Archive for May 2011

May 31st, 2011, 6:00 am

Movers and Shakers: Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, President, The InterOrganization Network

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “It’s been the driving mission of ION since our founding in 2006 to increase the number of women on public company boards and in the executive suite. One of the criteria for member organizations to join is that this must be part of their mission,” said Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, [...]

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May 30th, 2011, 6:00 am

Happy Summer!

Dear Readers, we’re taking today off in honor of Memorial Day in the US and the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK. And, we have something exciting planned for the summer… We want to hear more from you! We’re looking for contributors to our Intrepid Woman article series. The series chronicles the stories of professional [...]

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May 27th, 2011, 6:00 am

Boldly Go: How to Take Risks and Overcome Fear

Contributed by Kristin Kaufman, Alignment, Inc. “Boldly going where no man (or woman) has gone before” has become a modern day cliché, representing adventure, bravery, and futuristic thinking. Though, if we’re completely honest with ourselves, many women will admit they simply follow suit as leaders. We may up the current game in our company and [...]

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May 26th, 2011, 12:30 pm

Voice of Experience: Kay Kapoor, U.S. Federal Practice Lead, Accenture

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Having spent over 25 years delivering IT solutions for the federal government, Kay Kapoor shifted careers, becoming Accenture‘s new U.S. Federal Practice leader. Kapoor is enthusiastic about the importance of self confidence – and why it’s important for career success. She said, “Sometimes, as women, we don’t give [...]

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May 26th, 2011, 6:00 am

German Companies Encouraged to Recruit Women to Boards

By Elizabeth Harrin (London) Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is managed by men. While Chancellor Angela Merkel has packed her cabinet with a good gender balance, that isn’t reflected in German businesses. And many people think it should be. Recently German politicians have been debating targets for the number of women on supervisory and executive boards. [...]

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May 25th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Men Must be Recruited to Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap

By Melanie Axman (Boston) Early last spring, a study was designed by several faculty members at the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at Simmons College in Boston. Through the study, CGO’s scholars set out to delve into the leadership gap that persists despite ongoing efforts throughout corporate America to affect positive change in the [...]

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May 25th, 2011, 6:00 am

Next Generation of Female Leaders Needs Strong Mentors

By Laura Ratcliff It’s been widely reported that women are attending college at the highest numbers in history. In fact, for the first time, the work force has more college-educated women than men, according to the Census Bureau – 37% of employed women held at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 35% of men. The [...]

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May 24th, 2011, 6:00 am

Honoring Role Models and Sponsors at the 2011 FWA Women of the Year Awards

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Last Thursday, the Financial Women’s Association of New York honored two outstanding women for the impact they have had on our perception of mentoring, sponsoring, and role models: Irene Dorner, President & CEO, HSBC Bank USA and Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founding President of the Center for Work-Life Policy. [...]

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May 23rd, 2011, 6:00 am

Movers and Shakers: Mary Chung, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Marketing, ELX Futures

By Jessica Titlebaum (Chicago) We were having lunch somewhere in the 50’s in Midtown Manhattan. I had just gotten off the plane from Chicago and hailed a cab. I was meeting Mary Chung, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing at ELX Futures, an electronic futures exchange launched in July 2009 and backed by [...]

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May 20th, 2011, 6:00 am

Stepping Up and Into Power

Contributed by Dr. Anne Perschel and Jane Perdue A cocktail of cultural, systemic, organizational, as well as personal impediments hinder women’s progress in attaining executive positions and yield woeful statistics. Women: Make up 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs Occupy 8% of corporate clout positions Comprise 15.7% of Fortune 500 corporate officers, and 1 in 18 [...]

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