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From leadership posts, women said to be changing Senate tone
NPR
A lot of fanfare followed last November's election, when the number of women in the U.S. Senate surged to 20 — more than ever before. But quieter victories came after. Female senators now claim an unprecedented number of leadership positions, and for the first time in history, women are at the helm of both the Appropriations and Budget committees — as well as half of the Armed Services subcommittees.
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CGI Foundation Millennium Network returns to Washington, DC — April 29 — The Hamilton
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Get your ticket today for a discussion with President Bill Clinton & Chelsea Clinton.
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Fewer women are choosing college business programs
Bloomberg Businessweek
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a question for women undergrads who had expressed interest in an economics major: Would you consider attending the business school? For the first time this year, the women were invited to participate in focus groups to discuss their career goals, and a representative of the school's Kenan-Flagler Business School spoke about the 10 different concentrations available, ranging from consulting to international business.
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Women leaders in business: Why is the US a laggard?
Fortune
Businesses across the world need to become more welcoming to women. Arguably, United States-based companies should be leading this charge. They aren't. U.S. companies are lagging behind not just progressive Scandinavians but also businesses in emerging markets. Companies in countries just now shaping their economies have higher percentages of women business leaders than in the U.S.
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Ladies America is a proud supporter of Vital Voices
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A bizspeak blacklist
Harvard Business Review
It's important to write plainly. You want to sound like a person, not an institution. But it's hard to do, especially if you work with people who are addicted to buzzwords. It takes a lot of practice. Back when journalists were somewhat more fastidious with the language than they are today, newspaper editors often kept an "index expurgatorius": a roster of words and phrases that under no circumstances (except perhaps in a damning quote) would find their way into print. Here's such a list for the business writer.
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America's working-woman problem — And how to fix it
The Atlantic
The rise of the women in the workforce is one of the last half-century's greatest stories. In the last four decades, the number of full-time working women in the U.S. tripled from about 14 million to more than 43 million. Their entry in the workforce has added an estimated 2 percentage points per year to GDP growth. But there is also a sense of stalling out.
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Ladies America to join Women Are Talking
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Ladies America will be participating in the Women Are Talking virtual conversation on May 3, 2013 athrough Tele-Presence Centers located in Washington DC; New York City; Dallas; Los Angeles and Chicago. Stay tuned for more!
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Surprise negativity buster: Rituals
Inc.
At first glance, you might associate rituals more with monks than with busy professionals. But that's a mistake, according to the British Psychological Society Research Digest. Recent research suggests that small, secular rituals can help even complete non-believers deal with negativity, the blog reports.
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Silicon Valley frat-boy culture shown as sex jokes spark firings
Bloomberg Businessweek
Just as the technology industry's glass ceiling is being shattered by high-profile executives like Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley is showing signs it's still a boys club. Tech blogs blew up recently with the story of Adria Richards, who until March 21, 2013, was the head of developer relations at Internet startup SendGrid Inc.
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Women make terrific lifestyle entrepreneurs
Forbes
Turns out, women make terrific lifestyle entrepreneurs. They are smart, focused, intuitive and, if they're moms, able to put the rest of us to shame with superhero efficacy of two-hour blocks otherwise known as nap-time. Best of all, more and more women are leaning in to the opportunities they create for themselves, using principles, like those outlined in Tim Ferris' Four-Hour Workweek, to guide their efforts. Following are a few things we can learn from three female entrepreneurs who clear six figures a year and put in less than 20 hours per week doing it.
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How to stay productive while on the road
Entrpreneur
All too often, people lose the productive edge due to the stress of work and travel. With a little bit of forethought, you can make travel time your most productive time. Here are four ways to make sure you stay productive while on the road.
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Xerox CEO Ursula Burns has advice for ambitious women
The Wall Street Journal
Ursula Burns, who started as an intern at Xerox Corp., eventually rose through the ranks to become the first African-American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. During a talk at Catalyst's annual awards conference, the 54-year-old CEO recounted how her mother, who raised Burns in New York City public housing, loved to give out advice. One of her mom's favorite sayings, "Where you are is not who you are. Remember that when you're rich and famous," sticks with her to this day. Nowadays, young women ask her for advice on achieving their career goals.
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Ladies America partners with local "Lean In" Circle for networking event


Members heard from Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation President, on the "Girl Revolution" at the National Press Club


Ladies America receives special invitation to panel of "Women Ambassadors" with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy & the Diplomatic Courier


Ladies America — National
Date Event
April 17 Girl Rising: Documentary showing in DC
April 19 Einstein & Entrepreneurs @ Fujimar in DC
April 30 GOAL: Women in Military Roundtable w/ White House/ Dir. Of Veterans Affairs
May 3 Women Are Talking
May 4 Becky's Fund — Domestic Violence
May 11 Ladies America/Ladies DC International author/speaker in DC, Margie Warrell
June 8 & 15 Women Leading the Future Conference

Ladies America — Local Chapters
Date Event
March 26 Ladies DC — Happy Hour @ The Hamilton
April 6 Ladies NYC brunch
Find more events across the country at www.ladiesamerica.com


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