Speaker Articles

Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

Gail HunterAbout 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 giving your résumé a boost are all fine reasons for wanting to join a non-profit board, according to Hunter. That is, “as long as you are willing to do the work,” she says. “Organizations need their board members to be committed and active.” Read More

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

Jessica LaheyIf the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book.

“My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and her writing. Read More

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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Resolved: Make Philanthropy Part of Your Estate Planning

Debbie ZateenyBy Debbie Zateeny, Partner, Zateeny Loftus, LLP

Women are well known for their generosity during their lifetimes: They are more likely to give—and to give more—than men in similar situations, according to research by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Yet many women don’t initially include philanthropy in their estate plans or their retirement income plans. Perhaps our natural instinct as caretakers is to think of our loved ones first. Even so, clients should be asked whether they wish to consider planned giving options (such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities), IRA rollovers to charity or specific charitable bequests at death. Read More

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Business School Can Help on Your Way to the Top!

Joyce RussellBy Joyce E. A. Russell, Dean, Villanova School of Business

The latest statistics of the Fortune 500 indicated that 32 of 500 CEOs are women. That’s more women running companies than ever before, and here’s another interesting fact: 71 percent of them attended business school, (mostly AACSB accredited). They include: Mary Barra of General Motors, Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo and Phebe Novakovic of General Dynamics. This might suggest that getting a business education, particularly an MBA, can prove advantageous for women hoping to rise to leadership ranks in the world’s best companies. Read More

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