From skills and strengths development to a bulls**t barometer, here is my women’s leadership Wish List for 2013.
By Cari E. Guittard (Principal, Global Engagement Partners)
Women’s leadership is everywhere. Around the world and over the past few years, there have been numerous conferences, forums and events dedicated to advancing women in leadership. You hear about it regularly in the mainstream media and in almost every culture.
Recruitment, retention and work-life balance are key
“Startup life is all-consuming, but we built the company around the motto “do right by kids” and believe in a culture of flexibility and autonomy.” – Duck Duck Moose co-founder Nicci Gabriel.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Duck Duck Moose co-founder Caroline Hu Flexer (pictured, right) (pictured, right) was a product manager with a background in design and business. Prior to Duck Duck Moose, Caroline worked as a design consultant at IDEO, and as a product manager of Quicken and QuickBooks software at Intuit.
We are happy to announce 3rd Women Entrepreneurs Festival.
By Joanne Wilson (Blogger & Angel Investor, Gotham Gal)
I am thrilled to announce the 3rd annual Women Entrepreneur Festival on January 22-2, 2013 in New York. A huge thanks to the Huffington Post for sponsoring this event so we can have Live Stream live stream.
In the last two years, many businesses have started after this festival because people have found their business partners, mentors at all stages and the support system to just do it.
What I’ve proposed is software that will allow an employer to achieve “schedule equilibrium”.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)
Susan Lambert, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and the author of a much-discussed op-ed in Wednesday’s New York Times, once told me that she gets a lot of grief. “You study what,” say her social work friends. “Scheduling?”
Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.
By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)
Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:
1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others
I seek to widen the pool of female heroes in tech. They might not have a huge PR machine behind them, but these women have truly made their mark on the professional landscape in Silicon Valley.
By Marilyn Nagel (CEO, Watermark)
If you Google “women in tech,” it’s likely that the same 5-10 women will pop up in your search results. These hyper-visible women (Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Susan Wojcicki, to name a few) have become the poster girls of women leaders in Silicon Valley. They’re great at what they do, and they certainly act as role models for women interested in breaking into tech.
While creating a group of superstars serves its purpose, I fear that seeing the same faces repeatedly gives the impression that they’re the only women succeeding in Silicon Valley, when in reality, exceptional women leaders are
“People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.
According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth
To blaze a trail, you need to know how to experiment with your ideas when they are messy and imperfect.
By Tara Sophia Mohr (Founder & Principal, Wise Living)
You were so good at school. A smartie. You wrote great papers that the teachers marked with A’s. You knew how to study for a test. You were a diligent, hard-working, careful, successful student. And you are (quietly) proud of that.
Now you want to thrive at work. You’ve got castles to build, ideas to realize, contributions you’d like to make.
But you are noticing something odd: the toolkit that kept you winning at school isn’t helping you win at work. All the rigor, the care, the work ethic? That was fine for the worker-bee stage
Swisher told the story of a minor stroke she suffered last year. “After I had it, people came up to me and asked if I was finally going to slow down a little bit,” she said. “And that felt sexist. I can’t imagine anyone would have said that to a man.”
By Carly Schwartz (Writer, Huffington Post)
“I’m not going to give a whiny speech about how few women there are in tech,” Kara Swisher, legendary technology journalist and founder of tech news website All Things D, said during her keynote address at the Anita Borg Women of Vision awards ceremony.
Swisher would have been justified in whining. Women have been flagrantly underrepresented in technology fields since the Internet first changed the way we interact with the world nearly two decades ago.
Only 8% of venture-backed startups have female
Self-promotion and asking for what you want and need are essential to a woman’s advancement and success.
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
As I placed Madeleine Albright’s book in her hands at the book signing, as many before me just had, she looked up and said, “Who should I make this out to?” “Rania,” I said. She paused: “I once had a student by that name…” I smiled. “That’s was me…” Her face lit up and we briefly reconnected.
In a recent interview, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reminisced about what she had aspired to teach women at Georgetown University in the 1980s. I was fortunate to be one of those students – working at that time on a Master’s