Careers, Empowerment, Inspiration for Change, Leadership, success, Women in Business Mandating Women at the Leadership Table: Why the Time is Now Written by: Kathy Caprino
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I’m thrilled that Forbes.com in partnership with 85 Broads published my piece today on “Mandating Women at the Leadership Table: Why the Time is Now.”

This issue is vitally important to American businesses and to both men and women.  I’d be so grateful for your comments on the Forbes.com piece. PLEASE! Add your voice to the conversation.  Let’s be heard!

Thanks so much for your contributions.

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One thought on “Mandating Women at the Leadership Table: Why the Time is Now”

  1. While I agree US employers should step up, aren’t we really talking about the most responsible and accountable person in any organization, the CEO? This is the one person who can make the biggest impact in my mind and faster than any Politian or grass roots effort. The CEO has the ability to SWIFTLY promote diversity and advancement of women through personal word and action. He or she must become the champion for the advancement of women in their companies. Doing so breeds a new culture, breeds change, and breeds advancement opportunities.

    Look at any organization today, isn’t it the CEOs responsibility to promote or hire women to be members of the management committee? They must give women financial statement responsibility, the tools and support required for success and defines success and performance expectations in ways that transcend gender. CEOs should hold managers accountable for increasing the representation of women leaders through evaluation and pay; become a destination for women and diverse talent through a positive culture and track record of success. They must also recognize the importance of women in various groups of customers, supply chain partners, employees and the community.

    But ambitious women cannot wait for the CEO, company or industry they work in to change. Women need to use networking as a powerful tool, they need to improve their negotiation skills, women must find a mentor, and they must promote themselves and capitalize on their own leadership skills. We must need to select highly visible roles. Women often allow themselves to be channeled into roles in administration functions as a support role. While today’s women are equal to their male counterparts in education, experience and skill, it is still up to the individual woman to keep her career progressing, pursue wide experience and exposure to the right people, choose mainstream positions and demand…DEMAND credit for her accomplishments. We are smart, ambitious and deserving. We got this!

    “Nobody puts Baby in a corner. [Johnny Castle]” – from the movie Dirty Dancing

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