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'Women Leading the Future' — Agenda and Speakers Announced!
Ladies America
"Women Leading the Future" is a daylong conference hosted by Ladies America set for June 14, 2014 in the Washington, D.C. area. The conference includes upwards of 20-30 dynamic speakers and panelists of leading women (and some men) in the business, government, healthcare, journalism, law, military, finance, technology and more. In previous years, Ladies America has collaborated with Microsoft, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business, the U.S.O. and the United Nations Foundation.

Conference Details
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Microsoft, Chevy Chase - 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase (Friendship Heights Metro)
Projected Attendance: 200-250 women & men
Conference Website: www.womenleadingthefuture.org
Conference Host Website: www.ladiesamerica.org
Social Media: @womenleadfuture, @ladiesamerica
Hashtags: #womenlead, #wlf2014

Sponsors
Founding Sponsor: New York Life
Venue Sponsor: Microsoft

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What the scarcity of women in business case studies really looks like
Harvard Business Review
"The school owed you better, and I promise it will be better," Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria told an alumni audience, acknowledging and apologizing for the school's problematic past concerning gender equity. He then pledged to double the number of business case studies that feature a woman as the protagonist up to a level of 20 percent over the next five years. Dean Nohria's promise is noteworthy and important. But what exactly is the magnitude of the case study inequality problem across all business schools?
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How 3 successful women stay grounded
Levo League via The Huffington Post
There's a movement underway focused on a new measure of success: your personal well being (thank you, Arianna Huffington). In this era of constant connectivity, it can be too easy to fall into the trap of more is more. The smartest leaders are finding ways to integrate daily moments of mindfulness and making career decisions that benefit their whole selves. Is the ultimate career goal now to live a fuller life? Here, Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, Federica Marchionni, the president of Dolce & Gabbana, and Lucy Danziger, former editor-in-chief of Self Magazine and well-being lifestyle expert, weigh in and share what keeps them grounded.
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4 things women should consider before starting a business
Forbes
Starting a business can be daunting. For women in particular, there are special issues to consider before taking the plunge. Here are four key things that every woman should do and consider before she starts a business.
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In 25 years, will more women rise to the CEO seat?
Fortune
While 332 of the 2,500 biggest publicly traded companies globally brought in a new executive officer, women filled just 10 of those positions, according to a new study from management consulting firm Strategy&, formerly Booz & Company. Despite droves of women entering higher education and the global work force, the number of women filling top executive roles hasn't budged for some time. In the past 10 years, 84 women have taken over the top role at the world's largest firms compared with 2,942 men, according to Strategy&.
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Why so many men don't stand up for their female colleagues
The Atlantic
The percent of women in executive-officer positions at Fortune 500 companies has stagnated at less than 15. As more women "lean in" and we collectively continue to fight sexism, there’s another barrier to progress that hasn't been addressed: Many men who would like to see more women leaders are afraid to speak up about it.
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5 money habits of highly successful young women
DailyFinance
We're constantly reading checklists and money steps for newlyweds, new parents and age groups as a whole, but what about the ladies? If you're a powerhouse of a woman (or looking to become one), read on for some financial habits that are imperative for you to maintain on your road to success.
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Stop investing in women — and start investing around them
Forbes
This year, the Goldman-World Bank Fund has committed $600M to capitalize women-owned SME's in developing economies. Between this and other recent efforts, "invest in women" has become the call to action dominating the conversation on women and girls. Directly expanding women's access to capital will gain ground in the battle for a more equal and profitable world, but taken literally, the strategy may prove to be blunt. Capital injection is not a panacea, especially in the context of international development.
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Women partners still lag behind men in billing rates, management roles
The Wall Street Journal
When it comes to billing rates, female law-firm partners are lagging behind their male counterparts. WSJ's Jennifer Smith reports on a new analysis of $3.4 billion in legal work that found that women partners command on average 10 percent less for their services.
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Ladies America is a national network of young, professional women connecting to advance one another personally and professionally, following the motto, "Women Helping Women."


Ladies America First Wednesdays Series — 'Work Life Balance & Family'
Ladies America
Ladies DC: Ever wonder how some women manage to do it all!? They have thriving careers, run companies or TV careers, volunteer, hold leadership positions, stay healthy & fit, AND have families!! Join us for the next Ladies America First Wednesdays series THIS Wednesday, May 7 in DC at the The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown for a panel discussion on "Work Life Balance & Family" with speakers Sonya Gavankar, Stephanie Abraham, Akoshia Yoba and Rachael Cameron Glaws.
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Ladies LA: On May 7 at 7 p.m., Ladies LA and New York Life are hosting a catered dinner and networking event with LA's top professional women. An amazing speaker from New York Life will empower us with the knowledge and tools to attain financial independence.
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Ladies Nashville: Join the amazing ladies of the Nashville chapter of Ladies America for First Wednesdays. Its May and in honor of the national theme of Work/Life Balance, we will be hosting a panel discussion put together of successful women of all ages and backgrounds disucssing how to achieve a work/life balance. There will be light refreshments and plenty of networking!

This will be a great oppurtunity for us as women to learn from eachother on how to deal with something we all go through, we look forward to seeing each and every one of you there!!
Our Panelists:
Kim Martin, Owner of The Turlington Avenue Company
Narja Mcelroy, Data Coordinator, Office of Recruitment & Admissions, Fisk University
Lequita Horner, Senior Compliance Analyst, Deloitte
Krista Dial, Level lV Executive Consultant, Rodan & Fields Dermatologists
Heather Hale, Investment Advisor Representative, Transamerica
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Ladies America — National Events
Date Event
May 7 Ladies America First Wednesdays: Work Life Balance & Family More information
June 14 Fourth Annual "Women Leading the Future" conference More information

Ladies America — Partner Events
Date Event
May 7 Beauty Brains Belief™ Mentoring Conference More information
Oct. 16 The Pennsylvania Conference for Women More information
Nov. 13 The Texas Conference for Women More information
Dec. 4 The Massachusetts Conference for Women More information
Find more events across the country at www.ladiesamerica.org


 

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