Survey: Leaders may not recognize pay gap's impact | What women can do to overcome gender bias at work | Rosati's Pizza's Marla Topliff: "Don't take no for an answer"
March 28, 2017
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Survey: Leaders may not recognize pay gap's impact
Twenty-nine percent of business leaders don't consider the gender pay gap to be an issue for companies, according to a survey of senior decision makers in the UK. Only 22% of women said the pay gap was not an issue, compared to 35% of men, the survey found.
CNBC (3/21) 
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What women can do to overcome gender bias at work
It's important for women to offer feedback to one another in the workplace and to talk about difficult issues such as gender bias, according to Sallie Krawcheck, founder of Ellevest and Ellevate. Everyone in the workforce benefits when women push for change and advocate for policies such as parental leave, she said.
Forbes (3/21) 
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Rosati's Pizza's Marla Topliff: "Don't take no for an answer"
Marla Topliff, who became president of Rosati's Pizza in 1999, discusses her journey through the restaurant industry and shares her advice for aspiring female leaders. "Believe in yourself, and don't take no for an answer," she said. (3/27) 
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Women must band together to support each other
To ensure that more women move into leadership roles, upper management must make inclusion a priority and women should band together to support one another, said Stephanie Hung, CEO of Alitheia Partners. "There are some leaders who talk about diversity but their behavior doesn't reflect this, for example, they will have a team of eleven men in senior positions but only one female," she said.
CNBC (3/22) 
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Study: Demand for paid paternity leave rises
A study from the Pew Research Center finds 69% of Americans think men should have paid paternity leave, while 82% think women should have paid maternity leave. The survey also says most people think employers should pay for this benefit.
USA Today (3/23) 
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Changing workforce
Gen Z is leading the crusade for gender equality
The World Economic Forum predicts that women will not achieve economic parity with men until 2133, and The Future Laboratory's Tracey Follows notes that around just 12% of ad industry leaders are women, while they represent a mere 5% of leaders in the tech industry. Generation-Z-driven initiatives such as FutureGirlCorp and Built by Girls "are challenging the old ideas of power, of diversity, of fluidity and, of course, of privilege. And, to be truthful, they are going to bring about radical change," she writes.
Campaign US (free registration) (3/24) 
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Research: Emphasis on soft skills favors women
High-paying jobs increasingly require strong interpersonal skills, which is helping women excel in these areas, research shows. Men continue to hold the majority of these jobs, but women have seen their prospects improve, the research revealed.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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A closer look at narrowing the pay gap state by state
Extrapolating from historical trends, it could take another 42 years to close the national pay gap, according to an analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The pay gap would close the fastest in Florida and the slowest in Wyoming, where equality might not be reached until the year 2153, the analysis shows.
Fortune (3/21) 
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The female consumer
Target celebrates real bodies in Photoshop-free swimwear push
Target changes internal comms to address employee concerns
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Target is touting its swimwear with a social media campaign that features the real, un-Photoshopped images of four models to celebrate the female body in all forms.
The Associated Press (3/21),  Mashable (3/21),  Today (3/21) 
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Fashion retailer caters to women who prefer to cover up
Fashion retail startup The Modist caters to fashion fans who choose to dress modestly for religious reasons or personal preference. Designers are giving the market segment more attention -- stocks of long-sleeved tops and long dresses are up 16% this spring, retail analyst Katie Smith said.
Digiday (3/23) 
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Swimming icon Diana Nyad to keynote NEW Forum 2017
Athlete, author and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will give the closing keynote address at NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2017, Aug. 1-3 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Nyad, who swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida at age 64, will inspire and motivate 350 industry leaders at this year's NEW Forum. The invitation-only event is designed for senior leaders, vice president-level and above. To see if you qualify, contact your NEW Ambassador. Save $600 when you register by June 14.
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