CEO of ReachLocal, Sharon Rowlands shares her leadership lessons with Fast Company.  Some of her lessons includes play games, be twice as good, play golf and toot your own home.  You an read “Leadership Lessons From The Woman Who’s Made A Career Turning Companies Around” here.

simmons1From the World Economic Forum website Laura Liswood, Secretary-General of the Council of Women World Leaders, discusses the difficulty of resolving conflict when one of the parties doesn’t recognize the issue as a problem.  This is exactly the problem when it comes to gender equality.

There are opposing views on the career advancement achieved by women.  Many statistics show that men believe that significant strides have been taken but women do not agree.  Ms. Liswood offers several reasons for this conundrum.

Read the entire article here.

standingupThis month, Cathy Englebert made history as the first woman CEO of Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” professional services firms.  She’ll oversee a balance sheet of $15 billion and an employee base of 65,000 folks.

I have been following Deloitte’s efforts over the years to create a culture of inclusion and mobility. Certainly, her position speaks well for those efforts and Deloitte is ranked among Fortune’s Best Places to Work.

I do have two questions I would pose to her:

– What trade-offs did it take to reach that position?
– With professional services noted for their billable hour mentality, how has she (or will she) exchange that mindset so that employees in all ranks can integrate their  professional and personal lives?

Provocative questions. I wonder how to get an answer from her.

There have been many studies that focus on the the benefits of having women on the Board of Directors.  Some of the results over twenty-five years have been conflicting.  Management professors at Lehigh University and Syracuse University, Corinne Post and Kris Byron, reviewed 140 studies from more than 90,000 firms from 35 countries between 1989 and 2014.  The professors sorted the studies according to how financial performance was viewed.  Fast Company has an intriguing article that gives more detail and you can read it here.

Actor Emma Watson spoke recently at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.  Appearing in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, the Harry Potter star outlined her new year-long “IMPACT 10X10X10” plan to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality.

You can read the full article at The Guardian.