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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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A place at the table for women in Rhineland-Palatinate

Let’s imagine, you’re a woman responsible for making sure there are more women in leadership positions and decision-making groups: How can you enforce laws requiring women to be hired, without creating backlash, without alienating women who may or may not want these positions? These aren’t easy questions to answer! But we worked on these on […]

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A new backlash? How to Defend Work-Family Policies: Presentation in Malmö, Sweden

Work-family policies and programming have made enormous leaps forward in the public and private sectors in the last decades of the 20th century and first decades of the 21st century. The goal, broadly and generally stated, is enabling paid work, unpaid work, family care, self-care, and community involvement to all be part of a normal […]

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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 #7 why women in leadership matter: identifying and reducing barriers

A seventh reason why it’s good for all of us when we work towards having more women in leadership: to identify and reduce barriers. If the practice of getting more women into leadership positions turns out to be difficult, we learn where the barriers are to their attaining these positions. When we know where the […]

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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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Soroptimist International Germany has a new club! Frankfurt Vision: Founding celebration on 24. May 2014

Congratulations, Frankfurt Vision Soroptimists, on your new founding! And my sincere thanks for the invitation to participate in your charter celebration, as you founded this exciting new chapter with guests from around the world. It was a huge honor for me to be your keynote speaker at the charter ceremony. I was asked to speak […]

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Gender-neutral careers in STEM-fields: Are they possible?

On June 20, 2013 I gave a talk in Berlin for an audience of young women just finishing their studies in the STEM fields (STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The question on the table was, can women have gender-neutral careers in STEM fields?  And the answer I gave is, as long as women […]

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The Time-and-Possessions Equation: or, why hire help?

When we’re not working, are we still working? That is to say, is paid work the only work there is? Of course not. Unpaid work — in the form of caregiving, kinkeeping, and maintaining home, body, and relationships – is essential for life. These tasks tend to be invisible until they come in conflict with […]

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