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Today is Pay Equity Day!
Let us thank all the men and women who over the years have been working to see that skilled men and women receive equal pay for equal work.

Study: Women-owned businesses increase 59 percent since 1997
Los Angeles Times
The number of businesses owned by women in the United States has increased 59 percent since 1997, according to an estimate from American Express. Those 8.6 million firms are generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.8 million people, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.
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Yes, women make better leaders
In decades of analyzing exceptional leadership, John Zenger and Joseph Folkman have identified 16 traits required for success. These include integrity, initiative, self-development, problem solving and a drive for results. Zenger and Folkman have made their names and their business by designing powerful tools to test for these qualities and to develop them in high potential executives. That's given them the data to analyze where the qualities are most likely to be found. With regards to the differences in effectiveness between male and female leaders, the results were striking: Women outscore men in leadership effectiveness.
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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 through Tele-Presence Centers located in Washington DC; New York City; Dallas; Los Angeles and Chicago. Stay tuned for more!
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Ladies America celebrates the life of Margaret Thatcher, a true heroine, who used her life to help change Britain and the world.

Career-defining moments of three top women executives
The Boston Globe
The story of success isn't a singular narrative. It's a series of decisions, of opportunities seized, created, or demanded. The heroes of success stories are never passive. This is especially true for women in the business world, who make their careers in male-dominated board rooms and executive suites and feel steady pressure to just back-off. Those who succeed push ahead.
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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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Study: Women in business discouraged by ethical dilemmas
The Huffington Post
One study might have discovered the reason for the business gender gap — morality. Previous explanations for the underrepresentation of women in business include women being siphoned by other industries or failing to "lean in." The issue is certainly not one of capability: according to the New York Post, 2010 research from the University of Texas found that women are better at gauging risk, and are thus more successful Wall Street traders than men.
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Studies show how male and female leaders differ
Associations Now
Gender-related leadership discussions have caught fire of late, so the timing couldn't have been better for Management Research Group (MRG) to release two studies of more than 7,000 leaders showing behavioral differences between men and women in leadership roles. And those differences could have an impact on their career development.
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Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Lades America News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of Lades America, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Vital Voices 2013 Global Leadership Awards
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Ladies America was honored to promote last week's Vital Voices 2013 Global Leadership Awards at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, television personality Ann Curry, DVF and honorees leading amazing efforts in such places as Somalia, India & Palestine.

To support these efforts in even the smallest of ways is an honor, because if we learned nothing else last week, we learned how every single step forward matters.

Vital Voices asks us, "Who inspires you?," and today, in reflection, we would have to say the answer IS Vital Voices.

What is your vital voice?

Learn more about this amazing program by clicking here.

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Practical wellness for business women: A holistic perspective
Amina L. Gilyard
Ensuring that the quintessential career woman remains emotionally, mentally and physically balanced was once a semi-hot topic, but the interest has fizzled over the past few years. Given that women make up almost 50 percent of the American workforce, this is an unacceptable oversight. Even further, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health suggests that factors aside from general job stressors, such as sex discrimination and balancing work and family demands, may have a negative impact on the health of woman workers.

To combat these negative effects, it is imperative that we move towards more tailored wellness solutions. As working women we need solutions that suit our reality! I hope you find that the following techniques fit the bill...
    Dream: When the day to day stresses get to us, it's OK to return to our dreams. Most likely, the moment when you decided to turn your passion into a business or started fantasizing about going for that promotion was one of the most exciting times of your life. Try reinventing that euphoric feeling by temporarily returning to those dreams that have not yet come to fruition!

    Talk About Nothing: Give yourself a much needed mental break by conversing with a friend for five to ten minutes about a topic that has no direct relevance to your work. You may feel like you are wasting a very valuable five minutes, but you will feel much better once that bright idea you’ve been waiting for creeps into your mind not too long after.

    Take More Staycations: There is no better time to explore your city then when you are teetering on the edge and in desperate need of a change of scenery. Play "tourist for a day" and maybe even stay overnight in a hotel to make it a true staycation. You never know, your next bit of inspiration may be in that museum you forgot existed or that park you haven’t visited in years.

    Meet Yourself: Maintaining a balance of good physical, mental and emotional health is vital to staying motivated and sharp. If necessary, schedule in breaks as if you are scheduling a business meeting. And only invite yourself. At the end of the day, being healthy and happy with yourself is as essential to your success as any networking event or all night grind session.

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Ladies America — National
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April 17 Girl Rising: Documentary showing in DC
April 19 Einstein & Entrepreneurs @ Fujimar in DC
May 3 Women Are Talking
May 4 Gold Cup Horse Races supporting Becky's Fund, foundation helping combat domestic violence
May 11 Ladies America/Ladies DC hosting international author/speaker in DC, Margie Warrell
June 15 Women Leading the Future Conference — Save the date!

Ladies America is a national network of young, professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally, following the motto, "Women Helping Women."

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