Women, Work and Worth

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When more women take the lead in business, the financial picture gets brighter. Not just for the ladies at the top, but for the companies that they direct.

The research proves it: Corporations with a consistent female presence on their boards report better returns on sales, invested capital and equity than those whose board rooms lack gender diversity. Still, in the U.S. today, women hold fewer than 17 percent of the seats on corporate boards.

Women are clearly good for business. But is business good to women?

Check out this cool infographic about women and work, and see for yourself.

For instance: When it comes to gender equity, we’ve made huge strides in everything from education (women earn 60 percent of college degrees) to C-suite stature (check out Marissa Mayer’s annual compensation). But, Ms. Mayer and her cohorts aside, women are paid just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Clearly, it’s not enough to quote statistics. How do women build momentum to move toward full equity? The infographic also captures upbeat advice from female CEOs and offers 10 tips to inspire women to go for the brass ring.

Take the long view with a clear snapshot of the progress, the obstacles and the path to women’s leadership.

(This was the guest post by Jason Gilbert – thank you!)

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!

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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, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Pinterest
  5. Participate in local activities and campaigns – find one here.
  6. Join UN Women for their Live Facebook event with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, 8 March (1 p.m. EST).
  7. Display the IWD logo on your blog, Twitter or Facebook page.
  8. Download and share content from UN Women Social Media packages with images, videos and sample messages.
  9. Listen to BBC Radio 3 on March 8 as they spotlight female composers and musicians
  10. Run an event celebrating women to raise awareness for gender equality.
  11. Paint it purple or wear purple! Why Purple? Purple symbolized justice and dignity two values strongly associated with women’s equality.
  12. Get inspired by watching UN Women’s video “One Woman”, released in 2013 in celebration of IWD.
  13. Donate to your favorite charity that supports and champions women.
  14. Check out this list of CNN’s 10 International Women’s Day Events You’d Be Crazy to Miss
  15.  If you are in New York City join the UN Women March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights on March 8 (Click here for more info)

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Search for events by Country:
Click here for a list of events in the United States
Click here for a list of events in Canada
Click here for a list of events in your country

 

How to be a Power Connector

20110123steinem27Published on LinkedIn Influencers on June 6, 2014.

Everyone has heard the old adage that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. I happen to think it is a combination of both, and that combination is indeed powerful. Networking is critical to getting ahead and building your career, but what is the best way to go about this vital component of your career and business development? How do you make the most of your network, and more importantly, how do you know if you even have the right network? Enter Judy Robinett, known as the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex, whose book, How to Be a Power Connector, was recently released, and which endeavors to answer those questions and many more.

Judy has over 30 years experience in the corporate world, and has previously served as the CEO of private and public companies, as well as management positions within Fortune 500 companies. She has also served on many advisory boards for venture capital firms, accelerators, and startups, and throughout all of these experiences, Judy has come to realize that “everything is connection.” Every idea needs people to make it a reality. However, as Judy made her way through the corporate world, she often found that traditional means of networking were often ineffective, and simply handing out business cards rarely led anywhere productive. It troubled Judy to know that there were people out there who had the knowledge, the intellect, and the ideas to potentially change the world, but because of their lack of connections, or more importantly, their fear of making them, these people would never have the chance to do so. However, if people could learn how to network strategically, the possibilities are endless.

2011-sundanceparty and 165Dunbar’s number postulates that people are only able to maintain a maximum of 150 stable social relationships at one time, and this is a theory to which Judy subscribes and utilized in her book. She believes that it is possible to solve every difficult problem through networking, but only if you take the time to invest in these relationships and add value to them at every interaction. With only 150 slots available for these important relationships, Judy’s book outlines how to take a strategic approach to building up your network, and how to make sure that not only are you making the right connections, but that you are also nurturing and cultivating them properly, so that when you need them, your networks will work for you and not against you.

Robinett9780071830737-3D-1-e1400185399113How to Be a Power Connector is filled with tips, strategies, and advice on how to create the best network you can for your business, including how to overcome aversions to striking up conversations with strangers, knowing when and where to invest your time, and most importantly, how to increase your network’s value by becoming a facilitator of connections.

I met Judy in that very way, when she helped to facilitate many of the important connections I made with others upon my arrival in Park City, and she has been a wonderful friend ever since. Every single time I see Judy she is ready to make a connection for me to help advance my efforts.  While her book is filled with great advice, I’ll leave you with Judy’s two golden questions for networking. At the end of any conversation with someone new, always be sure to ask them: 1) What other ideas do you have for me? and 2) Who else do you know I should talk to? According to Judy, those questions led her to President Obama, President Clinton, and Oprah. Imagine where they could take you.

 

(Photos of Judy Robinett, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem and Jacki Zehner are from the 1st Annual Women at Sundance Party in 2011)