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September 3, 2014
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  • AICPA summit to explore true diversity
    AICPA summit to explore true diversity  
    The AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit set for October in Washington, D.C., will address the issue of diversity in the accounting profession, including how to grow the number of women in leadership positions, writes Tommye Barie, CPA, vice chair of the AICPA board of directors. Among the sessions, a panel of successful women will discuss working their way up and a panel of men will offer perspectives on women advancing their careers. Overall, the summit's focus will be on how embracing opportunities for women and minorities throughout a firm or organization is central to achieving diversity. AICPA Insights (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Leadership & Trends 
  • How to bring more women leaders into the profession
    About half of new CPAs are women, but only about 14% of executive positions in business and 19% of partners in CPA firms nationwide are women, according to the AICPA. This article recommends that organizations and firms clarify the promotion process, offer customized career tracks, increase female leaders' visibility and enforce mentoring programs to develop more women executives. Columbus CEO magazine (Ohio) (9/2014) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Since 1949, all U.S. Treasurers have been women
    President Harry Truman started the trend when he appointed Georgia Neese Clark to U.S. Treasurer, a position that oversees the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Historians and political scientists say that the Treasurer post gives presidents a way to promote diversity while rewarding loyal supporters. "Once an initial ceiling is broken, once an initial piece of progress is made, there is a tendency to continue down that path," says Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University. The Atlantic online (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Women need to be more confident leaders
    About 12% of male leaders said they were among their organizations' best 5% of performers, however, just 9% of women said they were top performers, according to a study by human resources consulting company DDI and nonprofit business research group The Conference Board. This is a pressing issue for all organizations because research shows that "recruiting and promoting women will drive high performance," says co-author Rich Wellins. Forbes (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Why breaking the "glass ceiling" isn't enough
    The media often makes a big deal about companies that hire a female or minority CEO, lauding those executives as having broken a "glass ceiling." But research indicates that many of these minority CEOs, who often are hired in bad financial times, later get replaced by white males when business improves, DG McCullough writes, calling it a "glass cliff." The Guardian (London) (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Women who promote diversity are penalized, study finds
    University of Colorado researchers found that women and minorities are reluctant to hire members of their own groups because they will be penalized for it. "Simply put, women leaders who engage in diversity-valuing behavior will be viewed as selfishly promoting women, which will lead their bosses to stereotype them as cold, and this judgment will result in lower performance ratings," the researchers write. Forbes (7/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Business Skills 
  • Study: High-performing companies have more women leaders
    Women hold 27% of leadership posts in companies with the best financial performance but only 19% of leadership positions in low-performing companies, according to research by DDI and The Conference Board. "To improve business outcomes, bolster current development programs so that all leaders, including women and millennials, can improve their skills,” says Evan Sinar, co-author of the report. Fast Company online (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How women can build a personal brand
    Career coach William Arruda offers four ways women can boost their personal brand. He recommends women should use their multitasking skills to turn regular work assignments into branding opportunities, build a community online with LinkedIn groups, get team members to think about personal branding and let others sing their praises by requesting LinkedIn recommendations. Forbes (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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In the Boardroom 
  • How to help more women succeed in the boardroom
    Business psychologist Rachel Short studied how women reach the top of the corporate ladder. She finds that companies need to help male leaders personally connect the problem of the lack of diversity in the C-suite. Companies also can retain more women leaders by connecting women going on maternity leave with successful female executives at the company. Forbes (7/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register today: AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit
    AICPA Financial Planning & Analysis Conference  
    The AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit, Oct. 23 to 24 in Washington, D.C., provides sessions on leadership, boardroom diversity and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders in firms, business and industry, not-for-profits, academia and government. This conference has an online option, which allows you to attend the conference remotely, saving you travel expenses. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Sponsor/exhibit opportunities: AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit
    The AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit -- Sponsor Prospectus, offers exhibitor packages to help position your company as a leader at a time when women, who are key decision-makers, are ready to help their firm, client, business or organization grow. Showcase your products and services and enhance your corporate identity by becoming a sponsor. Contact Teresa Brueggeman to learn how to reach this targeted market of buyers: 800-407-4749, ext. 106. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
--Margaret Mead,
American cultural anthropologist
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