Advancing Women's Leadership

Women currently make up 15 percent of corporate management, 16 percent of law partners, and less than 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. NCRW and its partners are working to improve these numbers as they work toward a critical mass, often viewed as 30 percent representation, across sectors to benefit the economy and society through women’s talents and perspectives. Without sufficient numbers, women’s ideas, views and analyses risk being marginalized or perceived as representing a narrow minority. With greater access to opportunities and positions of influence, the likelihood of acceptance and professional success for women and people of color increases.

Women at PricewaterhouseCoopers, A Global Priority

Women represent half of our global workforce at the recruitment level, and 15 percent of the partnership, a number which continues to increase each year. Although great progress has been made to help women climb the corporate ladder, we know we need to do more.
 

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http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/index.jhtml

Pink Magazine: Where career women connect, express, learn and support one another

Throughout your life pink has been symbolic. Since the day you were born and a pink cap was placed upon your head, the color partly defined who you were and who you felt you could or could not become. At times pink was confining, girlish, degrading, liberating or all of these.

But today a growing number of women who are at, or heading for the top, are comfortable with their own pinkness-the color, the attitude, and the opportunity it represents. They are embracing their femininity along with their strength, their compassion and resilience, power and passion.
 

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http://www.pinkmagazine.com/index.html

20-first.com: Building Gender Balanced Businesses

Organization that takes a very international approach to work with others to move from 20th century mindsets, management styles and marketing approaches to more progressive 21st century forms -- this time including women.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/index.php

Why Gender Balance Matters More Than Ever

OECD projections suggest that in just eleven years, seven out of ten graduates will be women in many countries across the world. It is crucial that men recognize that gender balance and the encouragement of women is a business imperative in today’s tough times.

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http://www.gn2-newsletter.de/view2.php?C=4273-2E9D5FB7&M=123873&U=4708-EAAE5E04&T=N#

Unwritten Rules: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Career

Date/Time: 
02/09/2010

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., Director, Research, and Brande Stellings, J.D., Vice President, Advisory Services, Professional Services Practice, lead a webinar on Unwritten Rules: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Career . This event is complimentary for participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged a per-registration fee of $150.

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Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Global Private Sector Leaders Forum is a group of influencial businesspeople and companies committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. These leaders understand the importance of women’s contributions to business profitability and to the communities in which they operate. They are creating economic opportunities for women as an integral part of core business, community engagement and corporate diversity and inclusion.
 

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http://pslforum.worldbankgroup.org/

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
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