Job Advancement

Achieving Gender Parity in the Workplace

WWF_Countdown clock 2015 07 28_ELAt the current rate of progress, it will take 117 years to achieve gender equality in economic participation and opportunities, according to the “World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2015.” At EY, we are determined to do our part to accelerate women’s progress in the workplace. We’ve worked hard for many years to create effective internal and external programs focused on women’s advancement and leadership around the world—and we know there is more to do. Now, we’ve brought all our efforts together to create one unifying platform. Through our initiative Women. Fast forward, we will use our collective knowledge, experiences and convening power to push ourselves further and to do our part to accelerate global gender parity. Read More

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What’s Really Holding Women Back from the C-Suite

Goldsmith, MarshallCertainly there are many factors contributing to the absence of women at the top of companies—sex discrimination, gender bias, the fact that people promote those who remind them of themselves, to name a few. But to Marshall Goldsmith, who has been coaching executives for 35 years, there is one simple—but not so easy—way to help close the leadership gap. “Fix childcare in this country,” says the author of Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be. “Make it more affordable, and more women will stay in their careers—and be promoted.” Read More

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Three Things Every Career Woman Needs to Know

Marianne CooperIf you ever feel like an imposter at work—or felt like one in school—you stand in good company. “It’s common to feel this way, and women tend to feel the imposter syndrome more intensely than do men,” says Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Read More

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The Very Best Career Advice

career-advice-compOver the past year, we asked past and future speakers at our conferences in Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley for the best work or life advice they’ve ever received or given. Here’s the best of their best answers. Read More

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Gloria Steinem’s 100 Words of Inspiration

Steinem, GloriaDon’t tell Gloria Steinem that part of the reason for the pay gap is that women don’t negotiate. “That’s utter bulls***,” says the activist and author most recently of My Life on the Road. “It’s true that we should insist more than we do. But the reason we don’t insist is because inequality has been normalized.” Rather than blaming ourselves, we should be blaming the system—and sharing salary information and strategizing together, she adds.

Feeling stirred to create change? Here, Steinem’s words of encouragement to help you take on the pay gap, another cause important to you or an enduring dream: Read More

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Make a Splash

Molnar CTCABy Devree Molnar, Assistant Vice President, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”—Marianne Williamson Read More

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Conquer Your Worst Work Habits

Rubin, GretchenEven if you’ve been doing your writing at the 11th hour since college or you can’t stop checking your email to save your life, your bad habits are breakable. The key is not focusing on one fix and giving up when it doesn’t stick (for the proverbial 30 days). “We think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution, but different things work for different people,” says Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project. In researching her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Rubin found 21 strategies that are effective—or not, depending on your personality type. Here, her suggestions for shaking five seemingly ingrained habits. Read More

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How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Job and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the C-Suite

anne-marie slaughterSenior advisors to Cabinet members aren’t usually known for causing big stirs, but that’s exactly what happened when, in 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her dream job as director of policy planning at the State Department and returned to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. Slaughter wrote about her decision in an essay that got people talking, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” and now president and CEO of think-tank New America, she continues the conversation in her new book, Unfinished Business. She took some time out of her schedule to share with us the life and work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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Handling Emotions at the Office

Kreamer, Anne Crying or otherwise showing your disappointment, frustration, anger or stress at work can seem incredibly embarrassing. “You feel like a loser for losing control, but there’s nothing to be ashamed about the occasional display of feeling,” says Anne Kreamer, serial entrepreneur and author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace. “Emotions are not criminal elements.” Still, knowing how to comport yourself will help in the moment and minimize your regret. Prepare for any future floods with this 5-step guide. Read More

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Career Advice You Can Bank on

PA_BeneficialOther women can be our best resources for career advice and mentorship, but we often find ourselves so caught up in the day-to-day to-do’s that we don’t always take the time to ask questions and learn from each other. So here, from some of Beneficial Bank’s leaders, with decades of experience in the corporate trenches, is the best advice they’ve ever received or given:

Always Speak Up

“It really helps to know what you want and to be able to articulate it. When I decided that I really wanted to get into the field of training and development, I was able to make good career decisions. I took an entry level job in a company known for its training department, told all of my managers that I wanted to be a trainer, and volunteered for any project that would help me get the skills and experience I needed.” — Julie Christoph, Director of Education & Development

Seek Out Challenges

“Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Volunteer to take on additional responsibility, and use the opportunity for personal and professional growth.” — Adria Brewer, Commercial Real Estate Credit Officer

Trust Your Gut

“Make a decision. There is no such thing as perfect information.” — Lynn Nolan, Director of Special Assets Management

Take Chances

“Seeing the way children interact and how they make decisions allows you to realize how many mistakes you can and will make in life. You can almost always bounce back quicker than you expect and you shouldn’t be afraid to take chances.” — Melissa Dick, Director of Credit Policy and Mortgage Underwriting

Be True To You

“Work hard, respect everyone and never compromise your values.” – Amy Hannigan, SVP & Chief Accounting Officer

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