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Getting to the Top: Jumping the Hurdles or Creating Them?

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

Are You Leading From the Back Seat or Are You Driving the Car?

In case you missed it, an interview with Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and co-chief executive of Birchbox, a beauty products website, drives home some leadership tips especially noteworthy for professional women.

We have linked to the full article, but here are some takeaways:

  • A drive for success and ambition is learned at an early age, and a mother’s influence plays a meaningful role in that development process.
  • As Ms. Beauchamp points out, there are “drivers” and “riders” in life—learning to take ownership of feelings and moods impacts taking responsibility for your career.
  • The challenge of effective management is a
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Celebrating 2013 Grace Institute Graduates and Women’s History Month

Fran GreenMy colleague Fran Green was the keynote speaker at a ceremony held on March, 6, 2013, at Cooper Union in New York City to celebrate the 2013 graduates of Grace Institute.  Founded by W.R. Grace in 1897, Grace Institute provides tuition-free, practical job training for underserved New York area women.  Since its inception, Grace Institute has trained more than 100,000 women, including Fran, who is a graduate of the program.

Fran, a Member of the Firm and one of the founders of the Women’s Initiative of Epstein Becker Green, spoke from experience and the heart in her moving address.  … Continue Reading

Amy Ellis Nutt on Hurricane Sandy and Coping with Unexpected Loss

Maxine Neuhauserby Maxine Neuhauser

Hurricane Sandy has provided us with substantial food for thought since our October 17 program during which we explored what it means to “have it all.” In the aftermath of the storm, and seeing the devastation and the damage suffered by so many in the region, I am left thinking, “No power, no problem.”  All of us at Epstein Becker Green certainly hope that all our friends and colleagues have weathered Hurricane Sandy with only a minor disruption, but we know that there are many, including in our own Epstein Becker Green family, still struggling with the … Continue Reading

EBG Attorneys, Carrie Corcoran and Meg Thering, Speak at the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s 2012 Convention About Labor and Employment Law Issues Affecting Female Attorneys

Carrie Corcoran and I spoke at the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s 2012 convention on Saturday, June 2 at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Our presentation was entitled “Labor and Employment Law Issues Affecting Female Attorneys.” During our presentation, we presented statistics about the number of females in the legal profession and the number of females reaching the top echelons of the legal profession. This information inspired an interesting discussion with the audience members proffering their own ideas for why more females may not be attaining top career achievements in the law. Some … Continue Reading

Women in the Workplace – 2012

Margaret C. TheringWomen, particularly the so-called “war on women,” have been capturing headlines in 2012. In 2010 and 2011, a lot of headlines focused on the “mancession” and the fact that women were doing better in the workforce than men. Thus, in light of the new headlines about the “war on women” (the sensationalized name the media has given to what many view as a recent push to infringe on women’s rights, particularly reproductive rights), what is happening? Are women faring better or worse in the workplace? Recent data shows that it is a mixed bag. Some women, particularly highly educated women, … Continue Reading

A Conversation with Christine McMahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Christine McMahon

Christine McMahon joined Fedcap in 2009 and has championed the organization’s strategic growth, significantly increasing the nonprofit’s size as well as its service delivery and reach among people in need throughout the Northeast.

Ms. McMahon has more than 25 years’ experience in social and mental-health services in New York and New England. She is nationally recognized for the breadth of her strategic vision and her expertise across a wide range of social programs, for the implementation of numerous social-service-delivery and community-based initiatives, and for influencing state and local healthcare and social policy. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Continue Reading

Increased Care for Caregivers by Government Enforcement Agency

By: Lauri F. Rasnick and Meg Thering

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has once again turned its focus to caregiver discrimination. While “caregivers” are not specifically included as a “protected category” under any federal law, the EEOC has discussed various federal laws that may provide protections to caregivers. Read more about the EEOC’s focus on caregiver discrimination here.… Continue Reading

