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February 20, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • 4 tips for women who want to reach the top
    If you want to rise to the highest levels of business leadership, start by making sure you've picked an industry that fits your lifestyle, writes Sonya Brown of Norwest Venture Partners. "[K]now what you are getting yourself into regarding the demands of time, energy and travel," she recommends. Make sure your family is supportive of your goals, and be willing to blend your personal and professional lives, she writes. VentureBeat (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • Is someone else telling your story?
    If you don't advocate your goals and desires, someone else may define your "career narrative," and you'll wind up in jobs you don't like, write Heidi K. Gardner and Adam Zalisk. "By disseminating your story, you can give people a far more accurate view of who you are, which can avert potentially crippling coordination challenges, interpersonal friction, and misunderstandings down the road," they write. Bloomberg (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take ownership of your career
    Professionals headed toward becoming great leaders will reach an inflection point in their careers where they adopt an "owner's mindset," writes leadership coach Amy Jen Su. To get closer to this point, take full responsibility for everything that happens to you and start bringing a unique vision and energy to work projects. Start asking yourself, "if I were the partner or appointed lead, what call would I make?" she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understand your management style to become a better leader
    Some leaders prefer to take charge of the decision-making process by using an autocratic or paternalistic management style, writes Lee Polevoi. Others would rather give their employees more responsibility by acting as democratic or laissez-faire managers. "By better understanding which kind of manager you are, you can adapt or modify your style as necessary and cultivate the most effective work environment for you and your employees," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Organizational Readiness 
  • What factors are preventing women's advancement?
    Companies have to determine what factors are inhibiting women's rise to the top before they can get more women into leadership positions, writes Kathy Caprino of Ellia Communications. Among other things, women may be held back by company cultures that marginalize them, don't allow them to be themselves and don't mesh with familial concerns, she writes. As organizations pursue change, women can also make a difference by "step[ping] up to their fullest potential to claim the leadership authority they want," she writes. Forbes (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Class examines how more women can become business leaders
    A new class at Harvard Business School examines the low number of women on corporate boards with an emphasis on how to fix the problem. One strategy, says Boris Groysberg, the professor who created the class, is for women to establish more relationships with clients, sources, suppliers and others outside the organization for which they work. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • Widening pay gap could increase pressure for equality
    The wage gap between women and men working full time rose slightly in 2012 from the previous year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The widening of the pay gap could help build momentum to address the problem, writes Meghan Casserly. Forbes (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WFF News 
  • WFF goes to the White House
    The WFF and 30 women executives from the foodservice industry are heading to the White House today to meet with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and senior policy adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives. Other members of the president's staff will brief the delegation on the administration's jobs and economic priorities, as well as domestic policy issues related to immigration and education.

    The visit is part of WFF's continued efforts to elevate the mission, purpose and goals of the organization: to advance women leaders. The briefing will provide a unique opportunity for top corporate leaders to start a two-way dialogue with the White House about issues that affect women in the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • And the winner of the 2013 Leadership Award is ...
    Congratulations to Kathy Walters, executive vice president of the consumer products group at Georgia-Pacific, who is receiving the 2013 Leadership Award. Kathy is the senior executive leading the company's consumer products businesses, which include the largest retail and commercial tissue and tabletop businesses in North America, with 80 locations and 15,000 employees. Among the company's familiar consumer brands are Quilted Northern® and Angel Soft® bath tissue and Brawny® paper towels. Commercial brands include enMotion® touchless towel dispensers and Dixie® tableware. As a senior leader, Kathy advances the organization's culture through the company's Market Based Management® Guiding Principles, including "Respect" -- treating others with honesty, dignity, respect and sensitivity; appreciating the value of diversity; and encouraging and practicing teamwork. She is actively involved in succession planning, helping ensure that women and minorities are provided opportunities across Georgia-Pacific. She also is an advocate of the WFF and participates in programs and events for the organization. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
Many organizations still make women 'wrong' (consciously or subconsciously) for their priorities and styles that clash with the dominant culture."
--Career and executive coach Kathy Caprino, writing at Forbes

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