Category Archives: Career Choices

Cultivating the Next Generation of Women in STEM

Sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Just under half of all workers in the United States are female. So why is it that women comprise only 24 percent of professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? There is no single answer to this question. Persistent gender stereotypes, beginning at early ages, may discourage girls from focusing on these subjects in school. A lack of female role models can … [ more ]

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Williams Says Women Need to Push Against Boundaries Till They Budge

Looking out at a crowd of more than 12,000 women who attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women last week, Serena Williams said, “I’ve traveled the world, and I’ve never seen anything like this.” In a conversation with Ellen McGirt, senior editor of Fortune, Williams spoke about women supporting women, pushing boundaries, sexual harassment, and more. Widely recognized as the best tennis player in history, Williams is an increasingly outspoken advocate on … [ more ]

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Comedian Maysoon Zayid Makes Disability Mainstream

The first thing Maysoon Zayid said when she took to the stage at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women was: “I’m not drunk.” But, she quickly added, “the doctor who delivered me was.” She went onto explain that she has cerebral palsy, which causes her to involuntarily shake all the time. But Zayid doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her. “I’ve got 99 problems, and palsy is just one,” … [ more ]

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Taking Charge of Your Career: Advance Your Marketability

By Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., Dean, Villanova School of Business You’ve heard it many times before: it is critical for women to personally take charge of their careers. Indeed, getting mentoring and sponsorship from others is crucial to your success. But taking ownership for your future is also really important. How can you do this and at the same time enhance your own marketability? No matter what job you … [ more ]

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5 Steps for an Effective Career Transition

By Raquel M. Arredondo Associate Director, Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University Maybe you’re looking for a bigger salary, or just a change of pace. Regardless of how or why you’re interested in changing careers, transitioning doesn’t have to be daunting. You just need to be prepared to make the required effort. These five steps can help get your transition into a new career off the ground. 

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How to Stop a Bad Boss from Impeding Your Career

If you have a difficult boss, you know what it is to feel stuck. You can always quit, of course, but leaving without a new job is risky. Most people can’t take the financial or professional hit. Or maybe you are at a great company and simply don’t want to leave. The thing to remember in this situation: “Your career is a marathon and not a sprint,” says Mary Abbajay, … [ more ]

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5 Mantras for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do Good

We all know how start-ups have been disrupting business, changing how we shop, bank, dine out, meet up and get around. From sector to sector, technology is removing inefficiencies, and as a result, our lives are more convenient and improved. Yet one part of the start-up landscape that we don’t often hear about is the social enterprise space: for-profit companies that are using technology to help advance humankind.

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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

About 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.” But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even … [ more ]

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How She Got There: Micho Spring’s Path to Becoming Chair of Global Corporate Practice and New England for Weber Shandwick

Take a young woman coming of age in the 60s, when many careers were closed to her gender. Mix in political awareness from having fled communist Cuba as a child and add courage and flexibility from forging a new life with her family in New York. What you get: a college dropout, a 31-year-old deputy mayor of Boston, a top executive at one of the largest communications firms in the … [ more ]

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How Women Can Get Ahead in Technology

What’s really holding women back in technology? You may have read about the “pipeline problem”—girls don’t study science, technology, engineering or math in equal numbers to boys—but that’s a red herring, says Gina Helfrich, founder and organizer of Feminist Hack ATX. “The biggest obstacle, in my opinion, is poor retention numbers,” Helfrich says. “Research shows that more than half of women in technology leave the field by mid-career.”

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