Archive for Heidi East McGowan

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Body Language Decoded by Forbes Discusses the Impact for Women

Body language such as tilting the head, folding hands in your lap, excessive smiling or twirling your hair are non-verbal cues professional women need to understand.  “Research shows that it takes four minutes to make a first impression, and, according to a widely cited study by UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian, body language accounts for 55% [...]

16Jul2009 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Chief executive of Prescription Solutions Speaks Out on Leadership and Mentorship

New York Times interview with Jacqueline Kosecoff,chief executive of Prescription Solutions, a UnitedHealth Group company, encourages mentoring programs for women executives.    The Divine, Too, Is in the Details encourages women to learn the language of finance, plan for the job you want and understand it doesn’t get easier as you get to the top. 

23Jun2009 | | Comments Off | Continued
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Diversity in the C-Suite: The 2009 Insurance Woman of the Year

The 2009 Insurance Woman of the Year, Janice Tomlinson, suggests that “expanding the insurance industry’s workforce diversity, including recruiting and developing more female executives, is not only good politics and good corporate citizenship, but good business.”   Award winning Ms. Tomlinson recommends that companies establish proactive recruitment, mentoring and development programs that are family-friendly in Diversity In The C-Suite [...]

22Jun2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Men’s Advocacy is Essential for Gender Equality at Work

Recently released study by Catalyst finds that men’s advocacy is essential to achieve gender equality at work.  The study recommends that “organizations can remove barriers by appealing to men’s sense of fairness, providing men with women mentors, exposing men to male leaders who champion inclusion, and inviting men into the discussion through male-only and male/female groups.”  Not only do [...]

7Jun2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Connecting Corporate Performance and Gender Diversity

A groundbreaking study by Catalyst discovers that companies with the highest representation of women on their top management teams experienced better financial performance than the group of companies with the lowest representation of women in top management.

19Apr2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Girl Power at School but Not at the Office

Hannah Seligson, a woman in her twenties, discusses the steep learning curve women face as they enter the workplace and leave behind the egalitarian classrooms of college. “I saw some men, raised in a different era, who refused to take young women seriously, focused on their appearance and gave them the least desirable assignments. Even [...]

19Apr2009 | | 2 comments | Continued