There are many articles detailing the dearth of women leaders at the top – women start out in equal numbers in the workforce and the numbers thin disproportionately by the time they get to the C-Suite. One of the proposed solutions, from the Huffington Post this week, is that the US adopt paid maternity leave. The article notes that without proper paid maternity leave, many women are forced out of the workforce during their child rearing years, and the more women that stay in the workforce, the more likely it is that they will reach the C-Suite. The article makes a compelling case, and can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/10/women-boards-maternity-leave_n_7040404.html
A video on Bloomberg also explores the topic: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-04-10/maternity-leave-a-labor-crisis-for-working-women
Also from Bloomberg, a great interview with the female Dean of the University of Michigan’s business school on why there are so few women in MBA programs – in her opinion, because the programs are run by men for men. The full article can be found here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-10/a-business-school-dean-explains-why-so-few-women-have-a-job-like-hers
On the VC front, there is reaction in Silicon Valley to the Ellen Pao case that defies the verdict:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-30/how-has-silicon-valley-reacted-to-ellen-pao-verdict-
And from Forbes – what it means to lead ‘like a woman’ http://www.forbes.com/sites/yec/2015/03/24/what-it-really-means-to-lead-like-a-woman/
And lastly, we have our biggest event of the year coming up April 23rd in Dallas – you will not want to miss this as we have an all-star lineup of investors giving their global market outlook including Mary Erdoes of JP Morgan, Katie Stockton of BTIG, Elena Ranguelova of Investcorp and Lilian Zhou will be joining us from Shanghai. Britt Harris from TRS will be moderating and we look forward to his questions. The event supports the Young Women’s College Preparatory network that supports 7 schools in Texas that provide a college preparatory education to underserved young girls across the state. And why is girls’ education so important? Studies show that if you change the outcome for a young girl, you change the outcome for future generations – an investment that pays dividends. And young girls trying to get an education are under siege:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/world/schoolgirls-are-facing-more-threats-united-nations-reports.html?_r=0
Men and women are welcome to attend the April 23rd event, so please help us get the word out – it is a great event with TWO cocktail hours, so plenty of great networking as well as great content!
We have a terrific line up of events for April. Come out and meet our new committee members and share your ideas for future events! Register early to avoid disappointment!