A Woman's View from the Street 7/23/19

TXWSW, Limitless

Happy Tuesday!

Celebrating our Limitless Leaders: today we honor Allison Westmoreland. Allison is a Vice President at JP Morgan, and  a TXWSW FW Committee Head.  Read more about why she gives back: http://txwsw.com/volunteer-spotlight-allison-westmoreland-limitless-leader

From the inspirational file, the NY Times profiled Mellody Hobson who was recently named co-chief executive officer of Ariel Capital. In the interview, Mellody details her humble beginnings and how growing up with financial insecurity led her on a quest to understand money. At the helm of a firm managing $13 billion, I would say that she more than succeeded at her goal. The full article can be found here.

Two years after the #metoo movement, the Harvard Business Review examined the state of sexual harassment in the workplace. To quote from the article “in terms of what has changed, we saw that fewer women in our sample reported sexual coercion and unwanted sexual attention following the #MeToo movement. In 2016, 25% of women reported being sexually coerced, and in 2018 that number had declined to 16%. Unwanted sexual attention declined from 66% of women to 25%. In contrast, we noticed an increase in reports of gender harassment, from 76% of women in 2016 to 92% in 2018. This data suggests that while blatant sexual harassment — experiences that drive many women out of their careers — might be declining, workplaces may be seeing a “backlash effect,” or an increase in hostility toward women.” The good news is that the #metoo movement has changed women’s feelings making them feel less alone which increased women’s self-esteem and decreased their self-doubt. The full article can be found here.

Finally, the next article, from the Wall Street Journal yesterday stopped me in my tracks. The article details all the ways that large companies are literally spying on their employees from how quickly you answer emails, to how much time you spend at your desk and what pops up on your computer screen. The article, which makes for fascinating reading, can be found here.

You may notice a new addition to our homepage. We have created the Limitless jewelry line to both inspire women and help us in our philanthropy mission of supporting the Young Women’s Preparatory network. Proceeds from the purchase of the Limitless charm go directly to the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. Designed for us by one of the nation’s preeminent jewelry manufacturers, this beautiful, inspirational charm comes in both silver and 14 carat gold and can be worn every day on a bracelet or necklace. Please help us support these deserving students while inspiring all the wonderful women in your life.

I would ask each of you to consider corporate sponsorship of TXWSW. Benefits include attendance at our flagship events and recognition for your firm. To learn more, you may find our sponsor information here. Additionally, we would be happy to create a custom sponsorship for you. Please contact Bianca King at developmentdirector@txwsw.com 

Kind regards

Christine

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