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Diversity and Inclusion: what’s the difference? Why should we care?

A special and unusual event occurred on June 23 in Frankfurt on the rooftop and meeting rooms of the 25 Hours Hotel by Levi’s — yes, the denim jeans company Levi’s helped design the hotel. Thus we all wore jeans and sneakers (well, I didn’t, but that’s more because I don’t wear jeans to give […]

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Making the most of the Intercultural Classroom: Bauhaus University Weimar

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has a highly international student population and works actively to offer their teaching staff tools for making the most of the diverse learning environment. I’ve been invited twice to lead workshops on the intercultural classroom, most recently in December 2014 for the Expertenforum VI: „The Intercultural Classroom: From Theory to Practice.“ Gemeinsam wollten wir […]

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Reason #8 why it matters to have women in leadership: women’s personal development

The final aspect from my series of eight aspects why women should have access to leadership positions is the personal development that growing in a position, or towards a position, can bring for a person. A person who can grow and develop and be challenged at work will be able to develop parts of the […]

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Reason #5 why women in leadership is a worthy goal: Visibility for new issues

A fifth aspect why women can accomplish something special in leadership positions is that they often start with token status. They can use this status to bring visibility to an issue that’s important to them. I’ll explain. A “token” is someone who carries a visible indicator that separates him or her from the rest of […]

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The fourth aspect why we need women at the top: Role Models!

The fourth aspect why women in leadership are critically important, is the role model function of women at the top. This role modeling matters for everyone, not just for women. If people at the top reflect diversity, then the employees at lower levels of the organization can better imagine themselves expanding their possibilities and visualizing […]

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The Third Aspect Why We Want More Women in Leadership: because it just makes good sense

The third aspect of why we need more women in leadership positions is “the business case.” It’s really very simple, and very practical: if I automatically rule out half of the candidates for a position, then I’m limiting my talent pool to only half of the potential. Why would I do that? The compelling business […]

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Why women in leadership? Aspect 2: Women are, in fact, different.

There are many reasons why it’s important for women to be in leadership positions. A second reason is the counterpart to the reason I blogged about yesterday, that women are equal before the law and therefore should be in leadership in equal proportion to men. This new viewpoint assumes that women are in fact different […]

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Food for Thought: or, “Eat a balanced intellectual diet.”

How much are food and work connected metaphorically? That’s the topic I’m working on this Sunday morning.  My introductory sociology class, which meets for the first time this week, will hear from me on Tuesday that, just as a healthy food diet includes a variety of foods, a healthy university education includes a variety of […]

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Intercultural Communication Expert Alexia Petersen visits

Alexia Petersen, intercultural communication expert from Aachen, Germany, was a guest in my seminar “Work and Family in Japan and Germany” on January 24, 2012. Alexia took questions from the students and presented a fascinating look at Japanese culture using  pictures taken on her many trips there and a detailed explanation of important terms and […]

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Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry wants science and parenthood to fit together better

The State Ministry for Science, Research, and Art in Baden-Württemberg organized a conference on April 11, 2011 in Stuttgart to discuss strategies for combining science and parenthood. Ministerial-director Klaus Tappeser opened the session. I gave two keynote presentations in the morning, one on how Americans combine Family and Career, and the other entitled “Women in […]

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