Business & Entrepreneurship

Women have made significant progress in the work force and private sector, but the glass ceiling is still firmly in place, particularly at senior levels of decision-making and management. Businesses are now recognizing the importance of diversity and including a wider range of talents and perspectives at all levels of management and they are offering networking, mentoring and other services to improve recruitment and retention of women and people of color. Although women represent a significant number of small business owners, women-run businesses capture only a small percentage of capital investments and government contracts. re:gender's network is working to close these gaps by focusing attention on equal opportunity, educational parity, career options, promotions, networking and work/life balance as well as other critical issues. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Women at PricewaterhouseCoopers, A Global Priority

Women represent half of our global workforce at the recruitment level, and 15 percent of the partnership, a number which continues to increase each year. Although great progress has been made to help women climb the corporate ladder, we know we need to do more.
 

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http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/index.jhtml

Pink Magazine: Where career women connect, express, learn and support one another

Throughout your life pink has been symbolic. Since the day you were born and a pink cap was placed upon your head, the color partly defined who you were and who you felt you could or could not become. At times pink was confining, girlish, degrading, liberating or all of these.

But today a growing number of women who are at, or heading for the top, are comfortable with their own pinkness-the color, the attitude, and the opportunity it represents. They are embracing their femininity along with their strength, their compassion and resilience, power and passion.
 

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http://www.pinkmagazine.com/index.html

20-first.com: Building Gender Balanced Businesses

Organization that takes a very international approach to work with others to move from 20th century mindsets, management styles and marketing approaches to more progressive 21st century forms -- this time including women.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/index.php

Why Gender Balance Matters More Than Ever

OECD projections suggest that in just eleven years, seven out of ten graduates will be women in many countries across the world. It is crucial that men recognize that gender balance and the encouragement of women is a business imperative in today’s tough times.

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http://www.gn2-newsletter.de/view2.php?C=4273-2E9D5FB7&M=123873&U=4708-EAAE5E04&T=N#

Unwritten Rules: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Career

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02/09/2010

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., Director, Research, and Brande Stellings, J.D., Vice President, Advisory Services, Professional Services Practice, lead a webinar on Unwritten Rules: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Career . This event is complimentary for participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged a per-registration fee of $150.

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Doing Business 2010: A record in business regulation reform

Doing Business has been tracking regulatory reforms aimed at improving the ease of doing business. Despite the challenges presented by the financial crisis, the number of reforms hit a record level this year. Between June 2008 and May 2009, 287 reforms were recorded in 131 economies, 20% more than the year before. Reformers focused on making it easier to start and operate a business, strengthening property rights and improving the efficiency of commercial dispute resolution and bankruptcy procedures.

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http://doingbusiness.org/features/Highlights2010.aspx

Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Global Private Sector Leaders Forum is a group of influencial businesspeople and companies committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. These leaders understand the importance of women’s contributions to business profitability and to the communities in which they operate. They are creating economic opportunities for women as an integral part of core business, community engagement and corporate diversity and inclusion.
 

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http://pslforum.worldbankgroup.org/

Women's Initiative Blog

Moderated by Barbara Adachi, National Managing Principal of the Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women at Deloitte LLP, the blog is an ongoing community conversation about life, work and everything else in between.
 

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http://blogs.deloitte.com/winblog/

Holding Women Back, 2008-2009

This special report from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2008/2009 is a bi-annual study that measures the impact of leadership development initiatives around the world. The study included data from more than 12,000 leaders from 76 countries. Research revealed the following: female leaders are under-represented in accelerated development programs (like high potential programs and one-on-one mentorship) are secret or happen behind closed doors, organizations aren’t held accountable for gender balance; and, having women represent in significant numbers at every leadership level doesn’t mean that will carry to the executive level– in fact, there is a backlash again women at the top when they are dominant in leadership roles at every other level.
 

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http://www.ddiworld.com/pdf/GenderReport09_tr_ddi.pdf

Women in the Boardroom and Their Impact on Governance and Performance

We show that female directors have a significant impact on board inputs and firm outcomes. In a sample of US firms, we find that female directors have better attendance records than male directors, male directors have fewer attendance problems the more gender-diverse the board is, and women are more likely to join monitoring committees. These results suggest that gender-diverse boards allocate more effort to monitoring. Accordingly, we find that CEO turnover is more sensitive to stock performance and directors receive more equity-based compensation in firms with more gender-diverse boards. However, the average effect of gender diversity on firm performance is negative. This negative effect is driven by companies with fewer takeover defenses. Our results suggest that mandating gender quotas for directors can reduce firm value for well-governed firms.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1107721
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