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November 23, 2011
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  • What every woman in an MBA program needs to know: As a woman in business school, it's important to resist being put into a secretarial role on team projects, write Selena Rezvani and Sandie Taylor. "[Y]ou'll never be seen as the visionary on your team if you keep volunteering for busywork when nobody else does," they write. It's also important to maintain a sense of humor, speak confidently in class and network with both men and women, they write. Forbes (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Women in Focus 
  • Survey: More women want flexibility over corner office
    Two of three women say they'd rather have more time over a bigger paycheck, a More magazine survey says. Tiffany Willis says she walked away from a demanding management job to become self-employed because she wanted more time with her family. "I will never go back to the corporate world," she says. "I want to own my life." USA TODAY (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How women have led the fight for flexibility in the workplace
    Many decry the lack of women in companies' leadership positions while ignoring the contributions they have made to the working environment, writes Morra Aarons-Mele. Women have fought for many of the gains in workplace flexibility that allow both sexes to take time for their families. "Speaking up and asking for what you need is a form of leadership. Insisting upon taking the time you need to think, focus, care for others and live a life it is also a form of leadership," she writes. The Huffington Post (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Corporate philanthropy is driven by women, report says
    Companies with more women on their board or in senior management tend to have more active corporate philanthropy programs, according to Harvard University researchers. The level of giving at companies with at least three female directors was 28 times that of companies with only male directors, the study found. "Operating with gender-inclusive leadership can provide diverse perspectives on fairness, which may broaden the company's understanding" of CSR, the researchers write. CBS MoneyWatch (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • On behalf of the Forté Team, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving
    During this holiday season please check out our new Girl Talk blog. Girl Talk has career news and advice just for college women and recent graduates and is housed on the Forté Virtual Campus microsite. If you are a seasoned professional we invite you to share your insights, experiences and advice with young women on Girl Talk who are just getting their careers started. Participate in the online dialogue, or let us know if you'd like to be a guest blogger. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women are getting better pay parity at nonprofit companies
    While there are still gains to be made in getting female compensation to match their male counterparts, the gap is closing a bit in the nonprofit segment. Women working for these companies are earning $2,000 less than male colleagues, a smaller gap than the $9,000 difference in for-profit businesses. But the data from Jasmine McGinnis, of Georgia State and Georgia Institute of Technology, also notes that men, overall, make $10,000 less in the nonprofit enterprise than their for-profit male colleagues, which likely accounts for the smaller gap. Harvard Business Review online (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Where is the next generation of CFOs?
    Business students today are more focused on becoming CEOs than finance executives, University of Miami accounting professor Dhananjay Nanda says. The university is doing more to get its MBA students to consider a career in corporate finance, including introducing them to chief financial officers. The good news for employers is that young people are already experts on working with technology. "They'll pick up new systems quickly, which can be very helpful in recruiting," Nanda says. (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why powerful women don't sleep in
    Early mornings come with the territory for powerful American businesswomen. Starbucks President Michelle Gass wakes up at 4:30 a.m., Avon chief Andrea Jung is up at 5, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour rises by 6. Researchers say there's evidence that people who get an early start outperform their sleepier rivals, but warn that it's still important to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Forbes (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to banish your self-doubts
    Young professionals can emulate the strength of "utterly fearless" women leaders by not shying away from expressing unique opinions, and building a strong support system through networking, DePaul University's Patricia Werhane says. Also, note all your accomplishments throughout the day to fight feelings of inadequacy, Werhane suggests. The Glass Hammer blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
--Ayn Rand,
Russian-American writer and philosopher

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