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Women in Leadership

The Terrible Fallout of Self-Criticism

Miriam Linderman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women
Miriam Linderman

One of the biggest hurdles to self-confidence is that unrelenting, critical inner voice, that habitual rake-you-over-the-coals-just-for-breathing jeer that keeps you small, invisible and ashamed. Your inner voice needs to be your champion and advocate, not your persecutor.

Why Women's Only Networking Groups Are Failing Us

Eleanor Beaton | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Eleanor Beaton

There is a wealth of research suggesting that despite our efforts, networking continues to pose serious challenges for women. It's not that we aren't doing it. Women are attending more networking events all the time, and the number of women-only networking events grows every month.

Meet the Cunninghams

Wendy Doyle | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Wendy Doyle

It's so easy to get caught up working for long-term change that sometimes we forget to stop and look at the differences we're making today. That's why I'd like to stop and take a moment to tell you about a remarkable family of strong women leaders whose involvement in various Women's Foundation programs strengthens and perfectly exemplifies our mission.

Cannes 2015 #Shingerview: Lindsay Pattison, Maxus

David Shing | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media
David Shing

For me, this year's Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity all about unleashing creativity, celebrating innovation and inspiring the next generation of marketers and creatives. I kicked off the week spending some time with Lindsay Pattison, Worldwide CEO of Maxus and a 2015 Media Lions jury member. Lindsay is passionate about empowering women within her organization.

5 Ways Women Can Develop Leadership Skills

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Remember, your leadership is needed, you don't have to be perfect to be a leader, you just have to be passionate and authentic. The key is to seek out the resources you need, permit yourself to pursue a leadership position and empower yourself to seize it.

Is Culture of Overwork Behind Women's Stalled Advancement?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

The speculated reason why fewer women than men reach the leadership ranks has changed over time. From the early to mid-1990s, most explanations for the discrepancy at the top pointed to sexism and sexual harassment of women, according to research from Harvard Business School (HBS).

Getting More Women into Senior Management

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

I'd taken the job because I knew it would be challenging. But many of the challenges I faced had nothing to do with learning to do my actual job. One of the first things I had to do was prove my worth to people who believed I had no business on a manufacturing floor.

Stop Playing the Gender Card

Thuy Sindell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Thuy Sindell

We can take a page from the men's playbook and embrace being more masculine instead of complaining about how it's not fair. If men can "woman" up in the house in growing numbers, then women can certainly "man" up in the workplace at a faster pace. We would love to see women win this race to the finish line that is true "balance."

Why Women are the New MVPs

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

The new MVPs -- women -- are skilled at collaborating, team building and creating organizational cultures that attract and maintain the best talent that can drive results.

The Business of Boxing: What I Learned From Mayweather

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Melissa J. Nixon

I don't know about you but I would love 8 million dollars right about now. I would consider my own self crazy if I turned down a deal like that. However, unlike most, Mayweather saw the bigger picture for his dream and his career. I'm sure in that season of his career as he came closer to making his decision and even made the bigger announcement Mayweather:

A Mother/Daughter Project: How to Be Curious and Strengthen Your Relationship

Kirsten Taberner-Siggins and Kathy Taberner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Women
Kirsten Taberner-Siggins and Kathy Taberner

The daughter in me realizes that this is considered uncommon and for some even weird. The mother in me asks, "why is it so strange to want to work with your mother?" What is it about the mother/daughter relationship that makes our situation considered so unique?

Women Should NOT Become President of the United States of America? Really?!

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Ms. Cheryl Rios, CEO of Go Ape Marketing recently incurred a barrage of criticism when she posted on her personal Facebook page her belief that women should not become President of the United States.

WILD Summit Draws Hundreds to Colorado to Discuss Women in Leadership

Holly Hamann | Posted 06.01.2015 | Denver
Holly Hamann

Colorado is again home to the Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit, now in its third year. The WILD Summit is an annual event of The Women's Council, in partnership with The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Should US Follow Europe's Lead for Gender Quotas on Boards?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

I believe that U.S. organizations have a choice to get it right, which does not mean putting women in a room and trying to "fix" them. That solution has not worked for over two decades, and has kept women's representation on boards and in senior leadership positions too low for too long.

From Powder Puff to Powder Keg: The Changing Face of Women Today

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Jenny Darroch

Much has changed for women. The fact that we have International Women's Day, or that many organizations host Women in Leadership events to empower women, or women feel they can mobilize to effect positive change is testimony to progress.

8 Female Executives Share the Best Piece of Advice They Have Ever Been Given

Katlyn Grasso | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Katlyn Grasso

Girls must realize they have the potential to change the world at a young age before they fall victim to their own self-doubt. I want girls to have the confidence to pursue their dreams in the face of criticism and challenge the misconceptions about women in leadership.

4 Ways to Deal with a Male-Dominated Work Culture

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Increasing gender diversity and equality in the workplace can lead to increased revenues, greater innovation and improved employee satisfaction, which benefits us all.

Silicon Valley Thinks Women Equal Success

Kira Makagon | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Kira Makagon

What does Silicon Valley think of women? From the looks of some data, it thinks we can earn an ROI even better than the guys. The more that we women focus on the reality we're making and the more we effect positive change and tell our tales of success, the faster we'll reach a time when magazine cover stories focus on how we're outperforming men.

Meet Lean In's Big Sister -- She's All About 'Powership'

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Heidi Mulligan Walker

For me, its true power lies in reading between the lines about how the partnership framework can be applied both formally and informally across the corporate infrastructure. Women, and companies who want to hire and retain them, should take note, this book is a welcome game changer.

Why You Need a Personal Brand

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

Last week I presented at a leadership forum for nearly a hundred talented and aspirational women leaders. At this venue, I rallied a call to action for women to have their voices heard and valued by creating a "personal brand."

Remember "Binders of Women"?

Lynn Yeakel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Lynn Yeakel

Recently, Vision 2020 convened a group of women leaders in Pennsylvania to compile a list of names of highly qualified, accomplished women to submit to the transition team of Governor-Elect Tom Wolf.

Ideas for Increasing the Numbers of Women Tech Leaders

Kira Makagon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Technology
Kira Makagon

When I consider how to inspire other women to think about their long-term careers in technology, I want to encourage them to think big. There really is no reason more women can't reach leadership positions in tech like I have, and those of us already here can help with that.

3 Habits of Ineffective Women's Leadership Development

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

We've spent a lot of time in recent posts focusing on the best ways to approach women's leadership development. But sometimes, knowing what not to do can be as instructive as guidelines on how to do things right.

Women Are Better Leaders

Madison Lawson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Madison Lawson

Saying women or men make better leaders is an overgeneralization of a large and diverse group of individuals who have nothing in common except for claiming the same gender identity. Maybe women are better. We're not quite sure because there's been so few female leaders, compared to their male counterparts.

Another Survey Tells Us What We Already Know: Women, Especially Women Of Color, Are Not Selected to Lead Religious Organizations

Lorena Parrish | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Lorena Parrish

Black, Asian and Latina women combined barely make up 1 percent of the total number of persons in top positions. White women comprise 14 percent.