“Strong, Smart, Bold” and Inspiring Women

Frances GreenIn this Women’s Month in particular, EBG’s Women’s Initiative would like to send congratulations and kudos to Julie Greiner of Macy’s and Girls Inc. NYC!  Julie, Executive Officer and Chief Merchandise Planner at Macy’s, Inc. is being honored, along with Mary Bryon of Goldman Sachs and Regina Lee of ADP, for her work and support of Girls Inc.  A luncheon will be held today in NYC for these honorees!  Congratulations to Girls Inc. NYC for more than 28 years of championing and inspiring girls and young women "to be strong, smart and bold"!!… Continue Reading

A Conversation with Betty Francisco, EVP and General Counsel of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management

Millennium Partners Sports Club Management operates The Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, premier fitness and sports clubs across the country, with locations in Boston; Washington, DC; Miami; New York; and San Francisco

What sparked your interest in law?

I initially became interested in immigration law in college while doing my thesis on immigration policy. After graduating from college, I wanted to work in the legal field for a few years before attending law school in order to understand what exactly lawyers do. So, I worked as a paralegal at the District Attorney’s office in New York for three … Continue Reading

Only Four Women Featured in Fortune’s “2011 Businessperson of the Year” List of 50

Wendy MarcariFortune Magazine came out with its issue naming the "2011 Businessperson of the Year," as well as 49 runners-up. As one would expect, the 50 individuals featured by Fortune are extraordinary leaders who have attained exceptional results for their respective businesses. What’s remarkable about this list, however, is that only four of the 50 businesspeople are women.

Women comprise almost half of the workforce, yet they account for only 6% of corporate CEOs and top executive positions, as noted in the January 2011 report by David A. Matsa and Amalia Miller entitled “Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: Gender Continue Reading

The Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation

To the readers of our blog who may be in health care and its related fields and industry, we wanted to introduce you all to the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation ("WBL"). This nonprofit’s outreach and misson is to help senior executive women in the health care industry improve their businesses and continue to grow professionally. Our law partner Lynn Shapiro Synder is the founder of the WBL. Check out the website, and to those of us in the business of health care, the WBL might be an organization for you!… Continue Reading

A “Night Of Giving” to Benefit the Young Women’s Leadership Network

Wanted to give a “shout out” to the wonderful work of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). On July 20, 2011, the EpsteinBeckerGreen Women’s Initiative was privileged to sponsor a “Night of Giving” in conjunction with NAWL’s Annual Meeting. For those professional women who read this blog and who are lawyers, NAWL is an organization that is about us and for us and – another good and professional way to network with successful women! The “Night of Giving” is a way that women attorneys, all of whom are members of NAWL, assist women and girls in various projects and … Continue Reading

Does the Inclusion of Women in Team Decision Making Actually Increase a Group’s Intelligence?

Some new and interesting research by Anita Woolley (awoolley@cmu.edu) and Thomas Malone (malone@mit.edu) has been cited in June’s Harvard Business Review. Woolley is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University, and Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

Their research of team behavior and problem solving makes an interesting business case for gender diversity, concluding that “there’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of its individual … Continue Reading

New Study Reveals that Women Board Members Create Opportunities for Women Executives

New findings by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University underscore the benefits of adding more women to corporate boards. Kellogg’s study, entitled “Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: Gender Spillovers in Corporate Leadership,” reveals that “a higher representation of women on a company’s board of directors directly increases the female share of and access to higher positions within the company.”

The news that putting more women on a company’s board leads to more women in top management positions at that company is very encouraging. As David Matsa, assistant professor of finance at Kellogg aptly points … Continue Reading

“Goddess Shift” Wins Book Award

I’m thrilled to report that Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change just won the USA Book News “Best Books 2010” award in the Women’s Issues category, and was a finalist in the Anthologies Nonfiction category. 

Goddess Shift is an anthology of personal stories written by 43 women in leadership positions about how they have empowered themselves to create change in all walks of life. I am honored to be among the book’s contributors, which include Oprah Winfrey, Suze Orman, Venus & Serena Williams, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Barbara Walters, Olympia Dukakis, and Maya Angelou. 

