Tom Warsop – President and CEO, The Warranty Group, on ‘Competence and Compassion’.

March 11, 2014

‘I believe having a talented team that’s passionate about products, services and clients will lead to great opportunities for growth. An approach I’ve taken throughout my career, and the key to a successful career, is to establish trust. I think about trust as a grid, with Compassion along the one axis and Competence along the other axis.’ Tom Warsop, President and CEO, The Warranty Group. Last month I attended one of the programs in the HRMAC leadership series: Perspectives from the New CEO – Setting the Course. Tom was one of the speakers. His personal focus on this grid of […]

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gen-xyb™ High Tea - Turning Risk Into Opportunity ™: Jill Wagner on ‘Sizzle’!

February 28, 2014

On February 12th the 2014 gen-xyb™ High Tea program participants convened for the second session of the 2014 program. Along with some additional guests and panelists, the women participating in the program spent the afternoon discussing turning risk into opportunity in their careers. How people become leaders and how people take up leadership roles over the course of their career is fundamentally about developing a leader identity. In order to progress your career and to develop your own leader identity, throughout your career you are required to make important decisions. Those decisions, those choices that you make, all the little […]

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Second Generation Forms Of Gender Bias In The Workplace –What’s Going On In Yours?

February 9, 2014

I read a great paper recently by Robin J. Ely (Harvard University), Herminia Ibarra (INSEAD), and Deborah M. Kolb (Simmons College), titled ‘Taking Gender Into Account: Theory and Design for Women’s Leadership Development Programs’. One of the things they discussed in the paper is that research is showing that ‘…the causes of women’s persistent under-representation in leadership positions has thus shifted away from a focus on actors’ intentional efforts to exclude women to consideration of so-called second generation forms of gender bias, the powerful yet often invisible barriers to women’s advancement that arise from cultural beliefs about gender, as well […]

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Press Release about launch of the gen-xyb(TM) High Tea program

January 25, 2014

I am delighted to share that the launch of the gen-xyb (TM) High Tea program made the news last week. When you have a germ of an idea and you work so hard to make it happen, when others believe in you and cheer you on, and when your vision becomes reality and you then see it hit the news wires, it is such an incredible feeling of joy and excitement. It also inspires me to keep at it! Here’s a link to one of the sites on which the press release appeared. To everyone else out there pursuing your dreams, keep […]

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gen-xyb™ High Tea Launches in Chicago

January 16, 2014

On Wednesday night this week something very special happened – the kickoff of my gen-xyb™ High Tea program in Chicago. I thought it appropriate to devote this blog post to this important milestone that I firmly believe will ultimately have a profound and positive impact on women in the workplace. Two years ago I started to formulate my vision around what I wanted to do to impact advancement of women in the workplace. This program is just one of the elements of what I am building for the marketplace to make a significant contribution to tackling this issue, and to […]

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Women in Leadership: Reflecting on 2013

December 29, 2013

2013 has been a remarkable year for women in leadership. From sports to politics to the corporate world any in so many other areas, women continue to make an impact, to move forward and upward, to stay strong and to drive change. So as the year comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to reflect back on just some of the women that took the stage in one way or another in 2013. They use their health challenges to educate and inspire others! This year we saw two women with high profiles in the news arena (Good […]

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December 7, 2013

Mandela My mind Is quiet tonight My voice is silent My ears hear the cries My heart is where my emotion Sits and beats out rhythms of loss For the end of an era of transformation Led with a vision of unity, truth and reconciliation Many said it couldn’t be done, you proved them wrong.   Mandela South Africa Is and always Will be my first 26 years of my life A huge part of who I Always will be, inspired by the power Of transformational change and how it impacts others Your passion racial equality – my passion equality […]

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2013 Women at Baird event: Be Intentional – Write Your Own Story.

November 21, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of being a featured speaker at the 2013 Women at Baird event. Baird is an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, asset management and private equity firm. This fantastic day-and-a-half long event is organized by a committee from their Women’s Associate Resource Group (WARG), and invites the members of that group (both men and women) to attend this event to aid in their self-development and career progression. There were some wonderful takeaways from this event that I want to share with all of you. 1. Leadership needs to lead by example, and an interactive component […]

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Of Transcendent Wisdom: An Interview With Paramita Bandyopadhyay

October 30, 2013

This year I met two other women right around the same age as me and who, just like me, grew up in other countries, and then in 1996 decided to come to the States on their own to build a new life and career here, in a place where we felt we could become everything that we wanted to be as women. Paramita is from India. Fabi is from Mexico. I asked these two wonderful women, each of whom had travelled a road with both similarities and differences to my journey, if they would be willing to share their stories. […]

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Women and Philanthropy – The Giving Potential of Women

October 10, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a panel discussion being hosted by Northern Trust and American Red Cross. The topic: ‘The Perfect Gift’ – a discussion intended to provide insights on women and philanthropy and the giving potential of women. Since I am involved in a volunteer and Board member capacity with a few different non-profit agencies, and since I do have a personal strategy regarding donations that I contribute to non-profit agencies, I was extremely interested to hear what the panel had to share on this topic. When it comes to who has the dollars […]

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