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February 6, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • Claim leadership for yourself, Lululemon CEO says
    You have to be ready to step up and take charge if you want to lead in the business world, according to Christine Day, CEO of Lululemon Athletica. "[W]e sometimes wait to be anointed, and we also wait until somebody says we've earned it or we've proven it, instead of just really claiming it for ourselves," she said. Yahoo/CNBC (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • The keys to developing a strong executive presence
    Research has found that people need to exhibit "executive presence" to rise through the ranks in the business world. In particular, you'll need strong communication skills and the ability to stay calm and make good decisions when the pressure is on. How you dress is also a factor in developing a strong executive presence, but it's not the most important one. Business Insider (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Mashable's COO made her way to the top
    During her time at Mashable, Sharon Feder has gone from editorial assistant to chief operating officer, with a number of stops along the way. "A lot of my advancement within Mashable has been tied to my ability to identify creative solutions for growth throughout the company and to execute on them at each level," she explained. Women who want to follow in her footsteps should look for opportunities to take on additional responsibilities, she said. Forbes (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Wildfire's CEO learned to be a more forceful leader
    Victoria Ransom, CEO of Wildfire, says she doesn't believe in creating hierarchies and that authority should come from gaining respect, not from mere seniority. Still, she says, a pragmatic approach to leadership is often necessary. "People do want you to be a leader and they want someone to tell them that things are OK. One of the things I've learned is to just step up a bit more," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways to conquer the urge to micromanage
    Micromanagers are often seen as incapable of leading or collaborating, Anita Bruzzese writes. She provides several ways to break nitpicky habits, such as supporting others as they accomplish tasks "even if they approach it differently than you do." The Fast Track (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Organizational Readiness 
  • 9 ways to get through the mid-20s career blues
    If you feel like you've hit a career slump in your mid-20s, try inspiring yourself by watching TEDtalks, or have coffee with a mentor or try to reach out to someone new, Justine Rivero writes. The 20-somethings have a "unique ability to keep hustling above and beyond whatever hits us -- job market, economy, even ourselves sometimes," she writes. "The time to take risks and brace the fall is now. Succeed or die." The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do you have a network that can paddle?
    You don't have to know everything if you have a strong professional network -- you just have to know someone who knows more than you do, Harvey Mackay writes. "[I]f you are ever up the proverbial creek, if you have a network, you always have a paddle. ... Just remember, the more you exercise your networking muscles, the stronger they get and the easier networking becomes," he writes. American City Business Journals/Baltimore (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • Where in the U.S. do women earn the most money?
    Washington, D.C., is the U.S. city with the highest salary for women, according to an analysis of census data. The median income for women working full time in D.C. is $57,128. Also among the 20 cities where women earn the most are Trenton, N.J., and Napa, Calif. In all but a handful of the cities that were analyzed, women make less money than men do. "This is astonishing because it's a like-for-like comparison, as the data only includes women and men who have worked full time, year-round in the past 12 months," said Stephanie Wei of NerdWallet. Forbes (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WFF News 
  • WFF welcomes keynote speaker Erica Orange!
    We are excited to announce and welcome Erica Orange, vice president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown Inc., as a keynote speaker at the Annual Leadership Conference. Erica frequently lectures about future trends for corporate, organizational and academic audiences. She has also authored several articles and white papers on various social, technological, economic, demographic and political trends, and her chapter titled "Understanding the Human/Machine Interface in a Time of Change" was recently published in the Handbook of Research on Technoself. She is a columnist for Yahoo! Sports' online magazine and a blogger for The World Future Society, SheCreatesChange and Webgrrls International. Learn more about the Leadership Conference, April 14 to 17 in Orlando, Fla. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mark your calendars and join WFF March 19 in Redondo Beach, Calif.
    WFF Regional Connects offer an unparalleled opportunity to connect with women and men in the foodservice industry. During the event, we will discuss the topic "Driving for Results" and discover how to effectively leverage "Driving for Results" behaviors to drive key business strategies. Join us for an afternoon of leadership development. Register now, as space is limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you're going to be wrong, be wrong for something you believe in."
--Christine Day, CEO of Lululemon Athletica, quoted by Yahoo/CNBC

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