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December 26, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Powerful women who made an impact in 2012
    Many women have had an impact on global politics and current affairs in 2012, writes Robert Nolan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won some diplomatic victories, and she is well-positioned for a presidential run in 2016 if she so chooses, he writes. Meanwhile, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., has attracted attention related to the controversy over a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. News & World Report/World Report blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership at Work 
  • 6 reasons women make great leaders
    Women should be confident in their ability to lead successfully, write Sharon Hadary and Laura Henderson. Female bosses tend to have strong values, a multifaceted view of the world, and an ability to create shared values and vision and generate trust among employees. "The message to all women is 'Lead boldly. Lead like a woman!' " they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Companies make slow progress toward gender parity
    Women have made some progress in reaching the highest levels of business leadership, but momentum remains slow, according to a report by Catalyst. Among other findings, the report reveals that 16.6% of company directors at Fortune 500 companies are women, up slightly from 16.1% in 2011. "The lack of progress toward closing this gender leadership gap is, to put it frankly, troubling," said Rachel Soares, lead author of the report. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11), CNNMoney/Fortune/Postcards blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's really behind gender imbalance in the business world
    Women tend to talk about what women can do to address gender imbalances in the business world, but business leaders understand that the disparity is more about policies and management practices, writes Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of 20-first. "Every women's network, every additional dollar spent in coaching and mentoring women, every women's conference, is just another way of avoiding the real issues and adding another whip to blame the ladies," she writes. "And as soon as you suggest this to the guys who run the place, they ruefully admit it's true." Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why being liked is overrated
    Many people -- especially women -- want to be liked, but they might have to learn to overcome this desire if they want to achieve their professional goals, Jessica Valenti writes. "[T]he more successful you are -- or the stronger, the more opinionated -- the less you will be generally liked. ... But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it," she writes. The Nation/Jessica Valenti blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 8 steps to adding a skill to your toolbox
    Learning new skills is important for advancing in the business world, but you should make sure you have chosen an attainable goal and you are willing to put in the work necessary to achieve it, experts say. "Many people implicitly believe that if you have to work hard at something, it means you lack ability. This is rubbish," Joseph Weintraub of Babson College says. You can determine how best to learn an ability by examining the techniques that have worked for you in the past, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson says. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  From College to Career 
  • Job seekers: Internships could be your best ticket to employment
    About 69% of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time positions to their interns this year, according to a new survey of more than 7,300 students, recent graduates and human resources and recruitment professionals. "These results tell us that at a time when 54% of recent graduates are unemployed or underemployed, the best chance you have as a student not to be part of that statistic is to do an internship," said Stuart Lander of, which conducted the survey. Forbes/Leadership blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MBA Outlook 
  • MBA mystery: Why aren't women making as much as men?
    Women who graduated from top business schools were making only 2% less than their male classmates in 2002, but the gap has since widened, research shows. Career choices and demographic factors may be contributing to the trend. Women tend to take the Graduate Management Admission Test at a younger age and leave business school without as much work experience, said Michelle Sparkman-Renz of the Graduate Management Admission Council. Bloomberg Businessweek/Getting In blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When IT meets MBA
    An MBA can help tech executives, but it may not guarantee a fast track to a promotion or higher salary, experts say. "We're seeing in many cases a lot of less technical but very business savvy CIOs being hired, and the MBA is a very strong lead for companies that are looking for a business-savvy approach to technology," says Jack Cullen of IT staffing specialist Modis. Cullen says tech pros who aren't interested in moving into the business side of the enterprise may not find the advanced degree as useful. Network World (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Women of the World 
  • What does 2013 have in store for businesswomen?
    Women control a large percentage of household income, but many businesses lack women on their company boards, writes Wendy Tan White of Moonfruit. However, powerful women such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer have climbed the corporate ladder, and Microsoft has recently placed women in senior roles. "The question in 2013 will be how many other tech businesses, particularly those with a large and agile female customer base, will see women business leaders coming through at [the] C-suite level," she writes. Women 2.0 blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report links female board members, better company performance
    A Credit Suisse Research Institute report found that companies with women on the board of directors posted average net-income growth over the past six years of 14%, compared with a 10% average for companies that had no women on the board. Another report, by Ernst & Young, found that 17% of S&P 500 companies have women on their boards this year. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups work to help women become angel investors
    Women are still underrepresented among the ranks of angel investors, but organizations such as Golden Seeds and the Pipeline Fellowship are working to change that, writes Sarah Granger of PublicEdge. "As the number of women angel investors increases, so should the number of successful women founders, growing the pool of potential future angel investors, completing the cycle of growth moving forward," she writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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