You can’t judge a book by its cover, but we do. With women still occupying the minority of boardroom seats, we need focus on all angles of the diversity conundrum.
Against a backdrop of females surpassing males in undergraduate degrees, some professional qualifications (e.g. law & medicine) and most recently post graduate degrees, progress at the board level has come to a standstill both in the US and the UK.
For all those celebrating American Mothers’ Day on the 8th of May, remember not to take out the “Mother” out of Working Mothers. Dads don’t lose their fatherhood when they work. Why should working mothers lose their motherhood, especially when they are still picking up most of the responsibilities at home in addition to being breadwinners?
So the big day is over. What’s next? When I got engaged those many years ago, my boss at the time reminded me that the wedding is just one day while the marriage is meant to last a lifetime. He shared this wisdom while my fiance and I were struggling to bring the two families together. The British monarchy is certainly counting on a long and happy marriage! But are the right ingredients in place? What’s different in this marriage to the rather long list of failed royal marriages (Charles & Diana, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne)?
As we quickly approach the graduation season, the question becomes what to get our budding new professionals?
What do MBA students need to know in order to achieve career success? This is the question I asked myself before presenting to students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as part of their 2010-2011 MBA Leaders Series.