Despite a recent uptick in news coverage of the gender leadership gap, pay equity, and women on boards, a recent study reveals that the needle still hasn’t budged for women aspiring to top leadership positions in the corporate world.

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Defined as an individual’s capacity to function, interact, and manage effectively in diverse settings and backgrounds, cultural intelligence is about understanding that a person’s cultural identity has a great influence on how he or she thinks, makes, decisions, behaves, defines situations, and determines success.

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. Check out stats and facts in this infographic.

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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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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

PDJ October 26, 2012 0

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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Make Gender an Issue

PDJ August 27, 2012 0

Companies seeking senior leaders today nearly always make diversity a top priority—except for gender diversity—and few things pain me more than that exception. Over hundreds of high-level executive searches conducted by our team, even enlightened and inclusive employers routinely say that “gender is not really the issue.”

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A true glass ceiling remains in the executive levels of professional athletics. But not for Eve Wright Taylor. Taylor hadn’t even reached 35 when she earned a top spot as vice president and associate general counsel for the Miami Heat, a position she has held for several years. Taylor, a relatively young executive, has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of corporate America and the professional sports world.

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“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.”
(Olympic Charter, 2004. Fundamental Principle #5)

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