12 Reasons More Women Should Be at the Wheel

Of course, we’re not exactly unbiased on the topic of female power and primacy. We’re also not trying to instigate some global insurgency or battle of the sexes. But we do believe we’ve identified a new gender gap: women are better at running things like, say, the world. To back up our theory, we turned to upcoming speakers. Here’s how they completed the sentence: “When a woman is in charge….” Read More

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Paid Maternity Leave for a Year: Coming Soon to a Company Near You?

Last month, prospective parents in Silicon Valley had reason to cheer: Adobe, Microsoft and Netflix announced that new moms and dads could take off, respectively, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year—paid. (At Adobe, birth moms can take 10 additional weeks of medical leave, and at Microsoft, they can take 8 more weeks of paid disability.) The companies joined Google (18 weeks for birth moms) and Facebook (four months for moms and dads) in their generous parental leave policies. Can it be long before the rest of corporate America gets with the progressive program? Patty McCord, principal at Patty McCord Consulting and former chief talent officer at Netflix who introduced unlimited vacation days, weighs in on the change happening in Silicon Valley—and hopefully beyond. Read More

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9 Ways the U.S. Women’s World Cup Win Makes the World a Better Place

Fans cheer on the U.S. women's soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

Fans cheer on the U.S. women’s soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

You don’t have to be a soccer fanatic to understand how truly awesome the U.S. women’s World Cup win is. So you can have a full and fine appreciation, here, with help from our Facebook followers, are 9 ways the triumph raised the bar, shifted the paradigm, shattered the ceiling—and otherwise rocked: Read More

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Exclusive Offer from Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson

Tory-Johnson-book-220x300Tory Johnson lived for nearly 40 years believing that if only she could lose weight everything would be perfect—only to discover that life doesn’t work that way. She finally did what had always been impossible: She lost 62 pounds in a year, and more since then. But rainbows and unicorns never appeared.

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What You Really Need to Do to Move Up
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Courage Training for Civilians

MJ-Hegar-220x300On her third tour of duty in Afghanistan, rescue helicopter pilot MJ Hegar and her crew were Medevacing three American soldiers who urgently needed surgery when they took fire from a large belt-fed machine gun. Still, they lifted off, determined to save the wounded soldiers’ lives. But with their fuel lines hit, they had to crash land. Hegar, who sustained shrapnel in her arm and thigh, fought the enemy off while the patients were being transferred to the escort chopper, then jumped onto its skids as it took off, holding on with one hand while firing her rifle with the other. Read More

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What You Really Need to Do to Move Up

Banks,-Gloria-Mayfield-220x300Do you undermine yourself when you talk? If you say “just” a lot (as in, just checking in or this will just take a minute), former Google executive Ellen Petry Leanse says yes. In her LinkedIn blog post, which got a lot of people talking this summer, she claims that women say the word a lot more than men, and that the tendency can undercut one’s clarity and credibility. Read More

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Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

woman-juggling-laptop-phoneBeing in the know about news and trends is key to success in almost every field. In our first annual reading survey, 51% of respondents said that they read to stay up-to-date daily, while 33% said they read weekly, 11% said monthly and 5% said quarterly or infrequently. Here, in the spirit of collegial sharing, are the apps, blogs, newsfeeds, newsletters, periodicals, websites and writers recommended by survey respondents, and organized by industry:

Accommodation and Food Services
AllRecipes.com, Catalyst.org, DiversityBestPractices.com, DiversityInc.com, Epicurious.com, GetEverwise.com, Harvard Business Review, Josh Bersin’s blog/Deloitte, LinkedIn, New York Times, RBL.net, SmartBrief.com and WomensFoodServiceForum.com

AccountingToday.com, AICPA.org, BNA.com, CGMA magazine, CNN.com, DailyTaxReporter.com, International Fiscal Association publications, Journal of Accountancy and Wall Street Journal

Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing
AdAge, Adweek, AIGA.org, Borrell Associates reports and webinars, Buzzfeed, CableFax.com, CableSpots.net, ChiefMarketer.com, CMO.com, CNN.com, ConvinceAndConvert.com, Cynopsis.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Facebook (follow trendsetters), Flipboard.com, Forbes, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, HotelMarketing.com, HowDesign.com, Hubspot.com, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Hypebeast.com, IABC.com, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn, MarketingProfs.com Mashable.com, MuckRack.com, New York Times, PBJMarketing.com blog, People, Pinterest, PRDaily.com, PRNewsOnline.com, PRNewser blog, PR Week, PRSA .org, Ragan.com, Re/Code.net, Seth Godin, Sidekick blog, SmartBrief.com, Strategy-Business.com, TechCrunch, ThatWorkingGirl.com, The Futurist Magazine, TheSkimm.com, Twitter (follow trendsetters), Us Weekly, YesMagazine.org, YouTube, Wall Street Journal and Wired

Art/Graphics/UI Design
ART News, ArtForum.com, BrainPickings.org, CreativeBloq.com, DesignModo.com, GDUSA.com, Lynda.com, New York Times, SafariBooksOnline.com, TutsPlus.com, YouTube (Adobe Creative Suite and other design channels)

RiskAndInsurance.com, IRMI.com newsletters and The Kiplinger Letter

Business & Leadership Coaching/Training/Management
Anthony Robbins, BizJournals.com/bizwomen, BusinessToday-eg.com, CareerDirectors.com, Careerealism.com, Forbes, Gallup.com, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, IIBA.org, John Maxwell blog, [email protected] newsletter, LinkedIn, New York Times, SBA.gov, Seth Godin, SmartBriefs.com, TED.com, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal

Business Process Outsourcing
Bill Kutik, HorsesForSources.com and LinkedIn

Computer Hardware/Software/IT
BusinessInsider.com, Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Consumption Economics (book), CXPA.org, DeveloperEconomics.com blog, The Economist, eMarketer.com daily emails, ExecutiveBoard.com blogs, Facebook, Fast Company, Forbes, Gartner.com, Google alerts, GovTech.com’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Hubspot.com, Inc. Magazine, ITPro.co.uk, Kaihan Krippendorff, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly, New York Times, Reddit, SCMagazine.com, SmartBriefs.com, SocialMediaDelivered.com blog, TBRI.com, TechTarget.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and ZDNet.com

ASCE.org magazines, ENR.com, New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Consumer Electronics
Core77.com, Coroflot.com, Engadget.com, Harvard Business Review, io9.com, LinkedIn, Notcot.org and Wall Street Journal

eMarketer.com, Gartner.com and WindsorCircle.com blog

AACU.org news, AACC.NCHE.edu, ALA.org, BoardSource.org, Brene Brown, BusinessWeek, Buzzfeed, CASE.org, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CollegeBoard.org, CUE.org, EducationDive.com, Educational Procurement Journal, Edutopia.org, EdWeek.org, FacultyFocus.com, Greatist.com, Ed.gov, Facebook, Fast Company, Gabrielle Bernstein, GLSEN.org reports, GMAC.com Quick Clips, Harvard Business Review, HechingerReport.org, ICTINEducation.org blog, IECAOnline.com newsletter, ILA-net.org journals, InsideHigherEd.com, Inside Supply Management Magazine, League.org, Libby Nelson, LinkedIn, LuninaFoundation.org newsletter, McKinsey Quarterly, MindfulSchools.org blog, MYACPA.org newsletter, NACADA Journal, NatCom.org newsletter, NBPTS.org newsletter, NCTE.org, Pinterest, NAASFA.org, NAICU.edu, New York Times, NPR.org, Politico, TED.com, The Atlanctic.com (education section), TheNonProfitTimes.com, Time Magazine, Twitter, YouTube and Wall Street Journal

