Gender diversity supports managerial efficiency by creating a more diverse culture and favoring the exploration of different business opportunities. However, creating a diverse culture implies a critical mass of female managers. To reach this point, companies must recruit more women. They also have to promote and train women when the labor market does not supply enough.
Negotiating the expectations of social norms in the business world. In this episode of The Massachusetts School of Law's Educational Forum entitled, Successful Women In The Corporate And Business Worlds, Professor of Law Connie Rudnick interviews Dr. Nan S. Langowitz, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Babson, Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of Healthcare Informatics for Phillips Healthcare, Shirley Singleton, CEO of Edgewater Technology and Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO of ElectroChem Inc.
Shortly after Norway proposed a law forcing listed companies to have women as 40 per cent of their directors, Mimi Berdal’s telephone started ringing off the hook. The former corporate lawyer was contacted by many of the 500 or so companies that were scrambling to fill their boards with the requisite number of women. She now sits on 12 boards and regularly tops newspaper lists of the most prominent businesswomen. But Ms. Berdal is just one of what have become know as the “golden skirts”, a group of Norwegian women who have become full-time non-executive directors on the back of the law.
Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. She has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. Davis served as the keynote speaker for the 2009 National Women's Studies Association's annual conference where she honored Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., NWSA President & Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Womens Studies at Spelman College.