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January 16, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • More women are serving as CEOs of major corporations
    Only a small percentage of the CEOs of the country's largest companies are women, but progress toward gender equality is being made. Eleven of the 20 women who lead Fortune 500 companies were selected during the past two years. Some prominent examples include Ginni Rometty, IBM's CEO, and Marissa Mayer, who was chosen in 2012 to guide Yahoo. Investopedia (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Are you Martha Stewart or Oprah Winfrey?
    Leaders need to project confidence that starts a conversation rather than shuts it down, so they should aim to be more like Oprah Winfrey than Martha Stewart, writes Thaler Pekar. Stewart's "off-putting perfectionism and certainty" is a less effective leadership approach than Winfrey's "humility and benevolent confidence," Pekar argues. "Confidence allows for curiosity, and opens us to learning and growth," she adds. Stanford Social Innovation Review/Nonprofit Management blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meg Whitman says farewell to HP's free-spending ways
    Hewlett-Packard has had a long struggle, as detailed in this analysis, and CEO Meg Whitman says the company needs to embrace frugality and humility if it's to find its path again. To that end, she's moved top executives from their plush offices into spartan cubicles, and taken to ordering cheap and cheerful food when working late. "We are a Marriott company, not the Four Seasons," she says. "This is not a fancy pants kind of company." Bloomberg Businessweek (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The story behind one woman's rise through the PGA
    Tara Guenthner got her start at The PGA of America through sheer willpower. She was told that the Ryder Cup wasn't looking for interns, but she nevertheless worked at the organization for no pay while also holding a full-time job. Guenthner, who eventually became a championship director for the PGA, now owns a company called Hipp Inspired. The Levo League (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Organizational Readiness 
  • 4 ways to build relationships that help you climb the corporate ladder
    Even if you're a key contributor at your company, you risk being passed over for promotions if you ignore workplace politics, writes Bonnie Marcus. For this reason, you should focus on networking and seek out mentors and sponsors. "[W]omen don't think using personal connections to get ahead is the right thing to do and that holds them back from leveraging relationships that will help them advance," she writes. Forbes (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways for women to get ahead in business
    Women are succeeding in the classroom, but many are still having a hard time reaching the highest levels of business leadership, write Whitney Johnson and Tara Mohr. Women need to become comfortable with self-promotion and to question the status quo in order to succeed in the business world, they write. "To become an all-star, you need to develop a new skill: you need to learn how to challenge and influence authority, rather than simply giving the authority figures what they want." Harvard Business Review online (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • Suggestions to help U.S. companies build gender-diverse boards
    Women continue to hold a relatively small percentage of board seats in the U.S., even though companies with more women have been shown to outperform their less-diverse peers, writes Karyn L. Twaronite of Ernst & Young. "US companies can further support helping to increase the number of women candidates and board members by advancing women at all levels," she writes. Among other things, it's important for company boards to consider whether term limits might help create more diversity, she writes. Forbes (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research finds growing number of women in tech leadership roles
    The landscape in technology is changing rapidly for women, suggests Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, managing director of the Apollo Research Institute. More women are ignoring traditional paths into marketing, for example, and instead are becoming entrepreneurs and programmers, she says in this interview. One reason, she explains, is that young women are being inspired by seeing their mothers and other women start to break down gender stereotypes in the tech world. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WFF News 
  • Join us for a LIVE Success Talk with author Simon Sinek
    Simon Sinek is an optimist and renowned thought leadership expert. On Feb. 1, he will discuss a topic from his upcoming book release, "What Do We Do Now?" Participate in this live interactive webinar for an opportunity to hear his newest thoughts and ideas that will inspire you. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register today for WFF Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 18
    Join International Franchise Association President and CEO Stephen Caldeira and Women's Foodservice Forum President and CEO Fritzi Woods at the IFA conference for a panel discussion. Accelerate your leadership development with an interactive panel of strategic leaders focusing on "The Power of Driving for Results." Learn insights on how they have successfully addressed some of their most critical business challenges during difficult economic times. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette,
French novelist and performer

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