Maureen Chiquet left college as a literature major before climbing her way up the ladder of beauty and apparel companies to land a spot as Chanel's first global CEO. "My sense is, if we can begin to integrate at equal levels what many are calling now masculine leadership strengths and feminine leadership strengths, I think women will feel more comfortable, confident and natural as they climb the ranks," she said in an interview.
As a female executive, Mondelez International Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld said that it's important that the company's results "speak for themselves." Meanwhile, Rosenfeld said that the company's $2.5 billion in supply chain investments will lead to greater speed and efficiency in the future.
PepsiCo and Accenture are featured on Fairygodboss's ranking of the companies where women are happiest. The rankings accounted for factors such as gender equity and overall job satisfaction and came from the site's anonymous job reviews.
Asking questions, doing your research and staying patient are essential steps for making it in the grocery business, said Heather McDowell, founder and CEO of Tickle Water. "Know that there will be failures, but that doesn't mean YOU failed," she said.
The Skimm co-CEOs Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin have found a market for their newsletter, which keeps millennial women informed about current events. Along the way, they've faced sexism in the startup industry and have established lofty goals by looking for ways to branch out beyond their core business.
A growing number of companies are abandoning the distinction between vacation and sick days and offering employees a single quantity of paid-time-off days. The option is particularly advantageous where laws dictate a certain amount of sick time annually.
Work-life balance looks different for everyone, so women need to define it in a way that works for them personally, said Aimee Cohen, a founder of the Women on Point conference. Avoid the temptation to treat every work-related task as urgent, and recognize that professional demands may change throughout the year, she said.
Fifty-three percent of respondents to a Glassdoor survey -- 60% of women and 48% of men -- say companies should stop asking questions about salary histories during job interviews. Women may be at a disadvantage when companies ask them about previous pay because of the gender pay gap.
For diversity initiatives to be effective, they should be accompanied by explanations for their purpose to avoid alienating people, writes Candice Morgan. If one policy appears to be failing, leaders must be adept at course corrections throughout the process to maintain sight on their goals, she adds.
PepsiCo, with R/GA Chicago, has debuted an open gallery outside Lincoln Center in New York and a virtual Instagram gallery to showcase the work of female artists. The push is designed to raise awareness of the gender imbalance in the art displayed at galleries, and it includes a line of LIFEWTR bottles that feature images by female artists.
NEW members are sharing their personal workplace experiences in Our Stories, a new feature on newonline.org. This month, leaders from Albertsons, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Unilever offer their perspectives on gender equality, work/life balance as a single mom, workplace diversity, millennials and corporate culture and male mentors.
Explaining diversity's value is "insulting," blogger Livers says
"The very fact that so many people still feel the need to explain why people of difference are a good influence on organizations is, on its face, insulting," Ancella Livers, senior faculty, Center for Creative Leadership, writes in her most recent NEW blog. "Instead of indicating our worth through the business case, let's just assume we belong," Livers says.