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October 24, 2012
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  • Study: Companies with female executives are more likely to succeed
    Startup companies with more women in senior positions are more likely to achieve success, according to a study by Dow Jones VentureSource. One caveat: Companies with female CEOs didn't perform as well, the study found. Women remain significantly underrepresented -- even in the successful startups, only 7% of the executives were women. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership at Work 
  • 10 steps to building a profitable personal brand
    Professionals can make more money with less effort by being themselves and building a strong personal brand, Michelle Villalobos said this month at the National Association of Women Business Owners Women's Business Conference. "You want to be a celebrity in your field so that people are asking for you by name," she said. "When you're top of mind in your field, you get more referrals." Setting up a great website, blogging and using social media are all key to building a brand that people will recognize, she explained. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women may be their own worst enemies in the world of business
    When it comes to getting ahead in business, women may be their own worst enemies, writes Cerian Jenkins. In an Oxygen Media poll, 65% of women who responded said they resented other women who are in power, or who act like they are. Feelings of competition and resentment among women mean they may sabotage each other. "This pervading culture of comparison could work for the positive; but only if women start treating the issue as one of a non-gendered meritocracy and use it to healthily fuel their own and other women's ambitions," Jenkins concludes. The Huffington Post (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to blow your own horn
    It's critically important for aspiring leaders to be able to talk about their successes without sounding like they're bragging or over-hyping their achievements, writes Dana Theus. "Everyone benefits from learning to do this well, but research shows that these skills can be particularly helpful to women in developing their careers," she notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New to business travel? Here's what you need to know
    You shouldn't let your travel schedule get in the way of work activities while on a business trip, writes Matthew Swyers of The Trademark Co. "[I]f your presentation or meetings are scheduled until four in the afternoon, don't book a 5 o'clock flight," he advises. "Nothing says you aren't important to me like leaving a meeting early to catch a flight." It's also important to charge your mobile devices whenever possible, to search for travel deals on the Internet and to participate in membership rewards programs. Inc. online/The Trademark Advocate blog (free registration) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Get a jump start on your MBA application and build a winning MBA application with Forté's new MBALaunch Program! Forté MBALaunch is a hands-on 10-month program for women intending to pursue an MBA degree. MBALaunch provides guidance, resources and ongoing feedback on the application process, including a one-day launch event, monthly webinars, peer group meetings and one-on-one feedback from an experienced adviser. If you live in New York City or Washington, D.C., learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From College to Career 
  • Class of 2013 to find improved job market
    A recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds its members plan to hire 13% more new college graduates in 2013 than they did this year. The report finds a particular demand for graduates with degrees in finance, computer and information science and accounting. The Washington Post (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips to help students land an internship
    Landing an internship is increasingly competitive, says author Anita Bruzzese. In this column, she offers several tips to help college students get a leg up on the competition, including being proactive, doing research on companies, working to stand out from the pack and following up after making a first impression. She also suggests students ask questions and ensure they are adding value. USA Today/Gannett News Service (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MBA Outlook 
  • Harvard marks 50th anniversary of admitting women into its MBA program
    Women were first allowed into Harvard Business School's two-year MBA program about 50 years ago, and they now account for about 40% of the school's entering class. "As we mark this 50th year, I hope that we will, in a very profound way, continue to change the role of women in business," said Dean Nitin Nohria. Among the school's notable alumnae are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Angie's List founder Angie Hicks and Rent the Runway co-founder Jennifer Hyman. BostInno (Boston) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A specialized MBA could serve as a launching pad for your career
    Specialized MBA programs are growing, with more schools partnering with companies to develop a pipeline of talent with certain industry skills, writes Matt Symonds, chief editor of MBA50.com. "If your heart is set on working in luxury goods, real estate, or energy management, the specialized business degree could be the perfect springboard, despite the latent risk of finding yourself pigeonholed when an industry downturn forces you to look outside your chosen sector," he writes. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Women of the World 
  • 1 billion women are set to shake up your company
    One billion women will enter the global workforce during the next decade, with potentially enormous consequences for companies and national economies, writes Booz researcher DeAnne Aguirre. That "third billion" will have as great an effect as the economic ascent of India and China's billion-plus populations, Aguirre argues. "Once these women begin to earn positions of leadership, they will change the economic potential and corporate culture of the world's most esteemed organizations," she asserts. CNNMoney/Fortune/Most Powerful Women blog (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What will drive women at the polls?
    When women vote in November, will economic or social issues drive their vote? asks David Wessel. Statistics indicate that the recession was not as tough on women but that the recovery has been harder, with unemployment for women rising from 6.5% in January 2009 to 7.0% in September of this year. Still, women remain more optimistic about the economy and tend to favor President Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It's never been done doesn't mean it can't be done."
--Kathy Ireland, supermodel turned super mogul, as quoted by SmartBlog on Leadership

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