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Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality
2014: the rise of the female entrepreneur
10 steps to... growing your own business
When the Gender Gap is a Good Thing: Women and Corporate Crime
Lack of Mentoring Keeps Women and Minorities from Multiple Board Roles

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Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality

Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.

2014: the rise of the female entrepreneur

It's up to us to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs. So what will it take? 

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario, but here’s a question: Would you be more inclined to take the plunge into your own entrepreneurial adventures if a greater number of successful female entrepreneurs filled our screens and column inches?

To put it another way, does a lack of visible entrepreneurial role models clip your wings when it comes to thinking about starting your own business?

Beatrice Bartlay, founder and managing director of recruitment firm 

10 steps to... growing your own business

Knowing where you want to take your business is important if you want it to succeed. It's easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day running of things and neglect your business plan. Use these ten steps as a prompt to review your goals.

  1. Review your business plan - Regular assessment of your business plan enables you to measure your progress and test your development strategy. Are you achieving your goals? Are you using your strengths to make the most of your opportunities? Reconsider where you want to be this time next year and decide how you'll get there.

When the Gender Gap is a Good Thing: Women and Corporate Crime

A new study published in the American Sociological Review entitled Gender and Twenty-First-Century Corporate Crime: Female Involvement and the Gender Gap in Enron-Era Corporate Frauds revealed that corporate crime is largely the domain of men. Authors Darrell J. Steffensmeier and Michael Roche from The Pennsylvania State University and Jennifer Schwartz of Washington State University looked at the incidence of white collar fraud involving 436 defendants in 83 representative cases prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice.

Lack of Mentoring Keeps Women and Minorities from Multiple Board Roles

In a shining flash of the obvious, a new study confirms what many of us already instinctively know: women and minorities continue to be under-represented on company boards due to a lack of mentors.

Researchers Michael L. McDonald of the University of Texas in San Antonio and James D. Westphal of the University of Michigan found from their descriptive sampling of large U.S. corporations, 28 percent of women and 22 percent of racial minorities contribute to the pool of candidates serving on one board.

4 Things Women Need To Know About Mentoring

Having a well placed, successful mentor can be the difference between success and failure on the leadership track – but it is definitely more an art than a science for the mentor and the mentee.   
 
One question that male leaders love to answer is “tell us about your mentors?” It turns out that very few men make it to the top without mentors. For women, this experience is less consistent. This is because the “old girls club” works more like a sewing circle than a smoke-filled room and for better or worse; some women just don’t feel comfortable bringing up the next generation in a deliberately helpful manner.

Five Steps to Start A Mentoring Program

It is remarkable how easy it is for many women to second-guess themselves. They tend to focus more on their own weaknesses than their strengths. On the other hand, they are often quick to see others’ strengths and have a desire to support them.  So, it’s important for woman to come together to support each other in reaching their dreams.    

A Mentoring Program?   

 Linda Descano, President & CEO of Citibank’s Women & Co says, “I was really surprised by the results of a recent poll conducted on Citi’s Connect: Professional Women’s Network on LinkedIn, which found that half of professional women have never had a mentor – and only 1 in 4 have a mentor that they regularly tap for career advice.

Enterprise Change Management

With Enterprise Change Management, effectively managing the people side of change becomes more than a business practice; it becomes a core competency, competitive differentiator and cultural value of the organization.

In evaluating current change management maturity, there are five key areas to consider:

  • Leadership: What is the current level of leadership support for change management?
  • Application: How broadly and effectively are change management processes and tools being applied on the projects and initiatives in your organization?

EU-wide protection for victims: agreement on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters

The Council approved yesterday the informal agreement reached with the European Parliament on a regulation on mutual recognition of protection measures taken in civil matters upon request of the person at risk. 

On the basis of this agreement, the European Parliament will proceed to a plenary vote on the proposal in a few weeks’ time and the Council will adopt the proposal soon after the European Parliament's vote. 

Once formally adopted, the regulation will enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal and shall apply from 11 January 2015.

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