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Women on Boards

by Julie Graber | on 11 Nov 2020

Recent announcements re: female board appointments. Note: where given, board demographics were current at time of announcement.

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It was way past due.

by Julie Graber | on 10 Nov 2020

We just shattered a glass ceiling and elected the first woman to serve as Vice President. Why can’t I get excited?

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Want to Retain Your Women Workers? Help Them Figure Out How

by Julie Graber | on 30 Oct 2020

Don't ask women to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to figuring out how to keep them in the workforce. It's time for companies to step up and offer better solutions to women workers before they walk out the door. 

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We need women at the table even if there are enough white men to fill the seats

by Julie Graber | on 29 Oct 2020

The coverage of the pandemic’s impact on women has been long on details but short on solutions. But let me bottom-line it for you: we cannot afford to let these women walk out the door. Lest you believe otherwise, let me give you a glaring example of what happens when women are missing from the decision-making process.

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Diversity Laws Can Make a Difference

by Julie Graber | on 15 Oct 2020

California's board gender diversity requirements meant that Shift Technologies CEO George Arison couldn’t confine his search for directors to just his network (which he admits is mostly men). Now Shift's board of eight has three female board members. Diversity laws can make a difference.

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Acknowledging Your Bias Isn't Enough

by Julie Graber | on 29 Sep 2020

Acknowledging your bias is all well and good, and it may foster a sense of inclusion, but what will ultimately matter is whether or not diverse talent is nurtured inside the organization.

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Things A CEO Shouldn't Say

by Julie Graber | on 28 Sep 2020

Charles Scharf isn’t the first to say make a claim like there's a "limited pool of Black talent" and he won’t be the last, and while I realize little can be done to prevent an “off the cuff” comment, I don’t understand how it ended up being released in a memo. Isn’t anyone in charge of not letting the CEO say something so offensive?

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Filling RBG's Shoes: If Only "The West Wing" Was Reality TV

by Julie Graber | on 23 Sep 2020

Once upon a time, the process for confirming a new Supreme Court Justice took into consideration the broad ranges of values held across America instead of the extreme notions of a chosen few. It aimed at adding to the court the calibre of a legal mind worthy of replacing a Scalia or RBG, not a specific political viewpoint. And it was conducted with a respect for the power being entrusted in a group of nine individuals to protect our rights and guarantee justice for everyone, and instead of devolving into at trip through the sordid details of the nominee's memory lane. 

Or maybe that was just an episode of The West Wing.

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"Prior experience as a CEO" = "only white men need apply"

by Julie Graber | on 22 Sep 2020

Boards that use "prior experience as a CEO" as a screening tool, knowing how few Blacks (and women and people of color) will be able to meet this requirement, might as well just say "only white men need apply."

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Striking Out on Their Own Shouldn't Be Women's Only Option for Making Work and Family Work

by Julie Graber | on 11 Sep 2020

Women striking out on their own can be a great solution, but it shouldn't be the only solution. Women shouldn’t have to opt-out of corporate America to make work and family work.

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