Why Does Corporate America Have so Few Female CEOs?

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Recently, I had a deep conversation with my friend @GeoffDeWeaver, which prompted him to re-publish this article, much of what we discussed is included, and I thought you might find it interesting from a male perspective.  Turns out Geoff and I have lived and been in similar circles  across the globe, and both of us still find this an awestruck question – its 2016 and time for a change, and who can change it – we can. You will see more from both of us on this topic.

Bottom-line: ..”having leaders with diverse experiences and backgrounds often translates to financial success. Whether it’s grades at school, university or ongoing – Female Founders Outperform Their Male Peers and deserve to continue to keep smashing the ‘glass ceiling’ in the corporate business market.” Geoff De Weaver

“You can not possibly have the best team if you are missing 50% of the talent pool, and women who are here and in the “game” are extremely good because they have had to beat all the odds – so in reality when you add a woman to your team you are getting a triple AAA player.” Jax Harrison

Excerpts: In a recent LinkedIn Pulse post, Sallie Krawcheck, summarized women empowerment perfectly. Sallie stated:

2016 will be the year in which the forces of entrepreneurialism and feminism converge. Together, they will drive a long-wave, golden age of female entrepreneurship, which will be a positive for all of us: positive and empowering for the women who make the leap, good for the economy, good for consumers, and good for society.”

AND, then wrote:

‘Look around, and you’re beginning to see a critical mass of inspirational, successful female entrepreneurs,leading the way and providing examples. They’ve founded and run businesses such as 23andMe, Rent the Runway, TheRealReal, Birchbox, Spanx, Stitch Fix, Dry Bar, BaubleBar, Tory Burch, The Honest Company, Houzz, Lynda.com. And the list gets longer every day. No playing by the boys-club rules for these entrepreneurs. No asking permission. And they are forever banishing the concept that women’s businesses are supposed to be little or cute or limited to small-scale, home crafts. Or make-up. And their success is resonating, such that when I’m on business school and college campuses, entrepreneurialism is discussed at every meeting I have with female students.’

30 Most creative Women in Advertising 2016

The advertising industry is still largely run by men – but here are 30 of the  top female contenders that we should get to know – Brilliant! 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising see a couple of my faves below!

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by 7. Kate Stanners, chief creative officer and partner at Saatchi & Saatchi

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The most recent Always #LikeAGirl video tackles emojis.

by 5. Judy John, CEO and chief creative officer at Leo Burnett Canada

 

Arena Ventures and Women Founders

CEO Paige Craig of Arena Ventures @paigecraig wrote a great article below on Woman Founders; what they face in the industry, why he believes it is the way it is, and gives great advice for changing it. #ifshecanican.  It is encouraging and inspiring!

“Half Our Start-ups Are Founded By Women And I Am Surprised and Delighted.”  As it should be.

 

Female Founders at Arena

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Female Founders (Above) Clockwise from top-left: Leura Fine, CEO of Laurel & Wolf; Leiti Hsu, Susan Ho, Amy Guo, Co-Founders of Journy; Akta Adani, CEO of India Boulevard; Danielle Morrill, CEO of Mattermark; Margaret Laney, CMO of Mytable

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Female Founders (Above) Clockwise from top-left: Payal Kadakia, CEO of Classpass; Niniane Wang, CEO of Evertoon; Kanjun Qiu, CEO of a stealth AI startup; Christina Saas, COO of Andela; Amanda Micallef, COO of Arsenic

So if most of us are out there aiming to invest in great people; and if we can also agree that founder potential is evenly distributed among the broad populations of women and men, then why are most gender investing ratios so fundamentally skewed?

Here’s my opinion: Most investors don’t have a real framework or techniques for investing in so called “amazing founders”

 

Gender Gaps

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Why am I using the Gender Mind the Gap?

Because this month International Women’s Day (March 8th) is about Parity – Gender Equality. Its important for me today as it is an opportunity or me to give back to my fellow humans. Today, it will be announced I have been honored to become a global ambassador for Women, through the #inspiringRarebirds organization and #ifshecanIcan movement.

It is a privilege to be included in this amazing group of humans, who are working to provide a platform where entrepreneurship for women is supported and is a choice… choice is a big word here… Rarebirds invites both parties to the conversation and makes the effort to create a safe welcoming and learning environment for women to succeed.

On the subject of gender equality, Emma Watson said “There’s a lack of a sense of urgency around this issue. We’re not really understanding what a huge impact this has all over the world. It’s one of the biggest contributors to poverty, to violence, to discrimination. It hinders development and progress all over the world.”

I agree. It is imperative that we make change and invite both parties of the human race to the conversation, to help put an end to poverty, violence and discrimination and to uphold the rights for all to be included and to express themselves equally.

I am excited to be part of a movement that is creating change for the world of women and men – to make a difference, globally for women.

Cyber Violence Against Women

It is imperative that we understand the change needed in society – at a global level. Just because cyber-violence isn’t physical doesn’t mean that it is acceptable – it is a form of bullying, and perpetuates an attitude that becomes an insidious way of thinking. A hacked Facebook account can cost a life in some countries. We are all humans talking to other humans – we should always be respectful and kind, even if you don’t agree.

cyber-violence against women this is a great article on the topic. Think differently!

International Women’s Day

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.50.25 AMInternational Women’s Day is fast approaching on March 8th it calls into focus that the UN states that it will be 2030 before there is true gender equality.

“We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2016. Follow the UN @Empower Women.

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