The practice is part of SAP’s broader strategy to increase the number of women recruited into science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, roles. The company’s goal is to have 25 percent of its leadership team represented by women by 2017.
In particular, the defense process represents an effort to help the company uncover unconscious bias — a human trait many human resources experts say supports the gender imbalance in STEM jobs. A 2013 U.S. Census Bureau report showed that men are hired at twice the rate of women for STEM roles, and a Global STEM Alliance report released in late January 2015 found that women still represent less than 30 percent of the world’s science researchers....
It never crossed my mind I wouldn't be CEO
After climbing the corporate ladder at Procter & Gamble (PG), Denise Morrison became CEO of Campbell Soup in August 2011. By that point her younger sister Maggie Wilderotter was already a pro at running a big business. She was hired as CEO of Frontier Communications (FTR) back in 2006.
That means that while there are only 24 women running S&P 500 companies, two of them come from the same Long Branch, N.J. family...
April 10, 2015,
Most MBA programs are run by men, and the reason goes back to the 1980s
Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, is used to being lonely.
“I have been the first at everything I’ve done in academic leadership,” says Davis-Blake. She adds that she was the first woman to be the chair of her department at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, the first female senior associate dean at McCombs, the first female dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and now the first woman to run Ross. Bloomberg Business asked Davis-Blake why she’s had to be first so many times, and what it’s like to be one of the only women camping out in a business school’s corner office. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Why are you one of only 10 female deans at the top 60 business schools?
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” - Lao Tzu— WiRL Summit (@WiRLSummit) April 2, 2015
Can women have successful careers in the tech world? The Economic Survey 2014-15 says the IT and ITeS sector including Business Process Management (BPM), continues to be one of the largest employers in the country, directly employing nearly 35 lakh people. This sector will continue to thrive. Software products and services revenues for 2015-16 are projected to grow at 12-14 per cent. Women need to be a part of this growth trajectory...
Abhijit Bhaduri works as the Chief Learning Officer for the Wipro group. Prior to this he led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel and worked in India, SE Asia and US. He has been voted to be one of the top HR influencers on Social Media by SHRM. He writes a popular weekly post on movies, music and management for his website abhijitbhaduri.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/abhijitbhaduri. Abhijit is the author of two best sellers – Mediocre But Arrogant and its sequel Married But Available. His latest book is called “Don’t Hire the Best” is about how to find a fit between the person and the organization. The views are personal
The contest is on! Apply now to get a chance to win one of the three prizes!
With the EU Prize for Women Innovators, the European Commission wants to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market. The aim is to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps.
After two successful editions in 2011 and 2014, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the prize.
Three prizes will be awarded in Spring 2016:
Contestants will be able to submit their entries until 20 October 2015 (12:00 – Brussels time).
An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the three winners who will be announced in 2016.
The contest is open to all women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefitted from the EU's research framework programmes, the EURATOM Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme (CIP) or actions relating to research and innovation under the European Structural and Investment Funds (known as the Structural Funds prior to 2014).
The contestant must reside in an EU Member State or a country associated to Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
The company must have been registered before 1 January 2013 and have had an annual turnover of at least EUR 100 000 in 2013 or 2014.
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Monica McGrath is the Vice Dean for the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management focused on women and executive leadership.
...the only other industrialized countries without paid maternity leave are the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and Tonga.
This data point — along with a wealth of other numbers about the health, education, and status of women and girls — appears in the “No Ceilings” report recently published by the Clinton and Gates Foundations. It’s a follow-up on 21 years of progress since the 1995 UN Conference on Women held in Beijing.
As the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s vice dean of executive education, an organizational psychologist, and an executive coach, I wasn’t surprised — unfortunately — by much of the business-related data.
What Rebekah Brooks can teach us about power http://t.co/lIcLIBljFP— Jeffrey Pfeffer (@JeffreyPfeffer) March 20, 2015
...In the real world, outcome interdependence is common. If I choose a subordinate, select an advisor, or help pick a co-worker or teammate, my own outcomes depend on the skill and drive of the person selected. Absent that outcome interdependence, I am much more likely to evaluate others on their likeability, which is partly determined by how they conform to role expectations, including gender role expectations.
