Advancing Women in the Workplace VIVA Idea Exchange
A message from Betsy Myers, Founding Director – Center for Women and Business
 
Companies across the country are recruiting, training but then losing the best and brightest women before they make partner or move into the corner office.
 
The Center for Women and Business is launching this first-in-the-nation online collaboration to find new ideas and best practices for retaining and advancing women. I invite you to join the conversation and be part of the solution. At the end of this online exchange, a small group of participants will join me in presenting our results to the White House Council on Women and Girls and to CEOs from America's largest corporations.
 
Join us today!
 
Betsy Myers, Founding Director – Center for Women and Business 
At VIVA, we believe that policies would work better if leaders consulted the people most directly impacted by the policies they make. Our online collaboratives give front-line workers a voice in policy. This conversation about workplace policies that would keep the best and brightest women on a corporate leadership track is being conducted in partnership with Bentley University's Center for Women & Business. We invite any current and former members of the workforce to join us and leverage your expertise, ideas and professionalism to effect change.
 

Our Question

For American businesses to be truly competitive in today's global marketplace, companies need to do much more to retain and promote women as leaders. What are your ideas for creating a corporate culture in which female employees have the support, direction and desire to stay on a leadership path?
Mentoring is Fine, but Work is Better
Kerry G., Attorney/Owner
I was assigned a project after several male engineers who previously were ...
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The outcome matters - Owning a Project
Camille F., Senior Consultant
Man, woman, part time, full time....getting clear on the following goes a long way ...
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Sponsorship, Business Acumen and ...
Janice M., IT Project Manager
I believe it is imperative for women joining a new company and starting a new position, ...
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Managing menopause
Julie W., Executive Director
Menopause is an invisible cognitive, emotional and physical impairment for many women ...
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Serious mentoring in one's teens and ...
Julie W., Executive Director
It's critical to groom emerging leaders early so that they are ready to move up when big ...
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Treat People (All People) As People ...
Patty K., CEO
I think a lot of what we can do to support women in the workplace has been discussed at ...
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Recognizing the Importance of ...
Gigi R., Managing Editor
I believe that employers need to be more open to alternative work environments and ...
Comments (16) | 17th Jul 2012
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Change how we educate future leaders ...
Lisa K., Psychologist, life coach
Education in business (as well as many other industries) is focused on competition.  ...
Comments (13) | 17th Jul 2012
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Create a new system
Morra A., Founder
 I left corporate America in 2006 and have never looked back. I run my own business ...
Comments (7) | 13th Jul 2012
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Does this bother anyone else?
Laura R., HR Business Partner
In today's announcement of Marissa Mayer as the new CEO of Yahoo, the article ...
Comments (8) | 17th Jul 2012
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Developing Supportive Leaders
Laura R., HR Business Partner
I've been fortunate that throughout my career I've had several very strong, supportive ...
Comments (7) | 13th Jul 2012
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Create a mom friendly culture
Carla M., Freelance Writer & Creative Strategist
Many women leave the workforce after they become mothers. There just isn't enough ...
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Moderator
Christine makes a point about how important it is for women to have more than a mentor--they need a "sponsor." Have you had a sponsor? If you wanted to create a culture that sponsors women as future corporate leaders, how would you do it?
 
Coaching versus Sponsorship
Christine F., Partner
A culture that is supportive of the advancement of women is one that has ...
Comments (5) | 17th Jul 2012
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Moderator
Lisa says companies are making a mistake by focusing leadership development on the executive level--a point AFTER which many women have already fallen off the leadership track. Do you think a leadership development program more closely focused on middle management would make a difference? How would you identify the right people for the program?
 

Focus on the right level of ...
Lisa A., Director, Talent Acquisition Programs
1) Focus on the benefits of having women in leadership, not just for the individual ...
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