Had her family circumstances been different, Monique Leroux might have been a concert pianist. Instead, she is the first woman to be elected chairwoman, president and chief executive of Desjardins Group, Canada’s largest – and the world’s sixth largest – credit union, or co-operative financial group.
In the Women at the Top blog, we dedicate a lot of electronic ink to the reasons for the lack of female representation in upper management and executive positions: a dearth of women role models, too few companies with family-friendly policies, straight-up discrimination – to name just a few. But one reason we’ve hardly touched on is the healthy male ego and the obstacle that it poses to women trying to get ahead.
US-based membership organisation Women Corporate Directors (WCD) yesterday announced the winners of its 2012 WCD Awards.
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.
In a recent taped workshop, an executive at PwC, the professional services firm, shares that she’s uneasy revealing the brand-name organisations she’s advised for fear of “bragging”. Another says she’s hesitant to say the names of chief executives she’s worked with directly, lest it looks like she’s “name-dropping”.
It is the International Year of Chemistry, as I expect you know, and 100 years since Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize.
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.
Heather Rarick knew from an early age that space was in her future. As a young girl growing up in Mt. Lebanon, PA, she watched television footage of rocketships blasting to the moon and was hooked.
It is not the first time that the diversity debate has moved from the executive to the owners of the UK’s largest companies, but this week’s launch of an investor action group adds muscle to that discussion.