Business & Entrepreneurship

Women have made significant progress in the work force and private sector, but the glass ceiling is still firmly in place, particularly at senior levels of decision-making and management. Businesses are now recognizing the importance of diversity and including a wider range of talents and perspectives at all levels of management and they are offering networking, mentoring and other services to improve recruitment and retention of women and people of color. Although women represent a significant number of small business owners, women-run businesses capture only a small percentage of capital investments and government contracts. re:gender's network is working to close these gaps by focusing attention on equal opportunity, educational parity, career options, promotions, networking and work/life balance as well as other critical issues. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Women's Initiative Blog

Moderated by Barbara Adachi, National Managing Principal of the Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women at Deloitte LLP, the blog is an ongoing community conversation about life, work and everything else in between.
 

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http://blogs.deloitte.com/winblog/

Holding Women Back, 2008-2009

This special report from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2008/2009 is a bi-annual study that measures the impact of leadership development initiatives around the world. The study included data from more than 12,000 leaders from 76 countries. Research revealed the following: female leaders are under-represented in accelerated development programs (like high potential programs and one-on-one mentorship) are secret or happen behind closed doors, organizations aren’t held accountable for gender balance; and, having women represent in significant numbers at every leadership level doesn’t mean that will carry to the executive level– in fact, there is a backlash again women at the top when they are dominant in leadership roles at every other level.
 

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http://www.ddiworld.com/pdf/GenderReport09_tr_ddi.pdf

Women in the Boardroom and Their Impact on Governance and Performance

We show that female directors have a significant impact on board inputs and firm outcomes. In a sample of US firms, we find that female directors have better attendance records than male directors, male directors have fewer attendance problems the more gender-diverse the board is, and women are more likely to join monitoring committees. These results suggest that gender-diverse boards allocate more effort to monitoring. Accordingly, we find that CEO turnover is more sensitive to stock performance and directors receive more equity-based compensation in firms with more gender-diverse boards. However, the average effect of gender diversity on firm performance is negative. This negative effect is driven by companies with fewer takeover defenses. Our results suggest that mandating gender quotas for directors can reduce firm value for well-governed firms.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1107721

Centered Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive

A new approach to leadership can help women become more self-confident and effective business leaders. Women start careers in business and other professions with the same level of intelligence, education and commitment as men. Yet comparatively few reach the top echelons. With this in mind, the McKinsey Leadership Project, an initiative to help professional women at McKinsey and elsewhere, set our four years ago to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders

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http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/03/talent-women-leadership-lead-cx_1003mckinsey_print.html

Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index

Calvert’s recent Diversity Survey, Examining Cracks in the Ceiling, demonstrates that even the best companies have much to accomplish in developing a comprehensive diversity strategy.
 

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http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/CorporateDiversity2008.pdf

A study finds more MBAS take the “Mommy Track”

A surprising number of highly-educated MBAs are dropping out of the labor force. Associate Professor Catherine Wolfram, a member of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group found MBAs are more likely than MDs and JDs to be stay-at-home mothers.

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http://www.85broads.com/public/blogs/the-latest-news-from-janet-hanson/articles/an-interesting-article-from-haas-on-women-mbas

‘Girl Power’: Female Participation in Top Management and Firm Performance

Scholars and practitioners have long argued that females exhibit a distinctive and particularly effective managerial style. Yet, less than a third of the largest U.S. corporations have a single female senior executive, raising the question of whether women are in fact effective as senior managers, and, if so, under what circumstances.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1088182

The Power of Women: Women's Impact on Corporate Performance

In the past few decades, women have made great strides in their involvement in economic activity, moving ever closer to what one might call “gender equality.” Women’s college participation and graduation rates exceed those of men, and more and more women are pursuing “traditionally male” college majors, particularly in professional fields such as law and medicine. However, discrepancies persist in the field of business administration, and this state of affairs is mirrored in the workforce: the proportion of women in managerial occupations is only about 35%.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/683-0-womens-impact-on-corporate-performance.html

When Women Rank High, Firms Profit

Data suggesting that firms that promote women to senior management positions have superior economic performance because of the different skills women bring to the table.
 

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http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/ideasatwork/feature/137194/When+women+rank+high,+firms+profit?&layout=cbs_print&top.region=main

Doing Business: Women in Africa

Report Promotes Reforms for Women’s Entrepreuneurship and focuses on women entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
 

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http://www.doingbusiness.org/documents/women_in_Africa.pdf
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