Energy/Power & Utilities
ACEEE.org, AGA.org, EEI.org, EEnews.net, EIA.gov, EnergyCentral.com, EPRI.com, GreenTechMedia.com, IntelligentUtility.com, LinkedIn groups, POWERGRID International, SNL.com and UtilityDive.com

Finance/Financial Services
401kWire.com, AFPOnline.org AmericanBanker.com, Banc Investment Daily, BankerAndTradesman.com, BankersOnline.com, Barron’s, BBC.com news, BenefitsLink.com, Bloomberg.com, CIO.com, CNBC.com, CNN Money, The Economist, EmergingManagerMonthly.com, Fast Company, Financial-Planning.com, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Times, FINRA.org, Forbes, Fortune, Fortune’s Broadsheet, FundFire.com, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, IBAT.org, ICI.org, Inc. Magazine, InvestmentNews.com, ISACA.org, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Financial Planning, Kiplinger, KMWorld.com, LinkedIn, Liz Ryan, MarketWatch.com, McKinsey Quarterly, Money Magazine, Money-Media.com Ignites news, NakedCapitalism.com, New York Times, NICSA.org blog, NPR.org, PlanSponsor.com Newsdash, OCC.gov alerts, PIOnline.com, Reuters, RMAHQ.org, SEC.gov, SmartBriefs.com, STAI.org, Team of Teams (book), TheIIA.org, ThinkAdvisor.com, Twitter, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Yahoo news

Brene Brown, BusinessInsider.com, CapHillStyle.com, CENews.com, Center for Creative Leadership publications, CityLab.com, Facebook, FHWA.dot.gov news, GASB.org announcements, Governing.com, GFOA.org announcements, MIT Technology Review, NICIC.gov news, PMI.org publications, ProjectManagement.com ThinkingCities.com, ThinkingHighways.com, SheNegotiates.com blog and Twitter

Health Care
AHIP.org daily updates, ASHE.org, BeckersHospitalReview.com, Benefitslin.com Health & Welfare Plans newsletter, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, CapTodayOnline.com, CDC.gov, CNN.com, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies, Facebook, Fast Company, FDA.gov updates, Forbes, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Healthcare.gov, HHNMag.com, HIMSS.org blog, HPNOnline.com, Jen Hatmaker, Journal of Hospital Medicine, LinkedIn, Mayo Clinic newsletter, Medscape, ModernHealthcare.com, New York Times, NBR.com, NPR.com, PremierInc.com, PressGaney.com blog, PubMed.gov, Robert Wachter, SHRM.org, SHSMD.org newsletter, StuderGroup.com, WebMD.com and USA Today

Human Resources
HRBartender.com blog, HREOnline.com, HRHero.com, Meghan Biro, SHRM.org magazine and newsletter, TheHRSpecialist.com, TrainingMag.com and Workforce.com

AdvisenLTD.com, BusinessInsurance.com, CNN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, IFEBP.org, InsuranceJournal.com, ISCEBS.org, Kaiser Family Foundation publications, LIMRA.com, LinkedIn, NationalUnderwriter.com, PLRB.org, PWC.com insurance publications, RMMagazine.com, SmartBriefs.com, SNL.com alerts, Wall Street Journal and UBABenefits.com

ACCDocket.com, American Bar Association Journal, AmericanJail.org magazine, BenefitsLink.com, CorrectionsOne.com, Google alerts, Law360.com, Lexology.com and Wall Street Journal

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation newsletter, BoardSource.org, Chronicle for Philanthropy, DisabilityScoop.com, EdFunders.org, Fast Company, Firelight.org, Forbes, GEOFunders.org, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, InsidePhilanthropy.com, LinkedIn, Lucy Bernholz, McKinsey Quarterly, NetworkForGood.org, PhilanthropyNewsDigest.org, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TheSkimm.com, Wall Street Journal

BioWorld.com, Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine, DIA Daily, Facebook, FDA.gov, FiercePharma.com, FirstWordPharma.com, LinkedIn, Nature, PharmaTimes.com, PharmaVOICE.com, Pink Sheet Daily, PMI.org, Science, SCDM.org newsletter, ScripIntelligence.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal and WSJ’s Pharmalot blog

