Are Women Penalized For Talking About Family At Work?

As is a bit of a tradition around here, one of my friend Penelope Trunk’s blog posts lured me into commenting at such length that I decided to do an actual blog post: http://bit.ly/1k2cqCC In her recent post, Penelope writes about her struggle to avoid branding herself as a mom: “I intuitively knew to hide … Continue reading Are Women Penalized For Talking About Family At Work?

“You Look Good”

One of the first things women often say to each other when they meet is, “You look good.” It’s so common, you’ve probably never thought about it. But isn’t it kind of strange, that the default pleasantry is to praise a woman’s appearance? I’ve even found myself doing it, though that messes up the standard … Continue reading “You Look Good”

Change is Hard: Women at HBS

I’m always proud of my two alma maters, but I’m especially proud when they lead the way toward change in the world. For example, Stanford recently became the first college with an African-American Athletic Director, head football coach, and head men’s basketball coach…a fact which is even more powerful because nobody at Stanford bothered to … Continue reading Change is Hard: Women at HBS

Smart Investors Should Seek Out Female Founders

I loved the points that Kat Gordon made in her recent guest post on Inc.com: http://bit.ly/15vVKYE “1). Women are amassing wealth, influencing spending, and driving tech usage at rates well beyond men. By 2030, women will control two-thirds of the nation’s wealth. 2). Founders are most likely passionate about something that meets a need or … Continue reading Smart Investors Should Seek Out Female Founders

Marissa Mayer and Yahoo’s telecommuting policy: Right motivation, wrong execution

When Yahoo! hired Marissa Mayer, I supported the move, believing that the board needed to shake things up, and that given the dismal state of the business, Mayer was probably a better candidate than they could ever have expected to attract.  I also supported the move on Mayer’s part; she wasn’t ever going to become … Continue reading Marissa Mayer and Yahoo’s telecommuting policy: Right motivation, wrong execution

Progress Is When The Previously Unusual Becomes Routine

One of the reasons that Silicon Valley has a decent record of overcoming discrimination (though of course it still exists) is that entrepreneurship offers a self-made path to success. If the old boys club thinks women or minorities can’t be CEOs, there’s a simple answer–start your own company. Once there are prominent, successful women/African-American/you-name-it founder/CEOs, … Continue reading Progress Is When The Previously Unusual Becomes Routine

Is The Age Of Men Over?

The Cato Institute recently published a fascinating essay by Kay Hymowitz, “What’s Happening to Men?” In it, Kay reviews recent research to try to find an explanation for the decline of the American male. The grim facts are these: Women now earn 57% of college degrees, 60% of masters degrees, and over half of Ph.D.s … Continue reading Is The Age Of Men Over?