A Stanford doctoral student, Peter Belmi, and I have a manuscript in preparation summarizing three studies showing this effect: outcome dependence changes how people weigh competence versus likeability when evaluating others. Likeability is more important when study participants’ outcomes don’t depend on the other person, and competence becomes comparatively more important when they do...
www.mckinsey.com/insights/social_sector/Women_in_the_Muslim_world_taking_the_fast_track_to_change March 2015 | by Saadia Zahidi
James arrives from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she taught leadership courses and led the school’s executive education programs as senior associate dean. Her time at Darden also included a stint as the school’s first associate dean of diversity, a role in which she fostered conversations about diversity in the classroom setting...
Edurne Pasaban Lizarribar (born August 1, 1973) is a Basque Spanish mountaineer, from Tolosa, in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Country, Spain. On May 17, 2010, she became the 21st person and the first woman to climb all of the fourteen eight-thousander peaks in the World. Her first 8,000 peak had been achieved 9 years earlier, on May 23, 2001, when she climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching and sharing a class with Custodia Cabanas at the IE Business School in Madrid. Custodia is an expert in leadership and team management. She has been working at the IE Business School since 1989, and lectures on the school’s MBA, IMBA and Executive MBA programs.
The class we gave together was for a group involved in the AMP program. The aim of the session, entitled “A Leader’s Vision”, was to show people how develop and follow through on a personal and/or professional Vision. My contribution involved explaining how I developed my Vision to climb the planet’s 14 eight-thousanders.
I studied Engineering and when I finished my degree I started working as an engineer in the family business. One day, however, my life was to change forever and instead of continuing in the family tradition, I made the decision to devote my life to climbing mountains in the Himalayas, which is what I really had a passion for. It was then that I was able to create a Vision: I wanted to pursue a professional career in the world of mountaineering.
It is very important with any business endeavour to know exactly what your Vision is, and we need to define it clearly. For the projects in my life so far, I have normally tried to define a Vision to take me through the following 5 years.
When I decided to devote my life to mountaineering, the first thing I did was to analyse the situation very carefully and then work out an action plan. Similarly, in business, it is very important to identify your or your company’s values before drawing up an action plan. Once these have been established, you can go ahead and start working on a plan.
When I meet this inner struggle, I use this maxim: “When you have to choose between two paths, always follow your heart”.
The 'missile woman' behind India's new ICBM http://t.co/7dT5IlChbm > Where are America's "missile women"?— Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa) December 7, 2014
December 8, 2014
As work organizations become increasingly gender diverse, existing theoretical models have failed to explain why such diversity can have a negative impact on idea generation. Using evidence from two group experiments, this paper tests theory on the effects of imposing a political correctness (PC) norm, one that sets clear expectations for how men and women should interact, on reducing interaction uncertainty and boosting creativity in mixed-sex groups. Our research shows that men and women both experience uncertainty when asked to generate ideas as members of a mixed-sex work group: men because they may fear offending the women in the group and women because they may fear having their ideas devalued or rejected. most group creativity research begins with the assumption that creativity is unleashed by removing normative constraints, but our results show that the PC norm promotes rather than suppresses the free expression of ideas by reducing the uncertainty experienced by both sexes in mixed-sex work groups and signaling that the group is predictable enough to risk sharing more—and more-novel—ideas. Our results demonstrate that the PC norm, which is often maligned as a threat to free speech, may play an important role in promoting gender parity at work by allowing demographically heterogeneous work groups to more freely exchange creative ideas.
Leaving Paris. Per usual, loved every second. Thanks to Le Web for having me, and to AirBnB for being wonderful in Europe, generally.— Soraya Darabi (@sorayadarabi) December 10, 2014
A lot of ink has been spilled on these topics, and both individuals and organizations have focused on gender gaps in business and other sectors. Can anything more be said? The 50th anniversary of the admission of women to Harvard Business School’s MBA program inspired us to find out—specifically, to learn what HBS graduates had to say about work and family and how their experiences, attitudes, and decisions might shed light on prevailing controversies.
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We’re excited to launch Female Founder Stories, a collection of interviews with 40 of Y Combinator’s female alumnae. We asked them about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they'd known when they were younger. As you'll see, their answers are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.
