Many women of my generation grew up learning to be quiet. We were told when we were young that children were meant to be seen, not heard. Then, with the start of the Vietnam War and the Women's Movement, we started to see the value of having a voice and having that voice heard.
Leaders matter and training new leaders in higher education is an obligation those of us presently leading should take seriously. What follows are a few of the questions from UNLV and my written responses, reflective of what I answered "live."
Our girlfriends are the family we choose -- they are our support system, sharing everything from breakups to breakthroughs. Whether they are inspiring us, coaching us or cheering us on, our girlfriends use their words and actions to bring out the very best in us.
What I really want is for women to be part of the story from the outset, and for the world to know that they've been there all along. It's been a long time coming, for women to openly serve, but it's also part of a deep-seated tradition in this country.
As an anti-rape activist, I propose taking a look at our sisters in the labor movement and learning by example to build our constituencies and gain momentum on difficult and long-ignored workplace violence issues.
In an open, social and interdependent economy, the skills and competencies required for leading are changing. In other words, this is more about leadership style -- the skills and competencies that corporate America rewards -- as opposed to gender.
Now with Gov. Chafee declining to seek reelection, the spotlight will be on Rhode Island to seek if the next governor will continue the momentum of making gender-balanced appointments. Why is gender balance important?
Would you believe I've had personal conversations with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Gwen Ifill, Jeremy Irons and Suze Orman? That's right -- tiny, intimate conversations. All because I got up at a microphone and asked a question.
Yes, we need more women in Davos. But the bigger picture in gender equality is that we need more women in every facet of public leadership, from corporate boardrooms to the halls of parliament to the airwaves of mass media.
I think one of the myths about mentoring is that it's about a person standing in front of you, holding your hand and guiding the way. In reality, I believe it's about the person who's ready to stand behind you, who believes in your vision and is ready to help you move forward.
Since women have known and done this all along, their winning strategy is not to try to be more like men, but to be authentically themselves. They just need to do a better job of telling the world what they are doing and, well, why.