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March 13, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • Why companies should emphasize productivity over hours
    If businesses want to encourage more women to climb the corporate ladder, they have to stop requiring their employees to work around the clock, writes Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO of Business Talent Group. "Leaders need to create a culture in which talented people are judged not by the quantity of their work, but by the quality of their contributions," she writes. Employees who do top-notch work should be eligible for advancement even if they don't spend long hours at the office, she writes. The Wall Street Journal (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • Women business leaders are making progress globally
    Women hold almost one-quarter of senior leadership positions worldwide, according to a Forbes Insights study with Grant Thornton, but some regions have made more headway than others. In the Asia-Pacific region, 29% of senior leadership positions are held by women; only 21% of North America's senior leaders are women. Flexible working arrangements and talent-management programs are two ways to get more women into leadership positions, writes Tatiana Serafin. Forbes (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't be your own worst enemy, say female execs
    Many female leaders admit to being plagued by self-doubt and fear of failure. The key, say executives such as Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and McKinsey Senior Director Joanna Barsh, is to push ahead regardless. Women who second-guess themselves too much will find men climbing ahead of them on the corporate ladder, Barsh warns. "It turns out that the challenge of getting out of my own way was the biggest one I ever faced," Barsh says. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your daily routine is full of potential networking events
    Outdoor cafes, waiting rooms and gas stations are great places to meet new people and practice your networking skills, Deborah Sweeney writes. "Instead of checking your Facebook feed while waiting at the pump, take the opportunity to chat with the person getting gas next to you," she writes. Forbes (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Organizational Readiness 
  • Why some employers allow babies in the workplace
    Some companies are allowing new parents to bring their babies to the office, where they care for them while doing their jobs. Both parents and their employees can benefit. Companies can gain loyalty, retain good employees, maintain consistency in client relationships and have their workers present for collaboration and face-to-face contact. The Atlantic online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Strategy 
  • 3 ways to get more women to start tech companies
    The number of women business owners has increased significantly in recent years, but only a small percentage of Silicon Valley companies are launched by women, writes Shaherose Charania of Women 2.0. Changing that requires investment, education and mentoring, she argues, adding that it could help the economy, since research has found that startups with more women on their leadership teams tend to perform better. Clarity blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WFF News 
  • Sarah Kay to be keynote speaker opening night at WFF conference
    on Sunday, April 14!

    Sarah Kay began performing her phenomenal spoken-word poetry when she was only 14 years old -- quickly becoming a fixture at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Sarah was a featured speaker at the 2011 TED Conference, on "The Rediscovery of Wonder," which has been seen by more than 2 million people on YouTube. She uses the power of the spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others.

    Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., a charitable organization that celebrates and inspires self-expression in youth through spoken-word poetry. Through her involvement with the organization, Sarah has taught spoken-word poetry to students of all ages in classrooms and workshops all over the world. She is also a documentary filmmaker, playwright, singer, songwriter, photographer and editor for Write Bloody Publishing. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Congratulations to the 2013 WFF Trailblazer Award recipient, Carla Cooper, president and CEO of Daymon Worldwide
    Carla Cooper is used to trailblazing. Not only was she the first female member of the Daymon board of directors (she was appointed in 2009), but she is also the first Daymon board member who has spent her entire business career working on the national brand side of the grocery store. Her 28-plus years in the consumer packaged goods industry include leadership positions with such iconic global brands as Pepsi, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Coca‚ÄźCola, Procter & Gamble and Kellogg. Carla chaired the WFF for more than three years during its infancy and has continued to give back to the WFF throughout her career. Join us at our Annual Leadership Development Conference April 14 to 17 to hear Carla's acceptance speech! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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More great women don't 'lean in' because they don't like the world they're being asked to lean into."
--Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO of Business Talent Group, writing in The Wall Street Journal

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