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Passing the torch — welcoming new leadership
Jean Schindler, Director, Ladies DC
It's been two years since I became Ladies DC Director. And having proudly completed my term, I now step down. During these two years, Ladies DC launched a mentorship program, built a high-quality online magazine and introduced membership dues. We heard book talks, high-caliber speakers and serious seminars. We had boozy brunches, resume workshops and constant listserv traffic. We brought on sponsors and partnered with charities and supported local businesses.
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Prevent Cancer 5K — Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Walk/run in the family and dog friendly Prevent Cancer 5K Sunday, Sept. 21 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Sign up as an individual or invite family, friends and colleagues to create a team. Registration deadline is Sept. 18. More information is available here.
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Ladies NYC hosts networking happy hour
Ladies NYC

Ladies NYC members catch up at a summer
networking happy hour Aug. 20 at Zengo in Midtown East.

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Does workplace competition kill women's creativity?
Fast Company
According to new study released by Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, competitive workplaces help men thrive, but diminish women's chance of success. While recent research suggests that women play better in small team environments, boosting group creativity and cooperation, this new study introduces a major caveat: When teams are forced to go head-to-head with one another, women's creative output goes down.
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Data: Women execs poorly positioned for CEO jobs
Crain's Detroit Business
About 94 percent of S&P 500 CEOs held top operations positions immediately before ascending to the top job, and the relative scarcity of women overseeing product lines or entire businesses risks slowing their advance to the very top. The data show that the next generation of female executives is poorly positioned to capitalize on recent progress at a time companies from Google Inc. to Apple Inc. are laying bare their lack of diversity to help raise the number of women and minorities in the workforce.
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When competing in a male-dominated field, women should 'man up'
Fortune
Any woman who has applied for a job in a male-dominated field faces a quandary: Does she play up her feminine strengths, such as being supportive or a good listener, or emphasize traits more associated with men, such as assertiveness? It turns out that showcasing "manliness" is the better strategy, according to a study in the latest issue of Psychology of Women Quarterly.
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Why are women-owned businesses so small?
National Journal
Women now start businesses at higher rates than men do, and minority women start businesses at the highest rate of all. Yet women-owned businesses have fewer employees, lower sales and less chance of survival than male-owned businesses, according to a 2010 Commerce Department report. The report found that women-owned businesses are smaller across every sector of the economy, from educational services to manufacturing.
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Gender inequality's latest victim: Flex-time requests
Fast Company
Chalk another one up for "one step forward, two steps back." Women who request time off care for children are penalized, while men requesting flex-time are viewed as both more likable and committed to their jobs. A study presented at the American Sociological Association examined 646 requests for non-traditional hours and work-from-home time.
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Gender pay gap: UK female bosses earn 35 percent less than males
The Guardian
Female bosses in the UK are still earning only three-quarters as much as their male colleagues, meaning they would have to work until they were nearly 80 to catch up with men's lifetime earnings, according to new figures. More than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act outlawed less favorable pay and conditions in the workplace, the data shows that discrepancies in salaries widen at the higher echelons of management.
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10 fastest-growing women-led companies
Inc.
These top 10 companies come from all across the U.S., from Boston to San Diego. They're leaders in a diverse range of industries, including construction, IT and retail. And they're young — the majority have been in business for just five years or less. One such company is already nearing household-name status — among celebrities. Without further ado, here are Inc.'s fastest-growing women-led businesses from this year's Inc. 500/5000.
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7 things a business leader must understand about customer service
Forbes
To provide successful leadership, you need to successfully serve your customers and the employees who serve your customers. Here are seven key elements of doing so that you just might be overlooking.
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Ladies America
City Chapter Events
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September Theme: "Public Speaking and Communication" Ladies America First Wednesdays city chapter events resume in Albany, Atlanta, DC, LA, Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Virginia Beach - 6:30 p.m. (local) Sept. 3
Ladies Nashville Tostmasters — Sept. 15
Ladies DC Member Seminar — Sept. 16
Ladies Nashville Book Club — Sept. 29
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October Theme: "Health" Ladies America First Wednesdays city chapter events in Albany, Atlanta, DC, LA, Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Virginia Beach - 6:30 p.m. (local) Oct. 1 More information
November Theme: "Technology" Ladies America First Wednesdays city chapter events in Albany, Atlanta, DC, LA, Nashville, NYC, Seattle and Virginia Beach - 6:30 p.m. (local) Nov. 5 More information
December Theme: "Recognizing Excellence" Second Annual Ladies America "Recognizing Excellence" Awards Luncheon - date announcement coming soon! This year's theme is "Honoring our Mentors" in celebration of the completion of our mentorship pilot this year and the upcoming launch of our mentorship program in September. Nominations to begin in September. Stay tuned for more. More information




Ladies America Partner Events
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Aug. 28 The Power Conference More information
Sept. 1 FLOFest More information
Sept. 7 Heroes Walk to Fly More information
Sept. 13 - Dec. 31 Global Women's Summits More information
Sept. 21 Prevent Cancer 5K 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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