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1. How Campbell's chief exec and her CEO sister got to the top

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Leadership skills run in the family for Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison, whose sister, Maggie Wilderotter, became CEO of Frontier Communications in 2006. The sisters said companies need to do a better job of retaining women, but Morrison said female employees also need to be proactive about forming relationships and finding sponsors. "Women need to think about where they've been, where they are, where they're going and how they're going to get there," she said. CNNMoney (03/26)


2. Female execs share tips for rising in the corporate ranks

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

While serving in a senior human resources role in a male-dominated company, Mara Swan decided not to act and dress like a man. Swan, executive vice president of global strategy and talent at ManpowerGroup and brand leader for Right Management, also refuses to stand by silently when a man restates her idea as his own. Other female executives recommend not letting inexperience and fear of failure stand in the way of promotions, and they emphasize the importance of maintaining a pipeline of talented women. Fast Company online (04/17)


3. Focus on growth, big-picture goals when switching careers

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

When pursuing a new career, stay focused on expanding the skills you already have and adding new ones, recommends Sarah Kauss, CEO and co-founder of S'well. Also, keep thinking about your long-term goals and how your latest position fits in. "Whether your new role turns out to be a hit or a miss, knowing how it fits into the bigger picture can help ease the stress of creating a new path," Kauss writes. Fortune (04/18)


4. Report: Women are entering less lucrative fields

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Women have experienced a declining share of employment in many of the highest-paying jobs since 2001, according to a report by CareerBuilder. "From 2004 to 2014, 5.6 million more women than men obtained college degrees, but when you look at majors that men pursue, they are majors that lead to higher-paying jobs," said Jennifer Grasz, CareerBuilder's vice president of communications. CBS MoneyWatch (03/26)


5. Advance your career by looking for new projects

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Fortune (04/13)


6. Analysis: Women make more than men in some cities

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

NerdWallet (04/07)


7. Harvard MBA program targets women's colleges

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Harvard Business School is reaching out to students and recent graduates at women-only colleges through a new program called Peek. The program will give 70 to 80 participants the chance to learn more about the MBA degree during a series of presentations and discussions held at the school in June. The MBA degree is often misunderstood, officials say, and the program will help paint a clearer picture for potential applicants. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (04/08)


8. Should you do a pre-MBA internship?

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Getting an internship the summer before beginning an MBA program might be a good move if you are trying to switch from one career path to another, writes Stacy Blackman. This type of internship might not be right for everyone, but it can give you the chance to learn more about an industry and strengthen your credentials for when recruiters come to campus. U.S. News & World Report (04/17)


9. No leader develops without a little risk

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (04/09)


10. Why a career path does not need to be forever

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Graduating with a particular college major doesn't mean being locked into the same career for life, business leader Jennifer Davis writes in this commentary. She offers advice for those in the early stages of a career. "Don't be afraid to take a leap and do something new, pursue your interests and have those take you in a different direction," she writes. WomenOnBusiness.com (04/18)




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