All royalties from this book are … Continue Reading

New Workshops Help Women Strengthen Their Leadership Skills

If you are in the New York City area and would like to strengthen your leadership skills and network with other women professionals, the Athena Leadership Lab at Barnard College (Columbia University’s Liberal Arts College for Women), in Manhattan is offering hands-on courses designed to "teach women the practical elements of leadership – from the art of negotiation to effective public speaking, from financial fluency to management savvy." You don’t need to be a current or past student of Barnard College to enroll.

The Athena Leadership Lab’s "Knowledge and Know-How for Women" Fall 2010 Course Catalogue is available online. … Continue Reading

What It Takes to Be a Winner

Please CLICK HERE to read about PowerPlay NYC’s exciting, upcoming event–"What It Takes to Be a Winner"–which will be held on July 6, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Yale Club (50 Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan).  The event will feature a conversation with Venus Williams, who is celebrating the publication of her new book entitled Come to Win: How Sports Can Help You Ace Your Goals and Top Your Profession, and lunch and leadership conversations with PowerPlay’s Summer Leadership Academy participants.

PowerPlay NYC is a nonprofit organization that is committed to educating and empowering girls through sports, teaching … Continue Reading

New Book Inspires Women Leaders and Helps Support Women’s Organizations

I am excited to bring to your attention an inspirational new book about women leaders, the proceeds of which will support several women’s organizations globally. The book, Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change, is an anthology of personal stories written by 43 women in leadership positions about how they have empowered themselves to create change in all walks of life.

I am honored to be one of the contributors to the book. Other contributors include women leaders in many fields, including entertainment (Oprah Winfrey), finance (Suze Orman), government (Sonia Gandhi), sports (Venus & Serena Williams), social change and … Continue Reading

Upcoming Event Helps Women Prepare for Board Service

I would like to bring to your attention an important executive leadership event called “Women in the Boardroom” (formerly known as "Women on Boards") that will take place in many cities around the country. Designed to assist in the preparation of board service, the event will feature panelists of executives with for-profit board experience who will share their knowledge and necessary tools for serving as a director.

The event will begin with a two-hour panel presentation and Q&A and will include topics such as (i) being a director, (ii) the differences of a non-profit, private and public board, … Continue Reading

The Changing Numbers of Women on Wall Street, in the Workforce, and in Boardrooms

The New York Times recently published a few intriguing articles about women that I wanted to share with you.

Women are working in the financial industry in fewer numbers these days, despite more than 20 years of increased hiring and promoting, according to the article “Where Are the Women on Wall Street?” What is responsible for this decline? As The Times notes, fewer female graduates are seeking careers in the financial industry and women are abandoning the industry faster than men. And when women are laid off from a financial job, it’s harder for them to return … Continue Reading

Two Surveys Look at the Number of Women Partners at Law Firms

As 2009 draws to a close, I’ve noticed a proliferation of annual surveys. Two, in particular – one by The National Law Journal (NLJ) and the other by Law360 – captured my attention because they’re focused on the number of women partners at law firms. The survey results were a mixed bag. While the number of women partners rose slightly in 2009, only 18.47 percent of all partners are women, according to the NLJ. In the article "Women Still Number Too Few in Partner Ranks," Law360 expressed concern that while women make up approximately half of law school … Continue Reading

Discussing What Women Lawyers Want

Recently, the Ark Group’s WOMENLEGAL 2009 forum brought together gender-diversity thought-leaders in New York for an important conference on women in the legal profession. The forum focused on the key career issues facing women lawyers today, and practical solutions for both women lawyers and law firms regarding retaining and advancing women in the legal profession.

Carol Frohlinger’s excellent article, “What Women Want,” thoroughly covers the forum in the June-August issue of WOMENLEGAL Magazine.

Among the many specific topics discussed at the forum were: leadership; management structure and practices; measurement and tracking of progress toward career goals; communication and … Continue Reading

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