Professional Services
ACMPGlobal,org, AMANET.org, Annie McKee, Businessweek, CFO Magzine, ConsultingMag.com, DDIWorld.com, DiversityInc.com magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times, FastFuture.com, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, HumanCapitalMedia.com, Inc. Magazine, John Kotter, Ken Blanchard, KMWorld.com, LinkedIn, Malcolm Gladwell, Mashable.com, Michael Hyatt, McKinsey Quarterly, NEHRA.com, New York Times, Prosci.com, Reddit.com, Scoop.it, ShapingTomorrow.com, SHRM.org, SmartBriefs.com, SMPS.org, Stephen Covey, Stitcher (app), Strategy-Business.com, TalentMgt.com blogs, Time Magazine, TrainingMag.com, Trendwatching.com, Trove.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Workforce.com and YouTube

Real Estate
EY.com tax alerts, Forbes, NAREIT blogs, PereNews.com, PWC.com tax alerts, Realert.com, SmartBriefs.com, Wall Street Journal and Yahoo

B2ttraining.com blog, BATimes.com, DesignLoveFest.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Giftbeat.com, GiftsAndDec.com magazine, Giftshopmag.com, Harvard Business Review, HCI.org, HubSpot.com, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, InstoreMag.com, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly, NRF.com, OhSoBeautifulPaper.com blog, ProduceNews.com, RISNews.edgl.com, StationeryTrendsMag.com, SupermarketNews.com, TheRobinReport.com and Wall Street Journal

Adweek’s SocialTimes feed, AnandTech.com, BusinessInsider.com, CBInsights.com,
CNN.com, Computer.org, Conference-Board.org, DigitalTransactions.net, Entrepreneur Magazine, eSource.com, The Facebook Blog, Fast Company, Feedly.com, Flipboard.com, Forbes, Forrester Research articles, Fortnightly.com, Gallup.com, Google alerts, GovTech.com’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, HubSpot.com marketing blog, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn, MarketingLand.com, Mashable.com, MattCutts.com blog, Mattermark.com blog,
McKinsey Quarterly, Melcrum.com, MIT Technology Review, New York Times, NPR.com, Nuzzel.com, Official Google Blog, OpenView Labs, PCMag.com news, PMI.org, Priceonomics.com, ProjectManagement.com, Quartz Daily Brief, Ragan.com, Re/code.com, SearchEngineLand.com, SmartBriefs.com, TBRI.com, Tech.co, TechCrunch.com, TechMeme.com, TechTarget.com, Time Magazine, TSIA.com, Twitter, The Twitter Blog, UserTesting.com VentureBeat.com, VentureFizz weekly email, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Yahoo News and Yahoo Tech

AASHTOJournal.org, DunhillTravelDeals.com blog, GoGoWorldwidevacations.com, Metro-Magazine.com, Ski.com blog, Transportation Research Board newsletter, TravelAgentCentral.com and TravelWeekly.com


Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
From Rancher’s Daughter to….

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Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact

Kerry-Hannon-head-shot-220x300A fact of life they didn’t tell you middle school: You’ll likely be flying solo at some point during your retirement, if not at the start. “From the age of 65 to the end of life, most American women are single, and if they lost a partner, their standard of living drops,” says Kerry Hannon, a retirement and personal finance expert and author most recently of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. Yet on any given day, “women will talk about health before they’ll talk about wealth,” Hannon notes. Making financial security a priority in our thoughts—as well as a part of our conversations—is one attitude adjustment we all need to make. These five will also help ensure that the retirement years are truly golden:

#1 Get self-centered

Nature or nurture, women tend to put the needs of others first, and as a result, we experience career interruptions that lead to our missing out on raises, years of contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and reported earnings that will affect the size of our Social Security checks down the line. To even begin to make up for the losses, “you need to pay yourself first—which means put money in savings before you do anything else with your paycheck,” Hannon says. And when it comes to opportunities at work, which that taking-care-of-yourself attitude could position you for a promotion and higher salary, “by all means, as Sheryl Sandberg put it, lean in.”

