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February 24, 2010
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  • Deloitte is among 2010 Catalyst Award winners
    The 2010 Catalyst Award was given to Deloitte, Campbell Soup, RBC and Telstra for programs advancing women in business. Deloitte was recognized for its program "The Women's Initiative: Living the Lattice," which has helped women dramatically increase their presence in such roles as partner, principal and director. NEWOnline.org (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Outstanding female leaders blend both genders' strengths
    Layoffs last year shifted the balance of women and men in the workforce, underscoring a gender gap in leadership. Hay Group executive Mary Fontaine said a study of 45 female executives indicates that companies need to examine what women bring to the table. "The outstanding women used a better blend of what we think of as traditional masculine styles -- being directive, authoritative, and leading by example, and as well as feminine ones," she said. "They also knew when to be more nurturing, inclusive and collaborative." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some women live apart from families to boost business
    After launching her jewelry line last year, Carol Brodie chose to live in Manhattan, two hours away from her husband and two sons in Connecticut. For Brodie and women like her, the physical distance is a trade-off necessary to pursue their professional ambitions. Technology and extra help from nannies and relatives help them to handle it all even from a distance, but some experts warn that the women may be sacrificing more than they realize. Forbes (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace Update 
  • 10 top-paying jobs without many women
    ForbesWoman has created a list of the best-paying jobs that women tend not to hold, even though women make up about half the workforce. Despite women earning twice as many undergraduate business degrees than education degrees, CEO tops the list, which also includes engineer, computer programmer and architect. Forbes (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parents learn the ropes of the workplace -- again
    Stay-at-home parents who return to the workforce say there is a period of adjustment, including learning to juggle the demands of work and family and figuring out ways to establish rapport with co-workers. As for technology, they say they ask a lot of questions. Andree Bogaerts says that before she returned to work as an attorney, she got "a crash course in Excel spreadsheets from my 12-year-old daughter." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will couples provide caretaking when men go back to work?
    Cokie and Steven Roberts write about the changing dynamics of the workforce, with women holding more than half the jobs and many laid-off men hoping recovery will return them to work. Once men return to work, the columnists speculate whether women will drop out to fill caretaking needs or the workforce will become more accommodating to the needs for working families. Billings Gazette (Mont.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • STEM professions reach out to girls
    A recent online campaign to get Mattel to develop a computer engineer Barbie speaks to the need for more women in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. Amanda Stent, an AT&T Labs computational linguistics researcher and co-author of "The Princess at the Keyboard: Why Girls Should Become Computer Scientists," says girls are being encouraged to claim the moniker "geek." MSNBC (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership 
  • Female business mentors can help others climb the ladder
    Despite the barriers ambitious women have crossed to succeed in business, the absence of female mentors and role models remains a leading reason why women are absent from the executive suite, writes columnist Patricia Handschiegel. "Women have to help each other," says Barbara Adachi, who is the national managing principal for the Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women at Deloitte. The Huffington Post (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently."
--Rosa Luxemburg,
German philosopher and activist


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