Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream
By Stacy L. Douglas, Partner, Los Angeles, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP The low percentage of women partners at American law firms is a much-discussed topic. Recent surveys conducted by The National Association of Women Lawyers and the National Law Journal report the percentage of women partners in... Read more
Race, Ethnicity, Skin Color Black The term is used in the South African context and as defined black refers to people with an African, Indian, and Coloured background. Coloured The term Coloured is used in South Africa in a nondiscriminatory way. However, it should be considered that in the... Read more

It is not always clear why women are often stifled by the campaign trail, but failing to feel qualified, fears of criticism from a sexist media, and simply not being asked as frequently as men could be reasons enough.

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Women hold the majority in the global population; the majority who are earning baccalaureate and advanced degrees but are still woefully underrepresented in positions of power. We see this dynamic changing rapidly not only because of the demographic reality but because of the global economic imperative to level the playing field.

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2012 was a tipping point for many diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues in this country and around the globe. We saw a number of defining moments, many of them controversial and misunderstood, that will require the attention of D&I experts this year and beyond.

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Education is fundamental to women’s advancement into leadership; after all, in their thirst for talent, employers know that they cannot afford to overlook women whose stellar academic credentials suit them for leadership positions in today’s complex global marketplace.

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Paying It Forward Pays Back

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What makes a leader effective? Being able to take charge, make sound decisions, and get the most out of employees by inspiring them to achieve goals are essential skills. But helping others to live up to their full potential is also a crucial part of successful leadership.

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Maestra Sonia Marie De Léon de Vega has achieved distinction as a Latina in a traditionally male-dominated occupation—conducting. De Léon de Vega has not only become world renowned for her skills on the podium as a music director and conductor, but she has created her own organization—the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra—which is the only orchestra in the nation with a specific mission to share classical music with Latino communities.

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A lot of guys get that equality programs—things like flexible work arrangements, mentoring programs, on-site childcare, and legislative solutions for equal pay—are good for women and men.

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