#2 Stop using fuzzy numbers

“You need a solid understanding of how much you spend now to determine exactly how much you’ll need later in life,” Hannon says. You also can’t make sure you’re living within your means unless you run real numbers. Hannon recommends going to Mint.com and YouNeedaBudget.com for help tracking your spending and penciling out a budget.

#3 Be bold about saving

Afraid that they’ll need the money, many people who participate in their 401(k) plans allocate just fractions of their paycheck to it. “But at the very least, you should be putting in the 4% to 6% that employers typically require to get the maximum company match,” Hannon says. “It’s pre-tax, so you’ll hardly miss it.” An even better target savings amount: 10% that you eventually dial up to 15%—or more, if you’re getting a late start.

#4 Invest with confidence

“While most women are completely comfortable dealing with their daily finances, many are intimidated by stocks and bonds,” Hannon observes. The only solution is to get educated about investing and retirement planning. Hannon recommends checking out Iinvest.org, WiserWomen.org, Learnvest.com and Dailyworth.com—the latter three specifically geared to women. It may also be helpful to have a professional explain things. If you do go the financial-advisor route, Hannon suggests hiring one that charges a flat fee. Interview a few (there are searchable databases at sites of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards), find one you like and don’t be timid about asking questions. It’s your money, after all.

#5 Look forward to your 50s

In order to keep on working and earning, many women shift career tracks as the nest starts to empty out, or a life or health crisis pushes them to find work with meaning or a job that they’re passionate about. “It often takes about three to five years to get something new going full speed, so at 50, you might start thinking about what you want to do when you’re 55,” Hannon says. “Begin to add the necessary certifications or degrees, research and even moonlight to see if it truly is something you want to do in this chapter.”

Also, since money is often the biggest stumbling block to changing careers—you may have to take a pay cut—you should “get financially fit, sock away savings, pay down debts and perhaps downsize your home,” Hannon advises. You’ll feel challenged during those transitional years but remember, “you’re not reinventing yourself; you’re redeploying the skills you already have in your kit. It’s also an exciting time, so go slow and take it in baby steps,” Hannon adds.

Finally, to get your friends to join you in thinking and talking about money matters, Hannon recommends adding personal finance books to your book club’s reading list. Her top picks: The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After 50, Get a Financial Life and Jonathon Clements Money Guide 2015.

Kerry Hannon will be leading panel discussion “Reviving a Stalled Career” at the 2015 Texas Conference for Women.


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From Rancher’s Daughter to….

Gore with Kenyan women in a Dell-sponsored e-recycling program, where women start small businesses to collect and re-sell old hardware. 

Gore with Kenyan women in a Dell-sponsored e-recycling program, where women start small businesses to collect and re-sell old hardware. 

By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell

Spending my youth on a horse and cattle ranch in Texas, I never imagined that my career path would lead me from the Peace Corps in Bolivia to leadership roles at the United Nations Foundation and now to my current job as Dell’s entrepreneur-in-residence, supporting entrepreneurial growth on a global scale. I mean can a girl with dirt on her boots end up as a woman in heels leading global initiatives?

I was the first woman in my family to graduate from college—enrolling at Texas A&M University with the intention of returning back to the ranch to breed cattle. (Knowing how to breed cattle doesn’t come in handy at the UN but knowing how to herd them does.) There, I soon recognized that the school didn’t offer adequate childcare, and with the school’s first female vice president as my mentor, I was able to raise the $350K necessary to build a childcare center on campus. The experience showed me how we can make big things happen if a community really gets behind an issue and works together.

After that, I was hooked on this idea of community-driven change and the opportunity for public service engagement.

