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Women in Leadership

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 04.30.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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.

Bottom Line: It's All About Inclusion

Billie Jean King | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Billie Jean King

Ninety million people worldwide watched me step onto the tennis court to defeat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of Sexes" 41 years ago. Looking back, my victory was more than a point of athletic pride -- it was about social change, part of a growing movement that showed women were equal to men.

The Importance of On-The-Job Learning for Women

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

How much time do you spend learning on the job? If we look to the standard "70:20:10 ratio," we might think that we spend a lot more time engaging in on-the-job development opportunities than we actually do.

Women in Tech: Success Through Risk-Taking

Carolyn Adams | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women
Carolyn Adams

My employers have encouraged my interest in tech and have gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable when I've been the only female face on a team, but there are still times I struggle with speaking up about issues because I worry others will think.

To Get More Women's Names on Future Ballots, Start with College Women

Kate Farrar | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
Kate Farrar

Everyone's gearing up for the midterm elections, but AAUW and Running Start are also thinking about future ballots. And we want to see women on them.

Evangelical Nonprofits Have Dismal Record At Hiring Women Into Top Positions

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) At an organization where 45 percent of U.S. senior leaders are women, Romanita Hairston’s gender is mostly a nonissue as she oversees children...

Want to Move up the Corporate Ladder? You Need a Career Map

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

The success of your career map is contingent on having strong communications skills, self confidence and the discipline to stick to and adjust your plan as needed. My goal is to empower women to rise above the sticky floor and crash through the glass ceiling. Now, let's get started!

How Women Can Learn to Stand in Their Power -- and How Men and Companies Can Help Them

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

I think it's high time that we move beyond belaboring the challenges, and instead focus on real solutions that can help free women from this pervasive double standard in Corporate America.