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March 15, 2016: Edition 53
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IN THE HEADLINES
Busting With Confidence: Why Women Leaders Need More In The C-Suite
There she is: the woman who oozes self-confidence in every meeting, presentation and work event. Her confidence is evident in the way she talks, walks, even stands or sits. But she may be an anomaly as new research shows the difference between the genders in the workplace is not competence, but confidence. And women have less of it. According to new research from Development Dimensions International and the Conference Board, only 30 percent of women leaders rate themselves in the top 10 percent of leaders, compared to 37 percent of men in the same positions who consider themselves at the top.
Where The Jobs Are: Women Leaders Can Choose Best Cities,Industries
In order to succeed as a woman leader, it matters where you are, what you do and --unfortunately-- apparently what you weigh as a female in the workplace. The good news is the gender pay gap is not universal across all industries, as there are a few sectors where women earn more than men, according to Business Insider. Those are for women working as accountants, police officers, office clerks, data entry clerks and as wholesale and retail buyers.
I Can See Clearly Now: Why Flexible Paths Work for Women in The Workplace
Getting tied up -- and dejected-- by the goals you set for yourself in the workplace years down the line may not be the best practice. Jenny Foss writes in The Muse that you
don’t have to have your work trajectory defined precisely by the time you are 30. “Folks, when you’re 29, 30, or even 42, you don’t have to have the entire storyline of your career mapped out."
In a world connected by stories, it is mostly the stories of men and by men that are heard. Why does it matter? "Today there is generally a greater awareness of the inequities women face around the world thanks to the work of both men and, increasingly, women reporters. But the numbers show that journalism still needs more women’s voices in foreign news stories, more investigative reporting into women’s issues, and more prizes in recognition of those investigations, so that women’s ideas are finally equated with men’s ideas." READ IT AT THE ATLANTIC
Profile of A Designing Woman "When Limor Fried looks at a circuit board, she sees it as a series of aesthetic choices—a vehicle for self-expression, rather than simply the product of rational optimization. Fried is the CEO and sole owner of Adafruit Industries, an electronics company that she founded in 2005, from her dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 'The layout and placement of parts can be really beautiful.'”
Women Leading in Congress Offer Lessons "Being a Representative can be a 24/7 job. There are incredible demands on your time, so finding that balance between work and family can be difficult," writes Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif., represents the 53rd Congressional District. Davis. READ IT AT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Break The Glace Ceiling: Celebrate Women Chefs
According to Beverly Wettenstein: "Only 43 women of the 276 Food & Wine 'Best New Chefs' -- 16 percent -- have been chosen since the list was launched in 1988. No women were selected in 2003. One lone ranger was chosen each year from 2004 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011, as well as in 2014. Two women were named each year in 2008, 2012 and 2015. The list honors up-and-coming talents in charge a restaurant kitchen for no more than five years." READ IT AT HUFFINGTON POST
“Frequently in negotiating sessions I’d be the only female in the room, and what that ends up meaning is that they remember me long after they’ve forgotten all the other white guys on my side of the table.”