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January 30, 2012
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  • Elissa Sangster discusses women's gains, the importance of gender parity
    The percentage of business-school students who are women has climbed to 31%, but gains in representation "could have been better," said Forté Foundation Executive Director Elissa Ellis Sangster. Women, who are generally more risk-averse, may worry more about the finances involved with business school, she said. Achieving greater gender equality is essential for business schools and companies because "organizations that have a higher representation of women in their leadership make better decisions, they have better corporate governance, they have better risk management, they have better returns," she said. The Wall Street Journal (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Women ask for raises but companies don't answer
    A study of MBA graduates reveals that women push for raises and promotions, but these efforts are generally less successful than those of men, write Nancy Carter and Christine Silva of Catalyst. "The problem may be, as some other research has shown, that people routinely take a tougher stance against women in negotiations than they take against men," they write. The Washington Post (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women need to be more open about their success
    Women are often reluctant to highlight their successes, writes Kathy Caprino. There could be a few reasons for this, including that women want to avoid bragging or don't feel as if they are successful enough, she writes. "I hope that in 2012 and beyond, women can begin to speak more openly about what they've accomplished, and not shy away from tooting their horns in a positive, compelling way," she writes. The Huffington Post (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 makeup secrets for busy businesswomen
    Applying red lipstick can help you get ready for a night out after a day at work, according to Gucci Westman of Revlon. Westman also shares her secret to looking great in five minutes, which includes using a lactic acid scrub, foundation and mascara. Forbes (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why women are hopping off the corporate ladder and into entrepreneurship
    Research shows that many women aren't penetrating the highest levels of corporate life, writes Meghan Casserly. These women may be realizing that a traditional career doesn't offer the opportunities they want -- opportunities that could be achieved through entrepreneurship. "If necessity is the mother of invention, career dissatisfaction just might be the necessary driver of the next economic boom," she writes. Forbes (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dow Chemical exec: Don't forget real-world experience while getting your MBA
    The growing business focus on sustainability means that today's MBA students should look to build their background in this area, says Dow Chemical sustainability chief Neil Hawkins. "MBAs with meaningful work experience, those who strive to understand the complex sustainability issues of today and the critical role businesses have in helping drive solutions, will catch the attention of employers and have an unprecedented opportunity to move global sustainable development forward," he writes. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The top 10 b-school trends of 2011
    An increasing number of business schools are offering courses focused on entrepreneurship, write Alison Damast and Erin Zlomek. Among the other trends that are shaping the business school landscape are that MBA graduates are entering an increasingly diverse range of fields and that the number of applicants decreased at many business schools in 2011, they write. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MBA programs open networking opportunities, professionals say
    Working professionals are touting the networking benefits that come with getting an MBA. "If someone from Kellogg calls me and needs a favor, I go out to way to help out. We look out for each other," said Adrian Burstein, who attended the Kellogg Executive MBA program. While two-year full-time MBA programs have seen a decrease in applications, many schools are getting more applications for their executive MBA and flexible MBA programs. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 8 career advancement tips from a woman CEO
    Gracia Martore, who started working at Gannett more than 20 years ago, recently became CEO of the company. Other women looking to one day take the helm of a large company should learn to deal with criticism, be willing to try new things and concentrate on excelling at their current jobs, she said. Forbes (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does every female CEO need a good husband?
    More women reach the higher echelons of business, but those who do usually have a stay-at-home husband looking after the house and kids. Some suggest that while some women have cracked the glass ceiling, we're still some distance from an equitable work environment. "Instead of Jane at home, it’s John. But it’s still one person doing 100% of work outside the home and the other doing 100% at home," says Kathleen Christensen, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eliminate pointless meetings to free up time
    One woman's experience with having 100 hours of regularly scheduled meetings every month emphasizes the importance of figuring out how much of your time is tied up in similar ways, writes Laura Vanderkam. "Have you looked over your calendar and calculated how many hours are booked before people have even been able to evaluate what matters and what does not? Does this make sense as a percentage of overall time?" she asks. CBS MoneyWatch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Voice lessons from the Iron Lady
    Research shows that people attribute a host of positive qualities to people with lower-pitched voices, writes Mary Civiello. Civiello, who notes that she has helped "women executives to use the lower range of what's natural for them," recommends figuring out how much your voice tone varies and trying to calm yourself before speeches. blog (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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