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April 27, 2011
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  Women in Focus 
  • Can you wear what you want and still succeed?
    Women must walk a much finer line than men in terms of what they wear and how they appear. "Too high a heel or too short a skirt is grounds for being taken far less seriously than our bespoke male counterparts," writes Jeanette Mulvey. She points out that many women entrepreneurs are staking out a middle ground where they can exude personal style and still get ahead. BusinessNewsDaily.com (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What women are missing, but need, in order to excel
    Employers need to do more to develop female leaders, such as giving them more growth opportunities in midcareer, moving them into jobs that affect the bottom line and supporting them in their desire to better mesh their work and personal lives, top leaders from government, business and academia said at a recent forum. "Qualified women actually enter the workforce in sufficient numbers, but they begin to plateau or drop off ... when they are eligible for their very first management positions. And it only gets worse after that," said Vikram Malhotra, chairman of the Americas for McKinsey & Co. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/12), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How gender-bias cases are targeting the glass ceiling
    The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a gender-bias case against Wal-Mart that could set new standards for how companies compensate and promote female employees. Wal-Mart is asking that the court consider numerous discrepancies in pay and status as the result of individual, local managers. However, if the court allows the case to proceed as a class action, the suit could result in new mechanisms to ensure gender equality in the workplace. The case, against the largest employer in the U.S., is among numerous legal battles currently being waged against a persistent glass ceiling in corporate management. CNNMoney.com/Fortune (4/4), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why there are so few women in M&A
    Mergers and acquisitions remains a field dominated by men, and experts don't expect that to change any time soon. Those careers can bring top salaries, but often involve extensive traveling, schedule changes and long hours that some women shy away from. Experts also note a smaller pipeline for hiring, with just 14% of female MBA grads pursuing finance and accounting. Reuters (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Join the best and brightest MBA women June 10 to 11 at the 2011 Forté MBA Women's Conference and Company Expo
    Strong leadership doesn't just happen. It takes gumption, goals and grace to make it to the top. It's in you, but it means finding your voice, discovering what excites you, and taking the risk to go after what you really want. Join the Forté Foundation for the conference titled Breaking Through: Courageous Strategies for Extraordinary Leadership and discover the strategies that will take your career from successful to extraordinary. This event is open to all women enrolled in Forté schools enrolled in the classes of 2011-2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incoming MBA students at a Forté school (class of 2013) are also invited to apply for the 2011 Financial Services Fast Track, June 8 to 9: Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the exciting world of finance and the diverse careers opportunities available to women in this industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Workplace Update 
  • The best jobs in finance for creating work-life balance
    Accounting firms, company finance departments and financial adviser firms are among the best places to work for those looking for flexibility and a strong work-life balance, experts say. But the biggest factor is having a understanding boss. "It really comes down to a manager's understanding the specific work an individual [does] as well as the way that person works," said Karyn Likerman, senior vice president of human resources at Citigroup. FINS.com (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Suits are out, hoodies are in as business-school grads head to startups
    More business-school graduates are shunning traditional high-powered careers on Wall Street or at large companies to pursue less-conventional work with smaller companies, including Internet firms such as Groupon, as well as nonprofits and other employers. "The opportunities are so much greater. You can get your hands dirty, you can learn so much more," said Amit Koren, a student at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. As a result, on-campus career services offices are taking steps to attract nontraditional representatives. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In defense of getting emotional at work
    Greater emotional expression at work could benefit business because it could enable men and women to bring "bring their full, true selves to the game," Anne Kreamer writes in her book "It's Always Personal." She argues that crying on the job shouldn't be taboo. "Each of us needs to understand that tears communicate the fact that something in our lives is out of kilter right now: we are overworked, we are sick, we feel taken advantage of, we are angry, we are frustrated. But we are not weak people or failures," Kreamer writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women are more likely to be bullied at work, survey says
    More women than men report being bullied on the job, with many of the taunts being subtle, reports a CareerBuilder survey. "If you are feeling bullied, keep track of what was said or done and who was present. The more specifics you can provide, the stronger the case you can make for yourself when confronting the bully head-on or reporting the bully to a company authority," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. The Work Buzz (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • B-schools put focus on social media
    Business school graduates must be able to use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter not only for keeping up with friends and contacts, but also for commercial purposes, writes Stacy Blackman. Some top schools, including Harvard and Stanford, have added classes in social media, she says. Blackman also warns b-school applicants to be aware that admissions officers will be checking out their social media profiles and to take down anything that might hurt their chances of getting into the best school. U.S. News & World Report/MBA Admissions: Strictly Business blog (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership 
  • The 5 most important traits for female leaders
    Building trust and giving feedback are the two most important jobs for women in leadership roles, says Cynthia Trudell. She says the most effective leaders have creative insight as well as sensitivity and focus, and they are able to build flexible organizations by being adaptable and open to new ideas. CNBC (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kraft's Rosenfeld offers career advice for women
    Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, said women who want to move up in the workplace must be willing to take risks, move to different places and divisions, and be clear about goals when developing business relationships. "Hang in there," she said. "We can help to reshape the environment on the job and outside." Fox Business (4/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization."
--Agnes Repplier,
American essayist


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