Friday with Joan

International Women’s Day: Moving the Industry Forward

Each time I’ve asked women in our industry if they consider themselves feminists they hesitate. Not all of them—but enough and in different age cohorts that I think there is a fear of being a strong woman, showing you are a strong woman, and identifying as a feminist.

All my life I’ve known women who worked in and outside the home. Women who work outside the home are known to work far more than men if their spouses or partners are male.

Let me digress briefly. Many of us are … MORE

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentor

I recently read some amazing books about women and their lives—fiction and nonfiction—that caused me to think more about the importance of mentoring and being mentored regardless of one’s station in life.

I reconnected with a person who, when we first “met” in an AOL chat room for... MORE


Study: Women of Color Face Systemic Challenges in Nonprofit Careers @asaecenter #eventprofs

The Dalai Lama on Why Leaders Should Be Mindful, Selfless and Compassionate @mpi @pcmahq @sgmphq

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Additional Reading

When Gender Diversity Makes Firms More Productive (via Harvard Business Review)
The business world has long debated the effect of gender diversity on business outcomes. Does diversity make a company more productive? Many say yes. Some researchers argue that... MORE

The Fight for Gender Equality in One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth (via The New York Times Magazine)
One sunny morning in January 2018, on a white boat in the blue sea off the Hawaiian island Maui, Bianca Valenti and Keala Kennelly sat on a beanbag listening to “German Sparkle Party,” a... MORE

30 Uplifting Illustrations to Help You Focus on Self-Love (via Bored Panda)
Feeling sad and alone most of my life was the inspiration to create these unique illustrations. Struggling with depression since I was a teen it took me years to unlearn a lot of ideas that I was socialised to... MORE

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