Mentoring

Women are making strides in the workplace but the numbers are still stagnating across management and line positions. One of the keys to increased success is offering strong mentoring programs, but many women struggle to find influential supporters who can help navigate organizational power structures. Professional mentoring remains an important strategic tool for companies to attract and retain a diverse workforce and to move talent upward through the management structure. Women and men mentors and sponsors are essential for supporting women’s career advancement whether in corporations, academia, small businesses, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector.

AMEX Emerging Leaders Program Launch press release

The National Council for Research on Women with support from the American Express Foundation will host a one-year (2010-2011) program to support emerging leaders in the non-profit sector. The 35 fellows will receive mentorship and training in areas such as human resources management, securing organizational resources, and ‘leading from the middle’ (as opposed to top-down strategies). Entitled Building the Next Generation of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, the program will train 35 entry- to mid-level managers who were selected out of a pool of more than 250 applicants.  Representing a variety of backgrounds, the 35 selected fellows come from a wide range of organizations including 13 NCRW Member Centers, and 10 different states.

NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Pregnant in a recession

July 27, 2009 posted by Deborah Siegel*

Last weekend, my partner Marco and I took a childbirth class at the Manhattan hospital where I’ll be giving birth this fall.  I found it very moving that of this random gathering of six couples, two of them were gay.  Many of us were over 35 to boot, and we had all walked complex paths in order to be in that room.

As someone in the process of creating a new family, I think a lot about its definition these days.  To me, family is wherever there is love, and the desire to hold and nurture another soul.   To me, it’s as simple as that.


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NATIONAL PARENTS' DAY FORUM: Observing National Parents’ Day by Enabling All Families to Thrive

 July 29, 2009 posted by Linda Basch
Last Sunday marked the 15th annual observance of National Parents’ Day, a holiday established to “uplift ideal parental role models.” Originally introduced into Congress by Senator Trent Lott, in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton formally established the fourth Sunday of July as National Parents’ Day. Generally, this holiday is used to promote the image of two-parent, “traditional” families.


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Questioning Success at NCRW's Corporate Leadership Summit

By Jacqueline Mumbey*

Last week, NCRW held a two-day corporate leadership summit (April 27-28) at Time Warner. It was an inspiring series of roundtables and explorations of the challenges and opportunities for retaining and advancing women of color in the corporate sector.


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Building the Movement: An Exciting New Project at NCRW

Help us spread the word to Emerging Leaders in Nonprofits:

NCRW is pleased to announce a new project focused on Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Nonprofit Sector. Funded by the American Express Foundation, the program will encourage young women to enter the nonprofit arena, and provide training and sustained support to become leaders.


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Barriers to Women Working in the Federal Government

Women in the federal workforce still are experiencing discrimination, as well as a lack of adequate mentoring and training opportunities to successfully move up through the ranks of the federal government. Women still account for only 29.95% of the Senior Executive Service (SES), a number that has only increased by less than a percentage point in each of the last three years. Yet they represent 44% of the federal workforce overall.

URL: 
http://www.few.org/docs/EEOC%20Diversity%20Task%20Force.pdf

The Recruitment, Retention & Advancement of Senior Technical Women

On October 1, 2009, 59 senior technology executives participated in the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Technical Executive Forum.

Even though an acknowledgement was made that the pipeline of technical women with technical degrees coming out of academia was insufficient, the group commented that the women who do graduate from these programs are not joining organizational cultures that are as receptive as they could be to gender diversity. This cultural disconnect was highlighted through the discussion of five main components.

1. The existing technical culture is biased against “those who don’t code”

2. The existing technical culture rewards “Hero” behavior and an “in your face” communication style

3. Risk-aversion is embedded in recruiting and advancement practices

4. The individual contributor track lacks a development culture

URL: 
http://anitaborg.org/files/breaking-barriers-to-cultural-change-in-corps.pdf
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