This is the biggest collection of interviews with female startup founders I've seen in one place, and as a result we have an unprecedented opportunity to notice patterns in their experiences (and just as interesting, where there aren't patterns).
One of the most consistent patterns is how many founders wished they'd learned to program when they were younger...
The percentage of startups we accepted with female founders was identical to the percentage who applied. (And this happened organically; we didn't check the numbers until after.) Which implies the percentage of female founders we fund will increase in proportion to the percentage of female applicants...
What We Learned From 40 Female YC Founders http://t.co/rPuzwh5yeE— Hacker News (@newsycombinator) November 24, 2014
Proud to take a strong stance on this issue with my friend Devon in the Stanford Review; conservatives must do more - http://t.co/Vk12uv2VSd— Joe Lonsdale (@JTLonsdale) October 19, 2014
Centre Stage, 15:30 - 15:45, 6th November ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lonsdale )
Promotion & tenure probability in mathematical fields not lower for women - except in economics http://t.co/55xaleAyev— Dina Pomeranz (@dinapomeranz) November 2, 2014
Our analysis reveals that the experiences of young and midcareer women in math-intensive fields are, for the most part, similar to those of their male counterparts: They are more likely to receive hiring offers, are paid roughly the same (in 14 of 16 comparisons across the eight fields), are generally tenured and promoted at the same rate (except in economics)..
Chair Janet L. Yellen, At the "National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession", Washington, D.C. October 30, 2014
I am very pleased that the American Economic Association (AEA) and the Federal Reserve Board have organized this conference on an important issue for our profession.
In trying to raise awareness of diversity in the economics profession..
I am very pleased that the American Economic Association (AEA) and the Federal Reserve Board have organized this conference on an important issue for our profession.
In trying to raise awareness of diversity in the economics profession..
...She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.
Following her husband's death, Eleanor remained active in politics for the rest of her life. She pressed the US to join and support the United Nations and became one of its first delegates. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Later she chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. By the time of her death, she was regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world" and "the object of almost universal respect". In 1999, she was ranked in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
Throughout the 1950s, Roosevelt embarked on countless national and international speaking engagements; continued to pen her newspaper column; and made appearances on television and radio broadcasts. She averaged one hundred fifty lectures a year throughout the fifties, many devoted to her activism on behalf of the United Nations.
Roosevelt received thirty-five honorary degrees, thirteen of which were from universities outside the US.
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics" – in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces.
Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," since it was established in 1936.
said Ralph Cohen, a professor of mathematics and the senior associate dean for the natural sciences in Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences. "Maryam's work really is an outstanding example of curiosity-driven research."
Another P & G brand shows support for women. How "like a girl" can be used to undermine women's confidence--video: http://t.co/D0EEcehpep— Sharon Cannon (@smccannon) 1 Juillet 2014
Enase Okonedo believes she has one of the most difficult deans' jobs in the world. Find out more: http://t.co/5ypmvayeeo— Business Education (@ftbized) July 6, 2014
http://t.co/l9NNNAoaFn LBS Joins European Management Network: Lagos Business School has been granted full membership of the European...— LagosBusinessSchool (@LBSNigeria) July 1, 2014
Welcome to Global Board Ready Women. This movement started by the European Business Schools/Women on Board Taskforce has grown to become a global initiative including leading business schools & professional organisations from around the world (www.non-execs.com/media/214590/GBRWGroupslistamendedFEB2014.pdf) in an effort to identify & promote Senior Women Executives & Professionals who meet the strict criteria, to create global & diverse corporate governance for the 21st Century.
This group will provide executive search firms & those making board appointments with a list of suitable board-qualified women for companies in Europe & the world. Women in the group will ensure that their profiles are kept current & companies/recruiters can easily search & identify those whose experience most closely match their requirements & contact them directly. We will also be posting best practices & engaging in appropriate group discussions.
