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:
Opion Piece in The Boston Globe By Victoria A. Budson, Dean Cathy Minehan and Alison A. Quirk
Boston has taken a major step toward Mayor Tom Menino's vision for the city to become the best in the United States for working women by closing the wage gap: Business leaders gathered earlier this week to sign 100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact.
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.
President Obama's nomination last week of Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve System should be welcomed by our nation.
As a former colleague for a decade on the Federal Open Market Committee, I can say that Yellen brings enormous strengths to the role. She is deeply knowledgeable about both economic theory and how it plays out in the real world. She is firmly committed to the goals of the Federal Reserve -- price stability, economic growth, and, importantly these days, financial stability. She is more than tough enough to stay the course in pursuing those goals. She is also a terrific listener and consensus builder and is adept at that new required skill of Fed chairmen, communication.
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.
Dean Cathy Minehan, former president of the Federal Bank of Boston, shares her perspective on the economy and discusses her role in the city of Boston's work on eliminating pay disparities between women and men on This Week in Business. Who will be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank? Is it going to be a woman? Watch the video to hear Minehan's prediction.
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:
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
By Dean Cathy Minehan, Featured in the Boston Business Journal
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Simmons College School of Management -- the first MBA program in the world focused on creating women business leaders. In celebration, one of the founding deans, Anne Jardim, spoke at the Simmons College commencement May 10. One might think that an MBA focused on women is an idea whose time has come and gone. But as we continue to see in all sectors of our economy and society, we have a lot of work to do.
Simmons Study Also Finds Female Breadwinners and Partners Often Don't Discuss Women's Lead Financial Role; Women Breadwinners Still Retain Majority of Home and Childcare Responsibilities
Despite the booming number of women serving as household breadwinners, a new study of mid-to-senior level businesswomen found that although these women are "proud" of this role, most keep it hidden from family, friends, and employers.
The study also showed that women often take on this role over time without an explicit discussion with their partners, and still contribute to a majority of home and childcare duties.