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What to Do about Gender Inequality in the Sciences?

Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, was interviewed for the movie.

Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, was interviewed for the movie.

By Christina Smedley, Vice President for Global Brand and Communications, PayPal
You’ve heard it before: there aren’t enough women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Computer science is an industry dominated by men. Female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies lag behind their counterparts by a 1:20 ratio.

According to NPR, it hasn’t always been this way. In 1984, the percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then declined dramatically, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.
So what are we, at PayPal, doing to change the statistics? For one, we’re supporting content that sheds light on the issues and encourages dialog and progress.
The documentary “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap,” directed and produced by Tracy Hauser Reynolds, premiered at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April to a large audience, and garnered an overwhelmingly positive reception. The film explores reasons that more American women and minorities do not pursue careers in computer science, despite high demand and lucrative job opportunities. “Code” features expert voices like White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Pinterest Software Engineer Tracy Chou and CTO of Twitter Adam Messinger, among others. PayPal is proud to be a sponsor of such an important initiative.
The documentary asks the question: what would society gain from having more women and more minorities code? We know that diversity helps the bottom line: According to research by Catalyst, companies with more women board directors experience higher financial performance, and diversity at all levels can surely help companies look at problems from multiple angles. “Code” is about imagining a world with greater equality and envisioning the power of women in forces. For this reason, go see “Code,” but more importantly, be a part of the ongoing movement to get girls involved in coding and start narrowing the gap.
What else can we do to narrow the gap? Tell me at @smedleyus and check out my blog at

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Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

woman-juggling-laptop-phoneBeing in the know about news and trends is key to success in almost every field. In our first annual reading survey, 51% of respondents said that they read to stay up-to-date daily, while 33% said they read weekly, 11% said monthly and 5% said quarterly or infrequently. Here, in the spirit of collegial sharing, are the apps, blogs, newsfeeds, newsletters, periodicals, websites and writers recommended by survey respondents, and organized by industry:

Accommodation and Food Services,,,,,, Harvard Business Review, Josh Bersin’s blog/Deloitte, LinkedIn, New York Times,, and

Accounting,,, CGMA magazine,,, International Fiscal Association publications, Journal of Accountancy and Wall Street Journal

Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing
AdAge, Adweek,, Borrell Associates reports and webinars, Buzzfeed,,,,,,,, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Facebook (follow trendsetters),, Forbes, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review,,,, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post,,, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn,,, New York Times, blog, People, Pinterest,,, PRNewser blog, PR Week, PRSA .org,, Re/, Seth Godin, Sidekick blog,,, TechCrunch,, The Futurist Magazine,, Twitter (follow trendsetters), Us Weekly,, YouTube, Wall Street Journal and Wired

Art/Graphics/UI Design
ART News,,,,,,, New York Times,,, YouTube (Adobe Creative Suite and other design channels)

Automotive, newsletters and The Kiplinger Letter

Business & Leadership Coaching/Training/Management
Anthony Robbins,,,,, Forbes,, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post,, John Maxwell blog, Knowledge@Wharton newsletter, LinkedIn, New York Times,, Seth Godin,,, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal

Business Process Outsourcing
Bill Kutik, and LinkedIn

Computer Hardware/Software/IT, Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Consumption Economics (book),, blog, The Economist, daily emails, blogs, Facebook, Fast Company, Forbes,, Google alerts,’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review,, Inc. Magazine,, Kaihan Krippendorff, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly, New York Times, Reddit,,, blog,,, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and

Construction magazines,, New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Consumer Electronics,,, Harvard Business Review,, LinkedIn, and Wall Street Journal

eCommerce, and blog

Education news,,,, Brene Brown, BusinessWeek, Buzzfeed,, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy,,,, Educational Procurement Journal,,,,,, Facebook, Fast Company, Gabrielle Bernstein, reports, Quick Clips, Harvard Business Review,, blog, newsletter, journals,, Inside Supply Management Magazine,, Libby Nelson, LinkedIn, newsletter, McKinsey Quarterly, blog, newsletter, NACADA Journal, newsletter, newsletter,, Pinterest,,, New York Times,, Politico,, The (education section),, Time Magazine, Twitter, YouTube and Wall Street Journal

