What Makes a Leader?

Posted August 27, 2019

“You’re too accessible.”

That’s what Susan Zirinsky, the new head of CBS News, was told early in her career — because she was seemingly everywhere at once.

You’ve Committed to Increasing Gender Diversity on Your Board. Here’s How to Make it Happen.

Posted August 20, 2019

After years of asking corporate directors about the importance of diversity in the boardroom, we’ve got some good news: the vast majority see value in including more women and minorities. Nearly 95% of directors agree that diversity brings unique perspectives to the boardroom, while 84% believe it enhances board performance, according to our 2018 Annual Corporate Directors Survey.

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

Posted August 13, 2019

It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers.

How Women of Color Get to Senior Management

Posted August 6, 2019

Women of color are a force in the U.S. economy. They are projected to make up the majority of all women by 2060, which means they’ll also likely become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They also generate $1 trillion as consumers and $361 billion in revenue as entrepreneurs, launching companies at 4x the rate of all woman-owned businesses.

How Female Executives Will Pave The Way For Workplace Equality

Posted July 30, 2019

The workplace still doesn’t work for women. Issues like the lack of federal paid family leave, flexible work schedules, equal pay and affordable childcare make it harder for women to advance at work. Female business leaders can pave the way for workplace equality for their own employees and inspire corporations of all sizes to do the same.

Networking like a man isn’t enough. Successful women rely on other women to reach leadership roles, study finds.

Posted July 23, 2019

Landing an executive leadership role at a major company often requires making connections with the right people. Graduate students seeking high-ranking corporate jobs are encouraged to build a network of diverse and influential contacts, and avoid cliques.

That advice often works — for men. After all, the leaders of corporate America are overwhelmingly men: Women make up fewer than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs and fewer than a quarter of Fortune 500 board members.

Women reach leadership roles earlier than men do—but fewer make it to the top, according to LinkedIn

Posted July 16, 2019

If you’re a women and you want to call the shots at a company, the first 10 years of your career after graduation are even more important than you think. 

Breadwinning Wives Still Do Most of the Work at Home

Posted July 9, 2019

That women should take on the bulk of domestic responsibilities is still a widespread belief. Married American mothers spend almost twice as much time on housework and child care than do married fathers. Although American mothers—including those with young children—are far more likely to be working now than in past decades, they spend more time on child care today than did moms in the 1960s.

When Parents Can’t Find Summer Child Care, Their Work Suffers

Posted July 2, 2019

Americans see summer as a carefree time for children, but for working parents, finding summer child care can be a logistical and financial headache. Care is expensive and hard to find, forcing parents to make difficult trade-offs between work and family life. 

The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women

Posted June 25, 2019

As women continue their upward trajectory in the business world, they have yet to be fully appreciated for the unique qualities and abilities they bring to the workplace.

America’s C-Suites Keep Getting Whiter (and More Male, Too)

Posted June 18, 2019

Nearly every large U.S. company has publicly stated its commitment to diversity. Hundreds have signed pledges to achieve gender parity, close the gender pay gap, and make a larger effort to hire black and Latino workers.

And still, executive ranks and upper management remain persistently, stubbornly white and male—even more so than they were a few years ago. What gives?

Why Aren't Women Advancing More in Corporate America?

Posted June 10, 2019

From the 1970s into the ’90s, women made serious progress in the workplace. Then that progress stalled, especially at the top.

 

Push to add women to WNY boards gains momentum

Posted May 11, 2018

By Allissa Kline  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First

WNY Women's Foundation Launched a New Initiative to Address Gender Inequity in Local Leadership Positions

Posted May 8, 2018

The WNY Women’s Foundation (WNYWF) has launched the ALL IN community initiative. This initiative addresses the disparity of women in leadership roles throughout the WNY region and beyond – and what our communities lose as a result.

