What Do Women’s Advancement and the Sandy Hook Massacre Have In Common? More Than You Might Think

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Women have earned the majority of bachelor’s and master’s degrees for more than 30 years. They’ve represented over 40% of law school and medical school graduates for more than two decades. Women are the majority of the management and professional workforce in the U.S. Yet, they account for only 25% of senior-level officials in the Fortune 500, 27% of state …

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Madame President: It Makes My Heart Soar

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Madame President or Mrs. President, which should it be? We are on the cusp of developing a whole new vocabulary for describing the first woman to be the leader of the free world yet, there has been strangely little focus on just how historic this is. I know I share the sentiment of so many women, and men, in saying …

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Men Have Been Fighting for Gender Equality for More Than 30 Years: Let Me Introduce You to MERGE

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In early 2015, a subject heading caught my attention while I was scrolling through email. I clicked on the message to find an announcement for an international conference on masculinity being hosted that spring in New York City. The conference name, and the subject line, read Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality. I am a long-term diversity consultant, having …

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When It Comes To Work-Life Balance, It’s Hard to Know What Dads Really Want

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According to recent anthropological research, men played an active role in child care and egalitarianism ruled the day in the earliest human societies. It was with the advent of agriculture — and the ability to accumulate resources — that gendered roles began to take hold.   Fast forward several thousand years and the struggle for gender equality persists. We have …

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The Secret Sauce for Driving Innovation

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Innovation is critical to business success yet does not come about by telling employees, “Be innovative!” or by asking employees, “What’s the new thing? The new product? The new discovery?” Instead innovation is facilitated by creating an environment that allows employees to imagine, to wrestle, to explore and to iterate. It results from providing opportunities to link nascent thoughts and …

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Companies Take Note: There’s Incredible Talent Hiding in Plain Sight

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A few years ago at a wildlife center in Alaska, the naturalist told a group of us that the magnificent hawk perched on his arm was in ‘stealth mode’, hiding in plain sight. At a professional breakfast last week, the OnRamp Expo, sponsored by reacHIRE at Boston’s Innovation Center, I witnessed the same phenomena. Let me explain. I watched a group of …

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Using Representation Data to Assess Diversity Progress: Help or Hindrance?

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One of the most challenging aspects for those seeking to drive diversity progress in the business world is the slow rate of change. As an organizational consultant working with clients to create more inclusive work cultures and to “move the numbers,” I know how frustrating and discouraging this can feel at times I recently read a report, The Diversity Paradox: Capturing …

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Massachusetts Singles Out Gender Equity in the Workplace As Its Next Big Challenge

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Massachusetts is known for being in the vanguard on controversial issues. Same-sex marriage in 2004. Check. Health care reform in 2006. Check. Next up on the list: gender equity in the workplace. The drive to accelerate gender balance in the workplace is in the air in Massachusetts. Last fall I blogged about the Manbassadors, a group of male allies at …

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Men at the Harvard Business School: An Unexpected Voice for Redefining Success

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Something exciting is happening along the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. The voice of men at the Harvard Business School — future business leaders of tomorrow — have joined with their female counterparts to support gender equality, including better work-life balance for all. During National Work and Family Month, this is surely cause for celebration. In the fall of 2013, …

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