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September 28, 2011
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  • How to get the most out of MBA fairs
    MBA fairs such as the Forté Forum event series taking place provide an opportunity for applicants to learn more about several business schools at once. While applicants' main focus shouldn't be on impressing school officials, it's important to dress and act professionally and do your research to be able to ask informed questions, writes Stacy Blackman. "The most egregious fair faux pas is asking for information that can be found after a cursory glance at the program's website, such as class size, deadlines, or average test scores," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/MBA Admissions: Strictly Business blog (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top business schools try out unusual application questions: Business schools are turning to nontraditional admissions techniques to try to capture more authentic, innovative responses. Columbia Business School, for example, asks its applicants to respond to a question about their career goals in a space not much longer than a tweet on Twitter, and Harvard Business School is asking applicants to answer a question of their own invention. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Women in Focus 
  • U.S. businesswomen are falling behind their overseas counterparts
    Women in developing countries such as China make up a larger percentage of company leadership than they do in the U.S. The "boy's club" of American businesses promotes "complacency, mediocrity, and old-fashioned attitudes," writes Alyce Lomax. Women's "unique talents can help create well-balanced corporate management teams and boardrooms," she writes. The Motley Fool (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why women need not wait for parity in the boardroom
    There may be fewer women in the boardroom and fewer dollars in our paycheck, but that doesn't mean women can't step into their business power, writes Lindsey Donner. Women are expected to make up more than half of the workforce by 2018 and are already dominant players in social media. With a lack of mentors and institutional support, women must rely on their own imagination and build their businesses on their strengths, Donner wrote. Forbes (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Career advice from the world's most successful women
    The most successful women don't plot out their careers step by step but instead focus on doing the job they're in really well. They also know that being a mother and career woman is a juggle. "[T]he best thing you can do is say, 'You know what? I gave it my best and I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning and try again,' " says Anne Sweeney, who raised two children while overseeing Disney's Media Networks. CNNMoney.com/Fortune/Postcards blog (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Chipsters" urge women to move up in the tech world, even at Apple
    Upon his departure as Apple CEO, Steve Jobs left behind an all-male executive board, and that's bad news for the company, writes Victoria Pynchon. Companies with women in top management score better in company excellence, she explains. A group of women, known as the Chipsters, are pushing to bring more women into intellectual-property and technology jobs. They advise women to push for what they want and get a male mentor if women are reluctant to help you move up the ladder. Forbes (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinton advocates a battle plan for women in the workforce
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a strategy in which women play a pivotal role in expanding the global economy. "We need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come. That vital source of growth is women," she said. Her strategy is to eliminate workforce barriers facing women worldwide and provide more support for female businesses as well as opportunities for women in the workforce. Women's eNews (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Mothers with careers are happier but are subjected to work bias
    Women with careers report feeling healthier, more satisfied and more respected at home than women who merely have jobs, shows a survey led by Working Mother Media. But men and women without children view working moms with careers as less committed and responsible at work, the study found. Forbes (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership 
  • 3 things women leaders need to know
    Women leaders need to step up and take serious action to address the gender gap in politics and business, writes Katrina Alcorn. It's time to recognize that many women -- and men -- don't subscribe to the idea that the only way to achieve success is to sacrifice family time to work during every waking moment, she writes. Also, women's leadership styles are different from those of men, and that's not a bad thing. "We're less likely to take uninformed risks, more collaborative, and better listeners," she writes. The Huffington Post (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cindy Solomon: Women are valuable leaders in business and beyond
    The biggest challenge women face in the workplace is believing that they have achieved equality, says executive coach and author Cindy Solomon. Women are still facing challenges taking the lead both in their own businesses and working for others while "women leaders who really care about people are needed more than ever right now." And "what really sets successful companies apart is the point when they decide to make developing their leaders one of their primary goals," Solomon explained. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women are in a "double bind" when it comes to leadership
    A recent study found that women in leadership roles are in a "double bind," expected to be "nice" and criticized when they are aggressive, writes Tina Vasquez. To fight the stereotypes, Northwestern University researcher Alice Eagly suggests being hyperaware of our own biases and pointing out discrimination when it happens. "Women have to keep pushing forward, keep moving up the ranks and as they do, perceptions that leadership has to be masculine will continue to slip away," Eagly said. The Glass Hammer blog (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
Why does it have to be a man's world or a woman's world? Why can't it be a world in which men and women have parts to play as they wish to play them -- a world in which they can be either assertive or passive, nurturing or not, and just plain good at what they do, no matter what the task?"
--Gladys Edmunds, entrepreneur, coach and author, writing at USA TODAY

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