Women's Foundation launches new women's equity initiative

Posted April 27, 2018

By Tracey Drury  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First

New Initiative Launches to Empower WNY Women

Posted April 27, 2018

By Brett Allen - Reporter, WYRK

WNY Women's Foundation launches new program

Posted April 26, 2018

By Brittany Muller - Reporter, WKBW

Domestic violence costs women at work

Posted February 13, 2018

Research shows that women pay an outsized economic price if they are the victims of domestic abuse.

How Companies Can Really Make Their Workplaces Family-Friendly

Posted February 6, 2018

Here’s four concrete ways companies can go beyond just giving lip service to the idea of flexible schedules.

Four Ways to Incorporate a Gender Lens in Your Measurement and Evaluation Efforts

Posted January 31, 2018

Across the social sector, we have seen growing interest in bringing a gender lens to social change—from foundations and nonprofits aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals to businesses looking to create shared value. As organizations deepen their gender-related programming and companies invest in gender equity, there is one question that is inevitably raised: how do we measure that?

The most common excuses for not having enough women leaders are myths

Posted January 23, 2018

From the Golden Globes to this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, the topic on every group of leaders’ agenda is “women.” Thanks to movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, and given the prospect of a record number of women running for office, women’s voices are being heard like never before.

The Fastest Way To Stimulate The U.S. Economy? Get More Women Into The Workforce

Posted January 18, 2018

But first, we need to address the obstacles. Canada already has.

Long Before #MeToo, Researchers Saw Troubling Trends for Women at Work

Posted January 16, 2018

Why did gender sociologists miss the possible role of harassment in slowing down gender equality?

The newest $1 billion startup is led by one of tech’s youngest female CEOs

Posted January 10, 2018

The archetype of success in Silicon Valley has long been young, male, and potentially a dropout from one of three or four elite universities. That may be slowly changing.

How to get strong, female leaders in the boardroom and beyond

Posted January 3, 2018

At a recent event in Paris, former President Barack Obama was asked about essential leadership skills for the future. He responded that more women should be put into positions of power. “Not to generalize,” he said, “but they seem to have better capacity than men do.”

100 Women: 'Why I invented the glass ceiling phrase'

Posted December 17, 2017

The term "glass ceiling" refers to the sometimes-invisible barrier to success that many women come up against in their careers. Management consultant Marilyn Loden coined the phrase almost 40 years ago but says it is still as relevant as ever.

Three Ways To Advance Women Entrepreneurs

Posted December 7, 2017

"We need to address all of the constraints that are impacting the growth of women-owned start-ups," said Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, the agency responsible for the growth of Irish businesses and international trade. "In 2012, only 7% of the startups we were dealing with were female-led. We decided to try to understand some of the issues that might be impacting this.”

The Cost of Devaluing Women

Posted December 2, 2017

My first job out of college in the late 1980s was at Salomon Brothers, a trading house of cigar-smoking, expletive-spewing strivers. One day, I leaned over a colleague’s desk to work on a spreadsheet, and heard loud laughter from behind me; one of the guys was pretending to perform a sex act on me. Almost every day, I found a Xerox copy of male genitalia on my desk.

Report reveals barriers in the lifespan of women

Posted November 17, 2017

By Eileen Buckley - WBFO Senior Reporter

Why We Need Gender Equity Now

Posted September 14, 2017

We need gender equity now. Those are words often uttered in social justice circles, and recently, across a number of headlines. What does that mean? More broadly, how is gender equity different than gender equality?

The Power of Companies to Influence Social Norms

Posted July 24, 2017

Companies are uniquely positioned to drive change around social norms by using their brand credibility, marketing expertise, reach, and access to key influencers, among other assets. Companies can create significant, lasting social change by shifting harmful social norms. But why should companies invest in changing social norms, and what are the practical steps to starting this process?

These Companies Run Mentorship Programs That Actually Work

Posted October 5, 2016

New InHerSight data show that high-quality mentorship programs for female professionals are in high demand and short supply.

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