Women Make Better Corporate Leaders Than Men

Women make better corpo5221099139_2ecf4961ef_zrate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found. The study also revealed that companies with higher representations of females on their boards had better financial performance.
“We’ve known for some time that companies that have more women on their boards have better results,” said Chris Bart, a professor of strategic management at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. “Our findings show that having women on the board is no longer just the right thing, but also the smart thing to do. Companies with few female directors may actually be shortchanging their investors.”

Globally, women make up about 9% of corporate board members, the study said.

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Leading Information Security at Levi Strauss & Co: A Truly Global Approach by Elizabeth Dinsel

speaker-ElizabethElizabeth Dinsel, VP Global IT Governance, Risk & Compliance for Levi Strauss & Co., spoke at IT & Cyber Security Exchange on Tuesday, March 12th about the challenges that globalization brings upon the CIO/CISO and how to measure the overall success of the global organization.  She also discussed ways to keep operations running smoothly and morale high amidst natural disasters and political disruptions.
For more information about Elizabeth Dinsel and the other speakers at the IT & Cyber Security Exchange click here.


East Bay SPCA: Saving Animal Lives Since 1874 and Now Seeking Senior Advisory Board Members

clients_logo_east_bay_spcaThe East Bay SPCA is one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the United States. Located in Oakland and Dublin, EBSPCA sees over 30,000 animals through its broad veterinary services and adopts out nearly 3,000 animals annually. Currently, they are in the process of expanding their facilities and programs, as well as reaching out to community leaders who may want to become involved with their dynamic organization in Senior Advisory/Board/Committee Capacity.

If you would like to learn more about EBSPCA and the opportunity to become involved, please contact AWE member and EBSPCA Board Member, Dawn Willoughby at dawn.willoughby@clorox.com.


Is there gender bias in job postings? Ere.net suggests there may be.

Job Search Photo ArtAre a few gender-themed words in your job descriptions signaling women, unconsciously, to not apply?
A scientific study of 4,000 job descriptions revealed that a lack of gender-inclusive wording caused significant implications for recruiting professionals tasked to recruit women to hard-to-fill positions underrepresented by women.

This study addressed questions such as: do job descriptions that lack feminine-gender words repel female applicants? Could the lack of gender-inclusive wording in your job description influence women to opt out and not apply? Are there gender bias characteristics in your job advertisements? Could the lack of gender-inclusive words actually be perpetuating gender inequality in your organization? Read more


Brandi Galvin Morandi, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Equinix

Brandi Galvin Morandi_Head ShotBrandi Galvin Morandi joined Equinix in January 2003 and has served as Equinix’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since that time. Before joining Equinix, Ms. Morandi practiced in the corporate securities group at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP (Gunderson Dettmer) in Menlo Park, California. At Gunderson Dettmer, Ms. Morandi represented public and private companies in a variety of debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions as well as providing general corporate public company representation. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Morandi held various positions in the field of public relations.
Ms. Morandi holds a B.A. in International Relations and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Robin Eletto, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, Paramount Pictures

RobinEletto_Head ShotExecutive Vice President, Global Human Resources Robin Eletto was named Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for Paramount Pictures in July of 2012.  In this role, Robin is responsible for designing and executing world-class strategies for talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, compensation and benefits, organizational development, learning, employee relations and diversity and inclusion.
Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Disney Consumer Products where she led all HR and facilities initiatives for Disney’s consumer products division.  Previously, she was vice president of Global Human Resources for Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), where she led HR, Communications and Facilities for the division’s book, magazine and digital businesses around the world, and for the launch and growth of Disney English, an English language learning initiative which enrolled thousands of children in China.  Robin also served as the Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Communications and Operations, for Disney Stores, leading HR initiatives related to the acquisition of The Disney Stores from The Children’s Place, with a heavy focus on organizational design, systems and processes, and the seamless integration of 8,000 employees into The Walt Disney Company.

Prior to joining Disney, Robin served as the Director, Human Resources, for AOL Time Warner and Netscape Communications, as well as the Director, International Human Resources, for NYNEX/Bell Atlantic/Verizon in White Plains, New York, and Bangkok, Thailand. With over 25 years experience leading HR and operations teams, Robin maintains a record of success in leading organizational change, program implementation, resource management, and business operations.

Robin received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


What’s the buzz? It’s the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America

PBS Makers LogoWhat are we buzzing about here? The new, inspiring PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America.
MAKERS is a landmark digital and broadcast initiative from AOL and PBS showcasing compelling stories from women of today and tomorrow. It tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. To read more and view Part One of the series, click here.

To learn more about the MAKERS movement, and hear more powerful stories about how women one-by-one are changing the world, visit MAKERS.com.


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