Pursuing My Passion

A&M gave me the opportunity to get a Master’s in this new field I was passionate about, and after a couple of jobs, I decided to join the Peace Corps. Their motto is “the hardest job you will ever love…” and I would say that’s spot on. I went as an agriculture volunteer—Mom, please mail me my boots again—and managed a USAID grant to increase the overall agriculture situation and food availability in the community.

The experience gave me a window into some of the most pressing issues that exist in the developing world. In a tiny village of 35 families, I learned how crucial both public and private sector involvement is in creating a lasting impact. But in that village, and in the hundreds of others that I have visited since, I’ve been so impressed that it’s the entrepreneurs that are starting small businesses that are the local change makers and leaders.

Finding My Life’s Work

Entrepreneurs are driving much of today’s innovation—from solar conduction dryers to air carbon plastic—pioneering solutions to global problems large and small. They’re also responsible for creating the majority of jobs, accounting for 70 percent of net new jobs, and as much as 91 percent in some emerging markets. However, in order to create scale, these pioneers need support from large organizations like the United Nations and corporations like Dell who are providing access to the tools, technology, markets and resources they need to be successful.

Upon returning from the Peace Corps, I was hired by another mentor to join the UN Foundation. (Do they let Texans in the UN? Better buy some high heels). During my 10 years working there, my focus was on building these global partnerships, connecting social problems with businesses and implementing cause marketing campaigns to scale solutions. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs I have ever seen were in refugee camps, in some of the toughest parts of the world. To give you a snapshot of the potential, every day the UN feeds 30 million people, cares for 42 million refugees, and moves billions of dollars in commodities such as vaccines, food and shelter. With the organization’s help, today’s game-changing entrepreneurs can not only scale their ideas to save lives but they also can make millions of dollars—building on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

My partnership work brought me very close to Dell. I began working with Dell while at the United Nations Foundation through initiatives such as the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and through Michael Dell’s appointment as the UN Foundation’s first global advocate for entrepreneurship. Quickly recognizing the shared idealism between the two organizations and collective commitment to creating a better global climate for entrepreneurs, we worked together with entrepreneurs from New York to Kenya.

Landing My Dream Job

So when I was asked to join Dell as their second entrepreneur-in-residence it was an easy choice and a natural next step. And hey, all roads lead back to Texas, so I was excited to work for a company based in Austin. Mom, I need those boots again.

At Dell, my role is focused on bringing Dell closer to the entrepreneurial community and helping to extend Dell’s global advocacy efforts, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally. In order to pave the way for the next billion jobs, we need to enable the No. 1 job creator: entrepreneurs. We have been working closely with the UN on a campaign called “Entrepreneurs UNite,” to rally for support “Sustainable Development Goal 8,” which calls for the support of entrepreneurs by promoting sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. “Goal 8” is essential because it is a road map for every country on how they enhance entrepreneurship through laws, regulation, market access and more.

Call to Action

“Goal 8” as well as the other proposed 16 goals— combined, they’re the world’s to-do list to tackle extreme poverty, create jobs, curb climate change and put the world on a more prosperous and sustainable path by 2030— will be voted and agreed upon by the UN General Assembly in September. We, at Dell, are asking entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world to join us in recognizing the power entrepreneurship brings by putting your signatures behind “Goal 8” at EntrepreneursUNite.com.

I strongly believe that by working together, we can all make a big difference and it remains my mission to close the divide between the corporate and public sectors to bring profitability and sustainability to global solutions. Whether you are wearing boots or high heels, innovation through risk-taking can save lives when barriers are lifted, and bringing entrepreneurs together as innovative global partners pools expertise and insights to help solve issues.

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CFW SURVEY: ‘I Care’ and the Other Reasons You Do ‘Office Housework’

stock 853Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, it’s another example of gender bias: Men are praised and rewarded if they pitch in, while women are penalized for not helping.

But is office housework that widespread a burden and do women do it because we have to? We asked our readers and a whopping 2,218 of you responded. You have strong feelings about the topic, ranging from resentment to bemusement. Here’s what you said: Read More

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