Energy/Power & Utilities,,,,,,,,, LinkedIn groups, POWERGRID International, and

Finance/Financial Services,, Banc Investment Daily,,, Barron’s, news,,,,, CNN Money, The Economist,, Fast Company,, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Times,, Forbes, Fortune, Fortune’s Broadsheet,, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post,,, Inc. Magazine,,, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Financial Planning, Kiplinger,, LinkedIn, Liz Ryan,, McKinsey Quarterly, Money Magazine, Ignites news,, New York Times, blog,, Newsdash, alerts,, Reuters,,,,, Team of Teams (book),,, Twitter, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Yahoo news

Brene Brown,,,, Center for Creative Leadership publications,, Facebook, news, announcements,, announcements, MIT Technology Review, news, publications,,, blog and Twitter

Health Care daily updates,,, Health & Welfare Plans newsletter, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed,,,, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies, Facebook, Fast Company, updates, Forbes, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review,,, blog,, Jen Hatmaker, Journal of Hospital Medicine, LinkedIn, Mayo Clinic newsletter, Medscape,, New York Times,,,, blog,, Robert Wachter,, newsletter,, and USA Today

Human Resources blog,,, Meghan Biro, magazine and newsletter,, and

Insurance,, CNN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Business Review,,,, Kaiser Family Foundation publications,, LinkedIn,,, insurance publications,,, alerts, Wall Street Journal and

Legal, American Bar Association Journal, magazine,,, Google alerts,, and Wall Street Journal

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation newsletter,, Chronicle for Philanthropy,,, Fast Company,, Forbes,, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post,, LinkedIn, Lucy Bernholz, McKinsey Quarterly,,, Stanford Social Innovation Review,, Wall Street Journal

Pharmaceutical, Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine, DIA Daily, Facebook,,,, LinkedIn, Nature,,, Pink Sheet Daily,, Science, newsletter,, Twitter, Wall Street Journal and WSJ’s Pharmalot blog

Professional Services
ACMPGlobal,org,, Annie McKee, Businessweek, CFO Magzine,,, magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times,, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review,, Inc. Magazine, John Kotter, Ken Blanchard,, LinkedIn, Malcolm Gladwell,, Michael Hyatt, McKinsey Quarterly,, New York Times,,,,,,,, Stephen Covey, Stitcher (app),, blogs, Time Magazine,,,, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and YouTube

Real Estate tax alerts, Forbes, NAREIT blogs,, tax alerts,,, Wall Street Journal and Yahoo

Retail blog,,, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes,, magazine,, Harvard Business Review,,, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine,, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly,, blog,,,,, and Wall Street Journal

Adweek’s SocialTimes feed,,,,,,,, Entrepreneur Magazine,, The Facebook Blog, Fast Company,,, Forbes, Forrester Research articles,,, Google alerts,’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, marketing blog, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn,,, blog, blog,
McKinsey Quarterly,, MIT Technology Review, New York Times,,, Official Google Blog, OpenView Labs, news,,,, Quartz Daily Brief,, Re/,,,,,,,, Time Magazine,, Twitter, The Twitter Blog,, VentureFizz weekly email, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Yahoo News and Yahoo Tech

Transportation/Travel, blog,,, blog, Transportation Research Board newsletter, and


Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
What to Do about Gender Inequality in the Sciences?
‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women

Margaret-Neale-220x300Compared to men, women tend to be less successful at negotiating— especially compensation—not because we’re bad at it. But because “we simply don’t do it,” says Margaret Ann Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Getting (More of) What You Want. “We’re socialized to want to be liked, and when we negotiate, we’re perceived as being demanding, greedy and not nice.”

Studies have shown that’s true even if women follow the exact same script that men use. “We’ve all drunk the same social Kool-Aid, so it’s women as well as men who penalize women for asking for more,” Neale notes.

But when you’re open to negotiating, you’ll see that more things in life that you consider unchangeable—at work and at home—can actually be transformed into opportunities to get more of what you want. Use your leverage and be more effective with these five tips from Neale:

#1 Reframe how you think about negotiation. “Move away from thinking of it as a battle,” Neale says, “to thinking of it as an opportunity for problem-solving.” When you expect a fight, you’ll behave in ways that ensure one. “Your body language and your responses will likely encourage a fight as you filter your counterpart’s words and interpret his or her actions through the lens of a battle,” Neale adds. But when you come to the table to help find a solution, the other person isn’t forced to take “the other side,” and together you can reach an agreement that makes you better off.

