Women Executives and Career Tracks
Resources discuss women executives' career choices; Some target women who "step out" and "step back in" the corporate world.
The following resources can be used to research women executives.
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- 15 powerful women share their best career adviceWorld Economic Forum, 12/13/17
Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women know a thing or two about career success. The 50 businesswomen on the 2017 list have climbed up the ranks of corporates in a wide range of industries—including tech, energy, defense, and consumer goods—to C-level roles. Here’s the advice they have for women who want to follow in their footsteps.
- FORMER CHANEL GLOBAL CEO TALKS CAREER JOURNEY, GOING ‘BEYOND THE LABEL’News@Northeastern, 11/7/17
Maureen Chiquet, the former global CEO of Chanel, shared stories and lessons learned from her impressive career leading and launching global brands at Northeastern, as well as how she has gone beyond societal labels in her professional and personal life throughout her journey.
- Why Companies Lose 17 Percent of Women Employees at Mid-CareerEntrepreneur, 10/12/17
While many women, for many different reasons, take a career off-ramp for a number of reasons, most don't want to be stuck in a cul-de-sac.
- Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for ThemselvesNew York Times, 10/3/17
In part female entrepreneurship is on the rise because gender equality efforts in the workplace to address issues like the salary gap and advancement to positions on corporate boards have stalled.
- Hedge funds start to face up to extreme gender imbalanceFinancial Times, 8/15/17
The disparity between the number of men and women working in the industry is one of the highest in finance, according to a study by Northeastern University in 2015.
- Getting More Women into the C-Suite Means Keeping Them in the Talent PipelineKellogg Insight, 3/10/17
Past data predicts that at least 50 percent of the women graduating from top MBA programs in 2017 will exit the full-time US workforce within 10 years of graduating—either because they choose to step out or are “forced out.”
- To Succeed in Tech, Women Need More VisibilityHarvard Business Review, 9/13/16
50% of technical women, predominately in engineering and computer science, had switched to other fields; 20% of other women professionals had done the same.
- What Do Women’s Career Paths Really Look Like?Harvard Business Review, 6/8/16
The authors wanted to identify whether – and which – women were working full-time for years at a time, and which women were staying out of the paid workforce across adulthood.
- The Sad and Inspiring Reason This Top Novartis Exec Stepped DownFortune, 5/31/16
In April, Swiss pharma giant Novartis made an unexpected announcement. Christi Shaw, the company’s U.S. country head and president, was stepping down “for personal and family reasons.”
- Are Women’s Leadership Assumptions Holding Them Back?INSEAD, 3/24/16
There has been a lot of discussion about the stereotypes contributing to the lack of women in the c-suite. But one of the biggest obstacles could be their own assumptions on what path they’re supposed to take.
- Meet the Most Powerful Woman in HollywoodVanity Fair, February 2016
In 2012, after more than three decades producing hits such as E.T., Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List, Kathleen Kennedy was handpicked by George Lucas to head Lucasfilm. Now, with the smash success of The Force Awakens behind her, Kennedy sits down with Sarah Ellison to talk about her mentors, her sense of equality, and her vision for the Star Wars franchise.
- Women more concerned with looming parenthood than men, Stanford scholar saysStanford News, 6/10/15
Stanford researcher Brooke Conroy Bass found that women were more likely than men to think and worry about how their career paths might align with future parenthood. Women also tended to downscale future career goals in anticipation of children.
- What Do Women Need? A Little Bit of OverconfidenceKnowledge@Wharton, 12/29/14
In this new book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, explores why women lack confidence and what it means for their careers.
- Debora Spar on Women’s (Impossible) Quest for PerfectionKnowledge@Wharton, 1/13/14
In her book Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Barnard College president Debora Spar argues that women have come very far in the struggle for power but now face the tyranny of hyper-perfect images of working mothers and romantic notions of “having it all.”
- Mariam Naficy: Tech Startup Minted.com Crowdsources ArtworkStanford Business News, 10/28/13
Mariam Naficy (MBA '98) is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture is Minted.com, which she calls “a crowd-sourced business” that sells designer stationery, art prints, and party decor.
- The Rise of Executive FeminismHarvard Business Review, 3/28/13
In the aftermath of the publication of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, two things are becoming clear. One: we are in the midst of a powerful new feminist movement. And two: the backlash has already begun.
- What 'Lean In' Misunderstands About Gender DifferencesThe Atlantic, 3/19/13
There is much to admire in Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. It is full of funny stories about her brilliant career and helpful advice for workplace success.
- Why Women Still Can’t Have It AllThe Atlantic, July/August 2012
It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.
- What Drives Mary Barra.Stanford Magazine, Sept/Oct 2011
The world's highest-ranking woman carmaker wants to build vehicles that skimp on fuel—while they surge with style.
- From Soup to Negligee: Success According to Victoria's Secret's Lori Greeley and Campbell Soup's Denise Morrison.Knowledge@Wharton, 3/2/11
This is a tale of two women in business, and how each found her way to the top. One became the head of a national lingerie chain by following her passion. The other wrote a recipe for success, and served it with soup.
- Women: it’s not diversity, it’s the future.Forbes, 3/2/11
The White House released a report entitled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being, a statistical portrait showing how women are faring in the United States today and how their lives have changed over time.
- Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: Why Few Women at Top.WSJ, 1/4/11
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on why we have too few women leaders.
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