture?
Why is it that every time I thought about who the next Steve Jobs would be, I pictured a man? Perhaps the real battle is within all of us, men and women. There is an underlying psychology at play, even if by accident, whereby we don't think to picture a woman in these roles.
Tena's passion, drive, creativity, chutzpah and refusal to buy in to popular notions of what women can -- and "cannot" -- do helped shape her life from Mississippi farm girl to CEO and founder of DMI Music & Media Solutions.
In an ideal world, companies would pay for performance and performance usually equals outcomes -- not hours worked. Who's to say that when you're sitting at your desk in your office you're actually doing meaningful work?
"If there's one thing I would say to women who are stepping out of the workforce, it's 'Keep a toe in. Just keep a toe in,'" advised Cara France, who should know. She's CEO of a firm that provides high-level marketing and business consultants.
You don't have to wear pink designer clothes, resemble Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, or say "like" between every sentence to build a fashion startup. It's clear that the world of fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry with just as many tech opportunities as any other business.
We all know women have had billion-dollar ideas. But it is challenging to go from billion-dollar idea up the long and arduous path of venture capitalist acceptance than ends in billion-dollar company. And not one woman has made it yet.
Women have to overcome the insecurities that appear when there is a perception of somehow falling behind others. We have to realize that there's room for everyone at the table and that we all won't take the same path to get there.
Like many successful women I've met, Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience, describes herself as a leader who tries to "inspire an organization to achieve a higher purpose than just making sales and profitability targets."
Sandra Peterson, 52 and a New York City native, has an impressive resume showcasing her wealth of experience running product lines, businesses and entire divisions for the likes of Whirlpool, Nabisco, Merck-Medco and, finally, Bayer.
Rather than fighting the system, Mary decided to play their game. She went to a large acting agency and combed through hundreds of headshots of men. She was looking for the seasoned "corporate" type who might be able to play the role of president of her company.