Mauria Finley learned the value of recruiting moms from stints as an executive at eBay and PayPal. Now she’s putting that insight to use at her new startup Citrus Lane – and it’s paying off big time.
By Mauria Finley (CEO & founder, Citrus Lane)
In recent weeks, two news stories from prominent business leaders have captured widespread attention: Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate certain flexible work policies at Yahoo! and the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. Both topics have ignited debate about working mothers, specifically what they need to do to succeed and how corporate policy can help or hinder their career growth.
At Citrus Lane, we have a very simple perspective: We are succeeding because we’re hiring moms, not despite hiring moms.
Don’t be fooled by Atlantic headlines or even perhaps your social circle. The question is not if but how.
By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words, this blog post can be short.
Take a look at the below chart from the US Department of Health and Human Services website.
Many, many American women to the tune of tens of millions are today working full-time while caring for their children under 18. This number has increased nearly 50% in the last 40 years.
The attention drawn by the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece and others are distracting people from this reality.
Women judging each other is one of the key mechanisms for the delivery of gender bias.
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
Marissa Mayer is naïve. Or so say a million mommy blogs, and I just can’t get this issue out of my head. Once the baby is born, say the blogs, she will see that a two-week maternity leave is not realistic. This is a typical gender war. Women judging each other is one of the key mechanisms for the delivery of gender bias.
Mind you, I didn’t take a two-week maternity leave. And I was horrified when I heard, in my twenties, of a law-firm partner who said, when a lawyer in his firm took only two weeks, “Now, that’s the responsible way to have a baby.” But that was me, in my particular situation.
Regardless of where you stand on Sheryl Sandberg, she wields tremendous influence for many women.
By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)
It’s been a big week for Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, often credited for increasing the social network’s revenue and growing their user base exponentially in the years since CEO Mark Zuckerberg whisked her away from Google.
Ms. Sandberg appears to have it all: an impressive title, a work history that includes being chief of staff to the U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, TED talk videos that generate over a million views and a celebrity status that sees her share a podium with the world’s most influential businessmen at Davos
By Robert Jordan (Author, “How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America”)
“It’s really important to get the word out to a woman that she has the resources and capabilities that almost genetically make her superior to be a CEO.” That’s what Bonnie Baskin, founder of ViroMed and AppTec Labs, told me when we recently sat down to talk about her inspiring story. (View the video interview.)
Interestingly, the rigidity Bonnie Baskin faced as an employee became the antithesis of her own highly successful management style. “You have to have flexibility” as a CEO, Bonnie