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The unexpected benefits of chit chat for business networking
Small Business Trends
Do you avoid talking to people in business settings? Do you dread receptions, banquets, and other business related social events? Do you struggle to make meaningful, long-term connections at work? You're not alone. Many of us are apprehensive about these situations, because most of us either hate entering rooms where we don't know anyone or hate spending time with people we don't know well. With a little insight, practice and use of some helpful tips, you can be chit chatting at the water cooler, or your next networking event effortlessly.
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Ladies America National Committee
Ladies America
The Ladies America National Committee recently participated in a photo shoot with famed photographer, Moshe Zusman, www.moshezusman.com, and are thrilled to share this wonderful photo capturing some of our national organizations leaders.

Pictured from left to right: Megan Caldwell, Ciliny Alce, Lacey Hopkins, Lindsey Mask, Irina Norrell, and Rachael Glaws. Not pictured: Diane Crawford, Emily Hoagland, Monique Smaby, Yvette Castro.

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'Women Leading the Future' hosted by Ladies America — Register today!
Ladies America
Ladies America is hosting its fourth annual "Women Leading the Future" women's conference on June 14, 2014. This conference brings some of the most powerful women (and some men too!) in America together to discuss major issues and topics that are important to women today. Focusing on women making a difference in the world, discussions will deal with where women are today and how they can become stronger, more effective leaders and why their leadership is critical as we head into the future.
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Which women are rising to the top?
Harvard Business Review
It's the responsibility of management to tackle gender diversity, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox recently wrote on this site. Stop blaming women for what they do or don't do, she argues, and train leaders to manage and develop a more balanced workforce. She makes a great point. Any cultural shift goes much more smoothly with the active involvement of the CEO and his or her (usually his) team. And it's not realistic or fair to expect half the workforce to simply adapt their behavior to suit the other half, just because the latter are in charge.
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The 7 skills you need to thrive in the c-suite
Harvard Business Review
What executive skills are most prized by companies today? How has that array of skills changed in the last decade, and how is it likely to change in the next ten years? To find out, senior consultants were surveyed in 2010 at a top-five global executive-search firm. Experienced search consultants typically interview hundreds (in many cases thousands) of senior executives; they assess those executives' skills, track them over time, and in some cases place the same executive in a series of jobs. They also observe how executives negotiate, what matters most to them in their contracts, and how they decide whether to change companies.
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Ladies America launches ANOTHER new Chapter — Ladies Seattle!
Ladies America
For information on how to get connected with this newest chapter, please email us at info@ladiesamerica.com with "Ladies Seattle Inquiry" in the subject.


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Every leader must be a change agent or face extinction
Forbes
In a workplace infused with top down, hierarchical, departmental silos, change management is the new requirement for leadership success. With a market comprised of fickle consumers and workplaces brimming with employee identity crises, leadership success requires more patience, poise and time-to-think — and the ability to seamlessly connect the dots of opportunity.
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Women still missing in sciences — What it means for business
Fox Business
Shedding negative stereotypes and reaching gender parity in the sciences would create an additional 300,000 additional doctors in sciences a year, according to a new survey. A report released by the L'oreal Foundation shows that among the 14 countries analyzed, which included the U.S. France, Spain Germany, U.K, China and Japan, the share of women science researchers has increased 12 percent in the last decade — with a long way to go to reach parity.
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Business schools flunk when CEOs grade the test
The Wall Street Journal
MBAs might know their way around a PowerPoint deck and a regression model, but that's about all they're good for, suggests a new report from — wait for it — a business school. Hult International Business School interviewed 90 CEOs and other executives from companies including Accenture PLC, Unilever PLC and Liberty Mutual Insurance to get their take on the current state of business education, and found that the reviews are far from glowing. Respondents said students lack self-awareness, can't work in teams, have poor critical thinking skills and come up short on creativity.
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Attention women entrepreneurs: The corporate boardroom isn't a fashion bored-Room!
The Huffington Post
There are many examples of successful female entrepreneurs. From Mary Barra, the first female CEO of General Motors, to small business entrepreneurs pitching their companies to wealthy investors on ABC's "Shark Tank," more women today are walking into corporate America with confidence. But women who decide to start a small business in midlife are sometimes faced with the challenge of what to wear.
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Ladies America First Wednesdays Series — April events
Ladies


The April educational theme for Ladies America is Finance, so city chapters around the country will be hosting seminars for members, covering financial independence for women. For information on events in your local area April 2, please see below, visit our website, www.ladiesamerica.org or email us at info@ladiesamerica.com.

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Ladies America — National Events
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April 2 Ladies Nashville Event sponsored by New York Life Insurance: 'Women in Finance: Creating Financial Independence' More information
April 2 Ladies DC Event sponsored by New York Life Insurance: 'Women in Finance: Creating Financial Independence' More information
April 2 Ladies NYC Event sponsored by New York Life Insurance: 'Women in Finance: Creating Financial Independence' More information
April 2 Ladies LA Event hosted by Searchlight Financial Advisors: Financial Empowerment for Women Contact for more information
June 14 Fourth Annual Women Leading the Future women's conference More information

Find more events across the country at www.ladiesamerica.org


 

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