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February 13, 2013
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  • What Facebook's COO can teach you about success
    Both men and women can learn from Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's upcoming book, "Lean In," which emphasizes the importance of being bold and taking charge in the business world, writes Sharon Poczter. Sandberg's book can help professional women avoid missteps and adopt behaviors that can help them climb the corporate ladder, Poczter writes. Forbes (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Creating a pipeline of women leaders
    Building diverse teams offers clear business benefits, yet many companies still lack women in leadership positions, writes Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer Latin America. Companies can address this problem by building cultures that support diversity; meanwhile, women should construct strong networks and "learn to speak up and become their own advocate," she writes. The Huffington Post (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What do senior-level women want?
    Women aren't less ambitious than men, but they often define success differently, argues Henna Inam. This has implications for organizations looking to develop and retain women in senior-level positions. "It's not just about the next position in the hierarchy. It's about contribution to something they personally care about," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Organizational Readiness 
  • What's the right way to recruit more women?
    Most users of the online marketplace Etsy are women, but a few years ago, men dominated the company's engineering staff. The business has since added more women to its technical ranks, but in this article, Meghan Casserly questions whether its methods for doing so are the right ones. Forbes (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why "5" is a magic number in networking
    Five exceptional connections are all you need to have a long and successful career, says Brian Fetherstonhaugh, CEO of OgilvyOne. "[D]on't confuse those high-impact people you will meet in career heaven with Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections," he said. "It is not a quantity game; it's a quality game." Forbes (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • Why older women are staying in the workforce
    The number of women working past age 65 has grown significantly since the late 1970s, and older women are expected to account for one of the most rapidly growing shares of the workforce in the next few years. The economy may be part of the reason, but some women, after facing roadblocks earlier in their careers, just don't want to quit. "They've reached the peak of their careers and don't want to stop, even if their husbands have retired," said Elizabeth Fideler, a research fellow at Boston College's Sloan Center on Aging & Work. NBC News/Reuters (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Enroll NOW for the WFF Executive Leadership Program!
    The program was developed by the WFF with the Kellogg School of Management to provide foodservice industry future leaders the opportunity to build their leadership skills and propel their career growth. This unique program offers the opportunity to learn from the renowned Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management faculty and to refine leadership and executive-level management skills.

    Participants will be better prepared for the demands of high-level company roles and will have the opportunity to review case studies to learn to address tomorrow's business challenges. The program also offers exclusive attendance to WFF events with presentations from top industry and business leaders and helps participants build strategic relationships with foodservice industry future leaders. Read complete details about the Executive Leadership Program. The next session will begin March 5. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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