Archive for March 2012

March 30th, 2012, 6:00 am

Catalyst Celebrates Milestones at 50th Anniversary Conference

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Yesterday’s 2012 Catalyst Awards Conference was a celebration of landmark achievements. As Catalyst celebrated its 50th anniversary, the organization awarded its annual prize for diversity initiatives to two organizations: the food and facilities management services company Sodexo and Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s leading financial services company. The two programs [...]

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March 29th, 2012, 1:00 pm

Are Female Leaders Tolerated or Celebrated in Your Company?

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) In a recent New York Times article, Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland echoed recent comments made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about a consistent characteristic of extremists around the world – they try to control women. Freeland points to a new study out of the University of [...]

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March 29th, 2012, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Janet Adams, Head of Strategic Projects and Change Management for Group Regulatory Affairs, Royal Bank of Scotland

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) One of the major challenges women face in the financial services industry, said Janet Adams, Head of Strategic Projects and Change Management for Group Regulatory Affairs at RBS, is a shortage of female role models. “It can be daunting being in meeting after meeting where you are the [...]

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March 28th, 2012, 1:00 pm

Why Facebook’s IPO Matters to Women

Contributed by Beth Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Trewstar Corporate Board Services; Director, Carmax; Former Director, General Growth Properties and AV Homes. Inc. February was a tough month for women.  At a House committee hearing, a panel of five men expounded on religious liberty—in the context of President Obama’s compromise plan on insurance coverage for contraception. [...]

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March 28th, 2012, 9:00 am

Does Gender Matter When it Comes to Your Mentor?

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) One of the most basic questions in the mentor-selection process is whether to be mentored by a man or a woman. When it comes to mentoring women, should the gender of mentor candidates be a consideration? The answer is not straightforward. While some experts and execs believe male mentors can [...]

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March 27th, 2012, 6:00 am

How Do You Measure Work/Life Balance?

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to a recent study released by the Future of Children (a research collaboration between Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution), state programs intended to ease work/life balance challenges do not put undue strain on economies. Taking a macro [...]

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March 26th, 2012, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Libby Cantrill, Senior Vice President, PIMCO

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be afraid of your own voice,” said Libby Cantrill, Senior Vice President at PIMCO. “A lot of times, women don’t think they deserve to be in the room, to have a seat at the table. They do.” One of the key [...]

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March 23rd, 2012, 6:00 am

Breathe. Meditate. Lead.: Ten Ways A Mindfulness Practice can Make Us Better Leaders

Contributed by CEO Coach Henna Inam True story. It was 6AM. There were about 12 of us who had been meditating for an hour when I had an epiphany. It’s really hard to empty your mind when your stomach is completely empty and loudly declaring its discontent! This was about five years ago when, on [...]

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March 22nd, 2012, 1:00 pm

Is Sponsorship the New Mentorship?

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) At The Glass Hammer, we report frequently on mentorship and sponsorship. Yet we still find there’s quite a bit of confusion among women about the distinction between these types of roles and programs. In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to provide fresh insights and clarification from corporate diversity [...]

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March 22nd, 2012, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Liz Bingham, Managing Partner, People and Talent, UK and Ireland, Ernst & Young

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “In order to attract and retain the best people, we have to make sure that we are looking at talent through a diversity and inclusion lens,” said Liz Bingham, Managing Partner of People and Talent for the UK and Ireland at Ernst & Young. “This is an area [...]

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