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Women learning to negotiate and get what they want
Ladies America
Ladies America is hosting its second in a series of curriculum based four-week courses starting in January 2014, with a focus on Negotiation. Start the New Year off right and learn tips and practical skills for negotiating with the best, whether it be for a salary, job specifications, vacation days, buying a new car, landing a client, etc. Receive intensive, interactive instruction from our resident expert,Stephanie Goetsch, on how to effectively prepare in advance to ensure you bring your A-game to a negotiation table. Discover the skills that transfer from scenario to scenario, so that you can "get what you want" ... and what you deserve!
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Recap: Ladies America honor female veterans at the National Press Club
Pamela Sorenson
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of attending a luncheon at the National Press Club during which Ladies America honored a few female veterans. The intimate event was low key and casual, yet had the air of true Washingtonian respect for those who have made great sacrifices for their country. This marked the first annual Recognizing Excellence Awards Luncheon for Ladies America, and they chose to spotlight female veterans who are doing amazing work in philanthropy and business. This also has been the year that the organization has focused on "Women in Military" as an initiative, thereby generating dialogue around topics like job creation and transition assistance for women coming out of the military and into the workforce.
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7 secret business rules men don't share with women
Forbes
Why do male entrepreneurs find it easier than their female counterparts to court decision-makers and secure vital funding? Having advised entrepreneurs for many years, Maria Pinelli unearthed an unwritten code of business conduct that men instinctively obey but women ignore. Female entrepreneurs, this is how you can compete with your male peers.
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GM hands keys to Mary Barra, Detroit's 1st female CEO
Fox Business
General Motors tapped products chief Mary Barra to become the auto maker's first female CEO, taking the keys from current chief Dan Akerson who will step down ahead of schedule in January. The promotion of Barra instantly makes her the most powerful woman in Detroit and one of the most influential in corporate America.
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Young women say sexism happens, but not to them
MSNBC
Most millennial women think gender discrimination is still alive and well in the working world—but not necessarily in their own workplace, a new report finds. The Pew Research Center report released Wednesday found that 60 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 32 think that men earn more than women for the same work. More than half of millennial women also said it's easier for men to get top executive jobs in business and government, according to the survey of about 2,000 people.
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Tackling the tricky balance of marketing to women
Fast Company
Chip Wilson, the founder and chairman of yoga wear empire lululemon, stepped down in the aftermath his offensive comments blaming women's bodies for the company's recent product issues. Wilson's follow-up apology on YouTube left us scratching our heads as to how a brand with an overwhelmingly female customer (men's athletic wear makes up less than 20 percent of its sales) base could be so tone deaf — especially since the brand had done such a stellar job of stoking the devotions of legions of yoga enthusiasts with its community-building efforts.
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Women in business
Fresh Business Thinking
Business leaders must work to ensure the barriers to female success and aspiration disappear, that's the message from the Women's Business Council who published its 6 months on review. Set up in 2012, the WBC advises business and government on what can be done to make sure women are not held back and get the same opportunities in their careers as men. The Council has been engaging with business sectors to discuss innovative solutions, promote best practices and offer advice.
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Hotels aim to become go-to for business women
CBS News
The latest trend in the hotel industry is catering to business women. But for some, the perks bring a different kind of reservation. Women are the fastest-growing segment of business travelers in the country, and that has hotels paying attention. They're offering new programs designed by and for women to get their business.
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3 things men can learn from women that will make their business more successful
The Huffington Post
Recently, Web.com commissioned a survey of 3,000 consumers and small business owners about how small businesses are building relationships with customers online and through social media. Forty percent of the small business owners surveyed were women, and it became apparent to me that the popular saying "Men are from Mars; women are from Venus" doesn't just apply to romantic relationships. It also holds true for business relationships, and how male and female business owners have notably different priorities for interacting with their customers online.
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Women still largely absent from corporate boards
NPR
Women are still not making headway when it comes to getting on corporate boards or into senior leadership roles within big companies. New research examined Fortune 500 Companies and found that women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors, and they have an even smaller share — about 15 percent — of senior executive positions.
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Are women business owners afraid to hire employees?
Small Business Trends
In the current economic climate, it's not news that few small business owners are planning to hire. But are women business owners even less likely to hire than men? The recently issued Fall 2013 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report examines small business owners' attitudes toward hiring and talent retention and found some important differences between male and female entrepreneurs.
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