Archive for January 2013

January 31st, 2013, 1:00 pm

How Do Women Improve Board Performance? Let Us Count the Ways

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) We’ve heard it before. Studies show gender balanced boards (in other words, boards with women on them) perform better than those that are composed of only one gender (almost always, men). But a new study sets out to drill down a little further. According to Miriam Schwartz-Ziv’s study [...]

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January 31st, 2013, 6:00 am

The Art of Taking Criticism Effectively

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) No one really “likes” receiving criticism. No matter what kind of positive spin you put on its value, the truth is, it can make us feel badly to hear negative feedback, whether from peers or superiors. Sometimes we take criticism to heart, letting it fester and affect our performance. But [...]

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January 30th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Stuck in the Same Old Sector? How to Change Career and Get Ahead

Contributed by Claire Lister You what?! You quit your job? What were you thinking? There’s got to be a better way to make a midlife career change. It’s not uncommon for people in the same job for a couple of decades to start considering what else is out there. More often than not people tend [...]

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January 30th, 2013, 6:00 am

Start with the Personal: Managing and Coaching with Empathy

By Natalie Soltys (Kansas City, Missouri) In a competitive, fast-paced and ever-changing industry such as information technology, caring and nurturing instincts are usually seen as detrimental to success. Oftentimes, women are encouraged to suppress this natural predisposition in order to grow their careers. (For example, check out Karen Firestone’s recent Harvard Business Review piece.) However, [...]

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January 29th, 2013, 6:00 am

Working Moms Would Choose Pay Equity Over a Year Off Work

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to new research by Working Mother Magazine and Chase Card Services, working mothers say that, given the choice, they would rather have a 20 percent raise than a year’s vacation from the workforce. Jennifer Owens, Editor at Working Mother Magazine and Director of the Working Mother Research [...]

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January 28th, 2013, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Mary Strother, Managing Director, Investor Relations, Athenian Venture Partners

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Mary Strother, Managing Director of Investor Relations at Athenian Venture Partners, has built a successful career out of leveraging her differences. She explained that if your background varies somewhat from the more traditional CVs in your industry, you’ll have skills others don’t necessarily have. The key is to [...]

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January 25th, 2013, 6:00 am

Thought Leaders: Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) To Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code, success means taking risks and pursuing your passions – even with the understanding that you might fail. In fact, in her new book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, she explores the importance of failure and its connection to risk, [...]

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January 24th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Diverse Mentors Offer Career Inspiration

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “Have you ever wanted to sit down with the exceptional women executives that have climbed the ranks and ask them how they approach work and life?” asks a new report by the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR). The network of top companies and business schools interviewed [...]

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January 24th, 2013, 6:00 am

Women Continue Outperforming in Alternative Investments

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) What’s one way to beat the market when it comes to alternative investments? According to new research by accounting firm Rothstein Kass, invest in women. The new study, “Women in Alternative Investments: Building Momentum in 2013 and Beyond,” reports that hedge funds run by women outperformed the HFRX [...]

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January 23rd, 2013, 1:00 pm

Promises, Promises. Do You Keep Yours In Business?

Contributed by Beate Chelette You’re waiting, by the phone, for a scheduled business call or an exploratory communication about a new project. Fifteen, then 20 minutes pass, and no call. Not even a text message explaining the delay. It’s happened to me three times in the last week and it is plenty annoying. Or people [...]

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