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January 30, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • How to cut through stress like a Hollywood director
    If you want to learn how to deal with stressful situations, pay attention to the example set by Kathryn Bigelow, who has drawn scrutiny for her movie "Zero Dark Thirty." Bigelow's behavior illustrates the importance of staying calm, maintaining your sense of humor and being confident, writes Dina Gachman. "Bigelow stands her ground and says that she's proud of her work and of the film," Gachman notes. Forbes (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • By serving in combat, more women will rise in business
    The end of the military's ban on women in combat will likely lead more women veterans to enter the world of entrepreneurship, writes Bill Murphy Jr. "Opening the combat arms to women likely means more women will wind up serving in the military as a whole, so expect to see more female veterans launching new businesses in the years ahead," he writes. In addition, allowing women in combat will pave the way for women to take more leadership roles in the military and in the defense industry, he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What the best women leaders have in common
    The best women leaders aren't just lucky; they're often confident, visionary individuals who are able to persevere when problems arise, experts say. "[I]f you are first in, last out, always hard-working and always pushing for more, your team will do the same and you will earn their respect as a leader," said Sabina Gault, founder of Konnect PR. The Huffington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Linda Hudson, industry pioneer and BAE Systems CEO, looks back
    BAE Systems President and CEO Linda Hudson says breaking into the upper ranks of the defense industry at a time when few women were in the business was extremely challenging, especially because she was conscious of carving a path for younger women who would come after her. Hudson, now nearing retirement, looks back on her struggles and victories. Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you ready to be pushy?
    Set a goal for each networking event, such as "I'm going to meet and talk with at least 10 people and get their business cards," writes media executive Cathie Black. If there's someone you really want to meet, like an event speaker, "you have to be really fast before they disappear into the crowd. In some cases, you have to just really push yourself forward," she writes. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Organizational Readiness 
  • Would you benefit from being in a career group?
    Starting a career group can be a good way to share knowledge and advice with other women, but, as Leda Marritz notes in this article, it can be easy to get sidetracked if your group lacks structure. Marritz's group solved this problem by scheduling meetings for the same time each month and having members take turns leading the discussions. The Billfold (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for talented young professionals looking to break through
    Professionals in the corporate world, like athletes, can flame out after showing enormous potential early in their careers, writes Bing Gordon, a partner at a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. To prevent this from happening, find a mentor who can steer you away from crippling career decisions. Also, try to gain knowledge in two fields and get in the habit of writing down all your plans and ideas, Gordon writes. Fast Company online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • World leaders discuss the causes of gender inequality
    Gender inequality in the world economy was a topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Women account for a large percentage of college graduates but are underrepresented among the highest levels of company leadership. "It makes economic sense to improve the situation of women," said Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. "There are huge upsides." CBS MoneyWatch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Arianna Huffington's guide to failure
    Failure isn't the opposite of success; rather, it's a stepping-stone to better things, says new-media mogul Arianna Huffington. It's important to remember that when your company begins doing well, and to keep taking risks, Huffington says. "Now that Huffington Post is successful, we try not to let that stop us. We constantly iterate," she adds. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WFF News 
  • Share your career story with the WFF and enter to win an iPad
    The WFF is seeking your support in an industrywide call to action! With our partners at Kenexa, we are in year one of a three-year study conducting leading-edge research about career progression. The goal of this initiative is to develop an industry career road map, for women and men, along with other career tools to plan and navigate both emerging and senior leaders' ongoing career success.

    Through Feb. 6, we are calling on the foodservice industry to complete a 15- to 20-minute confidential career questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to help us create this map to identify how individuals move in their careers. To thank you for your time and support, all participants who complete the survey can enter into a drawing to win either an iPad or one of 10 Career Development Workbooks. Your career experience matters! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Valorie Burton, CNN expert and author of 6 books, to be keynote speaker at WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference
    Valorie Burton is a certified personal and executive coach and founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, a training and leadership development company. Deeply committed to helping people be more resilient so they can thrive in life and work, Burton helps readers and audiences get unstuck, be more productive and live with balance and purpose. Burton has been named by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the top 100 thought leaders in the field of personal development, and Success Magazine named her book "Why Not You? 28 Days to Authentic Confidence" one of the top 25 must-read success books. Register today for the WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference, April 14 to 17 in Orlando, Fla. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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