To start with, we have two items from the career advice file. The first article, ‘How to Network a Party’ provides practical tips on working a room including identifying groups and individuals that will be open to conversation. Considering we have over 100 people registered for our Dallas event this week, this is timely reading. The full article can be found here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-smartest-ways-to-network-at-a-party-1442249499
One of the things women get a bad rep for is crying in the office. We all know that tears can come bottled up frustration, so instead of bottling up those emotions, a recent study shows that displaying anger can actually be a more effective negotiating tool. The full article can be found here:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/opinion/sunday/the-rationality-of-rage.html?_r=0
It is that time of year again, and I am pleased to share KPMG’s annual Women in Alts survey. Kudos to them for undertaking this important project each year. The full report can be found here: http://www.kpmginfo.com/alts/
The upshot of this year’s report is that despite some handy outperformance, female hedge fund managers have trouble attracting assets which hardly sounds like rational behavior to me. The full article can be found here: http://www.ai-cio.com/channel/NEWSMAKERS/Women-in-Alts-Find-No-Favor-Despite-High-Performance/
Another discrimination lawsuit was filed last week against a big bank. You can read the full account here:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-15/jefferies-sued-over-office-culture-that-made-women-sex-objects-
And lastly, Anne-Marie Slaughter excerpted her new book in the New York Times this weekend focusing on the toxic work environment at US companies. She notes that even though women are earning more degrees and advanced degrees and start out as 50% of the workforce after school that number drops to 10-20% in senior management. And this issue is not just about advancement for women, Ms. Slaughter notes “When an abundance of overly rigid workplaces causes 42 million American citizens to live day to day in fear that just one single setback will prevent them from being able to care for their children, it’s not their problem, but ours.” This article is a must read: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/opinion/sunday/a-toxic-work-world.html
Huge thanks to our committee members for arranging a terrific line up of events for the Fall including a coed cocktail party and brewery tour in Dallas, our second annual Charity Shopping Night in Houston, Lunch with Mayor Betsy Price in Fort Worth, and a Holiday Luncheon in Austin. Register early to avoid disappointment!