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What Works for Women at Work

What-Works-book-coverWhat Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know
Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey

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Study after study reports that implicit bias is still pervasive. But few books ask: how can women effectively navigate careers in workplaces shaped by subtle bias?

In What Works for Women at Work, mother-daughter team Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey look through a multi-generational lens at the varied experiences of women in the workplace. The authors identify four patterns of gender bias that they repeatedly encounter in their research, providing insights into gendered office politics and reporting on strategies highly successful women have used to counter each of the patterns. Continue reading...

From Good Daughter to Respected Peer: Changing Influence Across the Career Lifecycle

Strategies that produce effective influence for early-career women (and men) can be less effective at more senior levels. Further, organizations try to identify rising talent by observing how candidates use power and influence—but both the organization and the candidate may make errors that lead to missed opportunities and flawed advancement. This webinar will explore how influence styles need to evolve over the career lifecycle—and how the organization can improve its talent management by better diagnosing the influencing skills of those on the ladder.

Suggested Audience: This webinar benefits those who are in positions to affect organizational policies and practices around talent management, and those who have some voice in diversity-related policy. It also speaks to women in middle career positions who are considering how to position themselves effectively for a move to senior levels. Both women and men will benefit, though much of the content is geared toward the particular challenges women face in exercising power and influence.

Presenter: Professor Jennifer Overbeck, Melbourne Business School

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IMF’s Lagarde: Women In Workforce Key To Healthy Economies

As the first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is among an elite group of people determining how money is saved, spent and invested worldwide. In this interview, Lagarde explains why it’s important, from an economic perspective, to ensure that women have fair and equal access to the job market. She also talks about her own experiences of gender discrimination early in her career and what it’s like being the only woman in the room at the IMF.

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

By Shankar Vedantam

This story examines a February 2014 study by Harvard University economists Richard Freeman and Wei Huang which examined the effect of ethnic diversity on the success of teams that produce scientific research. The study suggests that team diversity plays a big role in success.  While scientists disproportionately write papers with those of similar backgrounds, those who break out of that mold by working with diverse partners produce the most influential science. This was true of ethnically diverse as well as geographically diverse teams. The study suggests that diversity of ideas and perspectives is good for science, and this may have implications in other fields as well.

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