Procter & Gamble, Deloitte and Accenture were ranked among the top five companies for multicultural women, according to Working Mother. The CEOs of the top companies tend to meet regularly with a diversity executive and provide annual diversity updates to the board, according to the ranking.
Alex and Ani founder and CEO Carolyn Rafaelian was born into the jewelry business and launched her line from the basement of her dad's Rhode Island bauble factory, turning recycled metal into bangles that are blessed by holy men. The brand has captivated the imagination of authenticity-seeking consumers and made Rafaelian the country's only jewelry industry billionaire.
Ralph Lauren has hired Patrice Louvet as its new CEO, succeeding Stefan Larsson, who left the company in February after one year. Louvet, who will take the reins on July 17, formerly headed Procter & Gamble's global beauty division.
Sarah Kauss started S'well after recognizing that there would be a market for a better water bottle, and now the company's products are available in 65 countries. Kauss, who worked in consulting and commercial real estate before starting her company, said she "used every single thing that I learned in those careers and the different experiences made me have the confidence to do what I do right now."
Longtime Coca-Cola veteran Hendrik Steckhan is retiring from his role as president of USA Operations and will be replaced by company marketing vet Stuart Kronauge, whose new title is business unit president of USA Operations and senior vice president of marketing for Coca-Cola North America. The company also named Jim Dinkins president of the Minute Maid business unit, while Mel Landis, who previously held that role, will take a new position as CCNA's senior vice president of business transformation.
Kimberly-Clark recruits and retains millennials by appealing to factors such as their desire for work/life integration, writes Sue Dodsworth, the company's chief diversity officer. Kimberly-Clark likes to emphasize its sustainability efforts and other benefits when recruiting, she writes.
Failure to negotiate starting salaries and pay increases is costing women up to $1.5 million in lost lifetime earnings, research has found, with 56% of men and 38% of women reporting comfort negotiating salary bumps. One reason women may avoid pushing for higher salaries is they are less likely to see results than men who negotiate pay.
REI is focusing on women and girls with its Force of Nature initiative, which includes highlighting women in its marketing, a $1 million commitment to organizations that support women in the outdoors, and hosting experiences and adventures across the country for women.
Perky Jerky has been able to successfully court female consumers in the traditionally male-dominated jerky space, according to founder and CEO Brian Levin. The trend towards healthy snacking has pushed several brands to offer more handcrafted brands, including Perky Jerky, which will be unveiling its 100% grass-fed beef jerky at the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo this week.
Three hundred senior leaders will strategize at NEW Forum
More than 300 senior-level executives are expected to explore the "daring future" at the NEW Executive Leaders Forum, Aug. 1-3 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Forum will examine gender equality, transformative leadership, technological breakthroughs and talent diversity. Participants will "network and share strategies to transform themselves, the workplace and the world," according to NEW. Contact your NEW Ambassador to request an invitation. Save $600 when you register by June 14.
NEW trains upward-bound women in Amsterdam
Eighteen women executives gained insights from six professional coaches during the NEW Executive Institute's international learning session April 30-May 5 in Amsterdam. "The week was designed to foster meaningful conversations [and] transformational moments," NEW Board member Dorria Ball of Global Ballance Group said. Applications for NEW Executive Institute 2018 will be accepted this fall. See Facebook album.