#2 Raise your expectations. After all, if you don’t think you can improve the status quo by much, you won’t be motivated to enter a discussion. “It’s always easier not to negotiate, so when it comes to pay in particular, it’s important not to underestimate your worth,” Neale adds. Also, keep in mind that salary is just one component of your compensation. More vacation days, the flexibility to work from home, specific resources—they’re all possibilities that up the ante.

#3 Prepare a package of proposals. Come with just a single issue, and there can be only one winner and one loser. “You need to take the time to put together a set of proposals of things that you really want and figure out what is reasonable, what is optimistic and what you will walk away from,” says Neale, who notes that preparation is so important that it takes up two chapters in her new book. “And then pair your asks with solutions to a concern of your counterpart.” For example, when Neale negotiated to join the Stanford faculty, she presented a list of resources—a lab, doctoral student support, administrative support, etc.—that would help her do her job well and help Stanford to stand out.

#4 Tap into your superpower. “When women are negotiating on behalf of others, they are lions,” Neale says. In fact, women do 14% to 22% better than men in mock negotiations when they are representing other people. So when you’re getting negative pushback, especially over salary, don’t think that it’s just your interests on the line. Instead, “think that you’re doing it for all the other women who will come after you—your daughters, your granddaughters, your female friends,” Neale recommends.

#5 Seize opportunities. The best time to make an ask of a superior? Possibly when your boss is having a bad hair day. Definitely hold off on asking for a promotion if he or she is just back from the hairdresser or is wearing a spiffy new suit. Neale’s research found that the more attractive a man or woman feels, the more likely they are to believe that the status quo—specifically, people’s positions—are as they should be. Spinach in your boss’s teeth? Tell her, then dust off that wishlist!


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‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

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Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact

Kerry-Hannon-head-shot-220x300A fact of life they didn’t tell you middle school: You’ll likely be flying solo at some point during your retirement, if not at the start. “From the age of 65 to the end of life, most American women are single, and if they lost a partner, their standard of living drops,” says Kerry Hannon, a retirement and personal finance expert and author most recently of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. Yet on any given day, “women will talk about health before they’ll talk about wealth,” Hannon notes. Making financial security a priority in our thoughts—as well as a part of our conversations—is one attitude adjustment we all need to make. These five will also help ensure that the retirement years are truly golden:

#1 Get self-centered

Nature or nurture, women tend to put the needs of others first, and as a result, we experience career interruptions that lead to our missing out on raises, years of contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and reported earnings that will affect the size of our Social Security checks down the line. To even begin to make up for the losses, “you need to pay yourself first—which means put money in savings before you do anything else with your paycheck,” Hannon says. And when it comes to opportunities at work, which that taking-care-of-yourself attitude could position you for a promotion and higher salary, “by all means, as Sheryl Sandberg put it, lean in.”

#2 Stop using fuzzy numbers

“You need a solid understanding of how much you spend now to determine exactly how much you’ll need later in life,” Hannon says. You also can’t make sure you’re living within your means unless you run real numbers. Hannon recommends going to and for help tracking your spending and penciling out a budget.

#3 Be bold about saving

Afraid that they’ll need the money, many people who participate in their 401(k) plans allocate just fractions of their paycheck to it. “But at the very least, you should be putting in the 4% to 6% that employers typically require to get the maximum company match,” Hannon says. “It’s pre-tax, so you’ll hardly miss it.” An even better target savings amount: 10% that you eventually dial up to 15%—or more, if you’re getting a late start.

#4 Invest with confidence

“While most women are completely comfortable dealing with their daily finances, many are intimidated by stocks and bonds,” Hannon observes. The only solution is to get educated about investing and retirement planning. Hannon recommends checking out,, and—the latter three specifically geared to women. It may also be helpful to have a professional explain things. If you do go the financial-advisor route, Hannon suggests hiring one that charges a flat fee. Interview a few (there are searchable databases at sites of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards), find one you like and don’t be timid about asking questions. It’s your money, after all.

#5 Look forward to your 50s

In order to keep on working and earning, many women shift career tracks as the nest starts to empty out, or a life or health crisis pushes them to find work with meaning or a job that they’re passionate about. “It often takes about three to five years to get something new going full speed, so at 50, you might start thinking about what you want to do when you’re 55,” Hannon says. “Begin to add the necessary certifications or degrees, research and even moonlight to see if it truly is something you want to do in this chapter.”

