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March 30, 2015

Kleiner, Ellen Pao, and 5 Best Practices

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For weeks we have been reading about how women may, or may not, be treated in Silicon Valley. This issue was brought front and center as a result of the case brought by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins. We now have a verdict: Kleiner was found not guilty. I trust that the jury weighed the evidence and came to the right decision. I do not know Ms. Pao, and I have only casually met a few of the partners at Kleiner, and therefore I have no ability to speak to the merits of the case. I do, however, have a lot of experience being a woman professional in the financial services sector. I have personally experienced sexual harassment and negative bias, but I also have experienced the opposite; being promoted at a very early age to become a partner at Goldman Sachs (the first female trader and youngest female to do so in 1996). I also have a lot of experience developing best practice policies in human capital management. I have read, with much concern, not only many of the articles written about this case, but many of the comments that follow any one article. Frankly, it’s very concerning on a number of fronts.

Clearly, any rational person can look at the facts around the representation of women in senior leadership roles in venture capital and say, “Houston, We…

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March 28, 2015

Women, Arts and Social Change

IMG_2349What percentage of art currently on display in US museums was made by women? According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, it is 5%.   Even worse, less than 3% of the artists in the Modern Art section of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are women, but 83% of the nudes are female. So hmm… it is 27 times more likely that a woman is featured nude in a painting, then to have been the featured artist.  Not good.

The statistics on women in art are staggeringly poor, yet not widely publicized. Even though I am known as ‘fact girl’, these were ones I had not heard until  I had the pleasure of hearing Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), speak at an art talk in Park City this week. I also learned that this museum is the only major museum in the WORLD solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative achievements in the arts.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has been working to bring awareness to the lack of women represented on museum walls and in collectors portfolios since 1981, when the museum was founded by Wilhelmina Cole Holladay and Wallace F. Holladay. In addition to advocating for women in the arts, the museum has worked to collect, preserve and display over 4,500 art works created by women. The Museum, which is located in downtown…

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March 07, 2015

International Women’s Day – 15 Ways To Get Involved

IWD Banner-Google+ Each year on March 8 the people around the world gather to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). The United Nations celebrated the first IWD in 1975 during International Women’s Year. Two years later the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed each year on March 8. All over the world thousands of events occur in support of IWD to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to know!


Every year the UN picks a theme for IWD, although many organizations identify their own themes for the day as well. This year the UN’s theme is ‘Empowering Women- Empowering Humanity: Picture It!
In so doing the UN invites us to  “envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.”  March is also Women’s History Month and there are so many ways to stay engaged all month long. See below for my list of 15 ways to get involved!

  1. Follow IWD and UNWomen on Twitter
  2. Join the conversation on twitter using the hashtags #MakeItHappen #WomensDay #IWD2015 #Beijing20 #InternationalWomensDay #PaintItPurple
  3. Post a #EmpoweredBy selfie on Instagram
  4. Interact on other social media platforms such as Facebook,

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