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On May 9, 200 women leaders gathered at the Forbes Women’s Summit. This wasn’t a conference about advancing women. It was a conference about women advancing the world, and in doing so, redefining the rules of power. With video appearances from Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg and live discussions with Janet Napolitano; designers Donna Karan and Tory Burch; Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE; and Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont, among others, we heard stories of how women are redefining power.[…] Continue Reading »
At Davos 2013, there was buzz about only 17% of the attendees being women. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg advised women to “lean in” (her book by the same name is coming out in March). She advises women to stop second-guessing themselves and have more confidence in their abilities.
I agree. Except that I see a lot of senior-level women who are corporate drop-outs actually leaning in.[…] Continue Reading »
With women comprising almost 50% of the workforce and attaining almost 70% of the advanced degrees in this country, they aren’t just influencing the workplace — they’re shaping it. This is good news.
Women can bring a different sensibility to work. They arrive ready to participate, eager to be part of a team, wired to care about the company’s product or service.[…] Continue Reading »
For many years, we’ve known intuitively that having women in top leadership positions means superior organizational performance. Today, a body of data from prestigious research organizations documents the positive impact women leaders have on their organizations.
- Pepperdine University reported that businesses with more women in leadership reported better financial results than those with fewer women leaders.
- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the only high predictor of a group’s creativity and effectiveness was the number of women in the group.
“Start Something” was the theme throughout the NAWBO Women’s Business Conference, and it was clear during the “Start Furthering Women Entrepreneurs” panel that recognition in this area has already begun. Organizations including PNC Bank, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club and the Tory Burch Foundation are moving ahead on internal and external initiatives.
“Companies are realizing that engaging women makes good business sense,” said moderator Susan Davis, who is chairwoman of Susan Davis International strategic communications firm and Vital Voices, a nongovernmental organization that identifies and trains female leaders around the world.[…] Continue Reading »