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Susan Bulkeley Butler is CEO of the SBB Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and the author of two books, Become the CEO of You, Inc. and Women Count: A Guide To Changing the World. She was the first professional female employee of Arthur Andersen & Co. and the first woman partner of its consulting organization, now known as Accenture. She also was managing partner for Accenture's Office of the CEO; served on Accenture's Executive Committee and as president of the Accenture Foundation. She also has served as a board member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and Purdue University's board of trustees and is a member of the Leadership Circle of Vision 2020, a national initiative to advance women's economic and social equality.

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In Business: A Path to Equality Through Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Here's one way to get around the gender inequality barrier in business: Go around it, and start your own company.

You won't be alone: A recent study shows that women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men.

Between 1997-2014, the number of women-owned businesses rose...

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Women's History Month: Time to Start Changing the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:47 PM

With March being Women's History Month (and Saturday, March 8 being International Women's Day), there's no better time to assess where women are in the workplace.

By any measure, we've come a long way.

Women now run some of the most cutting-edge companies in America, from IBM...

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How to Address the Embarrassing Issue of Pay Inequity

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:18 PM

On Jan. 29, 2009, President Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was supposed to put an end to pay discrimination based on gender, race, religion or disability. Named after a former Goodyear tire supervisor who was paid less and...

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At Davos and Beyond, Leadership on Gender Equality Starts at the Top

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:01 PM

More than 2,000 businesses and political and societal leaders are convening at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to consider and promote ways to make the world a better place.

But here's the problem: Half of the world's population -- women -- will be vastly underrepresented at the...

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GM's Mary Barra: Inspirational, But Also Unfortunately Still An Anomaly

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:50 PM

Ever since the days of Henry Ford, few industries have been more male-dominated at the executive level than the auto industry.

Former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz fittingly titled his recent book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business. When it comes to top...

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What's your Goal: Senior Executive, CEO, Board Member (or All of the Above)?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:56 PM

Much has been written -- by myself and others -- about the need for companies to add more women to their senior leadership teams and their corporate boards.

In the United States, women fill fewer than 17 percent of leadership positions and corporate board seats -- even though we...

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How Janet Yellen's Path at The Federal Reserve Holds Lessons for Us All

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Amid all the news coverage about the first woman ever nominated to run the Federal Reserve, the headline in the Washington Post stood out:

"For Janet Yellen, Obama's Federal Reserve Nominee, Quiet Patience Paid Off."

The story goes on to point out how Yellen did not press or...

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California Leading Way for Women on Corporate Boards

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:48 AM

California is known as a trendsetter for the rest of the country.

Is the Golden State now setting a new trend for women in the corporate boardroom?

We should all hope so.

Just before adjourning recently, lawmakers in California overwhelmingly voted to pass legislation formally encouraging corporations to add more...

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Why I'd Like to Buy Muhtar Kent a Coke

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Putting women in more leadership positions is a bottom-line benefit for businesses.

Women, after all, account for 85 percent of all U.S. consumer purchases. They control more than 60 percent of all personal wealth in the country. And they own more than half of all stock in U.S. companies.

So,...

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On the Path to Equality, Another Step Along the Way

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:28 PM

We just passed an historic marker on the path to equality.

Care to guess what it was?

Given the worthy attention, it's not surprising if you guessed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

But there is another anniversary that just passed too.

August...

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Inequity In Women's Pay: We're (Partly) to Blame

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:00 PM

It's no secret that women are paid less than men.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women on average get 77 cents for every $1 a man is paid.

But it turns out pay inequity extends right up to the top rung of corporate America.

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NSF Nominee Dr. France Cordova A Role Model For Women In STEM

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers are among the best paying, most promising careers of all.

So why aren't more women in STEM careers?

Partly, it's because we have so few role models. Women just don't see other women doing STEM jobs (which by the way typically...

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Using Our Wallets to Open Corporate Boards to Women

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 7:03 PM

Way too many of us have been talking way too long about the need for corporate boards of directors to add more women.

Maybe it's time to quit talking and time to start putting more pressure on these companies with our wallets.

Institutional investors are beginning to do just that.

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Time For Action on Gender Equality on Corporate Boards

(12) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:54 PM

When it comes to improving gender equality on corporate boards, two of the world's most economically important countries just declared it's time for more action.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel recently announced her party will push for a policy to require companies' boards of directors to include at...

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History in the Making: Women's History Month Reminds Us Why We Must Keep Working For Equality

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 2:48 PM

At Daytona, Danica Patrick makes the record books. In Silicon Valley, Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg make waves. And on PBS, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," makes all of us think about the importance of women in society.

What a great way to start Women's History Month!

I know I,...

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Changing the Portrayal of Women in the Media

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 6:26 PM

The Wall Street Journal chronicles America's best practices which provide the pipeline for business innovation.

So why, then, does the Journal seem so stuck in the past in the way it portrays women in the workplace and in advocating for equality in the business world?

I recently purused the Wall...

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For Women's Equality, Some Positive Developments

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 4:08 PM

President Obama has been getting plenty of much-warranted attention for the dwindling diversity of his cabinet. Three female cabinet officials are on the way out of the administration, and President Obama has so far tapped men and only men to replace them and fill other vacancies as well.

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For Women and the Economy, A New Year, New Opportunities: What Would Warren Buffett Do?

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 11:35 AM

A new year comes with new opportunities, new optimism -- and new chances for us to make things right.

Nowhere is this more tangible right now than in the U.S. economy and in politics, where we're struggling with fiscal cliffs and financial deficits, stubbornly stagnant unemployment and a stock market...

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Women in the Boardroom: Time for Real Change

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:02 PM

The world may be changing, but for women at the highest echelons of the business world, change apparently comes slowly.

Women fill just 14 percent of corporate board seats at S&P 1500 companies, up only three percentage points from 2006, according to a report just out from accounting...

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A Holiday Message for Obama

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:02 AM

It was the holiday season, and a new president and his young family had recently moved into the White House. I was home with family during a break from my first year at Purdue University.

Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition that year of selecting a theme for...

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