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Is Now the Right Time to Invest in Your Leadership Development as a Female Leader?

Is Now the Right Time to Invest in Your Leadership Development? By: Patty Prosser, Co-Founder We are navigating in uncharted waters. The challenges our current situation is presenting to corporate leaders is both rare and unusual.  Most, if not all of us, have never experienced anything like this before, in our lives, let alone our careers. Having to practice social distancing and operate...
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What is Outplacement and Why is it a Valuable Benefit for Companies?

What is Outplacement and Why is It a Valuable Benefit for Companies? By: Jessica Gendron, President To be honest, until about two years ago, I had never heard of outplacement.  It was a foreign concept to me - and it may be to you, too - but it can prove to be a valuable benefit to departed employees AND your company. What is Outplacement? Outplacement or Career Transition Support is a benefit...
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What Does it Take to Be a Great Place for Women to Work?

What Does it Take to Be a Great Place for Women to Work? By Jessica Gendron, President There is an abundance of available research around the bias and discrimination that women face in the workplace.  That research gives us great insight in to what has limited the advancement of women and how it's stalling qualified women in their careers. For many of us, the question of "how to fix it"...
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We Don’t Get Any Closer to Gender Equality When Men are Walking on Eggshells.

We Don't Get Any Closer to Gender Equality When Men are Walking on Eggshells. By Jessica Gendron, President There I was, wandering the halls of a large convention center, looking for a small board room for my first meeting of an Education Task Force I had been asked to join.  I was nervous.  Not because I doubted my expertise or skills, but because I would be the only woman in the...
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What We’re Reading: February Edition

By Jessica Gendron, President I had a dilemma: I found myself inundated with book recommendations from friends, colleagues, social media, etc.  My Audible and Amazon Wish List’s were getting longer and longer – yet I had no clarity on what to read next or titles that would be totally worth my precious 1 credit a month on Audible. I wanted to offer my fellow business book nerds and gender...
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Five Ways to Make Terminations Kinder (From Someone Who’s Been Terminated)

Five Ways to Make Terminations Kinder (From Someone Who’s Been Terminated) By Shannon Stroud, Outplacement Director I read this article about making the process of terminations kinder, (read here). I agree with much of what was written, yet felt like it was still missing something. That prompted me to create my own list of ways employers can terminate people in better, kinder ways. Before we...
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Workplace Blind Spots & Michael Bloomberg’s Candidacy for President

What Mike Bloomberg’s Presidential Candidacy Teaches Us About Workplace Blindspots. By Jessica Gendron, President Last week was Michael Bloomberg’s first time on the democratic debate stage and by all accounts, the other presidential candidates came out swinging at him like a boxer from the corner of the ring. At one distinct point, Elizabeth Warren confronted Bloomberg’s alleged...
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So What, You’re a “Best Place to Work”.  Are You a Great Place for Women to Work?

So What, You're a “Best Place to Work”.  Are You a Great Place for Women to Work? By: Jessica Gendron, President The Center for Leadership Excellence     Me:  Tell me about your organization’s culture. Business Leader:  Well, we’re a “Best Places to Work”.   There’s an overwhelming sense of pride that an organization – and its employees – possess when they’ve...
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We Have a Pipeline Problem.

The McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2019 study was recently released and while it shows that over the last five years women have made significant gains in representation in senior leadership, as well as companies’ commitment overall to gender diversity – there is still a glaring and widening gap. While the majority of college graduates are female (around 60%), women still remain...
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The Unintended Consequences of #MeToo

A recent study from the University of Houston took a close look at the post #MeToo workplace and its overall effects on inciting change.  Most people believed that shining a light on the harassment that women face at work (and in every day life) would begin to shift the culture in the workplace and effectively deter men from future harassment.  Women were lauded for speaking up and saying...
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