Jacki Zehner, the Chief Engagement Officer & President of Women Moving Millions, gave an inspiring talk at the Boston Club earlier this year. She believes that at that heart of gender inequality is a dominant belief in a "properly working meritocracy" but that the reality is that the current system heavily favors those who fit a particular mold. She talked about the slow pace of change to date, and why she thinks that today we are on the brink of major change:
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Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan was quoted in The Boston Globe on Mayor Menino's Women's Workforce Council's efforts to make Boston the number 1 city for working women by eliminating the gender wage gap. The Mayor plans to announce this initiative , when he rolls out a compact signed by 38 employers.
As the founding and current Deans of the School of Management at Simmons College, we have both been asked many times why the only MBA program designed for women in the US (and we suspect, the world) was at all important. Don't women have to work with men in organizations? Doesn't it make sense for men and women to learn management skills together?
Our faculty, our students, our alumnae, and some enlightened corporations understand what makes the SOM programs so important, but it is usually more difficult to translate that understanding to people who believe that women's success at work is just a matter of working harder.
Recently, the Women's Initiative Forum hosted a fascinating discussion with Dr. Joyce Fletcher on the subject of Invisible Work. Her article Invisible Work: The Disappearing of Relational Practice at Work can be downloaded here.
Dr. Fletcher started the discussion by stating that relational skills are needed in today's workplace, and women are well positioned to operate in that way in the global economy. Unfortunately there is a disconnect - there is acceptance that those skills are needed, but in practice they often aren't seen as work, and are therefore invisible.
Her research showed that:
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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. "As a big fan of the Heath brothers and books on decision making, this was right up my alley. And the authors don't disappoint - they provide a very practical approach to making better decisions in their highly readable and memorable style. » View on GoodReads
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Recommended by Nancy Leeser, Director Corporate Relations & Business Development, SimmonsLEADS. "There has been so much written about Sheryl's Sandberg's book Lean In that I found myself forming opinions about her and her book before even reading it. After hearing her speak and then reading the book, it is clear that most of what has been written doesn't really represent what she is trying to convey. While I wish that in 2013 a book like this did not need to be written, that fact is that it does and that both women and men need to read it." » View on GoodReads
Read more reviews and discussions of"Lean In" in our "Lean In" Round Up.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Recommended by Linda Schuller Wolf, Simmons College Librarian. "One of my recent favorite memoirs, a story of a very courageous and tenacious woman." » View on GoodReads