In 1997, Julie Mahloch started GiftPoints, an e-commerce site that enabled shoppers to buy gift certificates at a time when they were only available for purchase in-store. The site – which turned into GiftCertificates.com – had revenues of about $100m five years after its founding.
A new report from Ernst & Young, published this week, brings together a wide range of data and adds new insight into the potential of women in Africa to boost economic growth, increase levels of education and improve standards of governance in public life.
When Jill Abramson was named executive editor of the New York Times in September this year, she promptly denied that having a woman editor in charge shaped news coverage.
Irene Rosenfeld rises to head the Financial Times’ list of the top 50 women in world business in a year defined by her decision to split Kraft Foods into two separate entities.
Janice Reals Ellig, the co-chief executive of Chadick Ellig, the New York City-based executive search firm, has made it her life’s work to get more women on corporate boards.
The official definition of the glass ceiling, courtesy of the US Department of Labor, is: “those artificial barriers based on attitudinal or organisational bias that prevent qualified individuals from advancing upward in their organisation into management-level positions”.
António Horta-Osório, spent less than a year in the chief executive’s hot seat at Lloyds Banking Group before caving to the pressures of the job and taking time off. He is not the first, nor will he be the last, starry boss to suffer from “extreme fatigue”.
Niall FitzGerald, former chief executive of Unilever and chairman of Thomson Reuters, spoke last week at Brandeis University’s International Business School, just outside of Boston, about the qualities of good, strong leaders.
For years now, men and women have entered law firms in the US in almost equal numbers. And yet, the number of women in leadership positions at these firms remains remarkably low.