|e-Connections: September 2013|
Dear colleagues and friends,
Although women represent about half of the world’s talent, our talents are not enlisted in equal numbers. Our challenge is to build our own capacity for leadership, put ourselves forth as capable candidates for leadership, and educate the organizations seeking leaders to connect with us as a viable talent pool.
At TIAW, our Women’s Leadership Network is bringing forth some excellent tools to help you develop and market your leadership potential.
First, you can work on building capacity by participating in the Global Women’s Leadership
Summit, which is expected to be the world’s largest forum for professional women in the world.
GWALS is a collaboration of the world’s pre-eminent leaders to forward the advancement of
women on a global scale.
In addition to the live event which will be held in New York City this fall, there will be a ‘presummit’ of the same lecturers available on line over a period of three weeks. Choose as many lectures as you like, because TIAW has arranged for you to participate at NO CHARGE in the pre-summit! You may access your complimentary pass and register here:
Some of the GWALS presenters are Cherie Blair; Riane Eisler; Meera Sanyal; authors John Gray, John Gerzema, Sally Helgesen and Marci Shimoff; Gina Bianchini; Gloria Feldt. This online pre-summit will occur September 9-27. You can attend from any location without any travel or expense involved.
Ready for the next step? TIAW makes it easy with live links on our web site to join the Global Board-Ready Women Database for senior executives. Just follow the link here.
Once in the Database, you can enroll for free in AESC’s BlueSteps program, which helps you craft your resume and market your skills for the job or position you seek.
Own the challenge to achieve your potential. We know you can!
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
It is a known fact that men and women think differently which would suggest that they approach both creativity and problem solving in a distinctive way. Yes, we are equal to men but we are different. This is not an article to push the feminist agenda but it is an article to ask Why there are not more woman at the directors level in businesses.
Let us take a look at the numbers in the 2012 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Board Directors.
Some may see this as progress however the numbers speak for themselves. Neither sixteen percent nor twenty-five percent is close to a true representation of women. Half of the world’s population is female, contributing to half of the business owners and consumers in the world. This begs the question.
Why then do we not see this proportion reflected in the board rooms around the world?
We are not there yet.
Let us not settle but let us work to insure that the progress for women in board rooms throughout our nations moves to one of equity. Equity not for the sake of equity but to insure that the talent that is unique to women serves the economies of our countries.
Women have so much to offer the economic development and financial well being of a company, bringing a special perspective to the economy. Research shows that women use more collaborative and creative means to address challenges, resulting in highly productive results.
Ask yourself as you move through your busy day or your business day just how you might be able to influence the movement of a woman into the boardroom.
This is not a gender issue, this is an economic necessity.
TIAW is pleased to announce Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and former U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues has been named the 2013 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
There are several opportunities to become a sponsor for this important event. Please contact Margaret (Peg) Weir, Global Forum co-chair at VPFinance@TIAW.org or Lisa Kaiser Hickey, President at President@TIAW.org or Terri Hall, Global Forum co-chair, at Marketing@TIAW.org. General inquiries, please contact Admin@TIAW.org.
You will agree with me that investment in women is equal to poverty reduction in all spheres of life. When women thrive, the society benefits and succeeding generations are given a better start in life as once put by Kofi Annan. Among these women are women with disabilities who are making changes in solving global challenges. In their strive to solve global issues, women struggle with many burdensome systems but yet conquer them. Every woman, in one way or another, craves to do something about critical areas of life such as health care, education, corruptions, politics, conflict and all human rights issues. They tackle these issues in their own small ways and that reflects in the community in which they are in.
Indeed, they toil unadorned, but with their perseverance, creativity and resourcefulness; they always bring new tools and frameworks to the table to solve the global issues.
But then, do we always consider their womanhood and motherhood as something special? Do we believe women cannot attain these special heights without men giving them a push? Kudos to our dependable men. Have you ever thought of the way they solve global challenges directly or indirectly by keeping the house from burning, from hunger, child trafficking, conflict and environmental degradation? Women are the pivots of every success in the world; therefore, do not undermine any caliber of woman in your life.
You may have a disabled mother, sister, cousin or aunt who does something significant and unique to solve numerous global issues. Do not hesitate to come on board; we need your push to make more impacts.
by Tonya McNeal-Weary, Daughters e-Mentoring Program Director
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