How Giving Up Control Could Jumpstart Your Career

June 16, 2014
Center for Women in Business

Here's what's making news this week...

  • According to a 2013 American Express OPEN Mindset Survey, women in leadership positions tend to be especially protective of tasks and are often inclined to multitask rather than delegate work. Performance coach and author Nancy D. Butler assures women in the workplace, “Giving up control of course can be scary, but if you have a good system in place, it’s less so.”  Read more here.
  • Throughout the past few decades, a strenuous effort has been made in order to increase the percentage of women working in construction industry jobs.  The National Women’s Law Center reports to The Washington Post that today women hold only 2.6 percent of jobs within the industry--strong gender stereotypes stand in the way of substantial progress and growth for women.  Read more here.
  • Legislators across the world are recognizing the increasing value of gender diversity at a board level.  In fact, the European Union is making an effort to commit to 40% female board membership by 2020.  While globally women are breaking barriers and reaching the top of the corporate ladder, there are many countries like India, where women are still struggling to overcome socio-cultural hurdles and reach the higher rungs of their companies. Read more here.
  • In an interview with The Huffington Post, Sarah Merrion Isaacs, CEO of Conventus, offers advice to other women seeking careers in the technology industry.  One essential key to success according to Isaacs is to be an expert in your own field.
  • Who are the best female CEOs in America?  Sallie Krawcheck, former president of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America, and big proponent of women in business seeks to invest in companies focused on advancing women in leadership.