The news at the end of the week was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella telling women they should not ask for a raise but “should trust faith and karma to reward them appropriately.” Needless to say, this caused an outcry, and Mr. Nadella backing off his statement. Claire Cain Miller wrote a great article on the subject exploring the paradox of whether to ask or not to ask in Tech Executive’s Remark Highlights a Paradox on Women’s Wages. The issue is that studies show that women do not ask for raises, and when they do they are penalized because notions of gender roles do not match women’s roles in the workplace. To quote: “it basically violates the expectations about how we think women are supposed to be,” said Linda Babcock, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a leading researcher on women and pay negotiations. “The literature talks about women being communal, kind, interested in others, helpful, not aggressive. When people violate expectations, there’s backlash against them.” The full article can be found here:http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/upshot/satya-nadellas-advice-on-raises-stirs-wider-discussion-among-women.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0
We have terrific events coming up in October that you will not want to miss! In Houston, Neiman Marcus is hosting us for a cocktail party and private event including an award winning makeup artist, fashion show, great food and great company all to support girl’s education, so you can have fun and give back to the community at the same time! And speaking of fundraisers, we have our third annual Boots & Blackjack Casino Night in Dallas – grab your significant other, colleagues and friends and join us for this great fun event! Lastly, and certainly not least, we have dinner with 2 dynamic CIOs in Austin. You will not want to miss what they have to say!
We look forward to seeing you all at an event soon!