Women in Leadership – Industry News

Women leaders may reduce Wall Street risky business

Could the global financial market meltdown of 2008 have been avoided if Wall Street had more women executives? That’s the starting point of new University of British Columbia research that will investigate the relationship between gender and risk in the male-dominated global financial industry. Hazel Hollingdale, a PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Sociology, hopes her research can help prevent future market crashes, while providing a greater incentive for financial firms to hire more women in senior roles. [Read More…]

A Candid Conversation With 5 Women Leaders of Advertising and Media The triumphs and trials of smashing the ceiling

Two years ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a provocative essay in The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The piece, which sparked a national debate about the impossibilities of work-life balance, stressed that unless a profound change in mind-set occurred at the highest levels of business and government, professional women are basically screwed. The stats bear it out. Women account for just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, while 3 percent of executive creative directors at ad agencies are female. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stormed the zeitgeist with her rallying cry to “lean in,” producing a book on how to succeed in a high-powered job as well as a movement. While this drive is nothing new—think Gloria Steinem, Camille Paglia and Helen Gurley Brown—the hope is that as more women in positions of power speak out and create change, the door will swing open and a new generation of leaders will take their rightful seat at the table. Women in media, advertising and technology understand well the challenge of reaching the upper ranks of power. While a handful of top television executives (A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc) and magazine editors (Time’s Nancy Gibbs) are female, there remains a dearth of women running ad agencies, agency holding companies and digital companies. [Read More…]

Women business leaders share advice for younger generations

On Friday, we published Business Women First, a special publication that celebrates businesswomen in our community. For one of the stories in the publication, I asked 10 Louisville-area women business leaders to answer the question, “What advice would you give to your 25- to 30-year old self about succeeding in the work force?” Below are selections of the responses from five of the women featured in the story. [Read More…]

Sheryl Sandberg Is Right — Data Shows Women Are Called ‘Bossy’ More Than Men

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has decided she doesn’t like the word “bossy.” Last month, she and other prominent women, like Condoleezza Rice and Beyonce, collaborated to launch Ban Bossy, a campaign that claims the word disproportionately describes young women, damaging their confidence and desire to pursue leadership positions. “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy,'” the website states. [Read More…]

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