Also, since money is often the biggest stumbling block to changing careers—you may have to take a pay cut—you should “get financially fit, sock away savings, pay down debts and perhaps downsize your home,” Hannon advises. You’ll feel challenged during those transitional years but remember, “you’re not reinventing yourself; you’re redeploying the skills you already have in your kit. It’s also an exciting time, so go slow and take it in baby steps,” Hannon adds.

Finally, to get your friends to join you in thinking and talking about money matters, Hannon recommends adding personal finance books to your book club’s reading list. Her top picks: The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After 50, Get a Financial Life and Jonathon Clements Money Guide 2015.


Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry
What to Do about Gender Inequality in the Sciences?
‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

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‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

CA_Morgan-Stanley_Suhr-220x300By Mary Beth Suhr, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

I began my career in financial services in the mid ‘80s. Those were the days when “pantyhose” were a dress code requirement. Evan Picone was my brand, and inside each package was a little card with an inspirational quote. I still carry three of these tattered cards inside my wallet and have drawn upon them over the past 25 years of my journey. I hope these words of wisdom and the lessons learned will be helpful to you as well.

Card #1: To merely survive is not to live fully. We get what we ask from life. Ask for more.

As a wealth advisor, it is my job to help clients achieve their goals and dreams. I help them create a vision of the life they want to have and help them set clear goals for themselves. According to Aristotle, happiness is successful human living. But what defines success? Everyone should have their own definition of success that is synchronous with who they are and what they value most. To me, living successfully means living an active, integrated life that is in harmony with one’s life goals and personal value system.

To that end, I recommend setting specific goals for your professional life, personal life (including your financial goals) and for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I know it is easier said than done, but break these down to immediate goals (things you want to achieve now), intermediate goals (things you want to achieve in a few years) and longer-term goals (things you want to achieve later in life). Write them all down and discuss them with those who have a vested interest in your plan. This will become the roadmap for your future. A wise client once told me that “to be happy you need someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.” I agree.

Card #2: Keep your focus! Use your sweetest energies for the greatest good.

Stay focused and do not allow setbacks to distract you. Strive to be the best you can be in your chosen field. Develop your intellectual capital and invest in yourself. Be a life-long learner and obtain new knowledge, skills, relationships and experiences that will allow you to adapt to changing circumstances. I began my career as a private banker, then became a commercial banker, then a technology banker and later was recruited away to become a portfolio manager on a technology mutual fund. Now, as a private wealth manager, I am pursuing what I originally dreamed of doing at the start of my career. Life throws many curves and sometimes we need to pivot or step in a different direction to give ourselves a new footing from which we can propel ourselves higher. The relationships, skills, knowledge and experience we develop along the way will last a lifetime and can be drawn upon when you need it most.

Card #3: Have faith in your abilities and in the strength of your perseverance.

This last quote is my favorite. Some women doubt their abilities and lack confidence. Do not listen to the “back-seat” driver who sows the seeds of doubt into your subconscious mind. If you have invested in yourself and have worked hard to achieve your personal and professional goals, you should have a sense of the value you bring to the table.

These days, women’s compensation is widely discussed. Contrary to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella who once espoused having faith in the system if you want a raise or a promotion, I think you should build a case to justify what you want and why you deserve it. Early in my career, I never negotiated my salary when I accepted a new job offer. Later, after achieving meaningful results for a company where I worked, I presented my case for a raise. I was offered only a token salary increase without any opportunity to reassess in the future. Recognizing that no one was forcing me to work there, I chose to find a new company that would value the skills and experience I had to offer and provide a path for intellectual and personal growth. In doing so, I sought new challenges, was able to significantly increase my income overnight and propel my career to the next level. Before you negotiate, you need to know what you are willing to accept and what will prompt you to look for new opportunities. There is nothing better than having multiple options.

Throughout my career I have guided clients through many of life’s challenges including divorce, death, job loss, and various health issues. I’ve seen, as author Leon C. Megginson once said, that it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.

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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
What to Do about Gender Inequality in the Sciences?
Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

Posted in Uncategorized, Speaker Articles, Job Advancement

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