Business

Only 13% of U.S. angel investors are women--even though 30% of businesses are owned by women. Investor Haila Tomasdottir and the Kauffman Foundation have talked of the need to diversify decision-making among investors. The Pipeline Fellowship was started this year to train accredited women investors. The goal: fund two underrepresented segments of investment – women and social enterprises. The NY-based program will branch out to SF and LA.
Becoming a rainmaker is one key to becoming a successful and valued partner in a law firm. according to The National Association of Female Executives. Female rainmakers enjoy higher earnings, as well as more job control and influence. Like other businesses, large law firms reward their rainmakers—attorneys who bring in lucrative clients—with compensation, promotion and power. However, there aren't too many...
Women's businesses is one area of economic growth--the number of grew by 44 percent over the last 10 years. That's twice as fast as men-owned firms. Plus they generated 500,000 new jobs. Just 41 percent of women entrepreneurs surveyed plan to make capital investments in the next six months. most women business owners use credit cards and personal savings.
Entrepreneurship among women in New York is on an upswing. The number of women-owned startups in the state rose 58% between 1997 and 2010, versus 50% nationally. New York City with its incubators and other resources could cause the bump.

Of the 462 venture capital firms just one is led by women. Cynthia Ringo and Nancy Pfund run DBL Investors--which is seeking a double bottom line, ie. social good plus good money. So far they're doing well with investments in Pandora and Tesla.

Companies led by women give more to charity: More than 50% of women owners with business assets over $1 million donated at least $10,000. Even having more women on the board contributes to the do-good bottom line.
Leadership is still perceived as masculine, according to a new meta-analysis. Women are seen as less qualified and natural leaders; when women take on "male behaviors" they are also slammed for being butch or bitch. Good news, this concept has weakened in lower-level leadership and in educational organizations.
Norway is a welfare state with a 10% surplus; some say the secret is working women who pay taxes and have babies. 75% of Norwegian women work. Norway has paternal leave and quotas for women on boards.
No talking about money--or salaries. Nearly half of workers are forbidden by their contracts or severely discouraged from discussing their wages. The private sector especially. However, transparency might reduce the gender wage gap.
Women make up just 16% of board members in Fortune 500 companies, according to Bloomberg rankings. Some 9.4% have no women at all. 29 companies, including Discovery Communications (of the new OWN Network) has no women on the board or among the top five execs.
A report by Linkedin, suggests men are better online networkers than women. The measure of effectiveness is pure numbers, not how people network. Rates also differ for industries.
After having a baby, women who get more control over their schedules are more likely to stay on the job. A large number of mothers who return to work subsequently leave the labor force.
No suprise that banks hire many women tellers, But at BofA nearly half (49%) of its managers are women, and, most strikingly, six out of its 15-member executive management team are women, the highest proportion among the 10 biggest financial institutions in the United States. The bank also runs an employee resource group for women that dedicated to promoting women’s professional development. In addition, structured mentoring programs for women exist in most departments, with some aimed at middle managers and others targeting women at all levels, says Geri Thomas, Global Diversity & Inclusion executive.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, a new report clearly shows that work-family challenges are not just a women’s issue; three out of four fathers surveyed are worried that their jobs do not allow them to be the kind of dad that want to be, and more than half say it is a source of frequent stress. /#ixzz1PX8JoIpt
The English language badly needs a gender neutral pronoun. A business writer says he tries in articles and even books, but gives up and uses "he".

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