Before requesting to join, please review the following criteria:
All women on the list should have at least 5 years’ experience in 1 or more of the following:
•Chair &/or NED of listed/private corporations
•CEO/COO/CFO/C-suite exec/director level in listed/private corporations
•Family member & controlling shareholder of large family company boards
•Director of government agencies
•Director of non-profit orgs
•Institutional investment community senior professional
•Professional firms senior partner serving boards & their committees as clients
•Leading Academics with suitable relevant experience
The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. A starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point. We envision a world where the best ideas - regardless of where they come from - will have a chance to be heard, and to shape society and the world. Working with top universities, foundations, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations, we scout and train under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields; we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best new experts and ideas directly to media gatekeepers who need them, across all platforms. The OpEd Project is an Echoing Green Project.
"Who’s Got Those Top Jobs?" (Harvard Business Review, March 2014) by Peter Cappelli (Wharton), Monika Hamori (IE), and Rocio Bonet (IE).
(Video Published on 11 Feb. 2014 ("Advice to young managers" at 5m12))
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the director of its Center for Human Resources.
Monika Hamori is a professor of human resource management, and Rocio Bonet is an assistant professor of human resource management, at the IE Business School, in Madrid. Prof. Hamori's work was published in Organization Science, the Academy of Management Annals, the Academy of Management Perspectives and Human Resource Management, among others.
...Over the past 30 years we've seen executives' education levels rise. About 65% of the leaders in 2011 held graduate degrees, compared with 62% in 2001 and 46% in 1980. Companies with the most MBAs in their senior ranks included Sears (75%), Sunoco (70%), and Disney (63%)...
Economist.com - whichmba - "A bumpy road to the top", 24th Feb. 2014
Aspiring MBAs may well ask: how do they get to the chief executive’s seat, and what kind of career bumps can they expect along the way?...
HBR (July 2010) article by Monika Hamori, "Managing Yourself: Job-Hopping to the Top and Other Career Fallacies"
Video May 2009, Dr Rocio Bonet speaks about the effect that MBA Rankings have on graduates' careers: "Career advancement of MBA graduates - IE Professors Talk".
Lord Davies of Abersoch has today (26 March 2014) published the third annual progress report into Women on Boards. Three years on from the ground-breaking review in 2011, Lord Davies and his steering group report a growing number of women in decision-making roles.
The latest figures today (26 March 2014), published at the same time as the Cranfield University School of Management’s Female FTSE Board report, show that women now account for 20.7% of board positions in the FTSE100 – up from 12.5% in 2011 and 17.3% in April 2013. Lord Davies originally set a target in 2011 of achieving 25% in 2015.
There continues to be real progress made with more women than ever before in the boardroom of the UK’s top companies and a growing recognition of the benefits gained by business, the economy and wider society.
Lord Davies, speaking ahead of his speech at Barclays, sponsors of the Cranfield report, on 26 March, said:
The rate of change that we have seen at the heart of our biggest companies over the last 3 years has been impressive. The voluntary approach is working and companies have got the message that better balanced boards bring real business benefits. We are finally seeing a culture change taking place at the heart of British business.
However, the eyes of the world are on us as we enter the home straight. They are judging us as to whether the voluntary approach, rather than regulation, will work – we need to now prove we can do this on our own.
...However, highlighting how injustice can be redressed through purchases enhances fair-trade support under conditions of high need. The effects are moderated by justice sensitivity factors, such as just-world beliefs and whether the product type (indulgence vs. necessity) makes the injustice of consumer privilege salient. The results suggest that communicating high need when requesting consumer prosocial actions can sometimes backfire. Marketers employing high need appeals should heighten perceptions of justice restoration potential and activate fairness-related thoughts through product positioning to encourage fair-trade purchases....
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These Masterclasess are your opportunity to experience the sort of teaching our students enjoy on our MSc programmes taught in London.
— Rhiannon MacDonnell (@Rhiannon) February 14, 2014
LinkedIn and MentorNet: A Partnership To Get More Women in STEM http://t.co/o0QT19xNdf— Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) March 12, 2014
...Additionally, since the LinkedIn platform enables members to “signal” their interest in doing skill-based volunteering, it will provide MentorNet with the ability to leverage our growing network of 277 million professionals to identify members who might be interested in becoming a mentor and match their subject matter expertise with a willing protégé. To date, more than 600,000 LinkedIn members have indicated their interest in either serving on a board or doing skill-based volunteering...
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hardthings.bhorowitz.com. HarperBusiness (March 4, 2014)