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February 27, 2012
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  • Ellis-Sangster discusses leadership, women's enrollment in b-school
    Several factors -- including a lack of role models and inadequate planning -- are preventing women from achieving gender parity at top business schools, says Forté Foundation Executive Director Elissa Ellis-Sangster. In this interview, Ellis-Sangster also discusses her leadership style and the business climate facing professional women. Women "have amazing skills and abilities that drive strong, balanced decision-making, but in many places 'their way' is not being recognized as the 'right' way," she notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Women in Focus 
  • How women will help companies expand internationally
    Women make up an important pool of talent for companies that are expanding into emerging markets, writes Sylvia Ann Hewlett. "By creating the processes and practices that enable qualified and ambitious women to flourish, forward-thinking companies will gain lasting competitive advantage -- and talented women everywhere will reap the rewards." Some companies are reaching out to women by helping them to get experience in foreign countries and network, she notes. Forbes (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Serving in the military and earning an MBA on the government
    Jacqueline Harris is getting her MBA paid for by the military in exchange for her service. Harris, who studies at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, is one of a number of MBA students who apply their business training to the military. Some schools, including Duke, offer special consideration for military members who want to earn MBAs. Forbes (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 truths about women entrepreneurs
    Successful businesswomen such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg tend to be target of questions about how they make time for family, but the truth is that work-life balance is an issue that affects both men and women, writes Margaret Heffernan. Women entrepreneurs often start their own businesses to attain flexibility that is not available at traditional jobs. "Parents don't mind working hard. They do mind working in rigid environments that won't accept that there is a life beyond the job," she writes. CEO (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research explains why people get tongue-tied
    If you find it difficult to speak up in a group of people because you fear appearing foolish, it might be because of the way your brain processes information, suggests a Virginia Tech study. Those who are more attuned to social interactions worry more about their performance, causing them to shut down and not interact even though they may be intelligent, researchers say. Most prone to this issue: Women and those with higher IQs. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Forté Foundation News 
  • Forté Forum Webinar Series: Financing My MBA
    At this webinar on March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. EST, participants will gain insight into the financial planning side of getting an MBA, learn how to conduct a self-analysis on their current financial status, hear about resources available to help fund an MBA and learn how to do good faith negotiating on financial aid offers. The webinar will be presented by Donald C. Martin, Ph.D., and registration is available online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Workplace Update 
  • Advice on choosing the right outfit for your next work function
    Trying to figure out what to wear to work functions can be a baffling process, but it doesn't have to be, writes Elizabeth Conway. If the event specifies "business attire," pick your wardrobe based on the time of day, she recommends. After-work events require work clothes, but you can "move a bit closer to cocktail attire" for events that are held in the evening during the weekend. And for cocktail functions, a non-strapless black dress is an invaluable addition to your closet, she writes. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your board still an old boys' club?
    Some companies are re-evaluating the demographics of their board of directors with a view toward gender diversity, writes Aileen Lee. Adding female directors boosts a company's public profile, increases the board's collective intelligence and helps the bottom line, Lee argues. "There's an opportunity to make your board, and your company, smarter by adding diversity," she writes. TechCrunch (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nontraditional essay questions give b-school applicants chance to shine
    Some business schools are using unusual essay questions to get more insight into their applicants. The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business asks its applicants to give 100-word descriptions of themselves, for example, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, asks about what makes its applicants happiest. Unusual questions can be beneficial for students, because they give them a chance to set themselves apart, said Isser Gallogly of New York University's Stern School of Business. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women are graduating b-school without needed leadership skills
    Business schools aren't preparing women for top corporate leadership roles, writes Erica Dhawan, a writer and co-founder of Galahads: The Secret Society for Kickass Women, who graduated from Wharton's undergraduate program and is an MBA candidate at MIT's Sloan School of Management. The main reason is that business programs don't address the specific and unique concerns of women and men in the classroom and the concerns that come into play after graduation. Business programs need to incorporate the different life and home-role issues for men and women into the curriculum, she writes. The Huffington Post (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the rise of women is changing the world of leadership
    The traditional societal model, in which men go to work and women stay home to raise the kids, is dead, John McKee writes. Women fill the majority of U.S. jobs and have made an impact at the top levels of some technology companies, he writes. "Women and men often manage differently. Neither style is more 'right' in every situation than the other -- they're simply different," he notes. TechRepublic/IT Leadership blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The rise of collaborative leadership
    More women in leadership positions would make the world more peaceful, according to Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker. Collaborative leadership styles traditionally associated with women are becoming more widespread across a range of organizations, but men and women shouldn't let their genders dictate their approach to leadership, writes Joseph Nye, also of Harvard. "Questions of appropriate style ... are equally relevant for men and women, and should not be clouded by traditional gender stereotypes," he writes. CNN (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Girl Scouts hope more young women will grow into leaders
    Many girls think that family concerns are a greater obstacle to their success than they are for men, according to a study commissioned by the Girl Scouts of the USA. The study also found that about a third of girls believe that women can excel at business but are unlikely to reach the highest levels of corporate leadership. The Girl Scouts organization is backing a campaign to encourage gender diversity in leadership positions. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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