In the 1970s, John Malloy coined the term “dress for success” in his advice book of the same name, targeted to women professionals. His message that looking professional is the means to advancement and success for women continues to resonate—and there is plenty of reason to believe that dressing well matters—so, too, skills, opportunity, confidence, and support.
On March 11, 2015, the Women’s Initiative of Epstein Becker Green hosted an after-work networking event to support the New York City Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step Job Training Program and its clothing “boutique,” which provides professional clothes and accessories for the … Continue Reading
In the midst of the holiday buying season, let’s take a moment to reflect on the influence of advertising on our gift-buying choices and the potential impact that those choices have on our children. We are well versed in the power of advertising in enforcing stereotypes in our culture and on ourselves. Last month, NPR aired a segment that offered striking evidence of how much that might matter.
The NPR segment reported on how advertising in the early days of personal computers, which were marketed by companies such as Radio Shack and Commodore, effectively shut the door on girls entering … Continue Reading
[From the Editors: One of our engaged and regular readers of The Executive Women’s Networking Blog, Becca Sanchez Martin, Community Manager, MBA@UNC, has called to our attention a number of creative and innovative women entrepreneurs— creators of their businesses and, in a very real way, architects of their own professional destinies. We thought Becca’s guest post and the short stories of these incredible women should be shared. Hope you enjoy! If you have a post that you think might be of interest to our readers, please send along— we love hearing from our readers.]… Continue Reading
Are we going two steps forward and one step back? Two steps back and one step forward?The anecdotes reported in an article by Staci Zaretsky, “Stop Treating Women Lawyers Like Crap,” published in Abovethelaw.com last week, are wince-inducing and suggest that there has been no progress for women lawyers at all. I question the notion, as well as Zaretsky’s assertion, that “women lawyers aren’t taken seriously, and they certainly aren’t treated with respect by their fellow lawyers in this profession.”
There are few of us, if any, who do not have stories of coming up against subtle and not-so-subtle … Continue Reading
I had not intended my post concerning women speakers being featured at EBG’s Client Briefing to be the first of a two-part series. But, after my post appeared, I was hit with two reminders about just how unusual our business-as-usual lineup of speakers actually was. They are both worth sharing.
First, I found Denise Graveline (@NoWomenSpeakers), who follows tweets about conferences with no or few women speakers—and also, apparently, conferences where women speakers are included. Denise retweeted my post about the three influential women featured at the briefing. (Thanks again, Denise!)
This post is not only a little bit about tooting a horn, but also an appreciative nod toward how much has changed over the years for women in the workplace (acknowledging that there is still a lot to be done).
On October 2, 2014, Epstein Becker Green presented its 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Client Briefing. This year’s program featured two high-ranking speakers from federal agencies of key importance to employers: M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), and Victoria Lipnic, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The program’s luncheon featured remarks by Maria Bartiromo, … Continue Reading
Congratulations to our Epstein Becker Green colleague, New York office attorney Margaret (“Meg”) Thering on her unanimous election Wednesday evening, May 7, as Secretary of the New York City Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (“LERA”) for the fiscal year 2014-2015!!
LERA is the singular organization in the country where professionals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues, and practices in the field. Founded in 1947 as the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA), the national LERA provides a unique forum where the views of representatives of … Continue Reading
Imagine yourself in the following scenario. You’ve just learned that one of your colleagues has been promoted, and now that job—high profile internally and externally—is vacant. Getting it would be a professional coup, not to mention a significant bump in compensation. When the position is posted, you review the requirements and realize that you have 90% of the skills and qualifications being sought. Your slightly junior male colleague reviews the job posting and believes that he meets about 50% of the requirements. Who applies for the job, and who gets it?
There is an important and interesting lecture and reception at the Japan Society in New York, New York, with former Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi and Ruth Porat, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, titled "Tapping Potential: Encouraging Women’s Empowerment in the U.S. and Japan." For more information on the program and registration, refer to the Japan Society website. Hope to see you there!… Continue Reading
On February 24, the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) published the results of its eighth annual survey regarding the retention and promotion of women into senior and equity positions within the law firms surveyed—200 of the top national firms. The survey results were disappointing in terms of the ascension of women into equity partnership ranks and compensation when compared to male counterparts and the ability of these women to “make rain”—i.e., to convert their contacts into clients.
While the results of the NAWL survey raise unfortunate and unanswered questions regarding law firm career development for women, Sheryl Sandberg, COO … Continue Reading