I often post articles written by Anne Marie Slaughter, and finally, her new book is available. If you don’t have time for the whole book, the NY Times did a great review in the ‘Books’ section that gives you the cliff notes version. Essentially, Ms. Slaughter’s view is that as a society we need to take a hard look at how we are treating women in the workplace and changes are essential if we don’t want 50% of the talent sidelined or marginalized. I think this becomes more of an issue in the future as it has been years since women have been earning more degrees and advanced degrees than men, and our economy literally cannot afford to push these women out of the workplace. If you have doubts, look at Japan. The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/books/review/anne-marie-slaughters-unfinished-business-women-men-work-family.html
While we are on the subject of Anne Marie Slaughter, she did a great piece detailing the great divide in workplace benefits. On the one hand companies are lavishing generous perks like flying nannies and at the other end of the spectrum; parents are getting their work hours the week before making it almost impossible to arrange for child care. The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/upshot/the-great-divide-in-workplace-benefits.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0
The title of the next article says it all: “To Get a Job in Your 50s, Maintain Friendships in Your 40s.” I think you can substitute out the ages and the validity of the statement still stands. Those with the biggest networks have the most opportunity, and as we age, those relationships are even more important. The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/business/to-get-a-job-in-your-50s-maintain-friendships-in-your-40s.html
And lastly, one of my favorites of the week – “How Not to Be a Networking Leech.” This article gives point by point instruction on the right way to network and is especially pertinent to job seekers. In my role, I network a lot and while some of the items pointed out can sound like common sense knowledge, I can tell you first hand, they are not. This is a must read: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/jobs/how-not-to-be-a-networking-leech-tips-for-seeking-professional-advice.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 & Dallas, Lunch with Mayor Betsy Price in Fort Worth, and a Holiday Luncheon in Austin. Register early to avoid disappointment!